I stood at the top of the stairs at work looking downward and felt lightheaded. I could not see anything around me. The only sense that I was experiencing was one of lightening. I could not taste, smell or feel anything. What felt like a few seconds later was a visual effect of all the great things that happened in my life. It was as though I was watching a video of my life - starting out slowly and increasing in speed toward the end. Then all of a sudden, it felt as though I was standing in the middle of a football field in total darkness. It was a feeling of open space for at least a few hundred feet around me. As I looked upward, I could see a rim of light at the very top of where I was. Air brushed behind my neck and I thought someone was behind me. I heard a voice coming toward me. A man's voice was in a different language. It was more of a whisper that turned into English, telling me 'It's almost time.' I saw quick pictures of myself aging from childhood to adulthood and more forward. All of a sudden, a jerk came across my body and it automatically shifted 180 degrees.
I had then opened my eyes lying in a hospital bed wondering what the heck had just happened? I was told that I had an asthma attack while at work and had stopped breathing.
Date NDE Occurred: 8-9-2004
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Shortness of breath(asthma) Other Dizziness which lead to falling down a flight of stairs.
I had no recollection of falling down a flight of stairs. I can only remember being lightheaded at the top of the stairs at work.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
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 The whole experience.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? The whole experience.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
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. The top of everything that I saw was clear as day. The further downward I looked, the fuzzier it got.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I did not recognize the voices. They were of a different language unfamiliar to me.
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 It felt like I was standing in the middle of a football stadium in darkness. I could physically see light at the rim of the top of wherever I was at.
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 had air passing around my neck. I could not feel my hands or feet. I heard some foreign voices. And then someone said, 'It's almost time.'
The experience included: Void
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? Yes I could physically see light at the rim of the top of wherever I was at.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Perplexed what had happened. Overall I had no stress.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
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
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control Everything good that happened to me was noticed: First Communion, High School Graduation, Meeting my Wife for the first time, Sporting Events...
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? Moderate Roman Catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate Roman Catholic
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? 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? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Uncertain At first I thought I had fallen asleep in the dining area at work. Therefore I realized something had really happened once I was in the hospital.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I started to hear voices about one year later while sitting in a room alone. I realized that I heard these voices before but couldn't remember when. Then when I was alone writing a memo - it hit me - I remembered where I heard the voices from.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? No
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 I was dreaming differently. I was able to remember my dreams more vividly than ever. I was never able to do that until after the NDE. My dreams were including individuals from the past.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Life seems to be easier to accept. And I've learned to accept the fact that 'every organism that breathes air and drinks water will perish the earth one day.'
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes See above, in relation to that, I was prescribed medication to help rid of the voices I was hearing.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? I am willing to share this in an open learning environment/session. But not in front of my family yet.