Experience Description

During a tilt-table test preparation, I seemed to have flat-lined for thirty seconds when the electrical wires were inserted into my thigh. All I recall is a sharp pain started to develop in the back of my head and work its way to the front. It almost seemed like the sensation you get when you try to recover from a sleeping limb.

I then remember this beautiful sensation of floating, as if a suspended body in water. My movements were slow and I remember many brightly lit objects that appeared to be some sort of figures. They would pass by me very fast and I was not able to recognize any faces or even get a good look at them. I seemed to recall my life story pass by me but I cannot be sure anymore. I just seemed like a long time in this suspended mode and then I started to hear sounds and realized I was waking up.

When I came too, I could clearly hear the doctor from across the room talking to someone on the phone and I remember his comment, 'I do not know what the hell happened.' I started to realize I was sweating and started to get very cold since I was in the operating room. The nurses put blankets on me and turned on some hot air for me on the table. The doctor came back to me and said I was okay and that he would come back later to see me. I found out from the nurse in the recovery room that I warned all them I was going out and then I flat-lined for thirty seconds. They said I came back on my own with a perfect rhythm. The nurses and the doctor had never seen anything like this before. They installed a demand-pacemaker in me the next day, which has a battery life of nine years. I guess I will not be having any more experiences like these again. I now recall that this has happened in the past to me as a kid many times. But never knew till now that my body was shutting down and bring me back.

I now see life in a different way and appreciate every minute I get to be breathing.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: March 2001

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Surgery-related 30 sec flat line, considered very acute case of vasovagal reaction.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed

Did you feel separated from your body? No

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Very aware. Just everything was moving too fast for me to keep up.

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No Not at all.

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No

Did you see an unearthly light? Yes Brightly lit forms/beings.

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

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No

Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control Just seemed like a history of my life went by and that is all I remember. I have had deja-vu a lot in the past but did not have any then. I have had some since then but nothing out of the ordinary.

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 was your religion prior to your experience? Liberal Islam

What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Islam

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I look at life as very important now. I think I welcome death and feel like I have a purpose to accomplish something but not sure yet what it is.

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? Best - being in the state. Worst - coming out of it!

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Some joke, some laugh, some show concern. Varied responses from different people. Some, it seems, take what I say very seriously but I guess they have to experience it first to really appreciate it.

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

Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? No