I developed acute pain in my abdomen that was diagnosed as appendicitis. I took some analgesics and antibiotics. Then I consulted a surgeon in a private hospital and he concurred with my diagnosis. As it was an inflammatory type of diagnosis, he suggested removing the appendix without any delay. My mother was with me the night prior to the surgery. She expressed that she was afraid that something might go wrong. I consoled her, telling her that I understood her anxiety as it was expected. But I noticed that I was, also, afraid of death. I sat down, meditated, and prayed. I said to myself that ‘I am a soul inside this body; my conscious is clear, God shall guide me, and I shall not fear’. I was relieved of fear immediately and slept like a baby. They took me to operating room. I had mixed feelings, but had decided to remain calm. The doctors appreciated my attitude and an anesthesia injection was given to me. I counted to about 12 and noticed that I was in complete consciousness but felt bodiless and a kind of lightness. It was like being lifted above the cot. I felt bright and saw myself moving effortlessly inside a self-illuminated tube. The tube had a brightness, which I have never seen. It was a divine brightness and a pleasurable experience. I insisted on moving forward, but suddenly started feeling the reverse events. I felt heaviness of the body, as I started carrying the weight when I moved. I then heard doctors conversing among themselves. When I opened my eyes, I saw they had a fresh sign of relief over their faces. I was curious of what had happened in the operating room. On enquiring, one of the doctors said hesitantly that I was dead during the last stage of surgery, but he didn't reveal anything more than that. I believe this was one more sign of my creator, as I have been blessed with many events that are more miraculous in my life. Today, I live nearer to God.
Date NDE Occurred: 14 yrs.back
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain. Life threatening event, but not clinical death.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Neither pleasant NOR distressing
The experience included: Out of body experience
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? Normal consciousness and alertness I had a much clearer consciousness and alertness
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I could even think and analyze
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
I didn't feel any concept of 'time'
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. My vision, consciousness, thinking were all crystal clear during the experience
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I didn't hear anything through my ears. But there was some pleasing sound I noticed via my bright and light body.
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 structurally transparent tunnel with curvatures appearing to allow me to move as I moved my body even slightly. It was completely glowing on its own. I didn't see its end, as even its end was as bright as where I was. It was like there was no separate entity-like body, tunnel, surrounding, and end. But everything was merged into one brightness.
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: Unearthly 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 I haven't seen any light like that. It was bright on its own.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I felt I was on my most awaited homecoming as I was returning back to my own home.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Blissful, blissful
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? Everything about the universe I felt that I exist universally: As though everything is known to me since ages.
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No I was aware of my worldly identity and about the purpose I was there
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? Moderately important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Hindu Born in Hindu family. Believed in universality, one creator.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Protestant Reborn Christian, since 3 yrs
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 I was more of doubtful person. Afterwards I became more confident in being spiritual
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes By living more of 'human life', one can experience divinity, is what I believe now.
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? Yes During my highschool days, I was shown pics of a tourist place by my friend. I felt that I had been there sometime.I drew some buildig structures which I felt had seen to her.I was surprised when I came to know that things existed in that place.I was sure I never visited them before.Later I found some more pics which were almost the same I drew. I haven't visited that place till today. I was also told by my spiritual guru not to get bothered by such things but to live the present time.
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Yes I felt it clearly.
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? Yes I felt that somebody is watching everything which was happening.
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? Yes I believed more in an almighty power.
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? Uncertain I felt as though I was here with some purpose, not very clear.
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 Yes I believed that there is an afterlife, as my conscience was so clear & strong. It was like I know that I exist
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I greatly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? Unknown
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 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? Slightly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes I felt that bliss and love together
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? I am more lively, compassionate and more human. I am more lively, compassionate and more human.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I am able to understand and serve people better than before the experience.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It was not a worldly but a divine experience. I can't explain it in words.
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 th I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of th
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain Except for being more kind and compassionate, I don't claim any extraordinary powers. I consider these values no lesser than any gifts
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I have been mysteriously saved from accidents and illnesses, even when most experienced doctors declared me to be gone soon.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I told my mother and husband about my experience, the same evening. My mother seemed to agree with it and said that such out of body experience had happened to my grandfather, too. Whereas my husband didn't consider it as important.
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 I felt it as real, as I cross-checked for any unusual event during the surgery. They matched. Whatever I experienced was with my clear consciousness.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real It was a wonderful life-changing experience. It made a better person out of me.
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? It is good for anybody to believe in afterlife, even if he doesn't experience NDE, because it makes him more human.
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