I believe that I was in intermediary care and was no longer in intensive care. I do not remember getting out or back into my body, but I (my higher consciousness) was near the ceiling. I knew that my mother and another female were at the foot of my bed, but I was only concerned about what was going on near the ceiling. I did not see my body on the hospital bed and knew that I had no body. I knew that I was near death. There was a beautiful spiritual entity, which I felt enveloped and embraced me with indescribable love and peace; I felt connected to ALL -- I was at total peace -- everything made sense for me. I cannot imagine feeling love like that until I die. Warmth, unconditional love, and heightened knowledge were a part of my NDE.
Date NDE Occurred: December 5, 1979
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident I did flat line, but do not think that it was clinical death.Car accident -- lost half the blood in my body -- had to sign for my own surgery as time was of the essence -- the signature looks like a wavy line.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Highest that I have ever experienced.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning I was not concerned about time -- I was in the MOMENT so in that respect, I suppose that was what we should do more on this earth.
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes I was embraced by a spiritual being, and I felt love like never before. I was at total peace.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
The experience included: Special Knowledge
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe Everything made sense -- everything had a purpose from an ant to a human -- all was one and connected. I didn't wonder about anything. I was at TOTAL peace.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate Mainstream Protestant--United Methodist
What is your religion now? Liberal I am still United Methodist, but do not believe that religion is necessary to achieve enlightenment--my NDE made me more aware of ONENESS and the CONNECTEDNESS of ALL. It opened my mind--I got two master's and did a research project on Trans-Cultural NDE's--I became hungry for knowledge.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I was open-minded, but I met with many psychics and had, and do have, an insatiable thirst for knowledge -- I blended Eastern philosophic beliefs with my Protestant beliefs. I traveled to Egypt and Peru, but feel that the truth lies within and that one can be aware of the spiritual world to the same degree anywhere -- particularly, though, when one is alone.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No I cannot share it with many people, but I ALWAYS get cold chills when I do -- chills in a very good way.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I sense things more as in I will think of someone whom I have not seen nor heard from a long time, and then that person will call or I will see that person. I have significant numbers that pop up everywhere at times from license plates, when a significant e-mail was sent, on the clock. When this happens a lot, I am reminded that the spiritual world is with me -- I particularly notice this when I am a little down and need a lift and am reminded what life is all about -- that the spiritual world is ONE with us.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Best -- the spiritual being. Worst -- Nothing.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I can tell when someone will be receptive. When they are, they are awed in a wonderful way. Fundamentalists aren't interested. Professors for the most part were not -- I had my thesis idea turned down three times -- 'Trans-Cultural NDE's' and had to change schools to do a research project. I had to write on NDE's.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes Synchronicities abound, so those are like the connectedness that I felt and still do.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? No.