I did not have the 'tunnel experience' many others have had. I was hovering over my family. I knew I was dead and felt guilty that my wife and children were crying over me while I was feeling so good. I wanted them to be dead with me and tried to let them know I was fine. As far as my body was concerned, it was like a discarded old shoe.
I was also given up for dead at birth. My aunt was in the delivery room. Because my mother had so much trouble having my brother, she was not supposed to have any more children. So by accident, I came along four years later. The doctors tried their best to talk my mother into having an abortion. Her faith said it was God's will and that she would have me. She had a condition where her skin did not stretch properly. She had to lie on her back in a motel by the hospital the last six weeks of her pregnancy. Knowing there may be delivery problems three doctors and an intern were there for the delivery. They did not know it was impossible for my mother to give birth naturally since her pelvic bones were solid like a man's. When the doctors finally decided to go c'sarian, while making the first incision, my mother's stomach completely ripped open. She was hemorrhaging blood and my aunt said I was like a greased pig. The doctors had trouble getting me out. When I was finally out, I would not respond. I was laid aside. The doctors decided to concentrate on saving my mother. Fortunately for me six hands was all that could work on my mother, So the intern came around the table and picked me up and started to give me mouth to mouth. I owe my life to that.
Seven days after my electrical accident, another man in Texas was electrocuted and killed by the same high voltage power lines. His wife's feet had to be amputated due to the burns she received trying to pull him loose of the wires.
In 1958, while eighteen I had a serious farm accident. To this day, I do not know how I came out of it with only a slight cut on my knee and some bruises. I fell off a tractor and was pinned by the tractor's tire while pulling a one-way. Seven days later a neighbor was killed the same way.
I believe God has missions for people. I also believe we who have had near death experiences are messengers from God to let people know not to fear death and to conduct their life as if they were to die the next day. In effect, live a good life so that you know you will go the right way.
Date NDE Occurred: February, 1966
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident High voltage electrical shock 7200 volts / 80 amps Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) Electrocution.
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? I do not believe so. However, what I felt was entirely different. It was as if all animal instincts were gone. I was a pure loving spirit.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? While I was out of my body, I was the most conscience and aware of what was going on. When I was sucked back into my body is when things did not click. I suffered from partial amnesia for about three months. My short-term memory was not functioning very well. I might have a conversation with someone a half hour earlier and not know I had had it. It was like leaky RAM in a computer. The fixed disc functioned fine, but the RAM kept loosing data.
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 I had no idea what year or month it was.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
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: 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? Uncertain I did see a light in the distance. I was like in the movie Pat Boone was in 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' where at the end they got into a huge stone dish and the lava shot them out of the volcano. When I started to come back to consciousness it was as if I were way back in my eyeball and I was being drawn up to the light which, as it got bigger, was the ceiling of the emergency room. After a few questions by whoever was working on me, I started to sink back into the 'hole' in my eyeball. The next thing you know I am back out of my body watching them work on me. Then I do not remember anything until I come to in the Intensive Care Unit. I am like a new born baby on my stomach and can hardly hold my head up. A good looking black nurse is spreading something that looks like Vaseline all over my burns. When she sees me, she says, 'Well, Hello Ben Franklin!' Since my birthday is January 1940, I can determine my age by subtracting forty from the year. She thought I was putting her on when I asked her what year it was. When she told me 1966 I knew I had told the people in the emergency room the wrong age since I said I was twenty-four. I also had to ask her for the date because I had no idea what season it was.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Pure love, peace, satisfaction, and joy. Guilty and sadness that my family was not dead to share what I was feeling.
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
The experience included: Special Knowledge
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 When I was electrocuted I did not. But while pinned by the tractor my whole life did flash before me.
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 Disciples of Christ
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
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 I have to be a messenger to people who fear death. Also, I sense I have been given material wealth not for myself but with which to do well and help others live good lives. Material wealth is not important. My sole aim is what I have to perfect and live the life God wishes me to live and do what he wants me to do.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes My wife and I ended up getting divorced. She was materialistic and wanted to be a party girl. When we divorced, she said I was more like her father that a husband.
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 I saw one future event that I do not want to disclose.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The main thing is the loss of the fear of death. I now look forward to it.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I would only talk about this with my mother. I did not tell my wife or others until out of body experience books started to be written. I did not want people to think I was crazy.
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. I was afraid I was experiencing a mental breakdown. Therefore, I had to keep it a secret. I was also worried at the time that my heart had been damaged and I was worried that I would not be there to bring my children up.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. Now, knowing that others have had similar and even more extensive experiences, I have digested the event and have understood better my mission in life.
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 did not have a very extensive near death experience as others I have read about.
One thing I forgot to add was at the time of the accident, I worked for General Electric (GE). A week after the accident the company doctor called me up and wanted to talk to me. When I went to his office, he told me that he was amazed that I was there. You see, when a GE employee dies or is thought to be dying, the hospital calls a doctor to verify the death so that company insurance can be promptly paid to the survivors. He told me that they had filled out my death certificate except for the time of passing and their signatures. He thought I would be dead by the time he drank a cup of coffee. He told me I just wouldn't die. He had waited over four hours before they decided I might pull through. Not knowing all of this and worried about getting back to work, I am the only person that I know of that was dismissed from a hospital directly from Intensive Care after two days. When I went back to work, I knew after ten minutes, I should not be there. Fortunately, it was Friday and my setup men ran the shift for me and covered up my partial amnesia for the next three months. I could figure out (make out the day's work plan) what models of air conditioners we needed to build but I could not carry it out. My setup men saw to it that the right models were built as I had planned.