A spike in blood pressure caused a blood vessel to burst in my nose. I tried for several hours to get it to stop, but to no avail. I eventually had my wife take me to the local hospital, while waiting to get help; I started to go into shock. The triage nurse measured my blood pressure as (approximately) 170 over 120. When a doctor came to take me to an examination room, my legs gave out and was carried into the exam room. I remember nurses continually asking if I was still with them, and I thought, 'How absurd, of course I am still here.' I then found myself walking through a grassy field, the sun warm on my face, the trees off in the distance turning fall colors. The grass was about thigh high, but not difficult to walk through. I felt absolute happiness and peacefulness. I got the feeling that someone was just over the rise waiting for me. I then found myself back in that ugly green exam room with the doctors holding my legs up over my head and saying, 'He's back. We've got him.' I was so disappointed, almost angry to be back. I was only gone a few seconds.
Date NDE Occurred: 'April 8, 2006'
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness Life threatening event, but not clinical death . High blood pressure caused a nose bleed that would not stop.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? No
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness The whole time. It was just I was suddenly there, then suddenly back.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? The whole time. It was just I was suddenly there, then suddenly back.
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
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? No
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm A grassy field, bright sunny day, trees turning fall colors
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Happiness, peacefulness.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
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? Liberal
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
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? No
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 Mentioned it to doctors right away. Have told it to others, the reactions were ones of interest but that's about all.
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 probably real.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably real.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No