I fell asleep feeling ill. I found myself in this strange place but I cannot explain where I was. It was just full of light and love. I was with a higher being and felt happy and peaceful. We were communicating somehow, but I am unsure how. All of a sudden, I was told I must go back into my body right now because it was not my time. This scared me. The entity told me if I did not leave immediately that my body would die and I would have to remain there. It pointed out a direct path for me to enter back into my body from where I was. I wasn't somewhere on earth or in the sky, either. I cannot explain where I was. So, I flew into my body and right away started gasping for air. I came back to consciousness with my father holding me as I struggled to breathe.
Date NDE Occurred: 7/10/2006
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
I had 106 degree fever from chicken pox.
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 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? Normal consciousness and alertness It was different and unexplainable.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was at my highest level of consciousness and alertness when I realized I must go back.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
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? 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. It was just different; I was not used to the state I had entered.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Sound didn't come from one specific spot but from everywhere, it seemed.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
The experience included: Tunnel
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes
Did you see any beings in your experience? I sensed their presence
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? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes
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? I felt peacefulness up until I realized I needed to make it back immediately.
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? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? 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 The light, or entity, told me I must go back to my body right now or it would die. I was shown the way to go back.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Not important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I seek God.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Other or several faiths Catholic, have studied all faiths since.
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
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I have become greatly spiritual and respect all life. I will not even kill a bug.
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
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I sensed their presence
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 I was just in another place that was all I knew. If I didnt go straight back to my body when I was told it would have died and I would have stayed there
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 was not there long enough to understand but I believe I entered the "otherside"
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? Uncertain It wasn't my time to die. That is all I know, so I must have a purpose.
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? Uncertain I was told it wasnt my time and I had to go back immediatly. So I must have some purpose, what that is I dont know.
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? I was uncertain if an afterlife exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I slightly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I greatly fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Slightly 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? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Slightly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes It was love
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 I have become very spiritual.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Yes I'm more spiritually aware.
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 do not know how my remembrance of the experience compares to my remembrance of other life events at time It was so hard to explain. I did not even dwell on the experience. I knew it happened and did not acknowladge it for a while.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain I definitely have intuition. However I believe all people do, they just don't realize it.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes After four years. I shared it with my grandmother, and my good friend with whom I studied spirituality, and also my friend from work who showed me this website. I believe they were all amazed.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Uncertain I can't remember. If I did, it did not impact me.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real
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? Uncertain In dreams I sometimes feel that I have entered the 'other side.' For instance, when one of my best friends died, I visited him in the 'other side.' Whether it was a dream or reality, I don't know.
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