It happened during an operation for appendicitis. I was anesthetized with chloroform. The nurse applying the mask was pushing it so hard on my face, that I felt an agonizing pain in my head, to the point to feel surely that I was dying. I felt something like a bursting in my head, and took off into space. I was accompanied by 'presences' that I didn't see, but who were talking telepathically to me in terms of a kindly welcome, while up far away, there was a radiant sun diffusing an immeasurable love. My only wish was to join this sun. But everything stopped abruptly, and I awoke in my hospital bed. More than 60 years I didn't talk about it, believing to be the only person having experienced something like this, until I came upon the book of Dr. MOODY. Lately, I met a woman having experienced an NDE that went farther than my own, she met 'somebody' who told her to go back, and as she was out of her body, she saw herself on the operating table. The surgeons told her later, 'we almost lost you!' Personally, during several years, I had telepathically experiences, premonitory dreams, disturbing synchronicity events. I just finished the book of Jeffrey Long, 'Evidence of the Afterlife'.
Date NDE Occurred: 1947 environ
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No While under general anesthesia
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
Did you feel separated from your body? No
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I don't know.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Were your senses more vivid than usual? No
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Identical
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Identical
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? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Unearthly light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes A sun of love.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? An immense well-being, happiness in a universe of absolute love.
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? 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? No
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? Other or several faiths Education chrétienne mais sans conviction.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I'm much less skeptic.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Moderately important to me
What is your religion now? Other or several faiths Je crois à une transcendance mais je suis en recherche continuelle.
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was both consistent and not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience cela a été si court que je n'ai pas fait de réflexion philosophique
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes It is prompting me to do research in the spiritual field.
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 didn't see anybody, but I felt many kindly presences who talked to me telepathically.
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
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
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Uncertain A cette époque je ne pouvais savoir si ce phénomène n'était pas dû à l'effet du
chloroforme , j'étais dans l'incertitude.
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? I was uncertain if God 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 probably 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? Unknown
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? Unknown
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife probably exists Uncertain j'avais 15 ans, j'étais perplexe, et seule face à ce mystère.
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I greatly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I slightly fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Moderately fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Moderately fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are probably meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No
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? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Moderate changes in my life 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? Yes
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
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes Telepathy: I guessed the first names of the children of my niece, living in U.S.A., the evening before I got the birth announcement: twice. With my daughter, we had the same dream during the same night. Premonitory dream: In a dream, I saw the burial of a colleague's brother before his death. He was 18, wasn't sick, and I didn't know him.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? It was so short that I didn't do any philosophical reflections. I was age 15. I was perplexed, and alone to face this mystery.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes 60 years later. Skepticism and irony.
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
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Its reality has been reinforced by all my readings and the research that I did.
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? At that time I couldn't know if the phenomenon wasn't eventually due to the effects of the chloroform, I was uncertain.
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