I was at a party, and a guy told me he had some weed that was special. I'm not a weed smoker, but he was cute. I remember smoking a little, then getting up to walk, and then nothing. Suddenly, I was floating above myself; up against the ceiling like a balloon, and then softly bumping the ceiling. I could hear people talking, like my hands were cupped over my ears. I really remember the parts in people's hair, straight down the middle, but I couldn't see faces. One girl was trying to help me and was very upset. She said, 'She's not breathing, somebody help her!' While watching this, I was very calm and peaceful. I did not know the girl. I felt grateful that she cared. I had a sense of affection for her and her caring about me. I heard someone say, 'She's wet her pants.' Not caring at all, I was only curious about what I could see. Then suddenly, like suction, I was back in my body! My hearing came back. It went from muffled to normal during the suctioning back to my body. I could feel myself again and was affected by gravity. I felt heavy. A friend helped me up and took me outside for air. I was unconcerned about what had happened. I didn't feel 'high.' I thought about what happened. I was worried that if I had died, that I would have been trapped in the house forever, like a ghost. I went home, went to bed, and didn't tell anyone for about 20 years.
Date NDE Occurred: 1978
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain. Drug or medication overdose. Life threatening event, but not clinical death.
I saw, from above, that everyone was panicking. I heard someone say, 'she's not breathing.'
How do you consider the content of your experience? Both pleasant AND distressing
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I watched the people at the party gather around me. One girl attempted to help me. I saw everybody and everything happening.
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? When I was floating up on the ceiling.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
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. Same
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. My hearing was like having my hands cupped over my ears.
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? Peace, curiosity, love
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 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? No
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? Unaffiliated- Nothing in particular- Secular unaffiliated
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Not important to me
What is your religion now? Unaffiliated- Nothing in particular- Secular unaffiliated
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 I believe in an afterlife or spirit life. My spirit popped out of my body when my body gave out.
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 probably 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 possibly 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 probably exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife probably exists No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I moderately feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I moderately 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 possibly meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? Uncertain Even though I felt at peace, I had a great sense of being alone.
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Unknown
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Uncertain I felt love and a gentle peacefulness forvthe per son who was upset and helping me.
Were you compassionate after your experience? Unknown
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? 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 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
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The care from the girl, I really felt touched by her concern.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes About 20 years. They were just curious about 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 It felt real. I never thought it wasn't real.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I think only seeing the tops of everyone's heads, the parts in their hair.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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