Experience Description

I awoke with a leg cramp like so many people have done so many times around the world. I couldn't get this one to stretch out and relax. I headed for the bathroom hoping some hot water in the shower would help relax the muscle. I tried to straighten my body out so I could fit into the shower stall. At that moment, my head started buzzing and I remember trying to sit down on the toilet.

The next thing I knew I was back up at about my normal height. At first, I thought I was standing but I was slowly moving without walking. The thing I most remember is the feeling it was like a very gentle very warm wind was on my back pushing me, it also felt like I was enveloped in a feeling of total peace, love, and contentment, a feeling I can only describe as Heaven. In the initial moments I got the impression of others standing around me much like you would experience in a crowded bar but that quickly faded. I remember looking through the bedroom adjacent to the bathroom and down the hall and seeing my wife in the dining area, where we had the computer desk, she was on-line and in a chat room. I then remember her getting up and coming my way and walking directly through me. I was out of the bathroom and in the bedroom at this time.

Shortly after that, I woke up on the floor of the bathroom, my wife said she had found my body, and my eyes had been wide open and staring off into space, but I was not breathing. She said my lips and fingers were already blue from the lack of oxygen. She pulled me from the toilet, where I had apparently managed to sit down just beforehand, and began rudimentary CPR once I was on the floor. I would like to add that feeling I described as Heaven was so overpowering that for a short time afterwards I actually resented being revived.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: January 1999

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Best the DOCS can figure is that is was probably a gan mal seizure so severe that is caused me to stop breathing. Clinical death

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

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain

Did you see an unearthly light? No

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

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No

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? Moderate Protestant

What is your religion now? Moderate Protestant

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes

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

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No

Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Uncertain