Experience Description

A hydraulic hose took my head back between my shoulder blades. It took them over five minutes to get me out.

In the meantime, I was watching them from up above, I heard all they said and saw all they did. I asked them later if that what I had seen and heard was accurate. Two emergency medical technicians were there. They told the others three or four times, 'He's dead.' I suddenly got a big breath of air and was back in my body.

It took me two years to learn to walk again, I saw no lights, just was up there looking down on the guys working on me, they were already talking about who was going to go tell my wife I was dead. I have been in a lot of pain since then.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: 'oct, 1985'

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident 'a hydraulic hose took my head back between my shoulder blades, it took them over 5 min. to get me out, meantime i was watching them from up above, I heard all they said saw all they did , i ask them later , if that was what was said and done, 2 EMTs were Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)

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 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 All.

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

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

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

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? No

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

What emotions did you feel during the experience? No fear, I knew I was dead looking down on my body.

Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness

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

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? Yes

What is your religion now? Moderate

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

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? Yes

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It was not frightening, very calm, I was not afraid, I knew I was dead looking down on the people doing CPR on me. The neurosurgeon said he'd heard it several times. I don't care if anyone believes it or not, I know.

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain I can't describe it.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? No.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes

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 I knew it had happened.

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

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

Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? No.