It was a very wet morning and we were going to change out electrical transformers at building #445 and replace them with new types of transformers. Our work leader instructed us to kill the voltage to the transformers we were going to work on. My tool buddy asked why we couldn't kill all the voltage in the transformer enclosure? Our work leader said, 'No, just work it more carefully.' Into the change out about fifteen minutes, my tool buddy dropped his wrench. I told him I would push it out to the other side with my hot stick and at that time I was hit by 7,200 volts going through my middle finger on my right hand and exiting through both feet into the concrete, burning my foot prints into the concrete. I was slammed into the side of the building so hard that the paint of the building was impacted into my work jacket. My tool buddy removed my body from out the work area and started giving me CPR, he was raising up and asked the rest of our crew for help. My work leader told him what's the use he's dead.
While all of this was going on, I was looking down on him and my body. Then I started out on a journey. I went over the top of building #100 which is referred to as the Taj Mahal, and I was able to describe the very elaborate roof tiles on the roof. At this time, I went back through my life seeing people I loved very dearly but were already dead. I went back to a time that my grandfather was holding me and he died in 1943. At that time, I was brought back to life as I was fixing to enter into this very brilliant light area, like a fog, that I had been traveling to during my journey.
Everybody started saying I was crazy when I would tell them of my experience. This is a very short version of my experience during this time. I would gladly fill anyone in on the rest of my story if they were interested. I was clinically dead for around five minutes.
Date NDE Occurred: 'November 19, 1982'
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Accident Received electrical voltage of 7600 volts entered thru finger and exited thru feet Other Electrical burns on hands and feet.
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 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 As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was fully alert all the way through my experience I thought I was dreaming.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
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 your vision differ in any way from normal? It was as if I was traveling through a dark tunnel towards this brilliant light, but it didn't hurt to look at this light. But I could look towards either side of me and see parts of my life's past passing by me.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? In looking towards the parts of my life I was passing I would call out to the people or loved ones of my life, and I could hear what was going on but they didn't hear me.
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 It was as if I was traveling through a tunnel on my way to this great brilliant light. When I finally reached it, it was like a great fog and I was starting into it when I was brought back by my tool buddy and a young female airman who came to help my tool buddy, when no one else would help him.
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? Yes I saw my loved ones who had died in years past; I saw them in scenes to my right and left as I traveled through this tunnel. I would call out to them but they didn't hear 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 It was the most brilliant light that anyone could imagine, more brilliant than the sun, but it didn't hurt to look at it. And when I did get to it, it was like a fog, I was starting into it when I was brought back.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Great relief from my body I didn't feel any pain or stress. It was the greatest feeling I've ever felt.
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
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control I just saw my loved ones from my life at different ages of my life it was as if I went back through my life.
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 I got more involved with my church, and my pastors.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I got more involved with my church, and my pastors.
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 I've learned to love my family more and get better relations with friends.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It was hard for me to tell my wife that I didn't want to come back due to the great feeling I enjoyed during my experience. My body didn't hurt anymore I was completely at ease.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? It showed me that there is another life after this one is over, it just wasn't my time.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I started telling about my experiences shortly after my recovery, and most people thought I was crazy, but a lot of people listened to my story. A close golfing buddy died and I told his family of my experience, because he had suffered a lot before he died, and I explained that he wasn't hurting anymore, and was in a better place.
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 know that I was looking back down on my body and my tool buddy was dragging it out to a place to work on it, and he was asking my other workers to help him, and our work leader said what's the use he's dead.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I know that it was real because everyone said I was dead, for about five minutes, and then the young female airman came and started helping Rocky, my tool buddy and that's when I came back.
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? Only that I was dead and saw my body on the ground and I was like twenty or thirty feet in the air looking back at it before I started my travels down through the tunnel to the light.