When I was a year and a half old, my sitter gave me pieces of gum to quiet my crying. A piece of gum got stuck in my throat and choked me. My parents came in and laid me across their bed with a laundry basket at the side of the bed for me to throw up into. I was laying across the bed, around the middle section, with my head facing toward the wall with the bedroom door. My crib was at the foot of the bed next to my father’s chest of drawers. My mother's drawers were at the head of the bed on the right side running parallel with the bed. Beside her chest of drawers was the bedroom window. My mother was sitting to the right of me, stroking my throat. My father was standing next to the door blocking the way of the sitter. The laundry basket was a turquoise color and the bed covering was white with a flower design. I was watching this from above the bedroom window. I always thought this was a dream until I told my mother about it when I was in my twenties. She told me that this is what happened to me when I was a year and a half. We had moved out of that house when I was around two years old. I had never recognized the house in my memory. That is why I thought it was a dream.
Date NDE Occurred: 1963
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
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 was witnessing the occurrences around my body.
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? I was too young to remember.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
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. I was too young to know.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I was too young to know.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
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? No
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? Uncertain I was too young to notice.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? There were no emotions.
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? No
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? Unknown
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Protestant
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Slightly important to me
What is your religion now? Native American religion
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 to young to experience a belief structured event
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain Since I was so young when the experience happened, I had not begun to form values or beliefs.
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? Unknown
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? Uncertain I was too young to understand.
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Unknown
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? Unknown
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife probably exists No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? Unknown
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Unknown
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
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Unknown
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? Unknown
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes I was too young to talk.
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 I do not remember much of my childhood before the age of four except for this experience at 1.5 years
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I sometimes am able to project my exact thoughts to my wife over great distances.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I was in my early twenties before I first shared this experience.
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 cannot say because I was so young.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Since I was able to describe the details of the experience so vividly, and because my mother collaborated the events that took place, I believe that I did experience the event from outside my body.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Some of your questions I was unable to answer because of my age at the time of the occurrence. You should have an option to say not applicable to some of the questions.
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