In July 1977, I was 33 years old, I was at the beach in Porquerolles, and the water was 26° Celsius. I was not feeling very good, I came out of the water. After a few steps on the beach, I went into anaphylactic shock, due to an allergy to the cold, followed by three cardiac arrests. At the third arrest, I 'left' and found myself being in a landscape, ‘David Hamilton-type’, rosy, golden, soft, pleasant and I was walking on clouds. A situation so very comfortable that I remember thinking, ‘If this is being dead, it's really good.’ I continued to advance on the clouds in this cozy setting; to my surprise, after about some moments, I met a white bright silhouette, an angel or the blessed virgin (?), who ‘talked’ to me saying ‘you have to return, your son (of 7 years at that time) needs you.’ As soon as the sentence was said, I found myself awake at the beach. A gentleman, with fashionable long hair and a beard, held me in his arms, and me lying on my side. I held my hand towards his face and said to him ‘So you are Jesus?’ ‘No I'm Jean-Michel, I'm a nurse. We are waiting for the doctor and police to transport you to the doctors’ offices!’ This is what happened. For many years, I didn't dare to speak about this to anybody. Then I was searching for books about this topic, like Dr. Moody and many others, in order to understand if I was dreaming, or if I was off the mark. I was full of questions, then one day at my sister-in-law’s house, I saw the same books that I had been reading and for which I was looking. I told her what happened to me and she listened to me without laughing. This cheered me up. Since then I'm reading everything pertaining to NDE's and I know that one does not have to fear death; even if sometimes I tell myself that it is a pity to ‘leave’. What is also good is that you can tell yourself that you are not the only one having had this experience.
Date NDE Occurred: 07/1977
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Allergic reaction. Life threatening event, but not clinical death.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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 was aware of everything surrounding me, but it was amplified in comparison to my everyday life.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Almost immediately
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Were your senses more vivid than usual? More vivid than usual
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Sight was 360°
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I was hearing everything.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Unearthly light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? An unusually bright light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes A white light.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm It was an unusual light, a sensation of unusual lightness, the impression to walk on clouds (it was so pleasant that I said to myself, ‘if it is like this being dead, it is really good).
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Calmness, joy, softness
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? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
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 I didn't make the decision, I was told to go back, that it was not the right moment.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Slightly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes More confidence
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Moderately important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Catholic
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I have more tolerance and certitude concerning prayer.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I heard a voice I could not identify
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God definitely exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? Yes
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? I was uncertain if an afterlife exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes Vu, ressenti
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I moderately feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes Amour immense presque indescriptible.
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Moderate changes in my life Moderate changes in my life. Since my experience, I don't fear death anymore.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I have more efficient prayers, being in contact with my guardian angel.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I understood that there is an afterlife and that there are spiritual beings protecting us, who are full of love.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared with my family and some friends, after about 8 years, there was understanding; my sister-in-law, who is following a spiritual path.
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 considered this experience as being perfectly real, due to the fact that I wasn't dead and because I heard this 'person' telling me to go back.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real The more this is progressing the more I'm aware that it is in existence.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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