I was experiencing a bout of pneumonia as a five year old. What I remember first was waking up and looking down at myself in the bottom bunk of my bunk bed. At the time, I thought it was not unusual. I more or less hovered there facing my body knowing full well whose body it was. After a time I remember slowly rising in the air and as my height increased saw my brother in the top bunk sleeping soundly and my baby brother in the crib nearby who was also sleeping peacefully. I then rose to the ceiling and through it noticing the rafters in the attic as I rose. The house was single story. As I left the house behind me, I turned over and pointed toward the sky without any effort on my part.
I felt like I was being propelled by some force towards the heavens and still felt like it was perfectly normal. The next thing I remember was passing near the moon and wondering why it wasn't a flat disk. I could easily see that it was a globe, with many craters. This was really strange to me later in life because I had no way of knowing this at five years of age in 1957. Next, I started to travel outwards in the solar system at an extreme rate of speed. The next thing I knew I was sitting up in my bed soaking wet calling for my mother. Looking back at it now, it took me years before I could make any sense of what had happened to me, it was more real than reality!
Date NDE Occurred: 1957
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Illness pneumonia Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening pneumoniaNot sure, I was having a high fever.
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 I could see nothing of myself but could see everything around me.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Extremely alert and wide awake if that makes any sense.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning Distance seemed to mean nothing.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? No noises at all.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm The moon, solar system.
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control I knew the moon was a globe instead of a round light in the sky, and also found out that there where angled boards in the attic. One thing I remember was a very strong sense of self awareness.
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No Very easy actually.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I've seen strange things in the sky, unexplainable.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? It was all ok to my five year old mind. It felt perfectly normal.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Mostly I was told it was my imagination.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No