I hit my head on a bar and fell backwards. I felt my heart stop beating and everything went black. I put my head on the ground. It was night and everything was dark. I blinked my eyes and saw light. My heart began to beat. I got on my knees and my head went all the way back. I was in a lot of pain. I asked God to let me into heaven. A tunnel came into view and it was smoky. Further up into the tunnel, I saw a light and it began to clear. I told myself I was glad that I was going up instead of down. I saw my body lying on the ground but my eyes were level with the grass. It was daylight where I was. I saw an elderly white haired man sitting in a chair with a boy with long hair sitting next to him on a stool. There were woods in the background. I remember most that the elderly man told me to make peace on earth because I couldn't stay yet. I told them I would see them again and then I re-entered my body. I was taken to the hospital and got four stitches in my forehead. The scoutmaster took me home. My senses were very keen. I began to see into the future. I told him I would be going into the US Marine Corp when I was 18. I told him to give me a squad of men in Vietnam and give an NVA Colonel a squad of men and we would have a show down and find out who has the best way of coming up because I would be coming up with God and Jesus Christ. This event came true as I saw it 6 years later. I joined the Marines and went to Vietnam. The NVA colonel and 14 men with him came down a trail where we ambushed them. We killed the colonel like I had seen 6 years earlier. I lost my memory of the NDE until a few years ago and it all started coming back. It happened just like I saw in detail that night so long ago and just what I told my scout master in 1961.
Date NDE Occurred: summer of 1961
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Direct head injury. Life threatening event, but not clinical death.
I hit my head on bar in a park during a boy scout meeting
How do you consider the content of your experience? Both pleasant AND distressing
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes It was like I could foresee about the Vietnam war and I had knowledge of guns that I knew nothing about.
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? At the end of the tunnel when I saw a man and boy and then when I was in the car with my scout master. I was so young but yet I seemed to have much knowledge during the experience and I saw the future.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Time seemed to go faster or slower than usual
It only took minutes but seemed a lot longer.
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. I was a typical 12 year old kid with no knowledge of what was going to happen in the future.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. During my experience we did not speak out loud. It was like we knew by our thoughts what was going on.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
The experience included: Tunnel
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes It was smoky at first but then it cleared up. My body was lying on the ground about 100 yards away.
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Unearthly light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes It was night time when I hit my head but sunshine up there.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm At the end of the tunnel I saw light, woods, the man and the boy.
The experience included: Hellish imagery
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt close to God and Jesus.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? No
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 or purpose
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe I could foresee the future.
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
The experience included: Awareness of the future
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future I foresaw the Vietnam war.
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? Greatly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Protestant Christian but did not attend church
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Protestant Christian but do attend church very often
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience I had always believed in God & Jesus
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
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 spoke to the white haired man who seemed to be 85 years old and a boy of about 12 years sitting on a stool.
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? Yes I saw future events that there was no way I could have known about being only 12.
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Yes when I first hit my head it was like me standing on top of the world but my feet were on the ground
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God definitely exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? Yes I saw him
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? Yes I could foresee the future war.
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are 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? An afterlife definitely exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes I strongly believe in life after death.
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I did not fear death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Unknown
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? Greatly 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? Unknown I had lost my memory of the experience for many years until about 4 years ago when it came back.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes I was so young it was hard for me to understand at that time.
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 the experience I did not keep up with the news at 12 years old
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? Yes. After I got my memory back, I believe there is life after death and hell. I saw hell before I went through the tunnel.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared with my girlfriend 3 years ago
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 knew it was real but then I lost my memory of it
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I know it was real because of what I saw. I have a scar on my forehead.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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