Experience Description

Convinced that I would soon die, I had been terrified of going to sleep, and had not slept for more than two days, I lost all hope, and started to drift off very peacefully.

A television suspended from the ceiling was on broadcasting a music show. Dionne Warwick was singing. Without warning, I was suddenly stretched out, supported by nothing, on a level with the television. I was not at all alarmed, but rather incredulous that such a thing could happening. I looked to the ends of my feet and arms to view any tethers. There were none, but instead I saw gauzy wisps trailing off from my extremities into space. There was no sensation of binding; I felt weightless and calm despite my surprise. I could not hear anything. I happened to glance down to my bed, and I saw myself lying there as if from a great distance. This caused such disturbance in my mind, to be in two places that I crashed to earth. I actually bounced when I hit the bed. Then I could hear Dionne Warwick finishing her song.

I would have given anything to go back, and I tried in vain to repeat the experience. From that minute on, I started to get well, and was discharged in a few days. I did not tell anyone about this for a long time and even then I was reluctant. The experience changed me profoundly, and permanently. I graduated from nursing school the following year, and I am still serving people in this way.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: 1981

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No IllnessAllergic reaction Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening I had been very ill with asthma for many days, nothing would lessen its hold, and I expected I would die.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was fully alert.

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning There was no sound, and floating high above one's bed is not natural.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No

Did you see an unearthly light? No

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

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

The experience included: Special Knowledge

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe I came to fear death less.

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:

What was your religion prior to your experience? Liberal

What is your religion now? Liberal

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I had a real desire to serve others.

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes My surprise, and how it seemed so natural and free from any trauma.

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? Coming back, and not being able to reproduce the event.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Many were tolerantly amused, some had had or knew someone who had similar experiences.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No Not even close.

Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? No