It felt as if I had passed out while lying in bed. I then had a sensation of being lifted up into the sky. The next thing I saw was a man with shoulder length hair dressed in a white robe. Our eyes met and we communicated to one another through our thoughts. During this encounter, I experienced such joy and elation, unlike any I had ever had before or since. We were in the clouds the entire time. Then, he conveyed the message that I had to go. I longed to stay there with this individual. In the next instant, I felt as if I were falling. The next thing I remember was this feeling of being pushed into my bed. I was jolted awake and conscious. I felt badly that I was back in my bed and wanted to return to that place and stay there with this individual.
Date NDE Occurred: September 1958
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness 'Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening'
I contracted smallpox from an immunization.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? No
I lost awareness of my body
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal Everything seemed so vivid and beautiful.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? During the entire experience.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Were your senses more vivid than usual? More vivid than usual
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I could see very clearly and have never forgotten it.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. We just communicated with our thoughts, which were very clearly heard.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes I felt that this man must be an angel.
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? A feeling of indescribable joy.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? No
Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt no longer in conflict with nature
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Slightly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Catholic
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience I believed in god and angels. I believed in heaven.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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 I was face to face with a man in a white robe. We were so happy to see one another. I did not want to leave that place.
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
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.)? Uncertain I felt that this man must be an angel.
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? Uncertain The being I was with I knew somehow. Not that I had known him from my present life. But when I saw him, I remember thinking how good it was to see him, and he returned the same thought.
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God definitely exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife definitely exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I greatly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? Uncertain I have always felt happy when in the company of others. Since the experience, I know that love of oneself and other people is so important.
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Uncertain I felt so much love and happinesss.
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Moderate changes in my life
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
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 The entire experience has never left my memory.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I know of future events at times. This is not only for myself, but also for others. I can tell people details about their deceased loved ones. I have even given people messages from dead family members that make perfect sense to them.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? That love is the most important thing.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes It was about thirty years before I recounted the story to my husband. He listened, but thought it was a dream.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was probably real It seemed so real and I could not forget it.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? It left me with a feeling of being special and truly loved.
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