On 1-5-2011, at about 7:30 pm. I was home in Leland, Mississippi, with my wife. I began having problems swallowing. I had never had problems like a stroke heart attack before. I went to my wife and said I could not swallow. She started asking me questions and called her sister who lived about fifteen minutes away with her husband. We sat on the couch and waited for her sister and her husband who arrived in about ten minutes. They had contacted two prayer chains in their church. My wife told me later that my eyes were empty and I started saying words quickly - floor, papers, ceiling, and many words that could not be understood. My wife said she was going to call 911 and I said I thought I would be okay. I was still holding my throat.I learned later that the prayer chains were 'stepping all over one another'. We started the fifteen minute ride to the hospital. I was in the back seat with my wife. My wife's sister and her husband in the front. When I was asked what did I do as a judge, I said 'my ABCs'. When we got to the hospital, I had a grand mal seizure. People started yelling 'code blue'. I did not hear any of this. This is just what I was told. I was in the hospital for three days and was released and am going to another hospital in a couple of days for neurological tests. Sometime between the time that I got into the car to leave my home and when I left the hospital the following happened.I was smiling and happy with a blank look on my face on the ten minute ride to the hospital. I could not recognize any people, I am not sure exactly about this but I think this happened on the way to the hospital. I am sure that this happened however. I was walking down a path of some sort and was walking with God. He/She was on my left. I was too scared to turn and look at God. I believe I was scared I would turn to salt - not sure - I do know I did not look at God and I do know God was there. I could feel the warmth. I could hear the voice or really feel the voice. It said, 'You are going to be okay. I have got your back. You are going to heaven one day but not today. In the meantime I want you to tell others about this.'(Little choked up right now.) I have probably told fifty people about this in the last ten days. Mostly by person. Some over the phone. A couple by letter. I am trying not to be obnoxious about this but I want people to know how real God is and how my life has been temporarily spared and how good an experience death is - or how it nearly was - for me. I am so excited about the rest of my life and so thankful - grateful - for this experience. I believe the prayer chains and of course God spared me. I intend to use the rest of my time well. Thank you.
Date NDE Occurred: 'January 5, 2011'
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes 'stroke, grand mal seizure' 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
Stroke and grand mal seizure.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain
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 During my walk with God.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? During my walk with God.
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 were slow but definite.
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 sensed what God looked like. I could hear thoughts of God.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I could hear thought.
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 Down a path for sure.
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 I walked with God on my left. He/She said things would be okay and he/she had my back and I was going to heaven and it would not be now and I should tell others what happened.
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 I could see. I did not see the source, I was afraid to look at God but I think it would have been okay and I wish I had now.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm a peaceful walk down a serene path with my God
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Excitement, gratitude for being with my God, perception, relaxation.
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
The experience included: Vision of the future
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future Very aware that I was to communicate what happened to me to others and I have began 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? Conservative/fundamentalist Christian
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes Still a Christian just more vocal about it and now I know, really know, I am going to heaven and if I die before you I hope to see you there.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Christian
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Still a Christian just more vocal about it and now I know, really know, I am going to heaven and if I die before you I hope to see you there.
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 I could hear thoughts. I was sure God was next to me although I did not see him/her.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes It seems that people want to be around me but they did before. They are not running.
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 have always been a good communicator but telling about this has become easy and, I think, effective.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I enjoyed being next to God.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes The first time was a couple of days - maybe one day - later. My wife was intrigued. Almost all have been very intrigued.
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 The excitement, the feeling of involvement with God, the desire to help others by sharing, my hopes in helping my family and friends and pleasing God - this is too real not to be real.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I am going to use this experience to grow spiritually and help others.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No Would not surprise me if it happens though.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? It has just been wonderful and I can't wait to see what happens next. I decided not to read your book until I responded to your questions so looking forward to reading the book.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Not sure.
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