I was aware that I had flat lined - yet again! It was just another in a long series of cardiac flat lines after a septal ablation. But this one was different! Instead of 'waking up' a night later, like all of the others, I suddenly became aware that I was flying like superman. It was sudden, like I was an orange pip squeezed out from between someone's fingers.It was sunny and warm and the warm breeze in my face felt wonderful. I looked around. What the heck was happening? I saw I was 'flying' over a bay, which was a deep blue and had lovely sandy beaches. Just out from the bay was what appeared to be a volcanic tropical island. The sun was high in the sky. Sitting at anchor in the bay was an unusual large sailing ship with one huge sail but with multiple decks - at least three. There were tiny people crowding the uppermost deck of the sailing ship and beckoning to me. They were laughing, gesturing, waving, and calling on me to join them. I felt so good and was flying straight to the ship. Then just as I was getting close it all faded and I was back in my bed with medical staff around me and my wife grasping my hand in a crushing grip.
Date NDE Occurred: June 2006
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related Post Septal ablation for HOCM Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
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 I felt conscious and alert during the entire experience.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I felt conscious and alert during the entire 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
Sorry too hard to describe.
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. Was able to see incredible detail at a distance.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Can't remember anything about hearing.
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
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? Yes Human like figures. I did not get close enough to them to interact directly but was heading towards them.
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? Uncertain There was light and warmth all around me but no specific point of light.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm It was sunny and warm and the warm breeze in my face felt wonderful. I looked around)What the hell was haooening?) and saw I was "flying" over a bay which was a deep blue and had lovely sandy beaches. Just out from the bay was what appeared to be a volcanic tropical island. The sun was high in the sky. Sitting at anchor in the bay was an unusual large sailing ship with one huge sail but with multiple decks - at least 3. There were tiny people crowding the uppermost deck of the sailing ship and beckoning to me. The were laughting and gesturing and waving and calling on me to join them. I felt so good and was flying straight to the ship.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Elation and a feeling of 'rightness'.
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 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 'Agnostic tending towards a ''Pagan'' perspective of the Earth as a living being.'
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes Have become more involved in my ancestral spirituality as this seems to fit my experience.
What is your religion now? Moderate Pagan/Heathen
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Have become more involved in my ancestral spirituality as this seems to fit my experience.
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 Set me to connecting with my ancestral spirituality.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes Can never describe the 'feelings'.
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? A sense of a potential meeting of ancestors.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Several hours.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes Had done a little reading but not much specific other than people seeing 'the Light' plus a tunnel, none of which was my experience.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was probably not real I found it difficult to rationalize.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably real I avoid talking about it and discussing it.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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