The doctor came in and talked to me. He told me that my heart needed attention, so I was being taken to the emergency room. I do not remember anything of the surgery I had after the knockout shot. The next thing I recall was an attending nurse talking to me in recovery. She gave me a sip of water and said to me, 'Now settle down. You are going to have a heart attack if you don't.' My heart was beating out of my chest, faster and faster, pounding in my chest. At that time, they had called code blue on me, so they told me later. During that time, I could hear people talking and hear my hospital surroundings. I can still remember lying there and thinking, 'What's going on?' I was just lying there helpless. I couldn't even speak. All of a sudden, everything went black, and I mean black. I don't know how long I lay there in darkness, but suddenly, pinholes of light began to appear in the darkness. I heard a low hum, then the blackness was like a wheel, and it started turning clockwise. I was lifted up. Then it stopped, and I was lying there for a while again. Arising in the center of the blackness, a very bright light appeared. I heard the hum again and once again, I was lifted up. I do remember noticing that I could think about things. I was thinking, 'Hmmm, this is nice!' Then it stopped again. Some time went by. The humming started and was moving me up again, somewhat like fog all around me. It stopped again for the last time. I lay there for a while. Then I noticed I was standing up. About three feet in front of me, an image appeared to me, dressed in black. I did not see a face, but I heard the voice say to me, 'Danny Joe!' (That is my given name). 'Danny Joe, you have come a little bit early. You need to go back.' At which time I started descending and then a sudden jolt stopped me again and I rested. It was so peaceful. There was someone standing on my left and I was approached by this figure, but to this day, I cannot tell who it was. I did recognize the voice that had spoken to me though. It was my grandfather on my mother's side. After the jolting and stopping, I remember hearing confusion around me. So many people talking, like I was making a move to another point.
Date NDE Occurred: July 2009
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes. Heart attack Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain I'm kind of uncertain about this. Although I did return, I was still out for some time and I was aware of things still going on in the normal realm.
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? Normal consciousness and alertness
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was alert the whole time. It was like I was enjoying the trip to wherever.
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
It seemed as though I was on the move all the time.
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 had wider, brighter, and clearer vision.
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? Yes On my ascension there were clouds all around, it was a very comfortable and smooth transit. On the way up, I went straight, just leaning to the right a bit.
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes A deceased family member. Family, friends and acquaintances were all there
The experience included: Darkness
The experience included: Unearthly 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 Oh my goodness, the brightest light I have ever seen, but it was not blinding.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? Some unfamiliar and strange place
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Happy, peaceful, had difficulty believing, confused, betrayed.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
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
The experience included: Life review
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 I actually saw warfare in the future realm, with weapons that shot fire so hot it melted steel to point of a molten liquid substance, almost supernatural.
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 See narrative above.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Moderately important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Other Christian
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I know there is a GOD. I want to live to go back again someday, and this time to stay.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Moderately important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Other Christian
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was both consistent and not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience they were both real and unreal things going on with me the whole time i just had to know which was and wasnt. lot of things seemed comical and lots were way to serious
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Since that time, I haven't wanted material things. I have disposed of a lot of my belongings, either by selling, throwing, or giving them away.
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 See narrative above.
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
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? No
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 definitely exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? Yes on the way up there were beautiful clouds surrounding me . while standing before the image i felt the spirit move around me and everything was so peaceful and perfect
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 probably 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 probably exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes life after death .when the image told me to go back meaning there is something to come back after
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I moderately feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Moderately fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Slightly 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? Yes i was shown some difficutlties of life and hardships
my hard ship was lack of being able to convey myself to a certain point having to wait on someone to carry me to where i needed to be causing me frustraion
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes i was shown love all along the way
Were you compassionate after your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I know I have more time to do things and make it worthwhile, for example, I have already ended some relationships.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
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 people places and time all seemed accurate to me
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? I was shown some difficulties of life and hardships. My hardship was lack of being able to convey myself to a certain point, having to wait for someone to carry me to where I needed to be, causing me frustration.
I was shown love all along the way.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared it with friends soon after my experience.
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 could sense my surroundings well enough to be involved in them.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I am still remembering the experience on a daily basis. It was so real that I want to return to it.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes Some of my surroundings.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? I can't think of anything else. I just know this was so real that I like visiting it daily in my mind. I want it back, but I will have to die to get it.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Not really. I did enjoy sharing my experience. I know there are some things I did not explain fully.
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