It was a summer day in July or August, as I remember although I'm not sure. But I remember perfectly that I was seated at my office desk at work. I got up to go to the bathroom to pee and then returned and sat down again at my desk. Suddenly, I felt very hot and began to sweat a lot. I also began to feel faint and suddenly found myself dreaming (or at least that's how I remember it). It was as if I was in the country. Everything was green, the sun shining, like in spring. The temperature was very agreeable and the surroundings pure (referring to the air), there was no pollution which is why I think the colors were so alive, everything very clear, as if viewing a very sharply focused and clear movie in Technicolor. There were people, children I believe, but I'm not exactly sure. There was a group of people and I was with them, out in nature as if at a picnic. Everything was peaceful, without any kind of problem, only living in that moment. I don't know how long the dream (or whatever it was) lasted. I do know I felt really great, very good.
All of a sudden, it felt like I was being taken out of the dream, not by anyone in particular, as if I just came to once again. I didn't want to leave, it was a very pleasant dream. Then suddenly I found myself dripping with sweat, my whole body, as if I had been thrown in a swimming pool, completely dripping with sweat. Two fellow workers were there, slapping my face, and calling me by name, 'Miguel, Miguel...' I asked, 'What happened?' They told me, 'You passed out.' I asked them how long I had been out and they told me about four minutes. I answered, 'That's not possible.' To me it seemed like only a few seconds, but very intense.
Following this, I went to the doctor. He examined me and told me nothing was wrong with me, nothing abnormal, and that all was well. They ran some tests and such and everything was fine. I asked the doctor what happened to me and he said he didn't know but I probably fainted. I don't know. Perhaps that's what happened. What is certain, and I remember it to this day, was that it was very strange, fainting without reason, and a very pleasant dream as if I were watching a movie I was in, along with other people, although I don't remember who they were.
Date NDE Occurred: verano 1988
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No ninguna circuntancia en especial estaba sentado en la mesa de mi trabajo empece a sudar y plas. me desmalle, segun me dijeron. Other al parecer segun me dijo el medico fue una lipotimia, estaba sentado en el trabajo (funcionario del estado)..
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain 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 I lived it intensely like when on vacation you only live in the moment. I thought it was my life.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? During the dream I lived it intensely and happily. I thought it was my life and not the one I later returned to. I wanted to remain in the dream. I thought it was my life, not the one I returned to. It's a little complicated, but that's how it was.
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 For me it was as though much time passed, many things happened, in just a few seconds. Nevertheless, according to my colleagues it lasted four or five minutes.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? Clarity, colorful like seeing it on a big screen in Technicolor.
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? No It wasn't a tunnel. It was as if I was drawn rapidly toward my body. It was as though they took me rapidly towards a dream, but just the opposite, towards my life. I certainly didn't want to return here. I thought that was my real life, not this one on earth.
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 There was a group of people, and some children I think. They were together, in the country, at some sort of meadow with green, colorful trees. I don't remember if I knew anyone. I don't think so. But I'm not sure.
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? No
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm ese campo indescriptible, muy natural y muy real, pero precioso
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I lived happily in the moment, as if all were normal. I was there and lived happily. Now I would describe it as a very pleasant dream, which I didn't know was a dream. It was life itself.
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 I only remember not wanting to leave there. I felt really good, and I didn't like my real life so well. That dream, or whatever it was, impressed me. But I think because of its strangeness and realism.
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future I lived there and they wanted to bring me here to this life. And they did bring me here but no one in particular did it. I was drawn here.
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 cristiano catolico.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No I continue being a Christian and Catholic.
What is your religion now? Moderate cristiano catolico
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No I continue being a Christian and Catholic.
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 Well, at times I ask myself if this place exists somewhere or was it only a dream - which is most probable, although a strange one.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It was like a dream, very real, with very vivid, but natural, colors, with much light or rather much clarity.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes Some very real dreams.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Well, significantly, it was like a dream but more than a dream. It was truly life.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? No
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 lived it as if it were real because during the following days I thought about what had happened and I remembered it as something strange, but alive and real. I had the sensation that such a place exists, somewhere, and I have been there.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. Strange, peculiar, without explanation, but very real.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes