Cherie J Probable NDE
Narrative and Answers edited for clarity by Judy Shea 4.26.11
I am giving birth; much time goes by and the baby does not come out. I am not feeling pain because I have had an epidural. But the epidural seems to be making my labor last so much longer. There are three men around me: my husband, the gynecologist and the anesthetist. I might feel support from their presence, except I am aware that the soccer world cup event is taking place, and they all long for the baby to be born so they can go and watch the matches.
Then I am weightless, all is blue around me; there is a kind of light bridge to cross. At the other end of the bridge, there is more of the same blue - it's a blue path, and on it there are people dressed in white robes, like monks. Their heads are covered, too. I don’t see their faces but I trust them. One of the people parts from the group, looks at me, and waves me away with his hand, telling me to go back to where I came from. I feel strongly that I don’t want to, I’d like so much to join them! I feel that this is my grandfather (whom I never knew personally; he died when I was 7 months old.) I ask him why he doesn’t want me to join them, and he tells me, "This is not your time; you have something very important to do right now."
I say, "When the time has come, do you promise you’ll be there waiting for me?"
He answers, "Yes, I’ll be there, and the others will, too."
I feel hot tears running down my face, but they are not sad tears. I hear a voice telling me, "Push, Madam, push!"
Having forgotten, for the moment, about my labor, I answer, "Why do you want me to push?"
"You are delivering, Madam." he answers.
(Later they tell me that I was beaming while my face was covered in tears!)
Even then I do not feel my body. And the lightness feeling I am having is strange in contrast to the size of my belly, and compared to the heaviness I have been experiencing for the last few months of my pregnancy.
They do an emergency C-section, and that's how my baby is born - a little boy who today is…twenty and a half years old!
Since then, I do not fear death. I have a different approach to life now. I accept everything that happens to me - the good and less good. I often feel connected with people, even those I do not know well. And each time one of my relatives dies, the night before, I have dreams about relatives who have passed on. And I also know why I am dreaming about these dead relatives: they have come to greet the one who is about to leave.
Was this kind of experience difficult to express in words? No
At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event? Uncertain. I was giving birth, and before I lost consciousness, I did not feel my life was threatened.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? During the whole experience
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal every day consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal
If your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience was different from your normal every day consciousness and alertness, please explain: During the whole experience
Did your vision differ in any way from your normal, everyday vision (in any
aspect, such as clarity, field of vision, colors, brightness, depth perception
degree of solidness/transparency of objects, etc.)?
Yes Colors sparkled despite some transparency, and there were no sharp,
distinct features or outlines.
Did your hearing differ in any way from your normal, everyday hearing (in any aspect, such as clarity, ability to recognize source of sound, pitch, loudness, etc.)? Yes The sound seemed very pure and was not interrupted by, or combined with, other sounds
Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body? Uncertain
What emotions did you feel during the experience? My feelings were unlike the feelings I usually have. I felt bathed in tenderness, goodness, and light. I was in a pure state - full of joy, love, and happiness. To me, this is what LOVE is!
Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure? No Not an enclosure, rather, there was a light BRIDGE.
Did you see a light? Yes The bridge was made of light and the beings had a kind of halo of light around them which prevented me from seeing their faces clearly.
Did you meet or see any other beings? Yes Yes, several people, who were all dressed the same way. They were in front of me, at the other end of the light bridge. See the experience description, everything is explained.
Did you experience a review of past events in your life? No
Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later? No
Did you see or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or dimensions? No
Did you have any sense of altered space or time? Yes It was a place which does not have any of the characteristics that we are familiar with on our Earth, in our Sky or even in Space. Instead, there was weightlessness everywhere, and no outlines to define things.
Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose? Yes Yes, I learned about space and time after life.
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No
Did you become aware of future events? No
Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience you did not have prior to the experience? Uncertain I seem to predict things which will occur, and I communicate with the souls of other living people.
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes Years later, to a friend who believes in this sort of thing. And today, 20 years later, I am on a quest to become a better person, and, by chance ("chance," you bet!) I read an article about NDEs; so I typed "NDE" on Google and… here we are!
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
How did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened: Experience was definitely real Yes, real, and I was so much filled with this tenderness, this love that I received! I did not want to share this with anybody, except my baby whom I enveloped in it.
Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you?
How do you currently view the reality of your experience: Experience was definitely real And I know that because I experienced it with my body, my heart, my soul.
Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes I am less anxious, more serene; I accept what occurs; I do not resist because I know it is in the order of things. What happens must happen and you will know what's what, if you can recognize signs.
Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes I believe in life, and in after life, but no longer in what I was taught during my religious education.
Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience? Yes During meditation.
Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience? I am glad I experienced it.
Did the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Yes I described everything, even if I might have used some different terms.