Experience Description

This was during my third hospitalization and second spinal surgery of 1969. After surgery, I was in such pain that I thought I was dying. I knew I was losing consciousness and told my roommate to call my wife and say goodbye for me. I passed out and my roommate hit the nurse's emergency button and got me some help. Here is what I experienced. I drifted to above and to the foot of my bed and looked down and saw a nurse enter our room and felt for my pulse and, not getting one, she tried slapping my wrist and retrying. Not getting a pulse, she rang for a code red or blue (whatever) and I watched as another nurse, a nun, a doctor and intern rushed into my room and started working on me. I watched as they brought in a gurney and transferred me to it. They brought in two machines and connected me up.

I floated up above, watched, and listened to the whole procedures until they revived me. I had gone into shock. Anyway, later I repeated my experience to my roommate verbatim and he was amazed as to my accuracy. There was no fear during my experience. It was the most calming time of my life. I do not know how close to death I was, if at all. You are the second person I have told this to. Benny my roommate being the other.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: summer of 1969

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Surgery-related 'Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening' Post spinal surgery - horrific pain.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? Yes 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? More consciousness and alertness than normal All the time.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? All the time.

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

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. It was so bright and clean.

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 I saw it ahead.

Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No Only the humans in the room.

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 I was bathed in it.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Calming.

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 Only, not to fear death.

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

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Moderate

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No

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? No

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

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes See statement.

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

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