My cardiologist ordered me to undergo an outpatient catheterization on Wednesday, January 30. I entered the hospital at 11.30am and the doctor administered local anesthesia to my right groin and started to work with his instruments. As he did so, we were having a normal conversation. Yet, in an instant, I found myself on a patio of a two-story house and at the bottom, about 30 meters below, there were many people - there must have been 50 - and they were all very happy. They were listening to party music and they all chanted my name: "Jaime, Jaime". It seemed to be a "welcome" party. The place was very beautiful with much light. I was imbued with a sense of fortune and happiness that I'd never before felt with such intensity. It was, without doubt, the most pleasant sensation of my life. The feeling of being welcomed was the strongest I’ve ever experienced in my life. I was able to recognize my deceased mother among all those people, but when I advanced towards her, I felt my chest burn with the electric shock of 300 joules [from a defibrillator]. I returned to the operating room. I asked the doctor what had happened and he said I'd had a small cardiac arrest, normal in my condition, as they uncapped the vein during the rapid resuscitation.
Date NDE Occurred: 30 DE ENERO 2008
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No CATETERISMO CARDIACO Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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 remember the whole experience.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I remember 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
It seemed that 1 or 2 minutes passed but it really was 30 seconds.
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 brightness of the light was very intense but without causing damage. Very pleasant.
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 Many people whom I didn't recognize. I was able to meet my mother, but when I started to walk towards her I felt the electric shock [from the defibrillator] that returned me to my body.
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 Light was very golden, intense, it imbued everything but it didn't blind one, as looking at the sun would have done.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm El sitio era el patio cercano a una bella casa de dos pisos. Con colores muy bonitos.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Happiness, peace, quality happiness.
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
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? Liberal ESCEPTICO DE LA VIDA DESPUES DE LA MUERTE
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I am a believer but not in the churches.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I am a believer but not in the churches.
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 We are immortal.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I try to be more tolerant. I am a personality type A but I'd like to be a type B [Type A and Type B Personality Theory is a theory that describes two common, contrasting personality types — the high-strung Type A and the easy-going Type B].
I moved from being a skeptic to being a believer.
I try to do good in as many ways as I possibly can.
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? Uncertain It seems that I understand mankind's destiny as a spiritual one. That is why Jesus Christ came. Before, it did not interest me in the least.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The welcoming party was very significant.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? No Three days after, I read the NDERF website and some others. At the beginning, I believed that NDE was craziness - due to my skepticism. But I soon learned that we are many, those who have passed through this experience. I also read about the ideas of the non-believers, but their arguments of chemical reactions due to lack of oxygen in the brain don't convince me; it doesn't explain why we all experience the same ‘hallucination’ and it doesn't explain why some brains see the vision and others - in the same circumstances - don't.
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 felt it with all my senses and my remembrance is not like that of a dream.
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
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? I am not afraid of death. But I am afraid of the punishment of the soul for bad actions in this earthly life. I try to explain this to my friend, associates and family members. And I would like to explain it to all human beings.