I had just been baptized and was very happy. I was on a honeymoon, so to speak, with Jesus.I got a horrible flu and was home alone in bed feeling so sick that I wondered if I was dying. The thought that I might be dying overwhelmed me with joy because I believed if I died, I would go straight into the arms of Jesus. I lay there feeling sicker than I ever have and ever have since but at the same time so happy that I'd soon be with the Lord. Within that time, I felt myself rise up from the bed and reach all the way to the ceiling. I was astonished to see my body on my bed! I was in awe that I could see how everything looked from that perspective. The night stands, the alarm clock, the chair, the entry to the bathroom. Then I felt myself turning to the doorway of the bedroom and slowly floating out into the hallway and down the hall all the while very close to, almost touching, and the ceiling. At the end of the hallway, there was the front door to the left and the den to the right. I was still marveling at how I could see everything from up there. The thought occurred to me that I might just go straight out the front door and up to where? I wasn't sure. Then the thought occurred to me that I wasn't supposed to be doing that. So I turned myself around and floated back down the hallway and into the bedroom. I don't remember floating back down into my body. Just looking down on it and then I was back in my body in the bed.
Date NDE Occurred: March 1986
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness Other:
I had a horrible flu and it was the first time I ever felt like I was actually dying. I've never felt like that since. I don't know if I actually was.
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? No
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
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? My consciousness was the same as it is right now writing about it.
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. It was the same as normal.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. It was the same as normal.
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
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Mostly astonishment. I didn't feel sick anymore, either.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt no longer in conflict with nature
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? 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? Greatly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Protestant
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- Other Christian My husband and I converted to the Orthodox Christian faith in 1996.
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 It was NEITHER constistent nor not consistent.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
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? 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? Are meaningful and significant
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 probably exists No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I did not fear death
Do you fear death after your experience? I slightly fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
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 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? Slightly compassionate toward others
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? No changes in my life There were no changes to my life.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
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? No
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I don't remember how long it was before I shared it. I've only discussed this with a few people. One person admitted her own out of body experience and another said her husband (who I haven't met) had a profound near death experience.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No I had never heard of near death experiences or out of body experiences.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real It felt as real as I'm typing this. I don't think it was a dream because not only did it feel real but how would I know with such clarity what everything looked like from the ceiling?
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? No
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