One afternoon, I found 'myself' floating above our small house. I could see the roof of our house from above, as well as the yard, and the woods. I saw everything from a bird's eye view, at an angle I had never seen before. I could see above and below myself, front and back, and to the sides, simultaneously. Soon, drifting towards me in the sky above the trees, I saw a glowing lady in blue and white robes. She beckoned me to come with her. I thought/said 'NO! I want to stay with my parents!' I instantly found 'myself' back in my body, lying on my bed.
Date NDE Occurred: 1965
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain. Other: 'Not sure, I was only 4 and alone, but had a heart condition.'
I had cardiac arrhythmia that often sent me to the hospital. I was limited in my activities in those days. My parents were told I would never be able to be very active and that I couldn't have children.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Both pleasant AND distressing
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I saw a floating lady of light.
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? While I was speaking with the lady, floating over the house. My memory of this event is crystal clear, unlike other memories from early childhood.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
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 360 degrees. I was floating above the neighborhood.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I don't remember hearing. The communication was from mind to mind.
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? No
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? Uncertain The lady was glowing.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? At first I felt interested, but when the lady wanted me to go with her, I knew it meant I was dying. I loved my parents and did not want to leave them. I felt fear that I wouldn't be allowed to stay.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
Did you have a feeling of joy? No
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? No
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? Unknown
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
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain I was only 4.
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 saw a glowing lady in blue and white robes. She beckoned me to come with her. I thought/said 'NO! I want to stay with my parents!' I instantly found 'myself' back in my body, lying on my bed.
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.)? Yes I sense this was Mother Mary, but she didn't introduce herself.
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
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? Yes I saw a lady of light.
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? Unknown
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 Yes I just knew I was dying and that's why I was out of my body and being beckoned.
Did you fear death prior to your experience? Unknown
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Unknown
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? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Unknown
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Unknown Since the experience happened when I was only 4, I do not know if my 'gifts' are a result of an NDE.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It's hard to write about such an unusual experience, because my ability with words isn't sufficiently accurate or descriptive. Perhaps if I were a poet I could convey the strange sensations, but it's difficult in ordinary words.
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 I can heal people with my hands, even some very dramatic illnesses. I had a suicidal boy who seemed to contact me at the point of his death, even though I didn't know the boy well and hadn't seen him for three years, one day I thought about him out of the blue and felt anguish for him. Someone called me an hour later and told me he had committed suicide, right at the time I was thinking about him. Frequent dreams/premonitions that come true, like a friend's home burning down, knowledge when someone is going to die, psychic awareness of what is happening to missing children, I can sense what they feel and where they are, a feeling of getting messages for people, and many, many miraculous occurrences. I created a free (anonymous) eBook about it that anyone can read at http://shortaccountsoftruemiracles.wordpress.com/
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I didn't share it for almost fifty years. I would say reactions are neutral, I don't sense that folks believe it, unless I have healed them, and then they believe.
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 was only 4.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably real Several years ago I was drawn to this website. I noticed how many of the NDE's seemed to have aspects of my experience.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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