Shortly after eating a large dinner three days before Thanksgiving Day, 1996, I had experienced pains to my chest that was so sharp that it dropped me to my knees. After a few minutes, I felt better but had a numbing sensation in my left arm that would not go away. I just discounted the pain as just indigestion. However, the numbing sensation persisted the next day, causing me a great deal of concern. To make a long story short, I was taken to the hospital and I underwent a catheterization procedure the day after Thanksgiving. All was going fine, in fact, the doctor had nearly finished one half of the procedure when all of the sudden everything went gray.
I began to experience the most wonderful sensation that I had ever felt. I was floating through what seemed to be a red tunnel of some sort. At the end of the tunnel was a bright light that did not bother my eyes at all. The light gave me a sense of strength and joy that is indescribable. Once I arrived at the end of the tunnel, I saw a black table and seven people all dressed in white clothing standing on the other side of the table. Six to my right and one to my left. I did not recognize any of the people standing before me. However, I do remember the table. The table top was made of gold and the table legs were thin, tall and square. On top of the table was a book in front of the person that was directly to my left. I remember wanting to go further towards the light. I had no other thoughts other than wanting to go on towards the light. I know one or two of the people behind the table had said something to me but I cannot remember what.
But then, almost as quickly as everything had gone to gray I was brought back. The doctor had brought my heart back to normal by using defibrillator paddles on me. If it had not been for that, I am sure that I would have been in the hands of God that day. My father had always told me that when it is your time that there would be nothing that I could do about it. It was not my time to go and I am not afraid now if today were the day.
Date NDE Occurred: November 26, 1996
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No cardiac catheterization procedure Life threatening event, but not clinical death Heart fibrillation
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I do not remember seeing any physical part of my body during the experience. I did not notice my arms or my nose before my face.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Very alert.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I know one or two of the people (women) behind the table said something to me but cannot recall what.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes A red tunnel.
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes See text above.
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes Bright, gave me a sense of wellbeing, warmth, did not bother my eyes
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm See text above.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Joyfulness, happiness, wellness.
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
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? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes My wife claims that I have calmed down about many things that used to bother me before the experience.
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 bright light and coming back.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Pastor of church I was attending, fellowship group at church, family, co-workers.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No