Mother was in hospital to give birth to me and I had turned the wrong way. Mother became semi-conscience due to labor exhaustion. Somewhere during that time, she found herself going through the tunnel of light. At the end of the tunnel was a man in a turban and with a short beard. As she came closer to him, she heard him chanting, 'Come on Virginia, come on Virginia.' The face then turned into my father's face. He was smiling and she suddenly went back into her body. My father was in the waiting room at the time chanting, 'Come on, Virginia, come on Virginia.' The doctor lightly hit my mother under the breastbone, which turned me around. I was delivered safe and sound. So, I've grown up knowing that near death experiences are real. This happened 67 years ago.
Date NDE Occurred: Jan 5, 1948
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Childbirth. Other: Labor/delivery
Mother was a having very stressful time in labor.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Both pleasant AND distressing
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Cannot say
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
Faster than usual
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. Don't understand question
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. She did not hear the words. Telepathy.
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 actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain She did not know the entity
The experience included: Unearthly light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? An unusually bright light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes An unusually bright light
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Tunnel of light
What emotions did you feel during the experience? She was very much in awe.
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 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? Unaffiliated- Nothing in particular- Secular unaffiliated Mother had deep belief in ONE GOD, but did not attend church
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Unknown
What is your religion now? Other faiths- Unitarian and other liberal faiths N/A, mother deceased .
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 She then knew everything would be fine with the birth.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Mother had deep belief in ONE GOD, but did not attend church. It deepened her belief in God. Strengthened her belief in God.
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 I actually saw them. Described above
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
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.)? Uncertain Young, turbin, beard
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Uncertain
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 She knew this was a "devine being"
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
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 slightly feared 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 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 Was given reassurance.
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes Awareness of love and protection
Were you compassionate after your experience? Unknown
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Slight changes in her life. Slight changes in her life.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain Cannot answer that for her.
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 as accurately as other life events that occurred around the time of the experience I remember the experience as accurately as 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? She was amazed that my father drew her back from beyond.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Immediately. My father knew it was true because she could tell him what his thoughts were in the Waiting room.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Uncertain It was my mother's experience, not mine.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real She never forgot it and repeated the stories several times in my presence throughout her life.
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
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? She lost awareness of her body. My mother is now deceased. She then knew everything would be fine with the birth. The man was young, turban, and had a beard. She knew this was a 'divine being'. God definitely exists. She was given reassurance. Awareness of love and protection. My mother, grandmother, and I, have all had psychic experiences throughout our lives.
Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Uncertain
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