I had an anaphylactic reaction to something the specialists weren't able to precisely define, afterwards. After the sweats, bowel movement, and losing control of my body, I collapsed onto the supermarket corridor. After about ten minutes, I went into shock for about a minute. Up until then, I could see and hear everything around me. Either my partner or a nurse who had been passing by said, 'We're losing him.' Then everything became relaxed and went dark. I felt myself floating into pitch-blackness, accompanied by an incredible feeling of peace and tranquility. It was the most serene and beautiful experience imaginable. I couldn't see anything in this darkness, yet I could feel an overwhelming peace and serenity. It was an amazingly beautiful experience. I don't know how long this lasted, but I didn't want it to stop. The next thing I recall was a very annoying jab in my right arm. The paramedics had arrived with adrenaline.
Date NDE Occurred: 2013
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No. Allergic Reaction. Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function)
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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 It was only the sensitivity to the peace and serenity during the blackout phase that seemed heightened.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Before I blacked out, I suppose. Although, I felt quite lucid and aware when I was within the blackness.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Were your senses more vivid than usual? No
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. The same.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I don't think I heard anything around me once I'd gone into the blackness.
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
The experience included: Darkness
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? Peace. Serenity. Tranquility. Total relaxation. Happiness.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt no longer in conflict with nature
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
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? Not important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Unaffiliated- Nothing in particular- Religious unaffiliated
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Not important to me
What is your religion now? Unaffiliated- Nothing in particular- Religious unaffiliated
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was both consistent and not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience The darkness wasn't a surprise apart from being blacker than any black I've encountered. The feeling of being so at peace was the biggest surprise.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I simply believe that death is nothing to be feared.
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? God does not exist
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God does not exist
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? Unknown
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife probably does not exist
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? Unknown No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I slightly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do 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? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Unknown
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
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? Uncertain I seem to be able to sense if there's danger or someone dangerous nearby. I have to go into supposedly uninhabited buildings for my work and sometimes I get a feeling not to go.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The peace and calm. The feeling of being in a beautiful place.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes A few months later. Not sure if they believed me.
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 knew that I had been moving towards death. Absolutely certain.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real The same as shortly afterwards.
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? There was a sense of moving through the blackness but not in the normal sense. Either I was moving into it or it was moving into me. Too difficult to explain.
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