Trigger of Surgery
near-death experiences are unintentionally induced because of a
complication during surgery. Such an event happened to a woman, named
Janet, who had a near-death experience during a hysterectomy. She was
interviewed by Dr. Cherie Sutherland, an experiencer whose experience led her to conduct an in depth three year study of the phenomenon and to the subsequent publication of
Reborn in the Light and
Within the Light. She is a visiting research fellow in sociology at the University of New South Wales. Following her research and publication, Dr. Sutherland has lectured and become involved with a variety of NDE projects.
The following is an excerpt from
her book, Within the Light, describing Janet's near-death experience.
I was to
have a total hysterectomy, and it was during surgery that I had a
cardiac arrest. The surgeon indicated that it was due to the
anesthetic - he already knew that I'd had problems with anesthetics in
previous operations. Anyway, at that time I became conscious of seeing
my body lying there on the operating table, and I could hear the
communication that was going on between the surgeon and the staff. I
could see it all, but in a very detached sort of way. In an almost
offhand way I realized that that was my body, and I realized that I'd
died (in the physical sense). While I was in that out-of-body state I
was aware of my husband and children so clearly, and yet there was no
grief or sadness at the thought that I had died and was separate from
them. I felt total peace, total rapture. There was no fear at all. And
time didn't exist - it seemed like it was just a matter of a spit in
time and I would be reunited with them anyway, so it wasn't an issue
felt myself moving off very fast, exceedingly fast, into what seemed
like outer space. I always felt that it was the fact of going so fast
that gave me the sense of being in a tunnel. And I was going toward a
very bright light. As I was traveling along I could see
different-colored lights, and then I got stopped, just stopped before
I got to the light. And I felt this extreme presence of love, just
absolute love. It shocked me somewhat, but there was no problem with
accepting that in essence I was being confronted with my creator.
I was also
very conscious of communicating with other presences around me at that
time, but I didn't see any. I was just conscious of so much love
coming from those presences as well. Then there was a review of my
whole life. I can remember looking at it and assessing it and really
judging it myself. I felt no one else judged me - I judged myself. I
think the greatest shame I felt about my life was that I had totally
rejected the concept of God. I'd totally given no acknowledgment to
God, I really didn't believe in God. And I felt such sadness, I was
incredulous that I could ever have doubted that God existed, because
he was so real and tangible - the whole essence of love. I say he,
but that's just my conditioning. God was just this essence, this total
essence of love.
time I felt the presence of that extreme love I could also hear
beautiful music. I'm not sure if it was instrumental music, but
somehow I think it was more massed voices giving that sound. But there
were no words - it was more just a resonance of sound. And my
consciousness seemed to increase dramatically, to the point where I
felt all-knowing. I felt I was in touch with all knowledge - I just
knew and understood so much more.
light communicated with words.
He said, "You'll now believe in
He also said, "I made you a woman, I created you. I
know everything about you and I'm now going to send you back, because
it's not your time to come over. You still have your life's work to
I felt very humble, very much in awe of such love. I could
hardly believe that someone could love me so much.
time I remember asking what my life's work was, and I was told:
"You'll not know at this time but you will be shown."
think I was still asking questions like "When?" (laughs)
was always saying, "When?"
I was also told to come back and
tell my husband and children what had happened. I was to share it with
them. I think it was about then that I regained consciousness. I don't
recall coming back. Strangely enough, I only recall waking up a day
and a half later, and by that time I was back in the ward.
"Today is a good day to die." -
Kiefer Sutherland's character in the movie Flatliners
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