Experience Description

I was playing by a slide area and was struck in the head with a rock. I was in a coma for three days and during this time, I died three times. At the hospital during the times, I did not show any vital signs I remember hearing the nurses and doctors talking about my condition and the various procedures they were using to try to get me back to life. After each episode, I would wake and ask the nurses and doctors, 'what certain procedures were' and I called them by name. The doctors were stunned and some nurses left the room crying. During each episode, I floated above my body, rose up, went to the window, and looked out at a bright summer day. Then floated back to above my bed and overhead what the medical teams were doing to get me back to life. I thought I was dreaming but I could recite all the procedures by name and the medical teams were stunned because I never went to medical school obviously, so they could not explain it.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: August 2 1971

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Direct head injury Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) I was struck in the head with a ten pound rock by accident.

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 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? More consciousness and alertness than normal When I floated above my bed.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I floated above my bed.

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

Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid

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

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 Well the room was lit up and it was daytime so there was an ethereal atmosphere about it.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No

What emotions did you feel during the experience? It was joy because I could fly around the room.

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

The experience included: Special Knowledge

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 Sometimes I could guess things that have happened to someone else even though we have just met.

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 none I was too young at the time

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes Well when a person dies the spirit obviously goes somewhere.

What is your religion now? Liberal

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Well when a person dies the spirit obviously goes somewhere.

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

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? Yes Sometimes in my life things has happened to me that seem to be way more than mere chance happenings.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Twenty-five years.

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 a kid so no one explained to me what happened or what it was so I just forgot about it.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Well it was verified by medical professionals and because of what I saw.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No