I was admitted for surgery with high blood-pressure problems. As soon as I was under anesthesia I started seeing images of my life, right back to childhood. I saw my parents, my six brothers, my children and their mothers. I went back over many stages of my life until I came to a stage where I began to see the things I had done wrong, but passing before me in very rapid succession. I then saw my present wife, we were married just two weeks, weeping and begging me not to leave her, asking if God had allowed our union then why was I leaving her. She was saying she loved me; she would always respect me and would love me all her life. I was replying that I also loved her a lot and would do forever, but I could see a dark tunnel and a supernatural force was pulling me inside it.
I could still see my wife in the distance but I could not stop myself leaving, until I lost sight of her. That is when I began to understand that I was dying. I asked God to forgive all of my sins and I continued through the tunnel.
I saw a brilliant light, which I was approaching at great speed. As I passed into it, I felt a great happiness and peace. I felt so moved at being inside this resplendent place. I seemed to be floating, and then I looked down and saw a group of people gathered around a coffin. I saw my closest relatives and my wife weeping inconsolably, then suddenly this image was fading and something was again pulling me toward the door of light. I came back to the tunnel at great speed. Then, images of cities appeared, many and unfamiliar to me, and I understood that I had come back to this life. I thanked God for this new chance to live. I could see myself preaching in Christian congregations, and always with my present wife by my side. I continued to see images of unknown cities and could see that our bodies had aged. We were old, but continued together in happiness.
I then heard a voice, which asked ‘Why are you weeping?’ I opened my eyes and again saw the operating theatre and the anesthetist, who was asking me what I could see. I replied that I was seeing my life, and I went on weeping inconsolably without wanting to. He said ‘You gave us a lot of worry, but thanks to God you are now getting better’, and I passed out again for a moment. One hour later I recovered consciousness completely and that vision, or dream, that I went through is so present in my mind, even after several days, that I feel very happy to have been through this experience.
Date NDE Occurred: jueves 14 de enero de 2010
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
Anesthesia for surgery.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
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? Normal consciousness and alertness
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I realized that I had died.
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? No
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
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
The experience included: Darkness
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
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Sorrow at being separated from my wife, much peace on crossing into the light, happiness and much gratitude to God for being returned to life.
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
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
The experience included: Vision of the future
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? Conservative/fundamentalist CRISTIANO BAUTISTA
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I have decided to serve God according to my Christian beliefs.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist CRISTIANO BAUTISTA
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I have decided to serve God according to my Christian beliefs.
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? Yes I made a commitment to God to be faithful to His word.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I have learned to love my fellows with greater intensity.
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 I have shared with family. They find it surprising and wonderful.
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