Two days earlier I suffered a stroke and then had two more recurrences. I was in the intensive care unit, stretched out on my bed in the hospital.
On this morning I felt like I was in a daze as I lifted up from my bed. I rose up to the ceiling and saw myself lying in my bed. Both nurses who were taking care of me were panic stricken, but I didn't hear what they were talking about. I entered very quickly into a white tunnel. I was rapidly advancing towards a very intense light.
I had the feeling of floating with a sense of well-being.
Suddenly, I sensed a slap in my face. I woke up in my bed with my wife crying at my side. The hospital contacted her in the morning to quickly come to the hospital. The phenomenon lasted from 9:00 am until I woke up at 6:00 pm. On the other hand, I didn't see anybody in the tunnel and I didn't hear anything, but I had a feeling of intense happiness. There are days when I regret coming back, and I can't stop thinking about the experience, as I still have serious health issues. I would have liked to go to the end of the tunnel.
Date NDE Occurred: 03 2016
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening.
I had a heart attack in January 2016, and my first stroke in February 2016.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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? Less consciousness and alertness than normal. I didn't know what was happening to me.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? From beginning to the end.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Time seemed to go faster or slower than usual
It happened very fast.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? No
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I had heard about this, but I didn't expect it.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I didn't hear anything during the experience.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
The experience included: Tunnel
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes A tunnel of immaculate whiteness.
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Unearthly light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? An unusually bright light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes A very lively white
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm. I didn't understand to where I was going.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? A feeling of well-being
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 no longer in conflict with nature
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
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 importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Moderately important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Catholic
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was both consistent and not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience. Very difficult to explain.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I'm more tolerant
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God definitely exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are probably meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? I was uncertain if an afterlife exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife probably exists No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I moderately feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I slightly fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Moderately fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Moderately fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Slightly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Large changes in my life. I now look differently at life than before; I'm more tolerant than before.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Tolerance towards others.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I talked about it to those around me, to my family and to friends; different reactions; some persons laugh, others take it seriously.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I had heard about it.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real. I still don't know after one year.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I still don't know after one year.
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? There are days where I regret that I came back.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? I'm thinking that everybody has a different experience and it seems difficult to me to know the good questions.
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