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Valerie W's Experience

Experience description:   

My mother was told by the doctor that I had a hernia at the age of seven. The doctor said my left testicular had not dropped, so he recommended surgery. I had gone into the Dinuba Hospital where they prep me for surgery. I was brought into the surgery room and I was placed under Anesthesia and went out.

I remember waking up in a dark room and was immediately drawn to the surgical lights and the backside of the Surgeons performing what I know was my own operation. I was extremely alert and curious about what they were doing. I approached the surgeons from behind and began to rise up to their height. I studied the surgeons clothing, mask, head covers, and gloves. I could see every detail of the surgeonís face that was not covered by the mask to include pockmarks and facial hair stubs. The surgeon was looking down and working with his hands and he wore these glasses that appeared for magnification purposes. To his right I guess was his assistant and across the operating table was a nurse who was managing a metal tray with instruments. Every time she places an instrument down, it made a distinctive and sharp clink sound. It was very quiet in the operating room but I could hear every minute sound from a cough to the peep of instruments.

Everything was crystal clear than anything I have experienced before. I was so calm and peaceful. I felt curious and wanted to see over the doctorsí heads and headed towards the light as I attempted to peer down when I heard the female voice announce heís waking. I looked over at the nurse who made that statement then looked back to see what the surgeon was doing, when in an instant I was looking up at the operating light which was now bright and hard to look at. My eyesight was blurry and I was confused and dazed.

The female nurse let me know everything was going to be OK, and I went to sleep. I awoke with my mom in the recovery room. I didnít think much of the experience until I was about ten years old when I started asking basic questions. How come the doctors and nurses didnít see me? How did I manage to stand next to the doctors at the same height when I was only seven? How did I go from clarity to instant confusion? How did I go from being above then flat on my back? How did I get high definition vision and hearing? If I was dreaming, how did I know what doctors and nurses wore when I never observe an operation? Even the hospital walls were painted that awful green back then.

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?     Uncertain            Anesthesia

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes     visual, hearing, and smell enhanced. I was more awake then normal life.

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?           I was the most conscious and alert that day then my entire adult life.

Was the experience dream like in any way?   I was more awake then than my most rested day.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     I was behind and above the doctors' so that I couldn't see myself.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Curiousity and calm.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           Hearing was, what I call high definition.

LOCATION DESCRIPTION:  Did you recognize any familiar locations or any locations from familiar religious teachings or encounter any locations inhabited by incredible or amazing creatures?    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?          Yes     My 5 senses were just crystal clear.

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?    Uncertain            I felt so secure with no anxieties. You cant't duplicate that in real life.

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             No      

Did you become aware of future events?       No      

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       No       Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?   No      

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   No      

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       I believe consciousness can survive outside the body, even after physical death. Matter is an illusion including our physical bodies.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         No      

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     My wife who is supportive. I told two othe people in my life time that I though I could trust and it was akward at best.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  I didn't have any.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The best part was experiencing full consciousness, and the worst part is doubting the experience and going over it in your mind.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        No

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

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.    No