Judith S's Experience
It wasn't until the late 1990's that I read a book describing a woman's NDE from a surgical procedure. Up until then, I tried to research what I experienced, but could find nothing similar.
My Experience happened in 1972 and there was nothing unusual going on in my life other than being a mother to three young children under the age of five. My husband was the Chief of surgery at the hospital. I went to sleep as usual without any alcohol or drug assistance.
that I was in the street and an oncoming black car
with running boards was about to hit me.
My first thought was the fear that I was going to feel pain. Upon
impact, I saw myself in a mystical place.
I was on a path. On either side of the path were shrouded figures in a
'child's pose' stretching all the way out to the horizon on either side of where
I stood. Ahead of me were
unbelievably beautiful clouds and light emanating from that place. It also
emanated heavenly, celestial music.
In an instant, I knew that I was supposed to go there, towards the light.
Somehow I realized during the dream or when I woke up that I was on the
path and the other shrouded figures in the dream didn't know where to go.
Upon awaking, I realized immediately that I was more than my physical
body and this experience impacted my life from then on.
I painted my dream in oils as this was the most unusual and important
experience of my life at that point in time.
At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event? No
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? during the entire dream
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 colors and sound seem to have been intensified
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Unusual to dream in such sense detail
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. normal hearing except that I've never heard such celestial harp, flute music before
Did you see or hear any earthly events that were occurring during a time that your consciousness / awareness was apart from your physical / earthly body? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Disbelief that I hadn't any physical pain, no fear, happiness
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes beautiful light emanating from the clouds and sky ahead of the path on which I was standing
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
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
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain Assume that the people in my dream on either side of the path were deceased
Did you become aware of past events in your life during your experience? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm
beautiful colors, unusual light, beautiful music not from my everyday world
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe I realized that I was more than my physical body, that part of me was infinite, assumed that this applied to every living person.
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness suggesting that there either is (or is not) continued existence after earthly life (“life after death”)? Yes As I wrote above I was certain without a doubt that there is life after death
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that God or a supreme being either does (or does not) exist? Yes thought was that one was to go towards the light which was God, that some people after death didn't know where to go and they were represented by the shrouded shapes on either side of the path. I was on the path and knew to go towards the light (god),
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that you either did (or did not) exist prior to this lifetime? Yes Thought that maybe I had been killed by the automobile and instead of feeling pain, instantly part of me found myself on the path in this other, unworldly, heavenly beautiful place.
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that a mystical universal connection or unity/oneness either does (or does not) exist? Yes Knew that I was to stay on the path towards this beautiful light and music and that those who didn't know this were the unfortunate shrouded shapes that surrounded me on the path. I was aware that there is more than what I had been taught and that we had a spiritual connection and that one doesn't die. Maybe that your thoughts create your realty, but this can be what I think now.
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s meaning or purpose? No
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s difficulties, challenges, or hardships? No
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding love? No
During your experience, did you encounter any other specific information / awareness that you have not shared in other questions that is relevant to living our earthly lives? Uncertain Probably that we are more than our physical bodies and our spirit or soul never dies.
Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge or purpose? Yes That if one didn't believe that they were stuck (shrouded shapes) and never reached the light.
What occurred during your experience included: Content that was entirely not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience I was very young and not extensively read; however, I had an unusual experience about two years prior to my dream when I gave birth to my son. When they put him in my arms in the hospital I looked into his eyes and was shocked and said to myself 'I know you from before' I had never consciously heard or read about reincarnation before. Not sure if I investigated it after as I was busy being a mother.
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 th I can never forget this experience, most important experience of my life. Time can never dull my remembrance.
My experience directly resulted in: Moderate changes in my life
Did you have any changes in your values or beliefs after the experience that occurred as a result of the experience? Yes Knew that a higher being existed and that the earthly existence was just temporary and maybe that one (like energy) is recycled and that reincarnation is a distinct possibility.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes yes, I had an out-of-body experience, again in a sleep state. This occurred during the same year 1972.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? NO FEAR OF DEATH
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Immediately told my husband who was an M.D. doctor and a scientist. I don't know if he was influenced, but he did believe me that I had the experience. We're still married( fifty years, so,,,
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 I experienced it, but couldn't explain how or why I had the dream. Never heard of NDE's EVER. No one wrote about it in the 1970's. It was very real to me and I just accepted it/
What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time: Experience was definitely real After reading what was published after 1999, Dr. Moody, etc. and having written a paper about NDE, I know they are real. However, I've never heard of anyone having this experience in the 1970's in a dream and would like to hear about that. It's one thing to dream about it now that the knowledge of the occurrence is in the mainstream of our society, but prior, that's what I would like to know.
Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes My son, who is currently terminal, stage 4 cancer and also a medical doctor, thinks that I'm a kook because I reiterated my experience to him.
Have your religious beliefs/spiritual practices changed specifically as a result of your experience? No
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? Since I had never heard nor read about a NDE in 1970, my dream must have been a previous life experience and meant to show me the truth about reincarnation.
Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Yes
EXPERIENCE DESCRIPTION 3081
I was asleep in my bed in my bedroom which shared a common wall with the bedroom of my daughter next door. Somehow I felt myself travel through the wall and felt myself to be in her room looking down on her asleep in her bed. I realized that all of my senses were the same as being really there, but knew I was without my physical body. At this point I panicked and immediately found myself back in my own bed
Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience? No
Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No
At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event? No
What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience? very alert
Was the experience dream like in any way? yes, it was dark as it was nighttime, but the feeling was more heightened than if I was having a dream
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Wonder and amazement that I could be somewhere without my body and still feel like my senses were the same.
Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises? no
Did you see a light? No
Did you meet or see any other beings? No
Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? No
Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later? No
Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different? Uncertain I think my sense of sight was different, I mean I could see where I was and also see the non-space, void of where I felt to be but there was no physical body. I was there but without form.
Did you have any sense of altered space or time? Uncertain
Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose? No
Did you become aware of future events? No
Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body? Yes Fear and that fear made me return to my physical body.
Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience? Uncertain It was after this event that I had an experience of seeing ghosts.
Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience? Yes Knew I was more than my physical body
How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices? not sure, but I think I consider myself different
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes Sometimes they laugh, other times they consider me unique
What emotions did you experience following your experience? Awe and wonder and the need to investigate by reading .
What was the best and worst part of your experience? The feeling of being free without my physical body and the ability to go through a wall.