I underwent a
seven hour operation in a heart lung hospital, after I was taken in to the
operating theatre my brother arrived at the hospital and was told I was in
surgery. he left the hospital without seeing me and before the operation
A couple of days later
I told him that I had seen him during the operation, he laughed and said that I
couldn't have. He then asked me what he was doing, I then proceeded to describe
what I had seen. I described his exact clothing, and the exact place that he was
standing in and I also told him what he had under his arm and what he was doing.
I think that it troubled him because his eyes welled up and he has never spoken
to me about it since, he did confirm that I was 100% correct on all points.
couple of days later I was informed by a surgeon of what had happened to me
during the operation.
associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the
Uncertain Experience was during a general anesthetic in a hospital.
the kind of experience difficult to express in words?
the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening
Yes During an operation my body went into shock, my heart stopped and I
ceased breathing for a short time.
What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?
during the event I was fully aware of the surroundings
Was the experience dream like in any way?
It felt as though I was there
you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?
Yes I did not have any form or body, I just was. if that is understandable,
I had no physical feeling of temperature or any feeling of emotion, either happy
,sad or otherwise. I was just awareness.
What emotions did you feel during the experience?
you hear any unusual sounds or noises?
heard no sound during the most part, however I do recall a slight whoosh noise
somewhere during this. however I put this down to hospital equipment during the
Did you recognize any familiar locations or any locations from familiar
religious teachings or encounter any locations inhabited by incredible or
No I knew I was in the hospital but had no other knowledge of the
building or of any other place during this.
you see a light?
Yes there was a light source but it seemed to be behind me
you meet or see any other beings?
Yes I saw my brother as stated. but there was no communication.
you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state?
you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience
that could be verified later?
Yes I saw my brother and described what he was doing.
you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they
Yes the only sense I had was sight but not with physical eyes, it was more
like just an awareness.
you have any sense of altered space or time?
No I had no regard for time
you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or
you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?
you become aware of future events?
Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the
you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience
that you did not have prior to the experience?
Yes I would describe my own gut instinct to be better tuned since this
you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?
Yes I have no real religious belief now as a result of this event, I also
have no fear of dying. I no longer see possessions as important in ones life
only more of a necessary burden. I have become less selfish and more giving and
forgiving as a result, also more lenient.
has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices?
now look at life as a journey that we are all on, it just takes different paths
yet the end is the same.
your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?
Have you shared this experience with others?
Yes to some it brought comfort, to others they see it as a joke. some are
What emotions did you experience following your experience?
felt a sense of great loss and disappointment after the experience that I could
not understand or explain.
What was the best and worst part of your experience?
best part was the enlightenment and the knowledge it brought.
there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?
not a religious person and I am also a very educated person, until this happened
to me I was an open skeptic regarding after life, ghosts etc. now I firmly
believe that when we die we do carry on and who knows, maybe we are
Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life,
medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?
the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively
describe your experience?
Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.
Would I be afraid of having this experience again?