Experience Description

I was undergoing surgery for removal of an ovary when I found 'myself' above the operating table sitting on a bar attached to the ceiling. I was aware of the people and the body on the operating table, but was not at all interested in what was going on. There was a 'being' next to me - I could not see this being, but was aware that it was there. I was blithely swinging on the bar, like I used to do as a kid on the monkey bars. The emotional feeling was one of complete freedom, contentment, and happiness - something which I will never forget as I tend to be somewhat of a tense person.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 1973

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Surgery-related Other: Surgery I was undergoing the first surgery of my life at the time.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful

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? More consciousness and alertness than normal As above.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Hard to say, but it was DURING the surgery when the body (mine) below me was out.

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. I was just aware of the light (from the lights over the operating table perhaps) and the people moving below me. I don't recall any specific colors other than white and the shiny gray like stainless steel.

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I don't recall hearing ANYTHING at all - hearing didn't seem to be necessary.

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

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 I did not feel that I knew the being. It was just a feeling of a loving being which (who?) was next to me 'in spirit.'

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? Uncertain I always believed that the light was from the lights over the operating table.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Delight, happiness, playfulness. It was awesome.

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? Moderate 'Christian, but did not attend a church regularly'

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain I always BELIEVED there was a GOD; now I have a KNOWINGNESS that there is a God.

What is your religion now? Moderate 'Unity Church, but do not attend regularly'

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain I always BELIEVED there was a GOD; now I have a KNOWINGNESS that there is a God.

The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings

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

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The feeling of joy and happiness - lightness of spirit - I will NEVER forget that.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared the experience with my husband shortly after the surgery. I've shared it with a few others who I feel share my spiritual beliefs.

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 The experience took away a lot of my fear of death as it made me realize that I am not my body. I've read that we're spiritual beings having a human experience and my out of body experience reinforces that as I FELT like a spiritual being rather than a person in a body.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I view the experience as a privilege - a gift.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes During meditation about five years ago and prior to finding out of I had cancer, I got a 'message' - it was, 'All is as it should be.' I don't use words like that; I would have said instead, 'Everything's okay.' So I feel that the message was from a spiritual being - it is now my mantra when I'm worried about something.

Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? Only that I feel that it did happen.

Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? No - you have covered it pretty thoroughly.