A Naval Reserve dentist was extracting several of my teeth with a certain degree of difficulty. I was in the chair from approximately 08:00 hours to 14:00 hours. Upon returning to duty with my training platoon, I experienced difficulty in breathing and convulsions. I was taken to my platoon's duty office where the they called for an ambulance. During the time I was in the duty office, I was curled up in a tight fetal position with extreme muscle cramping and loss of consciousness. It was about this time that I became aware that I was observing this event from an elevated position in the room, on top of a bank of lockers. At the time, I was confused as to how I could be in two places at once and immediately realized that my consciousness was not in my body.
Two medical technician types came and started to pull me up off the floor in a rather brisk manner. I watched in amazement as my body reacted by unfolding my arms from the crossed position on my chest, which caused the two medical technicians to collide above my body. This all seemed very comical to me at the time. In fact, the entire matter was funny to me.
As the ambulance pulled away with my body, I felt odd and decided to get in the back with my body. I don't recall anything exciting like passing through the metal of the closed door to get inside but somehow I went with the ambulance and my body away from my duty area to the medical facility on base.
My next conscious recall was of waking in a dimensionless white place. I tried to raise my hand to feel the whiteness in front of me, to find that it was a sheet that had been placed over my face. When I pushed it away from me, it fell off me. I sat up on the gurney that they had placed my body on and proceeded to scare the young man next to me out of his wits. I was back in my body and conscious.
At the time, I tried to make sense of what had happened, but just figured I had hallucinated.
Since then, the two other incidences have brought me to a different conclusion. The two other incidences have much the same aspects of the out of body experience. The one thing that all three have in common was a sense of wellbeing and a realization of myself in an alternate reality where I was still me, with all my senses intact as far as I can tell.
I don't feel any great realization from all this other than a different view of life and death, and less of a feeling in the finality of either.
Date NDE Occurred: 1964-1974 & 1980
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident. Allergic reaction '1964 Allergic reaction to overdose of Novocain in dental
1974 construction accident, Crane malfunction 1980 Extreme abdominal distress and consequent error in emergency room.' 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
1964 drug overdose of Novocain under a dentist's care.
1974 Crane/operator malfunction led to fall.
1980 attending physician left inexperienced staff to complete stomach pumping. Tubes went into lungs instead of stomach and collapsed lungs resulting in cardio/pulmonary failure.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
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? Normal consciousness and alertness Just before returning to the body.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Just before returning to the body.
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
No time. Everything seemed to happen at once, when in fact the events that took place took a while to unfold.
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. Remote viewing of the events taking place.
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? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
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? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Humor, compassion, anger.
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? Moderate no preference
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal no preference
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? Uncertain Before these events in my life I was searching for answers to the great questions. Since, I accept that everything just 'IS'. Everything is 'NOW'.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
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 sense of self-awareness was still intact. Most of my emotions and individual characteristics seemed to be in play. Most of all my ability to laugh in the face of this adversity seemed to alleviate my fears.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes It was several years after the first experience before I shared it with anybody. They seemed skeptical but kind. After the next events much the same reaction took place.
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 1964 left me uneasy about the experience. The subsequent times have affirmed what happened originally. Now I just figure its how things work sometimes.
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