I went to a cave and saw my long lost relatives. Prior to the event, I was vomiting blood and was diagnosed with a brain abscess. While in Jose Reyes Hospital, after vomiting blood and suffering from a mild stroke, I left my body. I went inside a cave and I saw my ancestors, several of them, they were all seated on the floor. The cave was black, and my ancestors wore full-length white clothing. They did not speak and stared at me. Then, when my mother shouted 'champorado' in the intensive care unit, I left the cave and my ancestors slowly receded from my view.
Date NDE Occurred: 1999
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
I was vomiting blood throughout that time.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
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 During the time in the cave.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? During the time in the cave.
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
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? No
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
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 My ancestors, my grandfather, and other dead relatives.
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? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm cave.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I just stared at them.
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
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
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future
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 Born again
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal Born again
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? 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 Life has meaning and has hidden purpose.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I am now a volunteer for two cancer foundations, helping children with cancer. My promise was to help in whatever way possible, after I was cured.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes
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 mother. I also told my father, but he did not believe that much.
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
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
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