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Flannigan D's NDE


I recall lying in the dentist surgical room. It was a high ceiling, with a light hanging down from a long rod, and I lay on the surgical table (black leather-as I recall).  When the nurse started giving me the "gas" the Dr said she would count backwards from 10 and I remember hearing 10, 9, 8, ssiixx(sic), fffiiiivvveee (fading out).  The next thing that I recall was a terrible "whirring" noise with an undulating high and low pitch. With that was this radiantly bright light in my eyes, and I could not get either the noise or the light to go away.  It seemed that I could open my eyes or shut them, but the light was always there and the noise got louder.  I found that I was spinning with the table in keeping with the whirring noise. I thought to myself, "I can't stand this any longer" and I pleaded for the light and noise to go away because I could not take it any longer. 

Then, suddenly, it started to get quiet, and I felt myself drifting up and out of my body--it was so peaceful, and I was so thankful.  As I drifted toward that high ceiling, I rose above the large globe hanging from the rod.  I looked at the top of the glass globe and saw dust on the top of it, and remember thinking that it was strange that it would be dusty in the operating room.  As I floated up there, I was watching my body lying on the table with the Dr and nurse leaning over me, and I could see the clothes I was wearing, my short-sleeve blue/red/and white shirt which my grandma made for me and two like them for my brothers.  I also had on some blue jeans and my black shoes. My shirt was partially covered with a white towel.  As I watched from above, I became aware of a smell (like lilacs) which reminded me of my Grandma (my mother's mom) who had died in a car accident just two years before that.  I tried to turn and look over my should to see her, and all I could see was a bright lighted tunnel sloping downward and then bent back upwards so I could not see the other end.  Then Grandma's voice said, "I am right here, Don, but you cannot see me, but I will always be near you."  There were some other "person's presences" there too, I could sense them, but not see them.  Grandma then calmly reassured me that I did not have to go with them at that time, and if I wanted to, I could go back down. It was good to be in her presence, a warm feeling that I always had when I sat by her in church.

That is all that I remember, but I recall waking up, all fuzzy headed with this terrible taste in my mouth, which was way full of gauze and blood. Dr told me that the ether gave me the bad taste.  It was not discussed with anyone, until about 1977 when I picked up the Book "Life After Life" by Dr Moody and _________. When I first read of another's encounter--then it all came back in a rush to my mind, as clearly as I recall it to this day.

  I asked my mother, if they had any problems during the procedure, and all she said was that she was told that I woke up before they had finished and they had to give me ether.

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Uncertain      When it happened, I did not share it with my mother or anyone else. I just put it out of my mind for many years, thinking perhaps I was dreaming at the time.

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          Uncertain      I had been put to sleep with "laughing gas" and then was told later, that I awoke during the procedure of pulling my bad teeth, so the Dr had to give me ether to put me back under. I do not recall waking up at all.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?    When I had floated above the light globe, and saw that dust, and then smelled the fragrance of my grandma, and sensed her presence with me.

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal every day consciousness and alertness?    Normal consciousness and alertness

            When I had floated above the light globe, and saw that dust, and then smelled the fragrance of my grandma, and sensed her presence with me.

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     The incredible brightness of the light, the sensitiveness of my eyes to the light and my hearing to the sound. The bright light glowing from the tunnel was brilliant, to much so to look directly at it.

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     loudness and high and low pitch of the whirring

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            peace, quiet, warmth from being close to grandma. serene, not sure if I wanted to return to my body.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure?          No       stayed just outside the tunnel

Did you see a light?           Yes     see above

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Yes     see above

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     23 years. They were quite interested, and touched by my experience. They asked more questions and told me of others they had heard of who they had read about or heard of who had gone through similar experiences.

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 probably not real         I did not really think that I could have experienced that when it happened, and I thought my mother would just laugh it off or not believe me, so I did not share with anyone.

Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you?            The freedom from the noise and bright light and the sense of calm and peace which came as I left my body. 

The smell and sense of my grandma's presence there with me surprised me, but was a comfort to me, not a shock.

How do you currently view the reality of your experience:            Experience was probably real    I think that either my heart stopped or the blood flow to my brain stopped, and the experience was the way I was allowed to experience or recall what happened.

Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?           No      

Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?           

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         No      

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        I have shared with others in groups, and found in larger groups, others who have had similar experiences.  I do not doubt that what happened was in the realm of an NDE, though I do not pretend to understand what exactly happened some 53 years ago.

Did the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?         Yes