Experience Description

It all started when my family wanted to rent a video for a movie night. My dad used to play with us, inhale helium out of balloons, and make high pitch voices to make us laugh. Well after doing that for a couple years with nothing bad happening to me, I thought that nothing would happen. I went to the blockbuster and got a balloon and right after my first inhale of helium, I blacked out.

This is probably the scariest things that ever happened to me, when I fainted, I felt like I was falling in a very, very long deep hole and there would be no end. I hit the ground and landed in what seemed to be a pile of bones, but I felt no pain but I was freaked out. I don't know what made me want to keep going, but it felt like I needed to. It was extremely dark and I walked down a stairway into what looked almost like an underground stream with a small walkway on the side. I exited the flight of stairs and as soon as I did, I heard moaning that made me get cold chills down my spine. I looked at the stream that was a bit lower than I was which was to my left. There were dead bodies floating in it. I started to freak out and cried. I wiped my eyes and started walking some more and then I asked, 'Where am I?'

Not even two seconds after I asked myself that there across the 'tunnel of death' (that's what I refer to it as) shined a very bright light, but it didn't seem to hurt my eyes. In fact, it felt soothing to look at. I turned around to look and behind me were two dogs with thick black coats and they were sitting on the walk way. I knew I couldn't turn back so I turned back around. In front of me was something that's hard to describe, almost like an orb or a spirit of some kind, but I heard someone say, 'You're not supposed to be here yet. Come with me and go back to your home. It's not your time.' I asked, 'Am I dead?' The shiny thing approached me and I almost felt as if I were being pulled into the light, which was still far away. As I got closer to the light, everything started getting dark. Soon I was in complete darkness and felt as if I were falling up and I heard a booming voice say, 'I love you but you haven't experienced my gift to you yet. If you were to go now you would never get to see what it is like to...' And I woke up.

When I woke up I was at my house and my family was about to take me to the hospital but I woke up. I was really cold and my skin was clammy and pale. Still to this day, I swear I had a near death experience but I never knew if it was. I would really appreciate it if anyone had any information on this type of near death experience because I almost think I'm going to hell. Thank you.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: July 3, 2002

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Accident Other it was just a faint more like a slight fall and concussion which led to a black-out.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Frightening

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? Normal consciousness and alertness

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was walking in the tunnel with the dead bodies and the dogs.

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 felt like everything was going super slow and I was moving faster than normal, like walking.

Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid

Did your vision differ in any way from normal? I could see everything clearly in the dark.

Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? Everything repeated itself and some things boomed.

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? Yes It's almost like a tunnel made of bricks and was very dark and cold, also it was very long, but I think it was way deep underground.

Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain Well I'm not sure if it was a human being - but I talked to what I thought was an angel and after that I thought I talked God. Either that or it was Satan.

The experience included: Darkness

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 I didn't see a light until after I sort of got the feeling I was going to die.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Scared and that I was alone and I was going to die.

Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness

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 I knew I was going to have troubles with my family and that I had to get a job to help pay for a divorce so my mom wouldn't get beat by my dad anymore.

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? No

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? Uncertain I think so because since that happened I have been able to see things like in my family album it used to be normal photos but now there are orbs all over them in the background, and in one, I'm standing next to my mother and my dead grandfather is standing next to me in it. (Or what appears to be him.)

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? When the voice of what I thought of was God said, 'I love you but you haven't experienced my gift to you yet, if you were to go now you would never get to see what it's like to...'

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Like a year, and I shared it with my mom because it was driving me crazy wondering if she could see it, I hid the photo since I saw the orbs and I showed it to my mom and she freaked out and now the photo is being examined by researchers.

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 about a week and I thought of it in a dream except I woke up before it blacked out and I examined things more than I did when it happened. I thought it was real because I kept feeling scared like I was going to die sometime that week or month or something within that time but I didn't. I told my mom about it and she told me about near death experiences.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I think it's real because now I know about all this information such as 'near death experiences' but if I didn't know about them I honestly would think I was just going crazy.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No