Experience Description

When I was nineteen years old, I was stabbed numerous times with a butcher knife. I apparently lost an extreme amount of blood and went unconscious.

I then remember floating above my body while emergency personnel were working on my body. It was as if the emergency vehicle was cut open and I could see the individuals inside it working on my body. I distinctly remember thinking. 'They are cutting up my favorite pants.' I then saw them apply the defibrillator unit to my chest to jump-start my heart. They tried it once and it did not work; then they tried it a second time, and it was as if I was immediately sucked back into my body, feeling extremely weak.

The next thing I was aware of was waking up in the hospital in excruciating pain.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: November 1982

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Stabbed Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) I was stabbed numerous times.

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 As above.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was outside of my body before waking up in the hospital.

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

Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid

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

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

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Not sure.

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? Moderate

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes Well, I know there is something occurring after death.

What is your religion now? Moderate

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Well, I know there is something occurring after death.

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? No

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 I seemed to have spirits visit me before this experience. I had been skeptical about spirits and ghosts, but after this experience it made sense that I would be visited by spirits.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I'm not sure how long it was before I told anyone. When I did, people were amazed at what I was telling them. I'm not sure if they were influenced, but they seemed to believe what I was saying.

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 don't remember shortly after, because I was injured and a lot of things were going through my mind.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real

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? Nothing.