I am going to tell you about my experience when I was only twelve years old. At the time, we kids used to play a fainting game, as follows: you did ten knee-bends with arms outstretched, breathing out strongly when at the bottom, and breathing in strongly at the top. After ten bends, a friend would grab you from behind with his arms around your chest and squeeze as hard as possible, and in a matter of seconds, you passed out on the ground. After a bit you came to your senses and did not know what had happened nor where you were, until you managed to center yourself somewhat.
Anyway, in one of these 'games' I became unconscious for more than five minutes, according to my friends, which gave them a terrible fright, anxious about the situation. Later I found out through a doctor that what causes the fainting is lack of oxygen to the brain, which was extremely dangerous in this case, as you could end up dead.
Now I shall go into the details of my experience in those five minutes. I would also like to make clear that I am agnostic.
Suddenly I was floating in the void, everything was darkness and silence, but I felt that I was moving in some direction, feeling an immense tranquility and ease, also enormous happiness, almost indescribable, but I had no body, all I could see was darkness. Then I started to see a far distant light and my happiness and placidness went on growing. As I approached the light, I could see that it came from a door, or a frame without a door, as if a white rectangle were drawn on a black card. The light, which shone from this door, bears no comparison even with the light of a thousand stars together, the luminosity was indescribable, but incredibly, it did not harm the eyes. When I was near the door, I saw a woman, outside in the void, with hair down to her waist. She wore a white gown to the ankles and beckoned me with her left hand, gesturing for me to approach her. This was all happening as if in slow motion, very slowly. The brightness was such that I could only make out her form and her transparent dress. I fervently desired to reach her so we could cross the threshold together; as this is, what I understood was going to happen.
Suddenly, I woke up on the ground with my friends calling to me in desperation, and I remember the first words that came out of my mouth were, 'Sons of @*^$! Why did you wake me up now? I was in the best part of the dream!' As that is what I believed for many years, that it was the best dream of my life.
Later on, and thanks to a program where people were talking about similar experiences, I realized that it had not been a dream; anyway, that's what I think.
This experience stays in my mind as though it was yesterday, and I am forty-eight now. I would like it noted that for me it is not a tunnel you go through, but a void.
Date NDE Occurred: 1974
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No 'Por aquel entonces los críos jugábamos a desmayarnos de la siguiente manera: se hacían diez flexiones con las rodillas y los brazos estirados, cuando bajabas expirabas fuertemente y cuando te alzabas inspirabas fuertemente, al cabo de diez flexiones te c 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? No
I lost awareness of my body
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 From beginning to end.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? From beginning to end.
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
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No It was a void, and at the end of it a light, I had no sensation of a tunnel, I just perceived the void.
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: 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? Yes
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Infinite peace and tranquility and when I awoke a great frustration at coming back to this 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 the universe
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future
Did you come to a border or point of no return? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Liberal Agnóstico
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal Agnóstico
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No Slowing in events.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Coming back to this life.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I always thought it was a dream, then after many years, thanks to a TV program I realized that this had happened to other people.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real The fear of death does not exist in one's mind.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No I tried many drugs in my youth and none of them even comes near to this experience. I want to make clear that at twelve years old I still had not tried any drugs.