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Reuben T's Experience

Experience description:   

In the operating room were four people; the Surgeon, Anesthesiologist, surgical Nurse and myself. After the anesthesiologist had put me under with sodium pentothal; it seemed as if any time had lapsed until I was wide awake and was floating upward toward the huge overhead light, the movement was very slow like floating. I was in the prone position and just knew that light was going to blind me.    Remarkably the light didn't bother me at all. the most remarkable thing was how light my body felt; lighter than a feather.

The surgical Nurse asked the Doctor how was he going to remove my tonsils; he said I am going to enaskalate them. I thought to myself, I will remember that word; I don't think I had ever heard the word enaskalate.     I could look down from my left side and observe and hear every word spoken.  I noticed that I could see through my hands and feet, so I had to examine the rest of my body. The size of my body had not changed except that it looked like a form of transparent energy.   

I could see my body on the operating table and it was hard to believe that it was me; because I was up at the overhead light.   The conversation below changed to the doctor being an atheist; the doctor said he did not believe in an after life, he beloved that we come here live, died and that was all there is. The nurse and anesthesiologist said they would not let him operate on them under any circumstances, they badgered the doctor for the rest of time in the operating room.

One of the things that had been bugging me was what happened to your spirit when you died this worried me because I wanted to know if your spirit was buried with your body or remained with your body till judgment day or what happened to it; This question has never bothered me anymore.     Very close to the end of this operation, I slowly floated down to my body and reentered; as soon as I entered my body I was out like a light.

In the recovery room I told the Surgical Nurse that I heard and watched the entire operation from up near the overhead light and that I too did not know the doctor was an atheist. she turned white as a sheet and I have not seen her since; she did tell the doctor what I told her.    In his office two weeks later he told me what I had told the nurse.    The doctors remarks was I have been telling these nurses that these patients hear everything that is said in the operating room. PS: they don't 

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?     No response      Do not think so, However, Sodium Pentothal was used as the anesthetic.  I have had other operations where sodium pentothal was used and did not experience any OBE's.

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No       nothing

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?           excellent

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   absolutely not

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     I was completely separated from my body

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            the feeling was absolutely wonderful

Did you see a light?           Yes     The overhead light in the operating room was as brilliant as the sun with no heat

Did you meet or see any other beings?           No       I wondered if I could have left the operating room later

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?          Yes     I told the Surgical Nurse and Doctor

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Yes     No weight, excellent hearing, wonderful feeling and the light did not bother my eyes

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   No      

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    Yes     I know what it is to be in the spirit

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             No      

Did you become aware of future events?       Uncertain      convinced that we have a spirit

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       Yes     I knew it was happening but I had no control

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         Yes     I think that I understand the bible more than I did before.  Just an opinion.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     I am convinced you have a spirit or soul

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       I try to live a better life.  I believe in prayer. I wanted to spend my life flying and I did.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes     I think it has. 

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     some thought maybe I was dreaming.

some said they had like experiences. These are the ones you can relate with.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  that every thing was up to me.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      the experience was wonderful. almost beyond imagination.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        I often wondered if I would ever experience this again.

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         No       my brother visited me after he died. a total different experience.   no drugs. no medications. no anything.

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

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    none that I can think of.