I had a massive heart attack, with 100% blockage in my right coronary artery. Actual clinical death occurred twice. The first time was during the two hour ride to the hospital, in the ambulance. This event is not as clear in my memory, and it's very hard to relay.
The second event is still very clear, and happened on the operating table. I have a hard time putting it in words but here goes.
All sound and vision slowly closed in and eventually stopped altogether, both at once. A feeling of great relief and a knowledge that everything would be all right came to me. I am not a person who ever feels much joy or happiness, but that is what it must be like - total bliss with absolute peace. The event ended similarly to the way it started, only opposite. Slowly a white noise static type sound began and got louder and louder until a feeling of a thud. Then I came back.
This is certainly not as glamorous as some death experience but is 100% true. I hope it helps any research.
Date NDE Occurred: 3-10-07
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)
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
I clearly left my body and existed outside it
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? I was very much more conscious and alert in my mind during the whole experience.
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
The clinical amount of time was short but my experience seemed longer.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Louder and clearer.
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
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? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Greatest happiness ever.
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 Seem to have dΘjα vu feeling.
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 none
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal none
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
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? Yes I am not sure how to describe some of the feelings.
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? All of it.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Weeks later. I don't know what they thought. Religious people were interested and believed. I don't know the influence.
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 Just as clear as when it happened. I'm perhaps more skeptical than earlier.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I wonder more about it and its meaning.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No