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Lisa L's Experience 4973

Experience description:   

I was under general anesthesia during a four-hour surgery about two weeks before my mother passed away. During this time, my mother was in a coma in a hospital across town after going into renal failure.  

During my experience while I was under sedation, I found myself standing just inside a very dark tunnel. A few feet beyond where I was standing, the tunnel ended and there was a large area of just pure, white light. I could see beings dressed in white flying or moving about within the light. 

With me inside of the tunnel was my mother. We were talking for a time, though I have never been able to recall what we were talking about. It seems as though we were together for awhile, though again, I'm not sure how long it was.  

Finally, my mother said that it was time for me to go back. She said that she would be going on into the light in a few days, but that she would see me again soon.  

I then woke up in the recovery room.

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No      

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          Uncertain            The event occurred while I was under general anesthesia during a four-hour surgery. I'm not sure if any life-threatening events occurred during that surgery or not.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?    At the end when my mother was telling me that I had to go back, but that she would be going on soon.

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal every day consciousness and alertness?    Normal consciousness and alertness

            At the end when my mother was telling me that I had to go back, but that she would be going on soon.

Did your vision differ in any way from your normal, everyday vision (in any aspect, such as clarity, field of vision, colors, brightness, depth perception degree of solidness/transparency of objects, etc.)?  Yes     I was able to look at that bright white area without it bothering my eyes. I'm usually very light sensitive and have to wear sunglasses if I go out in sunlight.

Did your hearing differ in any way from your normal, everyday hearing (in any aspect, such as clarity, ability to recognize source of sound, pitch, loudness, etc.)?            No      

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Uncertain

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            I was happy to be talking with my mom, and then sad that she would be going on and I couldn't go with her.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure?          Yes     I was at the edge of a dark tunnel that opened into a very large light area.

Did you see a light?           Yes     The whole area outside of the dark tunnel I was in was bathed in pure, white light.

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Yes     My mother, who was in a coma in a hospital across town. We talked for a while, and then she told me I had to go back and that she'd be going on within a few days, but that she'd see me again soon. (She died August 13.)  (NDERF note: mother died 25 days after experience)

Did you experience a review of past events in your life?    No      

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          No      

Did you see or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or dimensions?            Yes     The pure, white, very bright area beyond the dark tunnel where I was standing with my mom.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Yes     I couldn't tell how long had passed that I was there talking with my mother.

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?     No      

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes     I wasn't able to cross out of the dark tunnel into the light because it wasn't my time to do so.

Did you become aware of future events?       No           

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience you did not have prior to the experience?     Yes     I seem to have a lot of "synchronicity" episodes, where I'll be reading or thinking something and someone will say the exact words that I'm reading or thinking at the exact same second that I'm reading them. This happens to me four or five times every day.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     I think it was several months after the experience that I shared it with my family. They seemed interested, but I don't think they were influenced in any way.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?    Yes     I had seen some things on TV about NDEs, but not a whole lot of information about them.

How did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened:            Experience was definitely real   

Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you?            Yes, the entire experience was very meaningful because it gave me a chance to talk with and say goodbye to my mom before she passed away. It also showed me that even though we were both unconscious at the time, our spirits were still able to communicate.

How do you currently view the reality of your experience:            Experience was definitely real   

Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?           No      

Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?           
Yes     I'm more spiritual without being more religious.

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         No      

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        I treasure this experience, and I know that someday I'll be able to cross out of the dark tunnel into the light and join my mother and other loved ones there. And most of all, I'll be with my Lord.

Did the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?         Yes