I developed a massive infection in my leg and the antibiotics weren't working. So the doctors needed to amputate my leg. They gave me anesthesia to put me under and during the operation, I lost a lot of blood. The doctors said that what happened was extremely rare, but my heart stopped and I flat-lined.
What happened next was the weirdest thing I've ever experienced and I haven't shared it with anyone else because they'll think I'm crazy. But after reading these stories here, I feel like I can open up.
I felt myself floating off the operating table. I looked down and saw the doctors scrambling around to bring me back. At that point, I felt my bowels completely emptying, like explosive diarrhea. It was as though that launched me upwards through space. I was propelled towards a light. It was like a tunnel. I know it sounds cliche, but I don't know how else to describe it. I guess it was like in Star Wars when the millennium falcon enters light speed and all of the light from the stars bend towards it. I felt so warm and at peace. It was the greatest feeling I've ever experienced in my life. I didn't know what was at the end of the tunnel, but I knew that it was something spectacular.
Suddenly I was in a tropical forest on some spectacular world. My grandfather was there and he's been dead for years! It was so good to see him again. He smiled at me and I knew deep down inside that he was proud of me.
Then I looked up and saw the most beautiful golden man, brighter than a thousand stars! He greeted me first in Spanish and then in English. I could tell he was all knowing, because how else could he speak every single language? He floated through the air towards me and then asked why I've been such a skeptic. I didn't feel threatened, but I knew I had been missing something huge in my life. I still feel the sense of urgency and the memory is ridiculously vivid. He told me that it wasn't my time yet, but that I needed to return to earth and tell people the good news about him.
That's when I felt my body being sucked backwards. I didn't want to leave. I still wish I could have stayed, but I guess it's for the better. I was sent back to my hospital bed. I eventually recovered, except that I'm missing my leg. I should be getting a prosthetic soon.
I feel weird sharing it, and have only told a couple of family members. They think I'm crazy, but I know that what I experienced was the real deal. I don't want to force them to believe me, but I don't know how else to convince them that there's something else out there. Hopefully my story helps someone who's in a similar boat as me.
Date NDE Occurred: May 7, 2015
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function)
I was undergoing surgery and my heart stopped.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Both pleasant AND distressing
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain. Initially, I floated above my body and saw the doctors scrambling to bring me back to life. After I went to heaven, there was a rumbling noise which may have been the doctor's instruments. But I was so immersed in my NDE after that point that I'm not certain.
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal. It was like all of my senses were firing at once. You know how you can tell what your toes feel like if you think about them, but you don't normally focus on them so you forget they're there? Well I could feel every corner of my body tingling with a kind of warmth and pleasure. I was aware of every inch of my body as well as what was going on around me.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Right after going through the tunnel. I felt a myriad of emotions flood over me, and I can remember it all as if I was still there. It's still so vivid!
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning.
I'm not sure if it was sped up or slowed down, but it was like time no longer mattered at all.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I definitely was taking in more. I have 20/20 vision in day to day life, but it was like all of my senses were firing and I was feeling what I was seeing.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I heard a weird rumbling noise during my experience. I'm not sure exactly what it was, but it may have been the doctors.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out
The experience included: Tunnel
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes It was like I was being pulled forward through a dark tunnel towards an overwhelmingly bright light. I can't describe how incredibly joyful I felt the closer I got, but the memory is so vivid!
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
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 My grandfather was there and he was proud of me. I could feel it in the way he smiled at me. He's been dead for years.
The experience included: Unearthly 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 After going through the tunnel towards the light, things got brighter. Then when I was greeted by the heavenly figure. He was insanely bright, like a thousand stars.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm. It was a beautiful, tropical forest full of light and absolutely gorgeous. I would return in a heartbeat!
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Overwhelming joy. I didn't want to leave. But there was a sense of urgency. I knew I had to go back to spread the good news to others, but I didn't want to leave.
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 no longer in conflict with nature
The experience included: Special knowledge or purpose
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about myself or others. I knew that we'd all been living in a cave, completely unaware of reality. I know now that I need to share my story, but it's so hard to because I don't want to be laughed at. I have a sense of urgency, but I'm not a people-person at all.
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? I remembered many past events. I remembered arguing with a friend over the existence of God. I didn't used to believe in anything, but now I definitely do.
The experience included: Awareness of the future
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from my personal future. I knew I would become a spokesperson for this Being, and here I am sharing my story. I'm pretty shy, but I plan to write a book about it.
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 importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Not important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Unaffiliated- Nothing in particular- Religious unaffiliated. I knew there was something out there, but I didn't know what it was.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I'm on a mission to tell people that this life isn't all there is. There's a wonderful place after this life, and we shouldn't act like this is all there is. There's a beautiful God out there and he loves you.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Other or several faiths. I don't know. But whatever it was, I feel an urgent need to tell people about it.
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience. I didn't think there was anything after this life. I thought that this was all there was. But I was wrong.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I didn't used to even think about this stuff, but now it's all I think about. I'm pretty shy, but I feel an urge to share my story. I didn't use to believe in God, but I definitely do now.
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. I saw a bright figure. Also my grandfather was there.
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? Uncertain. It was a multilingual golden Being who was brighter than a thousand stars. I'm not sure that any such religious figure exists, but maybe in the Hindu religion. I'll have to do more research.
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God probably does not exist
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? Yes And he's so nice. I felt a pleasant warmth wash over me. He's golden, defies gravity, and shines brighter than a thousand stars.
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes I have to tell others about my experience. They need to know that there's a life after this one and a God who loves them.
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are possibly meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? Yes My purpose is to spread the knowledge of this afterlife. This life is just preparation for the next and people need to know this.
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife probably does not exist
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes There definitely is a life after this life! And it's beautiful!
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I slightly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Slightly fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are possibly meaningful and significant
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? Yes We need to be less uptight about everything. This life is fleeting and passing. It doesn't even compare to the one that's to come.
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? Yes The difficulties of this life are so miniscule and are passing. It's nothing compared to the immense pleasure that's to come.
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes I've never felt so much love in my life! My grandpa was there and I'm sure that my other friends and family will go there when they die. The Being that approached me filled me with warmth and love. I didn't want to leave.
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Large changes in my life. I'm not sure what you mean by 'fearful in living my earthly life.' I've never really been afraid of life, but I think I used to worry more. Now I have a sense of urgency, but I'm much more at peace. I know it sounds like an oxymoron, but it's true.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I don't date girls who don't believe in God.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It's not something most people have experienced, so saying something like 'The most vivid experience of my life,' just doesn't really do it justice.
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience. I don't even remember what shoes I wore two years ago or what I had for dinner three nights ago, but I remember my NDE like it happened this morning.
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? All of it, but I definitely enjoyed seeing my grandpa. That was pretty awesome since he's been gone for a while. Having God approach me and feeling an overwhelming warmth and acceptance was unlike anything I've ever felt. It was pretty freaking awesome! :)
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I told my sister and my dad, but I'm a bit shy, so I haven't told too many people about it. I talked with them shortly after the event occurred. They smiled and acknowledged that it must have been special to me, but I don't think they thought it was real. I haven't really told a lot of people because I don't want them to think I'm crazy. But I plan to write a book about it.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Uncertain I think I had heard a few stories, but I didn't really believe them. I don't think my knowledge of NDEs affected mine.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real It's definitely real! I knew immediately afterwards that I went to a real place, and I still firmly believe that.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. It's as real to me now as it was then!
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? It was incredible! There is a life after this one. Also, when I returned to my body, I hadn't actually pooped my pants, but the bed was covered in blood.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? I think y'all just about covered it. Thanks for letting me share my experience, and keep doing what you're doing. It's a much needed resource, and I really appreciate being able to get my voice out there.