I have asthma and as the result of applying an anti-inflammation cream to reduce pain in my neck I had a severe asthma attack that resulted in respiratory failure. I was unconscious. During the minutes before my loss of consciousness, I was completely aware that my life had ended. I remember, after going through the worst time of my life due to the suffocation I was experiencing, the light went out, everything went dark, and I felt great peace. I saw passing before my eyes images of people I love - very rapidly. Suddenly, awake, three hours had gone by. Three hours of which I have no memory, as if I hadn't been alive. I am alive because they gave me pulmonary-cardiac resuscitation and I responded. That day I came back to life.
Date NDE Occurred: 02/08/2005
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Allergic reaction Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) . Respiratory failure.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
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? Less consciousness and alertness than normal When I felt everything go dark.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I felt everything go dark.
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 It was as if I were floating.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? A lot of darkness, many images.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? I didn't hear anything, everything was completely silent.
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
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: Void
The experience included: Darkness
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
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? The fear of going into the unknown alone - sadness.
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
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control I have learned the importance of many things.
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
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal
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? Yes It's as if suddenly one grows as a person.
Have your relationships changed specifically 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? No
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes A year and a half later. The people I told were very impressed.
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. The experience had a great impact on me, over a long period of time. I still remember it and it seems like I continue to live it.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. The same. Although not with such great impact.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No