Experience Description

Following a sudden aortic dissection, I was urgently operated in a specialized center. They opened my chest, connected an external circulation of blood, and made my heart to stop; my aorta artery was replaced over a large portion with a Dacron prosthesis.

During the procedure (about six hours), I felt perfectly well, and suddenly, I saw a bright white light, which had the shape of a galaxy, and was turning in an anti-clockwise direction. It lasted quite a long time I think, but how could I measure the length of time. This light was composed of the energy (souls?) of disappeared Beings; it was, somehow, paradise, but where individuals were inseparable. However, a great joy emanated from the whole thing, a total wellbeing, nothing bothering, and I wanted to stay there for eternity; I was part of that sort of galaxy, but at the same time, I was an outside spectator.

Then, everything disappeared, much to my regret. Maybe when my heart was restarted. I do not know.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: 30 Avril 2010

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Dissection aortique Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) I was on a surgery table, and my heart was stopped.

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 lost awareness of my body

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? It is impossible to answer this question; I cannot say that I was conscious in any time since I was sleeping. To the most, I could report a strong feeling of consciousness and lucidity. But this may happen as well during ordinary dreams.

Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning The immensity of space, time abolished.

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. The feeling of awareness of a huge and unlimited phenomena.

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. It was silent.

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

The experience included: Light

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 A sparkling light.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm La lumière blanche était horizontale et composée de l'énergie de l'ensemble des êtres morts ; c'était, en ce sens, un niveau.

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

What emotions did you feel during the experience? A really great joy.

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? Everything about the universe

Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control

The experience included: Vision of the future

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 Protestant croyant non pratiquant

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I believe in the possibility of the light.

What is your religion now? Moderate idem

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I believe in the possibility of the light.

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? Yes Explanation of death.

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? The new and persistent feeling that Life and Death have a meaning.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I immediately told my relatives and I do not think it has influenced them.

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 The answer to question about Life and Death being satisfactory, I accepted it.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably not real

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