Experience Description

I just recall being drawn towards a big bright light to the point where I was in the light, only to have it communicated to me that it was time to leave (and back I came). The coming back part was the most impressionable and requires little digging into the memory, as it seems to have happened just yesterday. As for an OBE I don't think I knew what a body was (laughs) however one thing I do remember is that at no stage did I feel grounded during the experience.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: 6/25/1985

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes my birth. Other suffered fetal distress during birth and had to be delivered quickly with the use of forceps. Fetal distress.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful

Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal The various distractions in life whether it be noise (or even vision) unable me to be this alert, everything just seemed more clear. Occasionally when I'm in a serene environment I may experience my higher self which is what I felt during my NDE.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? My consciousness seemed to peak when I was being pulled away from the light (pretty clear).

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 can't remember.

Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid

Did your vision differ in any way from normal? I know that the surrounding light was very bright.

Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? I don't recall any noise during my experience.

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 Not that I remember.

Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain I don't remember encountering any other beings, however I did feel a wonderful presence.

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? Yes The light I saw was all around me it was like I was in the light the whole time.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I just remember entering the core of the light and then being whooshed back.

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

What emotions did you feel during the experience? At the time of the experience I don't think I knew what a body was (laughs) however one thing I do remember is that at no stage did I feel grounded during my experience (felt like I was free).

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 It happened at birth and I've always cherished the memory, and I often think about it.

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 being at the time of birth

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain I've always believed that there is something else out there.

What is your religion now? Liberal

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain I've always believed that there is something else out there.

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? Uncertain I'm not sure, but I know when I was young I always had an almost unconditional appreciation of nature, night skies etc. and it seemed closely related to my experience.

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain I'm not sure but I can recall a couple of childhood relationships which were very special to me.

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It is rather difficult to express in words, as I'm unable to familiarize people with it. I felt my higher self.

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? The point in which I had to come back seemed like the defining moment of the experience. It was like a vacuum cleaner set to reverse (whoosh back I came).

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes The first person I told was mum and I would have been about twelve. It was just after I had heard other people NDE's I felt compelled to seek answers, when I told mum she was interested and quick to tell me about complications she had with me during birth. I've also told my sister/dad (of little interest to them) and told one of my mates who seems very interested.

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. It's just always been in my being, in my conscience when I see the sun it often triggers the memory.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably real. The only reason I clicked (probably real) was because of the various scientific explanations for this sort of stuff, however I'd be very surprised if it were something other than an unearthly encounter.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No The predominant feature of the experience was the clarity, the true me aspect, which would be altered by medication.

Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Nope I think I've covered most of it.