I am a runner and had won in my age group for four consecutive years. After running a 5k race in the Smoky Mountains, I was driving with my wife back to the mountain house. She wanted to go by the farmers market on the way back. As I started to go down a little street, she insisted that I use a different road. As I steered the car, my shoulders started to cramp, and then came a massive chest cramp. I said, 'Something's really wrong.' I went into full cardiac arrest while driving. She put the car in park and started to scream for help.In the farmers market, where two sisters were hiking, there was a nurse practitioner and a doctor buying vegetables!I was dead on the ground for 10 minutes while they worked on me. Two ambulances showed up and shocked me ten or 12 times trying to get my heart to beat. During this time, I was in a tunnel surrounded by beautiful clouds with a light in the distance. I could see a figure of someone in the mist. Then I heard a soft, kind voice that told me to go back. They sent me to the hospital where I remained in a coma for four days. When I woke up, the started asking me questions while pulling out the life support tubes. In the room I saw my family and a bunch of doctors. One doctor said that I was a miracle and that someone was watching out for me. He said that I should not have made it because it was the widow-maker blockage.
Date NDE Occurred: 10/25/2013
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No. Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function)
5-K mountain race
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness Same.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was in the tunnel with the wind, clouds, and fog all around me with the big beautiful Light ahead of me.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
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. Same
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Same
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
The experience included: Tunnel
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes There were clouds all around with a big light way out there. Although the wind was going by, the light was not moving any closer to me. I was a young man who was going forward but not moving. Then I heard the beautiful voice.
Did you see any beings in your experience? I sensed their presence
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 It was a low white fog or mist with an opening at the end. The light held such peace.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm The tunnel
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt pure joy and goodness. I felt no fear of anything. I also was comforted that someone was making sure I was okay.
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? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
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 importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Slightly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Catholic
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience This experience made me aware of how precious time is and that this life is a gift given to us to do good with, not just go through without helping others.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes There is something else.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I heard a voice I could not identify I heard a man's soft voice with the love and kindness of a woman. It was like the voice of Everybody that loved me. I will never forget it, no matter how long I live. It filled me with love.
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I sensed their presence
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? Yes A man's soft voice; I knew in my heart, the one he Saved and who the voice was.
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God probably exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? Yes He whispered in my right ear, God definitely exists.
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes Enjoy every single day and pay it forward. Help those that need a hand. God is real; I never got to meet him, BUT I heard his voice. Do good to all.
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are possibly meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No Life is nothing of which to be afraid. It's safe and full of joy and love.
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife probably exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes Beyond the tunnel, it's real, it’s good, and it’s safe.
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I greatly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Slightly fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? Yes
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes It was all over me.
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Large changes in my life
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Nothing but love
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience as accurately as other life events that occurred around the time of the experience.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes Compassion
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I am asked all the time by everyone, ‘a great runner who died and saw something’.
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? Yes When a storm comes by, the clouds and light
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