Prior to the experience, I was under a lot of stress but I was not physically ill. One day whilst at work and sitting at my desk, I felt my eyes roll back and couldn't talk but was screaming within for someone to see me and help me. It was too quick and I woke up in hospital. I underwent all sorts of tests but the doctors found no reason for my episode. It was a freak incident and never happened again. It was a stressful experience after the event. About a week after the event, I started remembering an event that was so clear in my mind and it felt so real. It was not like a dream but like a real experience. Here it is. I felt light, weightless. I felt no stress or pain. I was elevating up into the sky. It was night. There were stars and moonlight. There were other people, lots of souls being elevated into the sky with me. I was not scared. I got to the opening of a long big tunnel. It was dark inside the tunnel but there was a light at the end. It was too far away. At the opening of the tunnel, an old man with a white beard was inspecting the souls and letting people through. But some people needed to go back. When it was my turn, he said to me in Arabic, 'It is too early for you. You haven't finished yet.' Then he threw me back down to earth. That was all I can remember. I don't know when I had that experience exactly. All I know is it was at least a week or so after my unexplained collapse that I recalled the experience. I remember calling my mum and telling what is in my mind. My mum is a religious, spiritual lady. She said to me that it obviously was not my time yet and that I must have had a near death experience. It was like nothing I experienced before and I questioned myself so much before I told anyone about this. I guess if others experience similar experiences then I haven't lost my mind and this could be real.
Date NDE Occurred: 2000
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No. Marital problems and stress. Other: sudden collapse. Nothing physically wrong.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Neither pleasant NOR distressing
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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 I was so focused and my surroundings and on myself that nothing distracted me and I was completely in the experience. Normally I multi-task, even in my thoughts.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? All throughout
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 not sure of the speed of the events. It was definitely night, though.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Clearer
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. It was extremely quiet throughout the experience.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
The experience included: Tunnel
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? Uncertain Other souls were being elevated up with me. Don't know who they were. There were many of them, though.
The experience included: Void
The experience included: Darkness
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes There was a light at the end of the tunnel. It was too far away from me.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peaceful
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
Did you have a feeling of joy? No
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? Greatly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Catholic
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 We know as Christians that life on earth is not the end. There is life after death and it felt like I was going there and earthly connections like kids and husband didn't cross my mind. I was completely detached.
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? I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin
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.)? Uncertain The man at the entrance of the tunnel. Not sure who he was. He was dressed in white long dresslike outfit and had a white 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 It was like a definite connection between this life and the next. It seems like the same world we live but we cannot see ordinarily
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 It looked too organised to not be God. It wasn't questionable. I just knew where I was going. I was going to the other life.
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? No
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 Yes There was a place the souls goingbthrough the tunnel were going too. It was beyond the light at the end of the tunnel.
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I greatly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I greatly 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? Moderately 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? Greatly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No Actually, no. It was unusual but I can express 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 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
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes My mum
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes Heard stories
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was probably real It is too bizarre and unusual to be accepted as definitely real. It's as if my mind doesn't allow me to believe it was real.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably real Same as before
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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