I had a bad cold, but no other known health problems. I was just a kid, about 8 years old. I was standing in the bathroom before the mirror and my mom was applying Vicks Vaporub to my chest. There was a very loud, almost electric-sounding buzzing sound that grew progressively louder. In the next moment, I was flying at a rapid rate through a tunnel, accompanied by pinpoints of very bright light, which I immediately recognized as angels... lots of angels. Then, I awoke to my mom slapping my face, shaking me, and screaming for my dad. In the first instant, I came to awareness, I remember being VERY angry that I was back here. I wanted to go on. It was so beautiful, peaceful, and the purest joy I have ever known. There has never been anything on earth to compare with the feeling. I was told that I had gone into a convulsion and my heart stopped. I was probably gone for about two to three minutes.
Date NDE Occurred: 1959
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Illness 'Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening'
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? No
I lost awareness of my body
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? While I was going through the tunnel.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes I was flying through a tunnel horizontally, at a very high rate of speed.
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes There were pinpoints of very bright lights accompanying me; going at the same rate of speed as I was, yet kind of floating around me. I called out in my mind, 'Angels!' I recognized them as angels and was very excited.
The experience included: Light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Pure joy, love and happiness. Complete acceptance. Complete peace.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future
Did you come to a border or point of no return? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Conservative/fundamentalist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes My religious beliefs are more concrete and there is no question in my mind as to the reality of God.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes My religious beliefs are more concrete and there is no question in my mind as to the reality of God.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Uncertain I knew I was flying towards something beautiful and it felt like home. I was supremely happy for the first time ever in my consciousness.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I have had many paranormal experiences and have psychic abilities that no other member of my family has. I don't 'fit in' with any of my family and have been alienated.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I am very intuitive and have had psychic experiences throughout my life, including precognitive dreams, remote viewing, ESP, knowing things ahead of time on almost a daily basis, and the ability to heal animals and people from a distance (energy healing).
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? It was ALL significant to me, as I have an extremely compassionate and loving nature now. I am not similar to any other member of my family as far as life experiences, emotions, ability to sense and feel what others are thinking or feeling, and creative ability.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I think it was maybe 4 or 5 years before I told my mom. I have told many people since.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I was more alive during that experience, and more fully open to feeling and seeing and sensing, than at any other time before or since. It is the most impactful and real experience of my life; as if this life is not 'real', but that experience was the true nature of my being.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes Two years ago I was working in my studio and heard that electric, buzzing sound that precipitated the NDE of my youth. It started to grow louder, but then stopped. There were no health conditions or illnesses at the time; I was perfectly healthy and relaxed.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? Yes. I have spent my whole life since with a distinct sense of purpose and love. I've had a knowing that I am here for a reason, though it is not clear exactly what that purpose is, other than to do my best to bring love and understanding to others and to perform healing on all levels. I especially love animals and have had many experiences with wildlife and other animals that are of an unusual nature.
I had a severe cold and my mom was 'greasing me up' with Vicks Vaporub. I began to hear a buzzing sound that grew louder and louder. The next thing I knew, I was going rapidly through a tunnel toward a light. I saw small, bright orbs of light accompanying me and I said to myself, 'Angels!' Before I could reach the light, I returned to my body and came to. My mom was slapping me, crying, and screaming. I was very angry to find myself back in my body. I wanted to go on... it was so peaceful and joyful.
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
I clearly left my body and existed outside it
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? While going through the tunnel.
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I believe I had spiritual vision to see angels, or to recognize them as angels.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I only heard a rushing sound while traveling at a high rate of speed through the tunnel.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes A tunnel of light.
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes Angels were accompanying me. They appeared as points of light, but I immediately recognized them as angels. There was no doubt. They were 'drifting' all around me as I traveled.
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes The tunnel was light and I was being drawn towards a greater light.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Extreme joy, peace, acceptance and love.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes There is no doubt in my mind that there is an afterlife and we must make the most of this life we're given. Specifically, we should do the most good we can with any gifts we have been given.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes There is no doubt in my mind that there is an afterlife and we must make the most of this life we're given. Specifically, we should do the most good we can with any gifts we have been given.
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes I felt as if I was going home.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain I believe I have such a strong sense of purpose because of this. Being only a child, I didn't have any relationships other than my sisters and parents. It did not alter anything with them.
After the NDE:
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I have psychic gifts and have chronicled an inordinate amount of very unusual events in my life, including lucid dreaming, ESP, telepathy, remote viewing, astral travel and clairsentience.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Yes. I have no fear of death. I have a tremendous sense of purpose in my life and am constantly seeking the light and ways to put some good into the world.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I think it was about a year before I told my mom. I don't remember her having any reaction.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real Immediately after this happened, my mom put me to bed and I remember being awestruck. I knew I'd died, and felt somehow changed, though I was just a child and couldn't put it into words.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real That experience was more real and vivid than any experience in my life. It gave me a sense of purpose and a tremendous desire to do good works with my life and all the gifts I've been given.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? That just about says it all.
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