edited for clarity by Judy Shea 5/19/11
My experience started with a terrible pain in my chest, followed by a sinking, falling feeling. Then I found myself floating near the ceiling - level with the clock - and I was looking down and seeing my physical body being tended by three medical staff. I then went down a blue flume-like tube with a bright light at the bottom. As I was floating through this tube, I could hear snippets of conversations from my past. On exiting the tube, I was surrounded by the most wonderful music - similar to pan-pipes. This music was everywhere and the feeling was so peaceful and pain-free. I asked, "Where am I?" and was told "The Halls of Music." There seemed to be a lot of people, and they were all exuding so much love. I went outside to the most wonderful blue sky and green grass. There was a bridge. I asked to cross it, but I could not - there was some kind of invisible barrier. Someone I felt I knew appeared on the other side of the bridge, (I still do not know for certain who it was, but I think it was my grandfather) and he said, "It is not time yet, you still have work to do." I wanted so much to stay, but in next to no time I was back in my body and in immense pain again. Even though this happened nearly 30 years ago, I still remember it vividly.
Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No
At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event? Yes Preeclampsia during childbirth.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was at the bridge asking to cross it.
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: When I was at the bridge asking to cross it.
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.)? No
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.)? No
Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body? Yes
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Extreme peace, happiness. And I was pain-free.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure? Yes. A blue flume-like tube with a bright white light at the end.
Did you see a light? Yes. Bright white light at the end of the tube/tunnel.
Did you meet or see any other beings? Yes. There were definitely other beings, but I did not/could not see their faces. The being on the other side of the bridge was wearing a white gown but, again, I could not see the face. I felt it was my grandfather.
Did you experience a review of past events in your life? Yes. Not actual events, but I heard snippets of conversations from my past, e.g., my mother shouting my name.
Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later? Yes. My husband confirmed that 3 medics were tending to me and also what they had said.
Did you see or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or dimensions? Yes. I was "told" it was the Halls of Music.
Did you have any sense of altered space or time? Yes. I left a place where I was in so much pain and went to a place that was so bright and vivid, magical, peaceful, pain-free and with the most amazing music - music which I had never heard before or since.
Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose? Yes. I knew I was somewhere special. I actually thought I had died.
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes. I could not cross the bridge and was told it was not time yet, that I had still work to do.
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? No
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes. The next day. Everyone I have told has believed me and has seemed to be in awe.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes. I did have a little knowledge about them, as I am interested in the paranormal, due to previous physic experiences I've had.
How did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened: Experience was definitely real. It was, and still remains, so vivid - I can see it all now as if it is happening again.
Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you? Being told it was not time yet.
How do you currently view the reality of your experience: Experience was definitely real. The experience is with me every day.
Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes. I do not tolerate people who show any signs of being dishonest, insincere or violent - no matter who they are - even family. We must love and respect each other.
Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes. I do not believe any religion. Just Universal Life.
Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience? No
Did the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Yes