Experience Description

I saw the hospital room that I was in (emergency room department). I did not want to come back, but eventually understood that I had to. Not sure how I knew that, but later, after I recuperated, I remember knowing that I would never be afraid of dying. I also, at eighteen, was very sure I had to do something for other people with my life. I tried to convince my parents that I HAD to join the Peace Corps; something I would have never wanted to do before this happened.

It totally changed my life. My mother died two years ago. I was with her when the doctor told her she had a month to live, and was able to tell her that I was SURE she would be okay.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 'May 27, 1974'

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Head on auto collision Life threatening event, but not clinical death 'not sure if clinical death or not; would have to get records. very close, comatose for one week'

How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful

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? More consciousness and alertness than normal All of it; but I remember the last part all these years later!!

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? All of it; but I remember the last part all these years later!!

Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning I was there a long time, to me, but it was not actually long at all.

Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid

Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes I saw something like a tunnel, but was very aware of the peaceful light at the end.

Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes I did, but cannot describe them. I 'knew' they were there, and communicated without words.

The experience included: Light

Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin

Did you see an unearthly light? Yes It was a light; but so much more. Almost like a living light.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Complete happiness, wonder, peace.

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 united or one with the world

The experience included: Special Knowledge

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe

Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control

The experience included: Vision of the future

Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future My daughter.

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 was your religion prior to your experience? Liberal

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes My religious beliefs changed to become much more expansive, less narrow.

What is your religion now? Liberal

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes My religious beliefs changed to become much more expansive, less narrow.

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

Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them

Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:

During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes I know that death is just not something to fear. Also, that we are supposed to be helping each other, as a society.

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes The feeling - this was before people spoke about this like they do now!

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 told my family as soon as possible. They had not heard of this, and just shrugged it off to drugs. However, I don't think I would have been on the drugs in the emergency room, at least not right away.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Uncertain

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real

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

Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? My experience was a long time ago, but it still affects my life today.

Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Thanks for having this site!!