First Experience: My friends and I were typical teenagers looking for an 'alternative experience'. We'd heard about hyperventilating while crouching, then standing up quickly while someone held you tightly around the stomach. The result is oxygen deprivation to the brain, causing light headedness, or, in my case, blackout. A few moments after I blacked out 'I' was in the same room but hovering around the ceiling looking down on my body lying on the floor with my friends standing next to me. The room was the same, but entirely illuminated. I felt calm with a sense of 'knowing'. I was not in a physical form but was part of the light. I was the light. I was watching my friends panic as they realized I wasn't breathing after our experiment. I was watching them gently kick me as they tried to wake me up and I felt annoyed that they were doing this to my body. I felt like yelling to them, ‘hey, I'm up here and I can see what you're doing’. Instead, I returned to my body to tell them 'in person' that they could stop kicking me. I was ok!
The second experience was during sleep. I thought I was dreaming, but I was watching myself, watch myself sleeping. Again, the 'I' that was doing the final observation of myself, was not in human form but formed part of the atmosphere of the room.
Date NDE Occurred: '1987, 2006'
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Fainting due to lack of O2 and sleep Fainting due to deliberate oxygen restriction/sleepYes for the first experience and No for the second experience.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes 'I' formed the light. I was the light in the room looking via visual means at the scene below.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Very alert in the first experience, not clear in the second experience.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes The light was not from a single point source.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I could see and hear as if 'I' was still in the room.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Calm and a feeling of knowing and understanding.
The experience included: Special Knowledge
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe What we perceive as 'I', the body, is not.
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? No
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 Once I saw my friends kicking me in their panic to wake me up, I decided I needed to go back to stop them from what they were doing. I was watching them and I didn't want them to keep doing it.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs 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 Dreams that have become reality, dreams that have told me of something that was going on that I didn't know about at the time. Like three planes crashing into buildings two weeks before 9/11 or waking one morning to tell my husband I had a dream his friend was having an affair with a blonde. To find out that night it was true.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The experience itself was the best. Not being able to readily chat to people who actually believe in what you're saying is the worst part.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Only told a couple of people. I don't think they believed me.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No