Firstly, I want to enter my experience before reading others to see what is or may be not similar as compared to others. I don't want to be biased by others' stories before entering my own. I have heard about the tunnel vision and a buzzing sound, and a bright light at the end, and the feeling and vision of unearthly beings or spiritual forces. I felt and experienced all of these.
When I was a boy of nine or ten I acquired strep throat, but my mom thought I had a flu. During the time, my mom was a nursing student and she thought that she knew better, but my fever reached 104-105 and she rushed me to the hospital in the family station wagon.
I recall being weak and lethargic laying down on a hospital gurney. The doctor was just finishing giving me a cold shot of penicillin when my body went into shock with a fever of 105. I heard a buzzing noise that grew in pitch and the room began to spin increasingly in sync with the sound. I felt my body explode out of something and into another realm of calm, peace and beauty. I felt that I was traveling in a tunnel, which I think is a common experience felt by others. At the end of this tunnel, was a very bright light and I was getting closer and closer to the end and I saw brilliant beings of some sort. There was no speaking. But it was understood by a both of us that I would go no further. I heard the most beautiful music that I ever heard and can't describe it. This experience lasted a few seconds. I came back in a reverse manner with the buzzing sound getting lower and lower this time. My eyes opened to see the room spinning slower and slower and back into consciousness. When I came to, I was sitting in an ice bath to bring down my fever. I remember telling my mom what I felt and she told me to be quiet and she did not believe me.
Date NDE Occurred: 1971
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness Strep Life threatening event, but not clinical death Strep Fever of 105 and convulsions.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I lost awareness of my body
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 More felt like ESP.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? At the light.
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 Sensed a connection with space.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? Brightness.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? Buzzing sound.
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? Uncertain Did not pass but saw a glimmer of another side.
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes Saw bright silhouette of beings with on focus with me.
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? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I now believe that it was another dimension. The tunnel could be a worm hole?
The worm hole could be time travel?
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Love.
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
The experience included: Special Knowledge
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 Can't be sure.
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Uncertain Saw a boundary but did not cross.
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 Don't believe in one denomination but of a greater existence of a higher order.
What is your religion now? Liberal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Don't believe in one denomination but of a greater existence of a higher order.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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? Uncertain Maybe universal?
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes It's nice knowing.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes I heard the most beautiful sounding music in my life!
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I think that I can see peoples' hearts? Not mind reading.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Somehow making contact with a being.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Teenager.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Uncertain Just ideas from religion.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real. Felt like I was not afraid to die after that.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I vividly recall it more than any other memory of my boyhood thirty five years ago!
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? I'm now curious to read others' experiences. I have a feeling some things are commonly felt by people worldwide.