I collapsed on a bus. My wife (nurse) could not revive me (knuckle in sternum). I was dragged down to the road. Ambulance had arrived when I came round. Paramedics found no abnormalities.
Drawn to a joyous white light and up through a layer of personalities with tails like comets. Came into a space where I was tended to by silver, featureless creatures with thin limbs and conical (inverted) heads. They communicated telepathically and laid me down. I was told I could stay if I wished. I was tempted as I was ecstatic. When I decided against it, I was sucked down a tunnel. The white light stayed in my peripheral vision for two hours after the event. Subjective time span for the event about a half hour. 'Objective' time span, seven to ten minutes.
Was left with a sense of mission regarding spiritual healing.
Date NDE Occurred: 2002
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Sudden collapse Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function).
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
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 Never felt such joy before!
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Beginning - following the light.
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 seemed slower.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? See above comments regarding peripheral vision, post event.
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
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 In the place I was led to by the light, which felt enclosed, but had no apparent boundary. They were not of this world: silver, thin arms and legs, with upside down conical heads. No facial features. They communicated that I was okay and that I could stay if I wanted to. I understood them to be 'servants' of the light.
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
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? JOY.
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 None
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 Marriage has deteriorated.
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 feeling of overwhelming joy.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Shared with wife on way home. She was bemused.
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. As a consequence I threw myself into spiritual healing. Any skepticism was gone. Now I Knew there were other dimensions!
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. When things have got bad (marriage) I have prayed to go back.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No