I used to be a medium-level rock climber with two years of experience. I was at the climbing gym and preparing to go for my first warming-up route; an easy route. Due to this, I didn't check the top-rope I was using. It wasn't clipped to the safety anchor, so when I reached the top at 9 meters high (approximately 30 feet), I pushed the wall to start descending. Instead, I had a free fall to the wooden floor without a mattress. The fall lasted less than 2 seconds, however it felt like it was much longer. I had the time to feel. I panicked when I heard the rope slipping and then me falling. I realized what had happened and then I accepted it. I remember telling myself, ’This is it!' Instantly, I felt very comfortable with this. I totally relaxed my body while I was watching the wall. There were colorful footholds, as in a rainbow. It was like the same picture you have when you are travelling in a fast train, only in vertical form. Then, there was the impact! It ruined the peaceful feeling I had. I landed on my hip and it seemed like I felt my brain hitting my scalp. For a split of a second, everything went black. I didn't feel any pain. When I came back to consciousness, I checked that I could move my feet and then I tried to get up; this was the point that I felt enormous pain because I broke a vertebra in my back. Luckily, there was a doctor at the gym and he forced me to stay down while waiting for the ambulance to come. Even though I was in pain, I was smiling and making jokes. A few minutes before, I was certain that I would be dead and had come to peace with this option.
Date NDE Occurred: May 9th 2014
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident. Life threatening event, but not clinical death.
Rock climbing fall from 9 meters high (approximately 30 feet).
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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 For everything that I do in my normal everyday consciousness, I have doubts. This time I felt totally certain about something and even though it's about death, I compromised with that option.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? After I panicked and when I realized what happened. Everything was crystal-clear and somehow I was feeling like: Enjoy the fall; this is your last ride on earth.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Time seemed to go faster or slower than usual
Everything seemed to go slower. I am not quite sure, if my thinking was going faster than the events.
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. No comparison. It was totally unique.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. The only thing I heard was the rope slipping, during the fall I was hearing nothing.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Uncertain I am not sure, if the ‘train-image’ while I was falling is something.
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
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? 1. Panic 2. Realization 3. Acceptance 4. Peace
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt no longer in conflict with nature
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe Not quite understood everything, but since then I have started reading about the universe. (This was something I wasn't interested before the event.
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Uncertain I don't know if I understand the question, but I have never felt my body so relaxed as that moment: and I was trained in hundreds of falls before this incident.
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? Not important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Unaffiliated- Nothing in particular- Secular unaffiliated
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Not important to me
What is your religion now? Unaffiliated- Nothing in particular- Secular unaffiliated
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I highly appreciate everything more than before, every aspect of life.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
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.)? No
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 does not exist
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God does not exist
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are probably meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? Uncertain The vertical "train-image" I had gave me the perception of a rainbow and this is when I came in totally peace with my shelf. I felt that the rainbow is the beauty of life and I wanted to enjoy it as much as possible.
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife does not exist
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife probably does not exist No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I moderately 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? Greatly 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? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
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. Large changes in my life.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I am giving now everything I have, without any agenda. As a Greek saying says: God sees you planning and he laughs.
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 more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of th I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of th
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? Since I am on my feet, I have nothing to fear.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes A few days later, when I was hospitalized. I think, as almost all people do, they were influenced for some time and then they came back to their ordinary life and fears.
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 It was so crystal clear.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Same as above
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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