I was standing in military formation at parade rest for a chain of command of ships; this means one ship was taking command of the area from the other ship. While standing at parade rest, I all of a sudden felt extreme heat at the bottom of my feet gradually increasing upward along my legs. Somehow, I knew that I was going to pass out and tried to summon the person next to me by touching him with my elbow but I fainted before I could. Some say that I fell straight down and bounced three times on the canvas of the gym where the ceremony was held.
I did not feel the impact. I all of a sudden was looking down at what at first appeared to be dots on the ground but eventually came into focus as people looking down on the floor at someone; I immediately realized that the person on the floor was myself. I then immediately looked to my left and saw, as though looking out of a window, the medical crew aboard ship, which was two hundred yards away, scrambling to get a stretcher off the 'bulkhead' (wall) in response to the call.
Just as I saw the corpsmen running down the ship brow, suddenly I saw an extremely bright light flowing over my right shoulder and obstructing my view from everything within my sight. Turning toward this light to investigate its origin, I suddenly saw three figures slowly approaching me. The figures began to come clearer and I then recognized them to be of my past uncle; my mother's sister's husband - 'Uncle Buddy' (1972); my past aunt - my mother's baby sister (1976); and another uncle - uncle Dee Dee, my father's brother, who I often visited during a great portion of my training after 'Boot camp' at Orlando, Florida in 1979.
Uncle Dee Dee seemed to have stepped forward and approached me as though to shake my hand. While I gestured to shake his hand, I heard his voice as to say words to the effect of, 'Well done.' As I reached to grab his hand and to say, 'Thank you,' I was awakened by smelling salt from a corpsman's hand and found myself on the floor looking at all those around me.
I was taken aboard ship and given medical attention with bed rest for three days. When I phoned my parents the next day to convey my experience, my mother informed me that me uncle Dee Dee had passed the same day of my experience. And from that movement on my life has not been the same.
Through that experience there is not a doubt in my mind that the physical existence is only temporary. There is more to tell, but it will probably be many pages written as a result. Thanks for allowing me to share. Continue to stay blessed.
Date NDE Occurred: July 1980
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Fainted. Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening Fainted while standing in military formation.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I saw myself lying on the floor.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Of the awakened state of mind. I was clearly conscious of my existence but not of my surrounding.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes See main narrative.
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes See main narrative.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Somewhere in time.
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe Knowing why I am here on Earth.
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? 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 Raised as Methodist.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Through that experience there is not a doubt in my mind that this physical existence is only temporary.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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 Have multiple visions of various events, even this day.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Best: seeing family and the ability to bi-locate. Worst: Having fainted.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Will submit under separate cover.