Experience Description

I underwent a seven hour operation in a heart and lung hospital. After I was taken in to the operating theatre, my brother arrived at the hospital and was told I was in surgery. He left the hospital without seeing me and before the operation finished.

A couple of days later I told him that I had seen him during the operation. He laughed and said that I couldn't have. He then asked me what he was doing, ND I then proceeded to describe what I had seen. I described his exact clothing, and the exact place that he was standing in and I also told him what he had under his arm and what he was doing. I think that it troubled him because his eyes welled up and he has never spoken to me about it since, he did confirm that I was one hundred percent correct on all points.

A couple of days later I was informed by a surgeon of what had happened to me during the operation.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: April 1991

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related Clinical death During an operation my body went into shock, my heart stopped and I ceased breathing for a short time.

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 did not have any form or body; I just was, if that is understandable. I had no physical feeling of temperature or any feeling of emotion, either happy, sad or otherwise. I was just awareness.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? During the experience I was fully aware of the surroundings.

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning I no regard for time.

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I heard no sound during for the most part, however I do recall a slight whoosh noise somewhere during the experience. However I put this down to hospital equipment during the operation.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No I knew I was in the hospital but had no other knowledge of the building or of any other place during this.

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes I saw my brother, but there was no communication.

Did you see an unearthly light? Yes There was a light source, but it seemed to be behind me.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm The only sense I had was sight but not with physical eyes, it was more like just an awareness.

What emotions did you feel during the experience? None.

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

Did you come to a border or point of no return? No

God, Spiritual and Religion:

What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I have no real religious belief now as a result of this event. I also have no fear of dying. I no longer see possessions as important in one’s life, only more of a necessary burden. I have become less selfish and more giving and forgiving as a result, also more lenient.

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 would describe my own gut instinct to be better tuned since this event.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The best part of the experience was the enlightenment and the knowledge it brought.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes To some it brings comfort, but others see it as a joke. Some are open minded.

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? I am not a religious person and I am also a very educated person. Until this happened to me I was an open skeptic regarding after life, ghosts etc. Now I firmly believe that when we die we do carry on and who knows, maybe we are reincarnated.

Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Add a question: Would I be afraid of having this experience again?