I was twelve years old. I died and left my body. While floating above my body, I looked at my hands and they were there. I had a body. I could hear the men in the room saying 'He sure is young to have to die.' I tried to tell them I'm not dead. But they could not hear me. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a small light coming at me or I was going to it.
As the light got closer to me, I began to feel love. As the light got closer, in the light was a man. He said, 'What are you doing here?' He called me by my name. The light was around him and me; it was a pure feeling of love. I asked him, 'Who are you?' He said, 'I'm your brother.' It looked like he was surprised that I was there and of the question. By now, I was thinking I am in heaven and this is an angel. The first question was 'What was I going to do in heaven?' I was sitting on some steps. I said, 'Is it going to be my job to shine these steps?' He said, 'No, Donald. The reason I made them of gold was so they would not have to be shined. I'm you brother and I want to serve you. I went away to build this place for you.' Oh yes, he did not speak words. They would just come into my mind what he was saying. I asked 'Where is heaven?' He showed me. I asked many questions and he answered them. When I was done, he said I had something to do and I will have to go back. I came back into my body.
Date NDE Occurred: 1958
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
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
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Heard no sound except the men talking in the room as I was floating in the air.
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
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 I believe it was Jesus.
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 A light filled with love or what I think is love.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Love.
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
The experience included: Special Knowledge
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 Baptist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes
What is your religion now? Moderate Baptist
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes
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
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? Yes
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes
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
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Some people that are dying I talk with they seem to have peace after I talk to them about that death is not dying it just going to another level of life.
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
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
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? Do not fear death. A person never dies, only leaves this body. They go to a wonderful place. I learned that it is a new job for mankind to learn all they can while on earth. The lessons for mankind is to learn to love, learn to teach, keep going forward in life, give of themselves, and not take from others. Pain helps us learn from it. Earth is like being in school again.