At the point I experienced the grand mal seizures in my upstairs bedroom, my spirit floated to the ceiling. My stepfather and mother, who were entertaining Clarence and Sue downstairs, frantically raced up the steps. In a panic Pat, my stepfather, scooped my body up out of the bed. Down the staircase, they raced as I calmly watched from the ceiling, first of the bedroom then the hallway. Then my spirit moved to the south window in the bedroom as I watched my parents rush to the station wagon in the driveway. Pat of course handed me to mom and ran around to drive. I watched the car back out of the driveway and onto the paved street. My spirit then moved to the east window and I could see the car race north to the hospital. While everyone was rushing about me, my spirit was at peace, calm, and somewhat curious. As spirit, I had no legs, but that caused no panic. I was flying and that caused no panic. Everyone else was going nuts and that caused no panic.
Date NDE Occurred: May 1960
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness 1)I had german measles 2)It developed into encephalitis 3)That resulted in grand mall seizures Life threatening event, but not clinical death 1)I had german measles 2)It developed into encephalitis 3)That resulted in grand mall seizures
I was hospitalized in a coma and near death for four days.
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 See above.
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 While everyone was rushing about me, my spirit was at peace, calm, and somewhat curious.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I experienced the grand mal seizure and my physical body was out. This experience was one of the four clearest memories of my life.
1)Out of Body age 7 1960
2)Death of JFK 1963
3)Wedding Mass 1972
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Were your senses more vivid than usual? No
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? Calmness and peace
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
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? Greatly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I am more deeply spiritual.
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 both consistent and not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience You need a
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Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes It changed belief into knowledge.
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 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 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 definitely exists No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I did not fear death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not 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 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? Moderately 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? Slight changes in my life Slight changes in my life
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Yes I love move completely
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 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 Certainty
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The love of God
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes 30 years
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I read of NDE and hear accounts from others before my story came rushing forward out of my memory.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real My memory surfaced 20 years after the event. I described it to my parents after my mother inaccurately recalled the events of the days. I said, 'No you did not pick me up out the bed, Dad did'. He looked me with astonishment, 'That is exactly right, but how did you know?'
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real We have a soul and I only wish I could more easily touch the face of God.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Uncertain I have never had another out of body experience. However I have an insatiable thirst for joy.
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