I'm unsure of the exact time that my experience occurred. It was sometime during between my ambulance trip to hospital and being transferred to the cardiac ward of the hospital from the emergency department following surgery. I found myself sitting on this bench seat in the most wonderful place. It felt so warm and comforting yet there was no scenery, only a light fog. I saw this old man approaching me and immediately I felt that I had known him all my life but didn't recognize him. He appeared quite old and yet I felt he was quite a lot younger than he appeared. He sat with me on the bench seat and we talked for what seemed like hours about my early life, from a small child to my mid-twenties when I married.So much of his discussion I didn't remember about my childhood, but there was a sufficient amount that I did remember that I knew he had known me all my life. Then he talked through my thirty plus years of marriage and the death of my wife three years ago.
Date NDE Occurred: 15/11/2012
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Heart attack 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
Had a heart attack at home, then taken to hospital by ambulance for surgery.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
Did you feel separated from your body? No
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal I feel that my consciousness and alertness allowed me to understand what was happening to me. With every person that I have spoken to following my heart attack the first thing I have told them is that it is the best thing that has ever happened to me.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I don't feel there was a particular time that was at a higher level than another. What has really amazed me is that this 'friend' has visited me twice since my heart attack, both times at home. The first about a month after returning home, and then the second time about a month later.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
We seemed to talk for hours, but obviously that didn't happen.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I find it difficult to explain in detail this experience. Particularly where I was. It just seemed so warm and comfortable, so restful.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I don't think my hearing changed a great deal during my experience.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes But I'm unable to say who he was.
The experience included: Unearthly light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin
Did you see an unearthly light? Uncertain I'm not sure if I would call it an unearthly light. Just a warm glow all around and this light golden mist/fog.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? Some unfamiliar and strange place As I mentioned, this warm, restful place. There was no scenery of anything else that I could see other than this light golden mist/fog.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? The major feeling was of unconditional love from my old friend. I felt no judgment from him when he talked about my past life.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about myself or others I would not really say everything, but I certainly understand so much more now than I ever did before.
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? I remembered many past events
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Slightly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Protestant As a child my family regularly attended a Protestant Church , follow my marriage I attended a Catholic Church with my wife but never converted to being a Catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I have joined a spiritualism Church because they have shown me about reincarnation and explained this experience to me.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Other or several faiths I have started to attend a Spiritualism Church since my experience
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I spend quite a deal of my time now in the help of others both socially and financially.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin The person I spoke to seemed to speak in clear English.
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
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.)? Uncertain I meet this person that I felt was an old friend as soon as I saw him but was not able to recognise him so I'm unable to say who he was
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Uncertain As I said , I felt that the old friend I spoke to was from some other mystical place
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God definitely exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes Although it was not mentioned, I felt that he had given me an understanding that I had nothing to be frightened of in death.
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are possibly meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? I was uncertain if an afterlife exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Uncertain I felt that my old friend was from a spirit world where there must be " Life after Death " what ever that life might be
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I slightly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Slightly fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Slightly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes I had this feeling that there was nothing but unconditional love
Were you compassionate after your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Large changes in my life I feel I was shown that I have not given enough of myself to the support of others. Especially those who have not had the comfortable lifestyle that I have had.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Yes I have become much more supportive of others less fortunate that myself.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes I find that when I am trying to explain to someone what happened, they think I am suffering some sort of mental illness. The beauty and peace of where I was is impossible to put into words.
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 It seems that this experience is so vivid in my mind , so much more so than anything that happened in my life
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Only with a few special friends.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I had heard about them and thought they were not real.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was probably not real I felt that it was probably due to the drugs I had been given during my hospital stay. It was not until a month after when I had the same experience at home without drugs that I started to believe.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I have had two experiences within about a month of one another.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes I have the two other visitations from the same old friend.
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