We had met with an accident and I hit my head and cut my forehead. Although I was not badly injured, I must have cut a blood vessel since I was bleeding profusely. It was right next door to a clinic and when my head was being sewed up under local anesthesia, I must have lost consciousness. I remember a loud roaring in my ears and rushing through a long, dark tunnel at the end of which was a very bright light. I cried out loudly (or so it seemed to me), 'Not now, not now,' and peed. Fortunately, I was having my periods then and was safely padded! With that shout, I came round and saw all the faces around me i.e. doctors, nurses, my friends who were with me in the accident and my sister, all looking very normal - and I was puzzled as I expected to have been asked what I meant by 'not now'. Of course, I myself would not have been able to answer that question at the time!
Anyway I was taken home and slept through that night, but this incident was on my mind and the next day when I was perfectly conscious, I asked my friends and sister whether I had shouted anything while I was being sewed. They said I had been absolutely quiet! I explained what had happened but all of us were very young then and the incident was forgotten but not by me since I knew for sure it must have been a supernatural experience. Quite soon after, I chanced upon a book on 'out of body experiences' and I knew for sure then that what I had experienced had been a near death experience.
Date NDE Occurred: do not remember the date
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No AccidentSurgery-relatedDirect head injury Other 'We had met with an accident and I hit my head and cut my forehead. Although I was not badly injured, I must have cut a blood vessel since I was bleeding profusely. It was right next door to a clinic and when my head was being sewed up under local anest
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
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? Normal consciousness and alertness As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Actually, as far as I was concerned at the time, I was not even aware that I had lost consciousness nor did anyone around me think that I had lost consciousness. It was I suppose something that happened within a matter of seconds and also lasted a few seconds and all the while it seemed to me that it was real until I was told that I never uttered a single word at all.
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
A sense of altered time I think.
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 A very dark tunnel.
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
The experience included: Darkness
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? Yes At the extreme end of the tunnel which was very, very long.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Warmth - this I remember; but like I was not yet ready for whatever it was that was awaiting me.
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? Liberal Born a Roman Catholic but brought up basically with values and ethics and not much religious rituals.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain Actually, I did not have religious beliefs as such. We had a Moral Science class in school and we had students from all religions. At home, it was more ethics and values rather than religion.
What is your religion now? Liberal 'Well, after having answered a test recently on my religious sentiments, my results said that my beliefs were 75 % Buddhist; 45 % Hindu and 25 % Christian.'
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain Actually, I did not have religious beliefs as such. We had a Moral Science class in school and we had students from all religions. At home, it was more ethics and values rather than religion.
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 I kind of felt that I was going somewhere for a purpose except that I was not ready for it and felt unequipped and inadequate.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain Well, I know I am much more critical in my perception of people than most of my contemporaries and have been so ever since that experience. It was something like having gone one step higher.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes The experience was so vivid, I re-live it the way it was every time I remember it.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes Quite a few psychic experiences after this first one.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Not really. I was mystified as to what exactly I had experience at the time.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes
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 knew it was real, but what? At the time I had just finished High School and apart from academic studies, I knew nothing about the psychic world nor were permitted to read such books at the time.
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? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? I have had other strange psychic experiences too.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Maybe space for other similar but not same experiences as well. I mean out of body experiences.