It was midday. I made myself a mask of oats and eggs, then applied it on the upper parts of my body, chest, arms and face. I ran a bath after 15 minutes. It was a sunny day, and there was just my mother and myself in the house. My nephew and father were away. My mother was downstairs making lunch, so she didn't realise I had gone into the bath. When I opened the key to the shower, I started to feel the hot water and I cleaned away the mask. The air was full of vapor and I felt that I needed air. I felt frightened of falling down and injuring myself. I was also afraid that my mother would find me collapsed on the floor of the bathroom, dead. So, I took a towel and wrapped myself in it. I left the room feeling like I was going to faint. I cried out to my mother, but my voice was very faint. I fainted, collapsing outside the bathroom on the floor. I didn't know what had happened to me. I saw myself floating in a white tunnel of light. I had white clothing and was barefoot. I felt a tremendous peace; something very beautiful in my heart. I didn't think I had died. I only felt peace and love. From afar, I heard my mother's voice. Suddenly, I felt something change in my heart. I heard her cry and it made me feel pain and sorrow to hear her. I said to myself that I needed to return.I opened my eyes and she was there on the corner of my bed, crying with her hands on her face. I spoke to her saying “Mama!” She looked at me and I told her what had happened. She said to me, “You have fainted girl.” I was trapped and I listened to her voice. She said to me very quietly, but I said, “Mama, I can't hear you clearly.” I felt something in my chest and I said to myself that I needed to go and see how she was. I ran up the stairs, and I found myself collapsed half-naked with the towel wrapped around me, in bed.She wanted to wake me up. She gave me a slap and couldn't make me react. I was so pale, like paper, that she gave me three more slaps, as hard as she could, to make me react. She didn't know what to do. Then she started to cry because I hadn't reacted. She didn't know how much time had elapsed, but said, 'I couldn't make you return.' I told him what I had felt in my breast and that I was in a tunnel of light that felt very nice. She said to me, “Hey girl you have died!” and I replied to my mother, “If this is what it feels like to die, I won't be frightened Mama because it feels so nice.” I never told anyone what had happened that day, just my mother. She just told them I had fainted, been unwell, and nothing more. But to some people I began to explain how I had felt, and that it wasn't a dream. I believe that Angels exist.Some years ago, I almost got ran over by a van. I hadn't seen it coming. I got down out of the bus, I wanted to cross the road I looked one way but not the other. I was already down on the pavement and I saw that the van was approaching and about to hit me. It was so fast and at the same time so slow. I felt as if someone had pulled me back by the shirt, and made me get back on the pavement. I strongly believe that it was Heaven and Angels, that are looking after us. My mother died a month ago, and she said to me “I am scared of dying child.” I said, “Mami! Don't be afraid! You will be with God and you won't be afraid.' I felt her death very badly. I know that one day her and myself will meet again and she will say, 'You were right child, it is a beautiful place, heaven.' I love you Mami!
Date NDE Occurred: 1997
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Life threatening event, but not clinical death.
I was about to bathe, to go to school, I had classes that afternoon, and in the shower I felt ill, dizzy and I was afraid of falling down hitting myself and dying.
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? Yes I heard the cries of my mother.
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 I felt that everything was happening slowly.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I floated towards the tunnel of light.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Time seemed to go faster or slower than usual
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. What happened was very slow.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I was listening to what was happening away from the tunnel.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
The experience included: Tunnel
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No See Experience
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
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? Yes At the end of the tunnel, there was this radiant and very beautiful light.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace, something in my heart, great harmony, no fear at all, happiness.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
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 I felt that it had been something beautiful, very far from the earthly world; it was like knowing where I was going.
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 definite conscious decision to return to life Upon hearing my mother cry, it made me want to come back, because I did not want to see her suffer. With the passing of the years, I have questioned myself whether I came back, not for my mother, because I have suffered many things, from then, and at that moment, I didn't know everything that would happen. I came back for my mother, and now that I have lost her, I am not sad. Having been here on earth with her, as well as saying to myself that God has saved me many times. As a baby, I had four operations at the age of 4 months, and two major operations when only 4 years old, during my life in hospital my mother and father cared for me. I was always in intensive care. At one point, she said to me, ‘I leave you to God that he take you so that I don't see you suffer any more. Very often, that machine sounds that your heart has stopped beating’. I believe that her love sustained me, kept me alive, with their care, I always felt this obligation of love to carry on for those two that cared for me so much.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Moderately important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Protestant CREO EN DIOS , LA VIRGEN MARIA
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Moderately important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Catholic soy creyente , creo enn los santos en los angeles en la madre de jesus
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 believe that that which happened in that moment affirmed that which I felt, and now I am not frightened of death.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I believe in Heaven.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
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.)? Yes I felt that it was God that was on the other side of the tunnel.
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Yes I believe that this place exists because it is a sensation like being alive, not like a dream or as if you have imagined it.
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God probably exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No I wasn't able to see but I was able to feel that it was God.
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 probably meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? Yes We have fear of living and believing there is a being full of love that forgives us, and that only wants us to avoid everything that saddens us; and that we should be happy. I have suffered a lot, before all this, I was angry because I blamed Him for everything, but now I understand that He is only love and we ourselves don't see this intense love that we have inside, and it is thanks to Him that we continue in spite of everything.
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife probably exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes I felt it in my heart.
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I slightly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not 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? Slightly 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? Yes ‘In God’s time, time is perfect’ is a sentence I have heard a lot, and the truth is that God is in our lives in every moment, caring for us. He gave us free will, but in the depth of our heart one knows that God always tries to guide us, that there is one voice that guides us, and that often we don't listen to it, blessings to everyone.
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? Yes
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes Love is infinite and appears in many forms; in that moment, to listen to my mother crying, the love towards her made me return and I know that one day I will see her again never to be separated.
Were you compassionate after your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? That sometimes I have wanted, again, this beautiful experience and to go to the end of the light.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No Actually no. It is something I will always remember, feeling the same sensation that I felt while I floated towards the light.
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 as accurately as other life events that occurred around the time of the experience. My memories are like seeing them with eyes wide open, and feeling them again. Clearly, it would be beautiful to have this experience again but I would not be able to go towards the light; now that I have my father and love him, and he needs me at his side, and I him, to enjoy life together with my brothers and sisters. Then we will meet up with my mother and my relatives that have then passed away.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes My dreams tell me things, I dream a lot.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? That love makes us sacrifice the most beautiful, that for anyone to arrive in Heaven, is marvellous, in this case my mother.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes They were surprised and some of them, I felt, would have liked to have had a similar experience.
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 I felt normal and my life continued its course.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I believe, in that moment, I had this beautiful experience, because God had wanted it that way.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? They were very clear questions, and they express that which one is able to describe.
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