I was in the hospital with my mother. I was suffering from an asthma attack and was rushed to the emergency room. As I lay on the bed, my breathing was becoming more difficult. As I observe my mother talking to the doctor, I became very sleepy. About fifteen seconds before, what I thought was falling asleep; I suddenly did not have difficulty breathing. The suffering ceased.
I then found myself walking through a long tunnel. At the end of this tunnel was a large white, bright sun glowing. The funny thing about this light is that it did not hurt my eyes or cause any sensitivity to my eyes. I did not feel a sense of fear or extreme happiness, there was no emotion. As I walked toward the light, I remember calling for my mother, 'Mom?' I then stopped and a voice behind me said, 'Walk toward the light.' I did not recognize the voice, but it was calm. I started to walk again and just as I thought in my mind to turn around to see who this voice was, the voice said, 'Don't turn around. Walk toward the light. Everything will be alright.' I continued to walk toward the light. I asked the voice, 'where is my mother?' The voice said 'Everything will be alright. Walk to the light.'
I then woke up with the doctors performing chest compressions on me. Upon awakening, I experienced a jerking body motion. My mother was crying and the doctor said, 'He's back.' The doctor said to me, 'Son, we almost lost you.' I was not having the difficulty breathing, but the doctor gave me a shot. My mother through tears began to hug me and I asked her where was she? She said 'I was here.' This is what I remember of that experience.
Date NDE Occurred: 1961
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) . I had a severe asthma attack.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain No
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness The whole experience I was alert and aware.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? The whole experience I was alert and aware.
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? Yes A dark tunnel with a very bright, white sun like glow at the end of it.
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 I heard a voice behind me but it instructed me not to turn around.
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 White sun-like.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? No emotions. Just an intense peace.
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 There's life after death, and there's a spirit world and spirit beings.
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 Christian
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal Non-Denomination
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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? No
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I'm more aware of things seen and unseen.
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 See and sense spirit beings. Can tell some future events. Can tell people what has happened or is going to happen in their life. Witnessed UFO's three times in my life. I think I spoke with and met with spirit beings several times.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The feeling of peace - I can't describe.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes My mother and doctor at the time. Others through my life. People are skeptical. My mother believes me.
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. It was real.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. It was very real.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes During a car crash in 1978 I heard the same voice and saw visions.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? Contact me, I can explain, but I also would like some answers.