I was in a restaurant in upstate New York getting something to eat with my hunting party. We had been hunting deer for five days camping out in the woods. I was pretty tired as it was physically hard. I felt light headed and decided I should get up and go to the men's room to throw some water on my face. As I walked towards the rest room, I started to get dizzy. I must have passed out and the next thing I knew I was out of my body and looking down at everyone standing around me. It took a minute to realize what was going on. Then suddenly I felt a great feeling of peace and I felt I became a part of the whole universe, totally free of worries and care. I wanted to stay there. But something seemed to be pulling me back. It's taken many years to even talk about this.
Date NDE Occurred: NOV 1985
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No NOT SURE JUST FELT KIND OF DIZZY Other NOT SURE JUST SORT OF PASSED OUT MAYBE FROM EXHAUSTION FROM HUNTING FOR A WHILE
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal Unable to tell time of experience.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Unable to tell time of experience.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
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
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Was sort of cloudy.
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
The experience included: Void
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
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Intense joy and contentment.
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
The experience included: Special Knowledge
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 At the time of my experience the only person I saw clearly was my brother-in-law who died a few years later.
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? Moderate CATHOLIC
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate CATHOLIC
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? 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'm still struggling with the experience some twenty-two years later.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I guess about fifteen years later. Their reaction was amazement.
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
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Ask people if they saw someone clearly and a few years later something happened to them.