Sara M NDE
It was selective surgery (appendectomy), I woke up in the middle of the surgery, vomiting and with impaired breathing. The anesthesiologist put back the mask on me and I felt as breathing water and lost of consciousness. After a while I was out of my body (up) seeing three doctors over me trying to revive me. I watched around me: there was a kind of dark vortex over me. Also I could see some beings(?), little and dark in 2 or 3 groups. They knew I was there but they didn't approach. They looked strange so I didn't want to approach them either, but I didn't feel really alarmed. I noticed that I was moving slowly in the direction of the vortex and I thought that there was a limit of distance if I wanted to return to my body. I was curious but I decided to come back, and the moment I decided it, the experience finished. I woke up much later in a bed in a bedroom, with abdominal pain and a chipped tooth...when I tried to tell what happened, they said it was a nightmare induced by the anesthesia. Later they told me that I had a cardiac arrest and they applied CPR and defibrillation.
At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event? No
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? all the time out 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
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. my vision during the experience was normal compared to everyday vision prior to the experience.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I think my hearing was less than everyday hearing, but I was focused on this new reality so I'm not sure of a change.
Did you see or hear any earthly events that were occurring during a time that your consciousness / awareness was apart from your physical / earthly body? Yes I could see the doctors panicking over my body, and also the beings and the vortex (see number 2)
What emotions did you feel during the experience? High curiosity, peace, apprehension, fun.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No I didn't want to engage in the vortex (tunnel?), because I thought there was a risk of non return to my body
Did you see an unearthly light? No
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
groups of 2 or 3 (like) little monks
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain As I said there were groups of 2 or 3 (like) little monks around, I didn't approach them. The vortex attracted me slowly but did not seem to attract them.
Did you become aware of past events in your life during your experience? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Uncertain
I knew there was a limit but I didn't reach it, I wanted to come back to my body before.
Did you come to a border or point of no return? I came to a definite conscious decision to "return" to life
I knew intuitively that there was a limit, and between the curiosity of exploring this new dimension and the risk of not return I decided to come back.
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness suggesting that there either is (or is not) continued existence after earthly life (“life after death”)? Uncertain I was seeing everything from outside my body (and my body was without heartbeats) so it is evident that there is a consciousness outside of the body, but what lies beyond the vortex or for how long it will be, is a mystery.
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that God or a supreme being either does (or does not) exist? No
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that you either did (or did not) exist prior to this lifetime? No
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that a mystical universal connection or unity/oneness either does (or does not) exist? No
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s meaning or purpose? No
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s difficulties, challenges, or hardships? No
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding love? No
During your experience, did you encounter any other specific information / awareness that you have not shared in other questions that is relevant to living our earthly lives? No
Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge or purpose? No
What occurred during your experience included: Content that was entirely not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience I was 13 years old, raised as Christian, and had never heard about out of body experiences or the tunnel (vortex for me). So the whole experience was unexpected and new.
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience
Discuss any changes that might have occurred in your life after your experience: not being afraid of death
My experience directly resulted in: Moderate changes in my life
Did you have any changes in your values or beliefs after the experience that occurred as a result of the experience? Yes not being afraid of death
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes sometimes I dream of future events.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes the first time (after the surgery) I wanted to talk about it but my parents dismissed it (nightmare induced by the anesthesia). Years later I heard about the tunnel, but still it took years to talk to somebody about it, and very few people. I think they felt a mix of disbelief and hope.
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 probably real I didn't think about it for many years, until I remembered when people begun to talk OBE and NDE.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time: Experience was definitely real reading about other people having similar experiences, validate mine.
Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience? No
Have your religious beliefs/spiritual practices changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes I did become more spiritual and less religious
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Yes