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Tola's Experience

Experience description:   

I was in the hospital after a surgical mishap nearly killed me. I spent three months teetering between life and death. My body had developed a series of issues which included becoming septic, having pneumonia, gangrene in my abdominal cavity and a variety of other infections. During this time I was transferred from one hospital to Good Samaritan. I did not know anyone at this hospital, but upon waking up I was able to recognize all of my caregivers and was aware of current news stories and events.  

Another incident that happened, during my time in the coma, was that I was walking down a hospital hallway toward a brightly lit room at the end of the hall. Suddenly a man in scrubs stepped out and told me to sit down. He proceeded to tell me where I was and what had happened. This man turned out to be my respiratory therapist. (I had never seen or met him.)  

The last thing that happened was my out of body experience. My husband was at his mother's house. I walked in and tried to get his attention, but he could not see me. I sat down next to his niece and she handed me a crayon to color with. I sat there and listened to all of the things they were discussing. After I woke up from the coma, I was able to tell him everything that was said that day, what everyone was wearing and even what his mother was cooking. This happened one other time and he was at his sister's house. I had never been in her new home, and still have not, but can tell him what they were talking about and what the house looked like. I am even able to recall where the furniture was.  

The last thing that happened was that I was able to climb out of my hospital bed and walk down the hall. Nobody seemed to see me and I even sat in on the shift change meeting that the nurses were having. I have not verified what I saw and heard during the meeting, but found it unusual to say the least.

At the time of this 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?    Yes. I was fully aware of everything around me and extremely alert. It was frightening to be near everyone, but they could not see me. However, I felt total happiness during the time.

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

Did your vision during the experience differ in any way from your normal, everyday vision (in any way, such as clarity, field of vision, colors, brightness, depth perception degree of solidness/transparency of objects, etc.)?            No      

Did you have any visual impairment during your normal everyday life immediately prior to the time of the experience?            No      

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

Did you have any hearing impairment during your normal everyday life immediately prior to the time of the experience?            No      

Did you experience consciousness / awareness apart from your physical / earthly body?            Yes     I felt as if I was floating and thought I had died.

Did you see or hear any earthly events that were occurring at a time that your consciousness / awareness was apart from your physical / earthly body?            No      

Did you see or hear any earthly events that were occurring during the time that your consciousness / awareness was apart from your physical / earthly body that you later (after your experience) verified really happened or was real?            Yes     I was able to verify the things I saw and heard.

Did you see or hear any earthly events that were occurring during the time that your consciousness / awareness was apart from your physical / earthly body that you later (after your experience) verified did not really happen or was not real?            Yes     Everything was verifiable.

Did you see or hear any earthly events that were occurring during the time that your consciousness / awareness was apart from your physical body that were located far beyond any possible physical sensory awareness of your physical / earthly body?            No      

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Happiness.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel?            No      

Did you see an unearthly light?            Yes     A light at the end of the hospital hallway.

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 beings who previously lived on earth, but whose earthly lives had ended prior to the time of your experience (they were deceased)?            No      

Did you encounter or become aware of any earthly beings who were alive at the time of your experience (they were not deceased)?            Yes     My husband and his family. My caregivers in the hospital. I was not able to communicate with any of them though.           

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

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world?          I was in the same world, but it had a different feel. Everything in it seemed so happy and pleasant. I knew how sick I was yet was still ok with it.

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?            Uncertain     

Describe anything that may have been important in a conscious decision to return to life:            Yes, when the respiratory therapist stepped out and stopped me from going down the hallway towards the lighted room.

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness suggesting that there is continued existence after earthly life (“life after death”)?            No      

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness suggesting that there is no continued existence after earthly life (“no life after death”)?            No      

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that God or a supreme being really does exist?            No      

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

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness suggesting that some or all of us currently living our earthly lives did have some type of existence prior to our current earthly lives?            No      

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness suggesting that some or all of us currently living our earthly lives did not have some type of existence prior to our current earthly lives?            No      

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness suggesting that there exists a mystical connection, oneness, or unity that connects some or all of us currently living our earthly lives with something else, such as other being(s) or other thing(s)?            No      

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness suggesting that there does not exist a mystical connection, oneness, or unity that connects some or all of us currently living our earthly lives with something else, such as other being(s) or other thing(s)?            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 entirely not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience               I am not a religious person and never truly believed in the fabled "Light." However, I cannot discount such things after seeing it for myself.

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 as accurately as other life events that occurred around the time of the experience              

Discuss any changes that might have occurred in your life after your experience:   Before my experience I was extremely depressed all of the time. I had even tried to commit suicide at one time.

I am now a completely changed person. I cherish the time I have on this earth and have even went back to school. I want to live each day to the fullest and value the relationships I have with my loved ones.

Before the experience I saw life as something I wanted nothing to do with. Now I see it as a gift that I truly love having.

Did you have any changes in your values or beliefs after the experience that occurred as a result of the experience?            Yes     I value life more and am less likely to be petty about things.

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?            Yes     This may seem crazy, but I am able to see those who are not on earth anymore. There is a child that keeps visiting with me and a local girl, who is currently missing, came to me and asked me for help. I cam a bit confused about all of this, as I don't know if it is true or a hallucination. I do believe there are spirits, but am not sure if I am experiencing them.

Are there one or several parts of the experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you?  It was all meaningful in that it changed how I viewed the world.

Have you ever shared this experience with others?            Yes     I immediately began sharing with others and have continued to do so with anyone who is willing to listen.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?            Yes     I have seen television programs discussing such matters.

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

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

Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?            Yes     I am more connected to everyone around me.

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      

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