Paolo D Probable NDE

Experience Description

As a consequence of a car accident, I suffered brain trauma and I have been in coma for some days. It was in that coma state that I had the experience of entering a dark tunnel. As I saw a distant and diffuse light, I began to walk along the tunnel towards the light. As I saw that light, I felt euphoric and I try to reach it as quickly as possible. When I managed that, I saw a wall/barrier of a fluid light, intense and very bright. I felt a huge desire to cross that barrier of light. However, I have clear notion that I felt fear about not knowing what could be beyond that barrier. Such fear made me decide to return to the starting point in the tunnel, which was extremely hard to do, unlike the moment I try to reach the light barrier, whose approach was fast. As I reached the starting point in the tunnel I got out of the coma.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: +- 1989

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Life threatening event, but not clinical death As a result of a car accident I suffered severe brain trauma and I have been in coma for some days. Due to my clinical situation the doctors informed my relatives that I was in a life-threatening state.

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 I was conscious during all the experience, in other words, since entering the dark tunnel, visualizing the fluid and intense light barrier at the end of the tunnel, the feeling of fear when I tried to cross the barrier and the decision to return to the tunnel starting point, which was very hard and slow.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was conscious during all the experience, in other words, since entering the dark tunnel, visualizing the fluid and intense light barrier at the end of the tunnel, the feeling of fear when I tried to cross the barrier and the decision to return to the tunnel starting point, which was very hard and slow.

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

Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid

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 I entered in a tunnel and saw at the distance an intense and very bright diffuse light that seemed to have life fluid.

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

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 It was a very bright and fluid light which attracted.

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

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Anxiety, doubt and fear.

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

The experience included: Boundary

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes I felt fear in crossing the light barrier, although I had felt a strong will for doing it.

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 católica

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain I don’t know how to answer with accuracy. I can only say that I lived a unique experience that made me believe in a greater force. Which, I don’t know.

What is your religion now? Moderate católica

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain I don’t know how to answer with accuracy. I can only say that I lived a unique experience that made me believe in a greater force. Which, I don’t know.

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? Uncertain I didn’t know the space I was in.

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain I don’t know how to answer with accuracy

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 Before the NDE I already had some special gifts (experience smells, premonitions and previous answers to what someone was thinking). After the NDE, I lost memory of part of my life, including people I knew, as well as part of the gifts I had before. Adding to that, after the accident my taste and smell become more accurate.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The light, the will to cross it and the fear of doing it, as well as the great difficulty in returning backwards to the starting point.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I told this to very few people. Only after a year I told to someone what happened.

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 am fully aware of what happened, but it took a long time before I told someone because I was afraid that no one would believe me and they doubted my mental sanity.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I am fully aware of what happened, but it took a long time before I told someone because I was afraid that no one would believe me and they doubted my mental sanity.

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? Nothing else beyond what was said. I only will mention again, that I lived the experience with absolute conscience.

Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Nothing to say.