I was lying on a bed in the emergency room talking to two nurses, when I paused and closed my eyes.
When I opened my eyes, I was standing in front of a half glass door, with crinkle-like glass that lets light through but you cannot see through. There was a brilliant light beyond the door. I was standing with my left arm extended upwards to push the door open. I could feel the warmth of the light and was drawn to it.
I thought to myself, ‘If I go through the door, I will not want to come back.’, so I dropped my arm, and as I did, I noticed that it was not the arm I had looked at all my life. It appeared to be almost transparent. I then took one large step back away from the door. From this position, I could see that the door was not attached to a wall but was hanging in a freestanding frame only and the light was all around it.
I was then startled (not frightened or perceiving a threat) to see the light take shape (like smoke or cloud), then suddenly come around and over the door towards me. It seemed to wrap itself around me and as it did I felt a tingling all over, and the words came to me (not sure if spoken), ‘All things of the Earth will pass away.’ I then began to feel a great love and a peace that was indescribable. It felt as if the light was lifting me.
I closed my eyes for a moment and bathed in this love and great peace. When I opened my eyes again, I was looking at my wife and two nurses. The worst of my medical emergency was several hours away, and I feel the peace I found during my NDE helped me to survive, along with the efforts of a great medical team.
Date NDE Occurred: November 12, 1995
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Heart attack Life threatening event, but not clinical death Near fatal heart attack.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain I felt as though I occupied a similar space but not in a physical way. Meaning I had limbs (arms and legs) and seemed to move in a similar manner but with what seemed a more fluid motion.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I felt very alert through the entire experience.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? I heard no sound.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes Brilliant, warm, inviting, loving. It was as if the light was alive.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Great joy, true peace, and unending love.
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
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? No
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes Half glass door.
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes Insufficient vocabulary.
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? My experience was completely a positive one.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I have received mixed reactions and cannot say that anyone was influenced.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? Eight years prior to my experience, I had what I would have to call a prophetic dream. During the course of my treatment at the hospital, I had an experience that sent chills up my spine because it was exactly as I had seen in the dream.