In that moment, my whole life with every single scene that it was composed of passed by very quickly. I couldn't remain in any scene for more than a fraction of a second. My attention was directed towards a very white and brilliant light. I wanted to go toward that place. I felt attracted to it - I felt a strong attraction to the peace and light. It was an experience that the years haven't allowed me to forget. It was extraordinary.
Date NDE Occurred: 1975
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Childbirth 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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 The whole time that the experience lasted.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? During the whole experience.
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
Everything passed quickly, with speed, without space or time.
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? Yes All of the scenes from my life that ran towards the light that attracted me passed through a tube or a tunnel.
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
The experience included: Light
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? Yes It was a white and lovely light. I can't compare it with the sun. The light and the peace that was waiting there attracted me.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Very strong. It was an experience that carried me forward, with me and without me. At the same time it passed me by but I couldn't manage it.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
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
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control All of my life passed by in just a few seconds.
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future After that experience, on some occasions, I have been able to anticipate the death of an acquaintance or loved one.
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
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate
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? Yes Sometimes I can foresee emotional events from other people that have yet to happen.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes But there has been very few times I've been able to share it. One of those people had the same thing happen to them that happened to me.
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 Very real.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I saw the experience, I see it, and I will see it as real for the rest of my life.
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? Try not to always ask the same things because it's tiring.
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