After four hundred and ninety-five kilometers on my bike, I had problems sitting in the saddle. I had to take a break, so the assistant could change the saddle. As long as I was sitting on the bike, I felt relatively well but I became dizzy when I dismounted. I told myself 'No big deal - I can't stand up, but that won't delay my cycling right now.'
Two people were present, one known and one unknown to me. They both said they would walk with me a bit until my saddle was changed. At that moment, I collapsed. I felt comfortable and warm, and saw myself lying on the pavement at the street. However, the street was not made of asphalt but of glass, with a bright light underneath. Actually, the whole street was light. Lateral to the street were bows of light, behind me. Before me, new bows of light came up.
Then it was as if someone woke me up. I thought, 'Please let me sleep.' A doctor was resuscitating me. I will never forget his face, how he shouted at me while pushing at my ribcage. I felt cold and realized where I was.
Date NDE Occurred: June 16, 2006
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No 'bei einer ultra-triathlon-veranstaltung (nach etwa 20 stunden radfahren, als ich eine kurze pause machen wollte)' Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) .
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal It was just different, I cannot say.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I cannot say.
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 There was no more linear flow of time.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? My vision was dominated by this street of light. I saw myself lying there but I cannot remember the sharpness, while that was so SLIGHT.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? I cannot remember any sound; however the sounds during my resuscitation were very loud. (Maybe because people were panicking because they thought I had died.)
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 Just the street of light.
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? Yes See main narrative.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Feelings of comfort, warmth - simply well.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
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? Liberal ohne bekenntnis
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal ohne bekenntnis
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? Yes I changed; I have a different outlook on life, more meaningful than before. Not everybody around me can accept this, and it changes my relationships accordingly.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Uncertain I thought nobody would take me seriously.
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 I told a friend of mine two or three weeks later. He didn't respond and changed the subject.
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. It was so clear, I had to think about it very often; no doubt that it was real. I had never before heard of an NDE, I had no idea what it was like or supposed to be like.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. Same as above.
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? Yes. It took me days before I could accept that I had been dead, and that the light was not just a dream. A conversation with the doctor who revived me helped a lot. One or two hours after the event, when I was lying in the hospital with an infusion, I asked for a few chocolate cakes so I could get back up and on my bike. I REALLY thought I was capable of riding! The cycling authority of course did not permit this. Up to now, I have not come to grips with the fact that I did not complete the race. I also suffer psychologically from the fact that my daughter and my friend ignore this important event of my life. They cannot accept that I'm a different person than before.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Nothing comes to mind right now.