I awoke early in the morning with severe chest pain and asked my wife to call 911. I got up to go to the bathroom and passed out on the toilet, falling to the floor. My wife said that I was out for about a minute. Before awakening, I experienced the presence of unrecognized beings that were comforting me without any physical contact. I just felt they were close. I could not recognize my environment but I was lying down in a warm and well-lit place. I had a sense of ineffable, inexhaustibly infinite peace and well-being. I had the sense of being totally loved and accepted. I had absolutely no fear, which was a unique experience because I have a chronic anxiety disorder. A transient experience at most seemed like it lasted a few seconds. I did not resist waking up but felt deeply nostalgic for the experience almost immediately and have had the event in my mind since that time. I can't shake it. After the event, I was taken to a hospital emergency room, was admitted, and had coronary artery interventional catheterization, because of a complete blockage of my right coronary artery.
Date NDE Occurred: 09/22/16
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Life threatening event, but not clinical death.
Heart attack and syncope
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? Less consciousness and alertness than normal I had true syncope. I was unconscious during the experience.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Don't understand the intent of this question.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
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. Vision normal
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Hearing normal
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
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? Some unfamiliar and strange place I don't know where I was. It was well lit and warm.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace, well-being, and lack of fear
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- Protestant lapsed Christian - agnostic mostly
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I am loved. I never had that knowledge before the event and now I am certain.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Protestant
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 I could not imagine, before the event, how much I was loved and desired.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Have become spiritual
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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 I felt surrounded by friendly beings but could not see, hear, or touch them. Yet, I was being comforted.
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? Uncertain The depth of well-being and peace and acceptance and lack of fear beyond anything ever experienced or imagined.
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? No
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? No
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
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? Unknown
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I greatly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I slightly fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Greatly 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? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Not compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes I was aware that I was totally loved, desired, and accepted.
Were you compassionate after your experience? Moderately 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 If I am that loved, I can learn to be more loving towards others. I need to get in touch with my Higher Power. It is the number one priority in my life now.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes Ineffable. Very transient and indistinct.
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? No
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I mentioned it to my wife and described to a friend on the net.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes Only heard about others having an 'experience' but was skeptical and thought if they existed, they were a brain phenomenon from acute illness and unconsciousness. I did not give them any credence beyond being like a seizure.
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 I can't shake or forget the experience. Initially I blew it off but I keep wanting to go back.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? No other suggestions, you did well. I am a little reluctant to share this because I don't know you or your credentials but the experience was so exceptional and meaningful to me, I am throwing caution away and letting you know. I just tasted eternity for a few seconds and it has changed me forever.
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