Experience Description

I specifically remember being in a foggy tunnel with someone at the end. No conversation was had but I remember being at peace with all things (including myself). I felt I was being asked to move towards the object but for whatever reason I did not.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: Jan. 2005

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related. Allergic reaction 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death' After Open Heart surgery, in January 2005, the operation failed and I required a second open heart surgery. At which time, I had an allergic reaction and organ shutdown and was in intensive care unit for two weeks of which half (approximately) of the time was in a coma.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed

Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain I lost awareness of my body

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 As above.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? During the time I first became aware of the object/person at the end of the tunnel.

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 Things seemed to be happening at a slow and peaceful pace.

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. My depth perception with the tunnel seemed more precise and accurate.

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 I felt I was in a tunnel that seemed foggy on the sides but with a clear opening to the object/person at the end.

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 The object/person was at the end of the tunnel with no communications but I did feel it wanted me to move forward but I did not.

The experience included: Void

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? Uncertain Seemed to be normal lighting.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Calmness.

Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness

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

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? Liberal

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Liberal None

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No

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? No

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I'm more understanding with people and try not to be so quick to judge someone. I also am no longer short-tempered.

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? The part of feeling at peace with myself was extremely meaningful to me.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I first shared my experience about three years after it happened and have shared a few times to selected people who have open minds. Their reaction seemed to be they were curious of my experience. They did not seem to be influenced by my disclosure.

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 probably real It's hard to put into words but what happened was so real that there could not be any other explanation for it.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably real About four years after this happened I had access to my medical records and read the doctor's entry. His statement was 'Farley's Karma allowed him to survive' which I take to mean there in no medical reason that I survived but that a higher reason allowed me to live.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No