After a fall from a horse, I come to, but I was up high in the corner of the emergency room. I am quite shocked to see myself lying on my stomach. Then I was in front of my grandfather, who passed the year before. I feel good and I want to stay. But my grandfather tells me that I have to return and that everything will be okay. We were bathed in a kind of green halo. My grandfather is sitting on his tomb. I don't feel my body anymore. I refuse to go. It seems that time stopped. Then I wake up in my hospital bed. This experience is difficult to put into words.
Date NDE Occurred: Août 1994
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No. Accident. Life threatening event, but not clinical death
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 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 It was as if I had no barriers.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I talked to my grandfather.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Time didn't exist anymore.
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. Better
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Different, strange
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
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 I saw my grandfather.
The experience included: Unearthly light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? An unusually bright light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes Intensive green, almost fluorescent.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? Some unfamiliar and strange place I knew this cemetery but the light made it seem strange, but not scary.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Something infinitely greater that was beyond me.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
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? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Not important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Unaffiliated- Nothing in particular- Secular unaffiliated
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Not important to me
What is your religion now? Unaffiliated- Nothing in particular- Secular unaffiliated
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was both consistent and not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience. I got the certainty that the loved being was not disappearing totally from our life and that he knew what would become of my life.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I felt safe, accompanied.
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 I saw my grandfather.
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
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? God does not exist
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God does not exist
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are not meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife does not exist
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes See Narrative
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? Greatly fearful in living my earthly life
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? Greatly compassionate toward others
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? I was trusting; I decided to leave my place where I was living. I was trusting; I decided to leave my place where I was living.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I moved away from my family forever.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes I have the impression that everything I felt was something that I do not know, even the usage of speech was different.
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. Just before this, I got a vacation job of which I remember very few things; it's vague, while that experience is as if it happened yesterday.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes It's as if I could anticipate death. Yes, I have a low educational level; nevertheless, I studied the work of Claude Levi Strauss as well as the one of Freud.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes It took me 20 years before I talked about it to my best friend and to nobody else, she thinks that this saved my life!!!
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 It was real.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real More so today, as I have the certainty that my grandfather is there, the more that I saw him 5 months ago this was equally real.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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