Experience Description

I departed from Istanbul to Giresun to visit my parent's graves. When I arrived, I started to sweat and I had back pain. I called my brother with my cell phone and told him my condition. I was taxied to the village clinic in Görele. Afterward, I was transported to the city clinic in Giresun.

When I arrived at the clinic, I was conscious and soaked with sweat. They brought me with a stretcher into the emergency room and I started to see my surroundings darker. They thought my blood pressure dropped. I started to shake and I felt my arms were very weak. I cannot remember further.

When I was conscious again, a nurse told me my heartbeat stopped twice and the doctors had to electroshock me to bring me back to life.

I told this because when my heartbeat stopped, I was in a kind of a tunnel. I was on my knees, naked, my elbow on my knee, my head rested in my hand. I was thinking.

I watched the 'me' in the tunnel from two to three meters distance from above. When I looked at myself I saw at the end of the tunnel a place with yellowish colorful mist at the sky, which illuminated the place like a sun illuminates the days and this light shined into the tunnel.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: 6.6.2009

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Heart attack Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) The nurse told me my heart stopped beating twice. Both times the doctors had shocked me to start my heart beating.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed

Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain No

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

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I think at the time my heart stopped.

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? Yes I saw myself in a tunnel.

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

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 The light shone into the tunnel.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No

What emotions did you feel during the experience? I was witness.

Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness

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? Conservative/fundamentalist

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I became devoted to my religion.

What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I became devoted to my religion.

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? Yes I have become more tolerant.

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? No

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? I experienced that death is not unavoidable and I stopped judging the people I judged before. I started to go with life's flow and got more modest.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Immediately with my family. My brother is very interested in metaphysics and UFOs, I told him a month and a half later. He read such phenomenon in books and found my experience interesting. He told me about the Near Death Experience Research Foundation Homepage.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes From my brother.

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real My brother had told me about such experiences. But to live it is a totally different feeling.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real With death only the body dies and the soul is entering a new realm, this is not an intellectual idea or knowledge, this is a knowledge turning into feelings.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No