As mentioned above at the point of blockage I ceased to breathe. I found myself on the ceiling looking down at a body on a bed. There was a red affect around this body. I was in a profound state of peace and contentment. There was a white light around or near me but I did not stay there very long. Suddenly I was back in my bed awake and conscious of a bed full of prominently claret dominated vomit and the walls and floor decorated in the same unwelcome red detritus. Everything was red! I slowly put it all together. I must have choked and died. Despite the onerous task, at some ridiculous early morning hour, I cleaned up the room in a state of wonderment.
I 'knew' that I had died and that death was not at all like the 'religious dominated dogma' and had no fear attached to it. I realized what the red hue was that I saw around the body and that I was the body. I wanted to explain it to all my mates but thought about the odds of them believing me at the pub next day. I was excited but realized that my story would be embellished by pink elephants and etc. if I told it to my friends. So, I held my peace. I was not to know that some years later in 1999, I would start having more profound experiences. I watched my eleven-year-old son die in my arms, my youngest brother die a few weeks later from an accident, and my wife took my thirteen-year-old daughter and vanished. I was able to recall my previous experience and start the process of coming to understand how to survive.
Date NDE Occurred: approx. 1969
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Returned home from a heavy night drinking. Usually drank beer only but got into drinking wine as well at the same pace as beer Other: Choked on vomit due to inebriation and I had passed out
I was choking on my own vomit in a non-conscious state. I had passed out from an excessive alcohol intake. I had started to vomit and was swallowing it in my 'sleep'. At some point, I had choked on it and ceased to breathe. Without disgorging the blockage I have no doubt that I would have died as do others each year from the same cause.
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 As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was on the ceiling looking down and covered in light and peace. Just before I returned.
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. Whilst it did not last long I could see the entire room in one scene.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Audio was not part of it.
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? Yes Around me.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace and contentment.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
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? Moderate
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I have nothing whatsoever to do with organized religion. However, I happily accept all and attend none. The word spiritual has a real danger of becoming another religion. I know we are all spiritual beings and love and forgiveness are the key issues to a functional life.
What is your religion now? Moderate Brought up Methodist but have no religious affiliation now
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I have nothing whatsoever to do with organized religion. However, I happily accept all and attend none. The word spiritual has a real danger of becoming another religion. I know we are all spiritual beings and love and forgiveness are the key issues to a functional life.
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? Uncertain Not then but definitely much later.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Dramatically since 1999.
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? Yes Many but much later. Healing with my hands which burn in the presence of a person who has a need, prescience, acute awareness of truthfulness in people.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? That death is not the mumbo jumbo of punishment and fear based dogma spread by religion.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Thirty years. Polite acknowledgement, disbelief and many who accept it to be true. Others shared that they had NDEs at a deeper level than my OBE. It allowed them to validate their experience.
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 As truth never faltered in this knowledge.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Research confirms the events of my life and are incontrovertibly true. I have no fear of death and thus really enjoy living. I have a strong sense of balance or perspective which confirms that we really worry about minor issues in our lives.
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? I am very glad that science is validating this area. It helps those with eyes to see and those with cynical cataracts.