Experience Description

I was young – twenty years old. I did not think I would ever have a drug overdose but it happened. First, I saw the bright light, unlike any light on Earth. I went through the light at a very fast speed and felt no pain, no hunger, and not even any gravity. As a matter of fact, I don't think people on Earth ever feel the way I felt. But it's hard to explain. Then I saw this black curtain open to a color I had never seen here on Earth. I couldn't see anyone there. Then I heard my grandfather's voice say 'There he is!' in a very happy tone. The next thing, I was back in the tunnel of light feeling gravity again. It felt awful. I didn't want to go back. Then I was back on Earth, hovering in the corner of the bathroom near the ceiling, looking down at my dead body, and at my friends, who were freaking out. They had tried to revive me and had given up. Then I was back in my body in a cold bath tub filled with freezing cold water and ice.

I noticed I had an erection and had taken a dump in the bathtub. When I stood up, I looked at one of my friends who had turned white as can be. I felt very confused and asked what is going on. He said I had been dead for twenty minutes. I put my clothes on and drove home. I did not feel the heroin at all in my system; I was scared and could not believe what just happened.

I can remember this event just like it happened yesterday. I have no clue why it happened. But, because of this event, I have no fear of death. Many times I wish I had not been sent back here, as it seemed much better where I was going.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: 1974

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Accident Other Heroin overdose

How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? No 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? More consciousness and alertness than normal Yes.

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

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

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I saw colors not seen on earth.

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? Yes And I saw light you will not see on Earth.

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? Uncertain Heard my grandfather's voice.

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

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

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Happy.

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

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 None

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes Because I saw nothing like what religious people say.

What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist None

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Because I saw nothing like what religious people say.

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? Yes I get heat in the palms of my hands. Sometimes I talk about things that have not happened yet two weeks before they actually happen.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? My grandfather's voice.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes And I found a friend who has had the same experience.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I have heard stories.

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real Same as I do now.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I remember it like it happened yesterday.

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