I went through prostate surgery and was recovering in my room. I was asleep. I woke up feeling dizzy and as I awoke further, I felt very wet under my back. It was soaked in blood and I was bleeding. I pushed the button for the nurse and said I was feeling very sick. Then everything felt like a dream. Many nurses rushed in, lights went on and after a lot of fuss, they ‘called it’ and put me on a stretcher heading for the Intensive Care Unit. During that occurrence, I felt like I was about to die. I prayed the Sh’ ma on the way to the Intensive Care Unit. I was bleeding-out and everyone's faces were in horror. [Editor’s Note: Sh’ ma or Shema Isr'l is a Jewish pledge of faith to One God.] When I realized all the new faces coming into the well-lit room, I felt myself going up, as if I was in an invisible elevator. I was hovering. I actually felt like I was bobbling above my bed. I remember that I was able to hear and know what everyone was thinking and saying all at once. There were many doctors and nurses in that room at the time. I remember that I knew that one doctor understood what was happening to me while the others were speculating. I came back down and said aloud, ‘Listen to him! He understands’. I said that I was in such great pain and that the release of all the blood, which I learned later, had pooled in a painful pocket, was very good and I got great relief, as a result. I didn't go as far as some people suggest. My experience was short but was super-hyper realistic, a super-hyper-High-Definition version of reality. Again, the most amazing aspect was the ability to hear and understand fully what everyone was saying and the ability to say, ‘Listen to this particular doctor he understands’.
Date NDE Occurred: April 2014
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related. Life threatening event, but not clinical death. Out of body experience
I was bleeding out and had 5 transfusions, my blood pressure dropped below 60.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Neither pleasant NOR distressing
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I was extremely aware of my surroundings which had shifted like a gear- shift from what I was feeling (dizzy) when being taken to the ICU. I heard and understood everything being said.
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 I mentioned above, it was hyper-real. THE clarity was intense, I was able to hear all and understand all of what each doctor, and nurse was saying. I had the ability to know when this one doctor knew what I was feeling since he was the only one, all the others were just guessing.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was hovering above looking down at all the doctors and nurses.
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 heard and understood everything at once.
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. Much more crisp and hyper-real: well beyond HD TV. The hearing, seeing and understanding were almost one.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I heard everyone's comments and thoughts; I was able to fully analyze and understand all that was happening. In ‘real life,’ I have two hearing aids: too much rock n roll!
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
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? NONE! I felt like a robot.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? No
Did you have a feeling of joy? No
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? No
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about myself or others Conditionally, I understood everything that was going on through a lot of chaos.
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
The experience included: Content that was entirely not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Moderately important to me
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Moderately important to me
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
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
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.)? No
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? I was uncertain if God exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? I am uncertain if God exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are not meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? I was uncertain if an afterlife exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? I am uncertain if an afterlife exists No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I do not fear death
Do you fear death after your experience? I did 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? Slightly fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are possibly meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No Just for the first time fully believe that I am not my body. I was fully outside my body and was analyzing conversations like a computer would -- cold and analytical -- super precise.
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Slightly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Slightly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? No changes in my life No changes in my life. All I can say is that I am not my body. I live separate from it: what that means I cannot say.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes While I just did my best to writing in your boxes, there is no way to convey the crispness and hyper-reality that I felt.
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
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? Again, all I can say is that I am not my body. I live separate from it what that means I cannot say.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes 3 days possibly 4
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I've read about others who have experienced these things. I was skeptical.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real Just hyper-real
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real
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? No
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