Experience Description

I was having an asthma attack but this one seemed much worse than any I'd had before. I passed out and stopped breathing. My body completely shut down and the next thing I knew I was in a dark place. It didn't seem like a room because I didn't feel my feet standing on anything solid. I didn't find it strange either that I was floating. I felt a kind of normal-ness, like I knew why I was there and it was okay. In front of me was a podium with an open book on it with a little writing on one of the pages. Beside the book was an inkwell with a quill in it. There was no one else in the room but I felt a presence telling me to look at the book, so I did and I didn't understand anything that was written there but I remember thinking, 'My name isn't here,' so I assumed I wasn't meant to be there. I awoke with my mum and dad standing over me and I remember saying 'I saw the book, that means I'll be going back.'

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 11/02

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Illness Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)

How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed

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 As above.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I seemed to be most conscious while looking at the book. The whole experience seemed very real to me.

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

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. It was very dark in the place but the podium was lit up as if spotlighted.

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 any voices but I knew where was a voice there.

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 just appeared in the dark space.

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

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No

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? No

What emotions did you feel during the experience? A feeling of complete calmness.

Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness

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? Conservative/fundamentalist none

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist none

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? No

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? No

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 woke up and told my mum. She's a spiritual person so she believed in what I saw.

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 probably real I felt as though it was real but another part of be believes it couldn't have been real. I haven't told anyone other than my mum.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably real

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No