When I was four years old, I climbed up the olive tree in my neighbor's yard. The branch I was on broke and another branch that had been pruned at a sharp angle skewered my neck and ripped it open. If the tear had been three millimeters over, it would have ripped open a main vein in my neck. The neighbor, who was busy pruning the tree, saw the whole thing, picked me up, ran to my parents' house, dropped me onto the front step and rang the bell. My father just happened to be standing next to the front door. He opened the door and asked what happened. The woman said, 'I don't know. I just found him on the ground like that.' My mother also came to the door and screamed. My father picked me up and told my mother to drive because we were too far away for an ambulance because there was no clinic near enough at the time. I remember my mother swerving around cars and us coming to a HUGE intersection with the light being red. My father told my mother to drive through the red light. We went through and made it out safely on the other side with LOTS of honking. When we got to the hospital, my father ran inside with me. I can still remember the look of horror on the admitting nurse's face and she directed us to an operating room. The doctor rushed in the room in his mask and scrubs. A few seconds after, my father put me onto the operating table. He brought the light up close to my neck and he must have stuck a needle in my neck or something sharp because I felt something stabbing me. I was all of a sudden out. The next thing I know, I am traveling upwards in a tunnel-like on a road with lights opposite of each other at regular intervals. There was another light that I was traveling towards and I wanted to keep going. The lights that I saw at regular intervals came at me slowly, but for a long period of time. I say 'period' because time has no meaning there. I can't explain what 'time' is like there. After a while, I slowed down and stopped traveling upwards. Then I started to fall backwards until I awoke. I was in a dark hospital ward in a straight- jacket in a crib. There was a huge plastic bubble over it to keep me from climbing out. I also had 75 stitches in my four-year-old neck. The nurse came in and yelled at me to go back to sleep but I just kept crying. Finally, I did fall back to sleep and I had another experience that I was climbing up through the hospital from floor to floor but instead of using the stairs I was climbing up ladder's until I got to the last floor. I was not able to open the door because there was a padlock on it. I knew that that floor was my goal. I know this sounds somewhat hokey but a huge teddy bear next to the ladder told me that I couldn't go through that door yet but that I would someday.
Date NDE Occurred: 1969
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Other: I am not sure.
(This site would not let me click on 'Entirely Pleasant' for my experience.) I fell out of a tree and a sharply pruned branch skewered my neck.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Neither pleasant NOR distressing
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? No See Experience
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 It was just normal. It wasn't heightened.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? While traveling upwards
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
It was as if time were a line in the bathtub filled with water and you were outside of it looking in. The beginning of time was the bathtub slope and the end of time was down at the drain.
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. Normal
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Normal
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 It was just a tunnel with two luminescent lights opposite each other at regular intervals. When I fell back into my body, the lights became two white blurs going in the other direction.
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 It was bright and pure and it didn't hurt the eyes.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Joy at traveling towards the light
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? 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? Scenes from my personal future I didn't understand it at the time but I think that I have the ability to know when people are getting close to the end of their own lives. I predicted the deaths of three of my grandparents, my mother's and my father-in-law's. I think because of the event after waking up in the hospital that I was told that I would live not more than 6 decades because I think that each floor of the hospital that I climbed up represented a decade. So sometime soon, I will be going home.
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 importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Unknown
What was your religion prior to your experience? Do not know My father is Jewish and my mother was apathetic. But my Aunt Orpha Klinker had written and illustrated a book for me about loving God. My mother was to read it to me as soon as I got old enough to understand it.
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? Other or several faiths Messianic Jewish. I believe in Yeshua (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 was four years old. All I knew was that there was a God and I had been told to love Him.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain I was told that I used to beat up other kids when I was four and younger. But after that, I didn't anymore. At least that is what they tell me.
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.)? No
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 The certainty became innate. God definitely exists.
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? Unknown
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes There is a life after death.
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? 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? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Unknown I came back to a world that I suddenly saw as mean and vindictive. I had a mother who couldn't stand me and wanted to have nothing to do with me.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain Except for my mother, I don't remember what my relationships were like beforehand.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes How do you explain to someone who doesn't believe in God that while, you were out that, you were NOT hallucinating and that you know that there is a God in Heaven as certainly as the sky is blue?
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. It was more vivid than other things that I had experienced. How do I compare something like that? I didn't see bright colors or anything like that, but it was very real for me.
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 sometimes tell months in advance that somebody is going to die.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The whole experience was meaningful.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I don't remember when I started talking about it, but I became shy about telling others because I would be laughed at for it.
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 How can I explain it?
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I know it happened and I go through life expecting things to happen and not just the people dying but also like a checklist of things happening as if there is some kind of count down, and not just for me, but also for everyone.
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? I am using Linux Mint and most of the letters run together and are sometimes difficult to read. Also, some of the buttons I couldn't click on because there were letters on top of them and this hindered me from clicking on them.
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