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Pam V's Experience

Experience description:   

I was in labor for 30+ hours with my first and only child. Needed emergency C-section due to drop/stopping of my baby's heart rate. I was awake during the surgery (epidural). When I was laid flat on my back, my own heart went haywire and they couldn't stabilize me to begin the procedure. I was thrashing around and could not relax or do anything to control my heart. I went in and out of consciousness. My heart went into a bad arrhythmia due to compression of the aorta when placed flat on my back (I'm a very small person and the baby compressed it).

During some point in time, I started to hear the Lord's prayer in my head. At first I thought I was just praying to myself, but I heard multiple voices (men and women) saying the prayer. After a short amount of time, my heart stabilized for the staff to bring my husband in to watch and begin the procedure. One of the nurses commented that it was really odd.

I didn't think much of it until I learned that my aunt had started a prayer circle at the same time this incident occurred. I figured it must explain hearing multiple voices reciting the Lord's prayer.

At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event?   Yes 

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?    When I heard the multiple voices saying the prayer and feeling my heart go back to normal.

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

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.
   I didn't visualize anything; I only heard something

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.
   My hearing was more acute than usual

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?   Uncertain   I heard multiple voices reciting the Lord's prayer

What emotions did you feel during the experience?   Fear, then peace  

Did you pass into or through a tunnel?   No  

Did you see an unearthly light?   No  

Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice?   I heard a voice I could not identify
I heard multiple voices

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?   No  

Did you become aware of past events in your life during your experience?   No  

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

Did time seem to speed up or slow down?   Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
I really don't know how much time elapsed between the time I heard the multiple voices to the time my heart stabilized

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything?   No

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”)?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that God or a supreme being either does (or does not) exist?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that you either did (or did not) exist prior to this lifetime?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that a mystical universal connection or unity/oneness either does (or does not) exist?   No  

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?   No  

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge or purpose?   No  

What occurred during your experience included:   Content that was both consistent and not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience  

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     

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  

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience?   Uncertain   I had premonitions when I was younger. Majority were bad events though. Very unsettling. No change after this event, but incidents of premonitions have decreased as I have gotten older.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you?    
I did not learn about the prayer circle that my aunt started with her church until a few years after this event. When I did find out and then put 2+2 together, I felt closer to a very religious deceased family member in a way that I cannot explain. I swear this family member is watching over me.

Have you ever shared this experience with others?  
Yes  10-15 years later, mainly family members. Most were intrigued. One totally believed and increased this person's faith even further.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?   Yes   When I was much younger, due to my previous experiences with premonitions, I researched parapsychology and attended workshops to learn more.

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened:   Experience was probably real   I didn't think much about it until I later learned about the prayer circle. After that, I AM CONVINCED BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT that what happened was real, and that divine intervention occurred to save both my and my child's life.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time:   Experience was definitely real   See above.

Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?   No   Try to help family members who have strayed from the church to think about their faith again. I do not attend church at this time. Several of the churches that I joined made me feel that they are hypocritical and many "ministers" are enjoying a tax free life, totally abusing the system and are not true messengers of God. As a result, I pursue my faith on my own.

Just my opinion...

Have your religious beliefs/spiritual practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?   Yes   See above

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?   It truly changed my perspective of good and evil and heaven and earth. I have also had two other incidents that I feel were near death experiences that as a scientist I cannot define or quantify.

Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?   Uncertain   My experience wasn't a vision, but auditory. Still I believe it was a true near death experience.

What could a national organization with an interest in near death experience (NDE) do that would be of interest to you?       Assist me in understanding what happened and perhaps convince me that I'm not crazy for believing.