According to the ambulance driver, I was de-fibrillated three times before my heart started beating again. About three minutes elapsed. During this time, I walked through our maintenance shop. As I went into the last shop, I turned and stared at the rear wall. The whole wall and everything around me was a soft brilliant light. I felt someone was there but I never saw or heard anyone speak.
As soon as I woke up, I felt the most peaceful that I had ever felt, then I thought of my dead father. At that time, the pain returned. I don't remember much until the next day.
I think about the experience every day. Now, I'm not afraid of death.
Date NDE Occurred: 12/04/2006
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Heart attack Other HEART ATTACK.
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 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 Peaceful, bright, soothing. Disappointed when I woke up. I wish I was still there.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? It was as plain as looking out my window the whole time.
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 Being surrounded by bright clouds.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? Brighter, quieter more soothing.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? I heard a low pitch humming in the background.
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 like I could have walked through the bright cloud wall but I didn't.
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain I felt the presence of someone but never saw or heard them speak.
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? Yes Very soft but incredibly bright.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Total bliss, comfort. I felt like I was where I was supposed to be.
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
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
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes A cloud wall.
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? Yes I am certain now that there is a heaven.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I am certain now that there is a heaven.
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 I was in heaven but never went through the cloud wall.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I am more patient with others. I believe I know what's going to happen after my death.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes Terrible dreams for about a week.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The total peace at being there. The disappointment at returning to consciousness.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes About a month with a guy that went unconscious from a heart attack. He had no such 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.
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