I get anesthesia whenever I go to the dentist, due to a high level of pain and anxiety. During one particular year, 2004, whenever I would feel myself going under, I would wind up in the same place every time - the hallway outside my old third grade classroom. (This hallway also led to the room where sometimes we were taught music.) The hallway and my classrooms were in the basement of the school, where it was dark and still; that area was isolated from the rest of the school. As I'd drift into sedation, I'd feel a sense of comfort in that dark, still hallway. Until those experiences of sedation at the dentist in 2004, I had never thought about that hallway, either awake or in a dream. It had been thirty years, and yet it felt as familiar as if I had just left there.
One time, under sedation, I drifted back into that familiar hallway, but this time I just kept going further in. I began to see my brother and my sister (who were alive and well). At that time, I was sure they were right there with me and we were all little kids again. Some knowledge came to me and it went like this, 'You have been together and in relationship to each other for eternity. You are bonded, and this will always be. Do not be afraid of losing anyone, as this simply does not happen.' I took it to mean that we may live and die during this life, but we will also live and die again and again - together in different forms. The love between us is eternal. Our selves are eternal. Our bond is eternal. In that moment, I lost all fear, and I began to see my human fear of death and loss as a waste of energy. I woke up to shouting and a breathing mask placed over my face. As far as I know, my heart had not stopped. Only my breathing had stopped; and no one knows for sure for how long this was, as they'd left me alone for some time.
Date NDE Occurred: 2004
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
In a dentist office I was given too much anesthesia and apparently stopped breathing for a period of time. When I was revived everyone was all upset and they couldn't understand why I wasn't.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
I clearly left my body and existed outside it
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Less consciousness and alertness than normal Not sure.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Not sure.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
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
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Didn't hear anything. Knowledge just appeared in consciousness.
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? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
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? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Comfort, peace, absence of fear.
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
The experience included: Special Knowledge
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? Moderate
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain
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? Yes
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Uncertain The knowledge? Awareness? Revelation? that there is no reason at all to fear death, dying, life, the loss of beloved.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Have you ever shared this experience with others? No
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was probably real
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably real
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No