In those years we lived in a house with an outdoor patio. It was separated from the street by a two-meter high wall. The day before my experience, some clothes and other items had been stolen from the patio. This was of concern to me because I slept in a bedroom where access was through that patio. So the first thing I did was install a rudimentary electric fence using one of my dad's transformers which raised the normal voltage from 110 to 150v (a very dangerous thing to do and not to be copied). This was to keep anyone from entering the patio by jumping over the wall. Every night when it got dark, I intended to connect the electrical device and electrify the fence. I figured that it would be even safer if padlocks were installed on all doors with access to the patio. I went off to the ironmonger's to buy some padlocks. In the meantime, my mum was tidying things up on the patio that the thieves had knocked over. When she re-installed the galvanized metal clothesline that the thieves had knocked over, she inadvertently connected my electric fence to the metallic tube that provided water to the patio's washing area. This tube was the only metal part of the mainly PVC washing installation. The PVC would not conduct electricity, which meant that the electric fence was no longer grounded.
Feeling tired and stressed from the work of installing the fence and the robbery, I decided to have some beers on my way home (in those days it was normal in Colombia for teens as young as thirteen to drink beer!). When I arrived home, I started the task of installing padlocks to the doors and connecting my electric fence; but the beers had made me so tired that I lay down and fell asleep.
Around 2 hours later I woke up and because of all that beer, I wanted to go to the toilet. That is when the problems started. In order to go to the toilet, I would have to unlock 3 padlocks so instead; I decided to pee on the plants on the patio. Not bothering with anything off I went, barefoot to pee on the patio plants (who uses shoes when you are 15 years old and needing the toilet?). It was pouring down rain and everything was soaking wet, including the stone patio floor. Everything was going okay so far, but I was also very thirsty so decided to drink some water from the washing place. So standing there in the rain, half-dressed and barefoot, I put my hand on the tap and BAM! I felt this electric shock surge through me! Immediately I was completely paralyzed! I was fully conscious of everything, in particular the fact I had been a fool trying to be an electrician and that I had made a potentially fatal mistake. I fought with all my might to open my hand but it was glued to the tap, as if they had been cast together in the same mold. I could not speak nor move my legs, nothing. I fought and fought but could not even move my lips to cry for help, let alone move my hands. This fight must have lasted at least 2 minutes and then resignation took over. There was no strength left in me to struggle any more. I gave in, I gave up my life and let myself die, still feeling the harsh vibration from the electric current. But I did not care anymore. I had been defeated.
In that precise moment, I started to see myself from above. There was no pain any more, no cold, no hunger only tranquility and an immense peace. I saw my body being hurt by the electric current, but I did not care at all. The feeling of peace was so overwhelming that I did not need anything from this world. I realized that I was dead and that my body was just another nail that had fallen. I understood I had neither body nor eyes but my consciousness was intact, and I felt I could perceive the world with something close to omniscience; it was as if I knew everything. Then I started to leave. I could see the universe very far away at the end of a tunnel. Then I had this feeling ’wait a minute, I am dying and I have had no sons nor have I had a girlfriend and I wanted to have all that!’ I did not want to die without having had a full life! In that precise moment, I was back inside my body, feeling the electric current going through me and the cold rain falling on my face. I was not afraid and then realized I could move my right foot! I started to lift it further and further up until I could rest it on the sink. With my foot pushing on the sink, I leaned backwards with all the force I could muster and found I was able to let go of the tap. The moment my hand let go, I let loose the loudest scream I had ever screamed in my whole life and fell backwards onto the floor.
The rain was falling on my face as I lay there and I watched as my whole family rushed to me on the patio to see what was going on. The only thing I could say was ‘Do not touch anything! There is electric current!’ I jumped up and went to disconnect the current. It was then I felt the pain in my hands and feet and saw that they were bleeding. With the help of my brothers, I went to the bathroom to clean my wounds. To my astonishment, I saw that under the blood there were no wounds at all. It was then I remembered that I had been on the ‘other side’.
Date NDE Occurred: 1988
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Electrocucion. Other Electrocucion a 150 voltios
The minute I gave up I knew it was the end and there was nothing else for me but to accept death.
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was out of my body my level of consciousness was amazing.
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
Time was different; I do not know. Maybe there is no time there?
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 could see anything I wanted rather like changing a TV channel. I was not limited by the abilities of my physical eyes.
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 saw I was moving away but I did not know whether it was a tunnel or a hole in space.
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: 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? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Estaba claramente en otro lugar que no pertenece a esta dimension.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace. The kind of peace you can only feel in the other world.
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 For a while, maybe a year after the experience, I was able to dream about what would happen to me the next day. I practiced in order to improve that ability but once had a premonition of something bad that was going to happen so decided to stop doing that.
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? Yes Before my experience I was an atheist. Since my experience, I have been going deeply into to profound meditations about life and existence. I can see that there is an order in things. I have come to believe there is a being that created everything and it is the origin and destiny of everything.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Before my experience I was an atheist. Since my experience, I have been going deeply into to profound meditations about life and existence. I can see that there is an order in things. I have come to believe there is a being that created everything and it is the origin and destiny of everything.
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 My consciousness was at very high levels.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes Time was different. I had no body, but my level of consciousness was better than usual.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No As above.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I told my family what had happened the very same day. I have never had any problem sharing it with friends or family as I feel honored at having had this wonderful experience.
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 Right away, I knew the experience was ‘definitely real’.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I still know that the experience was ‘definitely real.’
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No