Our house, situated in the bush three miles from town, relied for its water supply on a large concrete tank at the back of the house. No one much came to that spot. At the foot of the tank was an electric pump, which came on when the faucet in the house was turned on. One day, the tail end of a cyclone hit our area, and it knocked down some of the grid poles and we lost electric power. When the electricity was restored the next day, I walked around the house to check on the tank and noticed a dead bird floating in the water. Standing next to the pump motor, I took a rake, leaned up against the tank, and tried to pull the bird toward me. I was concentrating on what I was doing, and did not notice when my right leg touched the motor. Suddenly, with the electricity going through me, I became frozen to the tank and was unable to move. The electricity stopped my central nervous system from functioning and I was no longer able to breathe. I did realize, in a sort of hazy way, that this would be 'over and out' for me. Well, one of our endeavors was a school bus service. In my mind, as I stood in this fixed state, I was driving my bus at breakneck speed down a bush lane with trees on both sides. No matter what I did, I was unable to get my foot off the accelerator. I felt great concern for the kids riding in my bus. It was quiet; I heard no sound of any kind. The image faded and I don't know how long I stood there, or what happened next. When I came to, one of our employees was standing over me.
Fortunately, three days before this event, he had read a brochure, issued by the SEC (State Electricity Commission) that explained what to do in case of an electrocution. Fortunately, he decided to check on the water tank maybe minutes after I did. He took me inside, and I sat there deep breathing for at least half an hour. Next, I was examined at the local hospital, and it took some time to find the burn mark on my calf. (This later became an open wound, and then it began to heal - new tissue grew from both ends, meeting at the middle.) It took about a year for certain simple words to come to me. I have had no further ill effects from the experience. Since my experience, I have developed deeper insights as to who and what 'God' is. I have served, for many years, until recently, as a counselor to terminally ill people. Death is no concern to me, knowing that it will be beautiful. It does concern me that I may cause grief to family and friends. I'm also thankful for the experience, as it has enriched my life greatly. Your work is equally interesting. I wish you well.
Date NDE Occurred: 1980
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
Body connected to live electric current.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
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? Normal consciousness and alertness I do not recall this happening during the event.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I do not recall this happening during the event.
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
Time did not seem to exist.
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. Clouded.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Total silence.
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? Uncertain No, unless the wooded lane was the tunnel.
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? No
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No No, unless that wooded lane was an location.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Concern for those in the vision.
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
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? Liberal
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I now don't find meaning in any church. We, my wife and I, now communicate with loved ones that have gone before. They are ever in our consciousness. If we need help, they never fail, right down to a finding a us parking place.
What is your religion now? Liberal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I now don't find meaning in any church. We, my wife and I, now communicate with loved ones that have gone before. They are ever in our consciousness. If we need help, they never fail, right down to a finding a us parking place.
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? No
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes It has changed to the degree that I now believe that my task is to do everything possible to make someone (my wife) happy and in return for that, I may receive (her) love.
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 There seemed to be an answer to previously unknowable questions.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Finding out for myself that this world and its workings are on an unbelievably grand scale. We don't know half of it yet. I hope and trust that my demise will be the greatest adventure yet.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Years. They listened politely and said, 'Oh, my gosh.'
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 Several predetermined events lead to my life being saved. The Universe knew that this event was due to happen. I still have a feeling that none of this world we are in for a short time is real. It may not exist at all.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real My view hasn't altered in all these thirty years since.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes I have been saved from other potentially difficult situations, e.g. shipwreck at sea. Our angels will not deprive us of our experiences, but they influence the outcome.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? It has been fun to relive the entire happening in your questionnaire, and the outcome of it all is a warm feeling inside!
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? It's good just as it is. My thanks to you.