It was 30th May 2009. I was being operated on for a hernia. As scheduled, I was shifted to the operating theater. Soon I was unconsciousness under the effect of anesthesia. The next thing I can remember, I was observing the operation from the ceiling. I had a comfortable 'rial view of the surgery. I could see my dad who was inside the operating theater. I could see the surgeon and the nurse standing to the left of me. Suddenly, I went up higher and felt extreme happiness and peace, which I had never ever experienced. It was divine. I suddenly started falling back in a deep dark tunnel. As I fell in the tunnel, a few past events of my life were visible to me and they went past me in a fraction of a second. Next thing I remember was waking up in the ward of the hospital. I always thought that it was a dream. Two years later, I was reading about NDEs on the internet and I found my experience similar to the experiences depicted there. Out of curiosity, I asked my dad about it. My dad is a psychiatrist and has been practicing since 23 years. He was present in the operating theater. He told me that I was gasping at one point during the operation and that the situation was grave. I was shocked to know this. But since then, I've had a tremendous transformation. I was a GOD-hater. Suddenly I've started reading a lot of spiritual literature. I feel happier and safe. I don't fear death anymore and never get depressed at the problems I face in life.
Date NDE Occurred: 30-5-2009
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
Breathing complications during surgery.
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 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? No response.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Time seemed to go faster or slower than usual
I felt as if I was there for hours. According to my dad, I was in a gasping condition for only a couple of minutes
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. Vision was absolutely 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 a dark tunnel leading to nowhere. But at times there were memories of my past flying past me while I was falling down the tunnel.
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: Void
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
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Extreme peace and happiness.
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? I felt no longer in conflict with nature
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? I remembered many past events
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? Christian- Protestant Atheist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I was strongly against the belief of God, soul and afterlife. This experience changed every belief of mine. I myself, a non-believer in such things before, have started believing in life after death.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Unaffiliated- Atheist Spiritual
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience I was strongly against the belief of God,soul and afterlife. But this experience changed every belief of mine.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes See narrative above.
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 does not exist
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? I am uncertain if God 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 not 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 does not exist
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Uncertain I,myself,a non-believer in such things before have started believing in life after death.
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I greatly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I slightly fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Greatly fearful in living my earthly life
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 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? Moderately 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? Moderate changes in my life As I mentioned earlier, I have become spiritual and started exploring a lot of spiritual work. I started reading about Sufism.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Yes I have started forgiving people for their mistakes which I never did previously. My short tempered nature has changed too.
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
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The entire experience was significant to me.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes It was after 2 years I myself realized about the NDE. I have shared it with my parents. My dad was not at all surprised. He thinks it may have happened.
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 probably real I always thought it was a dream or hallucination due to anesthesia.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real After reading about NDEs and confirming with my dad that I was gasping, I feel it was real and I did go through an NDE.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? No, thank you.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? No suggestions.
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