I had a near death experience during the heat wave of 2003. One day after work, I drove straight to the maternity ward where my nephew had just been born. I drove for an hour in hot, burning sun!
Perhaps because I was tired after work and because of the hour-long drive in searing heat, as soon as I arrived at the hospital room, which was also very hot, I fainted.
At first, I saw everything turning around me and suddenly, everything disappeared! I was in total darkness; everything went black. There was nothing else, but I was not scared. I felt good, quiet and I was moving fast and straight. I knew where I was headed to and it felt like I was going back home. My only wish was to get there fast! I moved straight into the darkness.
Then, I heard someone calling me from behind. I stopped to hear the voice better because it seemed so far away. I hesitated, wondering whether to keep on my way ‘out there’, or go to the voice that kept on calling me, repeatedly.
The truth is that I really wanted to keep on my journey "out there" to the place I was headed to from the start, straight into the darkness, but the voice kept calling me. I thought ‘Okay, I'll move towards the voice because it might be important and after that. I´ll carry on with my journey ‘out there’. I turned around towards the voice and all of a sudden, I was back in my body.
Afterwards, my relatives told me that I fallen down suddenly and my father, who was next to me, just had time to catch me. I was in the arms of my father, and my mother was just in front of me. She had been the ‘voice’ calling me repeatedly.
What is strange is that when I was moving straight into the darkness, I heard someone calling from behind me and yet, when my mother called me, she was stood right in front of me. I have no doubt this was the beginning of a near death experience.
My near death experience was similar to those other people have reported but I did not go into a light. Maybe I did not have the time to see it.
Because of my short experience, I have no doubt about the authenticity of near death testimonies. Even those where people say they had an encounter with an Angel, ¨Being of Light¨ or deceased person. I also saw one of these when I was 21, in early 1992, although it was not during a near death experience.
Date NDE Occurred: 19/06/2003
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Evanouissement à cause de la canicule de 2003. Other Evanouissement
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
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? From the beginning to the end.
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
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I´m not sure. I only saw darkness. So I cannot answer. When I hesitated and questioned myself as to whether to go to the voice calling me or keep on my journey ¨out there¨, I saw something, like a picture of children playing in the sand and I had the feeling that I should go to help them. What for? I don't know, but I felt it was important.
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? Uncertain I'm not sure. I don't know what I was travelling in or through. All I know is that suddenly I found myself in a total darkness. I did not see any limiting features or light.
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
The experience included: Void
The experience included: Darkness
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? Peace of mind, quietness and joy to know I was going back ‘home’.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
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? No I did not think it was possible to go to the other side and come back. Now that I have experienced it myself I know it is possible. I also think there is some truth in religion. Before my experience, I had the opportunity to see and talk to an Angel or ‘Being of Light’ without believing in any particular religion. These two experiences have led me into a more spiritual than religious life. I believe in the basis of religion but not in what religion has become.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No I did not think it was possible to go to the other side and come back. Now that I have experienced it myself I know it is possible. I also think there is some truth in religion. Before my experience, I had the opportunity to see and talk to an Angel or ‘Being of Light’ without believing in any particular religion. These two experiences have led me into a more spiritual than religious life. I believe in the basis of religion but not in what religion has become.
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? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? In all of the testimonies I have heard and read about, none of the people knew where they were going when they were in the darkness. Only when they saw the light, did they go in to it. In my case, I did not wonder why I was there. It felt normal to me. I knew where I was going from the start of the experience without seeing a light.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? No They did not believe me, except for my mother, thanks to other testimonies she had seen on the internet.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Uncertain I´m not sure. I had heard and read about them very superficially, but did not really believe they happened. Since this experience happened to me in such an unexpected way through loss of consciousness. I don't believe I was influenced by anything.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real As above.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real As above.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No