My memory of what occurred was I was in labor with our first child; my husband was driving truck long haul at the time and was not able to be with me. My labor was very intense and long, working on 26 hours of labor; those days a cesarean section was not so readily done as it would be done today. My mother and mother-in-law sat with me through the long hours of labor. I remember going in and out of being awake phases, but at one point I do recall feeling so at peace, being in a field of the most beautiful flowers, blue sky, peaceful light emitting all around me. I recall being alone in the field and having no pain, just a wonderful, wonderful warm experience where I wanted to stay. Being brought back to reality by the nurse, stating they needed to get me into the delivery room. I remember looking down and seeing myself bathed in blood all around me and on the bed. I did deliver a baby boy, whom I am truly blessed was okay. It was days later that my mother-in-law told me she was so scared that I was dying. I had said verbatim, 'Oh, I wish Jim (my husband) was here, it's so beautiful here.' She then went to find a nurse.
Date NDE Occurred: 'February 22, 1977'
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Childbirth Other: Long and difficult labor
Bridge between life and death?
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
I clearly left my body and existed outside it
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I would think when the nurse was able to awaken me, whereas when I heard get me to delivery, I remember the warm feeling was jerked from me bringing back the pain.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out
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? No
The experience included: Light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes Not the feeling of a light that would blind you, but a warm brightness, like a perfect sun filled day, everything in that brief moment was perfect in every sense of the way.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm beautiful field of flowers, more like a meadow that was endless in any direction
What emotions did you feel during the experience? So peaceful, did not want to return, extreme contentment.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future
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 was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No Even though I am not a practicing Catholic, I have a great amount of faith in God, and belief that there will be a peaceful place once we do die.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No Even though I am not a practicing Catholic, I have a great amount of faith in God, and belief that there will be a peaceful place once we do die.
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
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Just recall the peaceful surroundings I was in. I did not want to come back to where I had left. I felt like I had been there forever, which sounds odd as there was no feeling of time.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Thirty years or so. What brought this back to me after lying dormant for so long, my very good friend's mother had died with her present after being ill for a very short time. We were sitting in 'Barnes and Nobles' drinking a cup of coffee and she told me at one point shortly before she passed on, she had told her daughter that it was so beautiful where she was. My memory awakened from my experience that happened so many years ago, and now I remember and recall the beautiful experience I felt at the time. Her reaction, being a very religious person was peace, knowing that her mother was at peace.
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 definitely real This was really not remembered until my friend and I visited a few months ago after the death of her mother, whom had stated shortly before her actual death, she had said it was so beautiful where she was.
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? If I was able to go back to that day, and have the option to stay, I would have stayed. The serenity of the experience that has awakened in me makes me long for that experience again.
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