It was funny because I really did not think it was real. It was so unreal. I was listening to a voice while I was watching my family, my mother, sisters, and even my father were there. They were all standing around a hospital bed. About the same time, I am given a decision to make, to stay, or I could go with a couple of my close friends. At the same time, it was dawning on me and then the doctor was checking my eyes and the monitor is beeping and commotion. I was told that I had an accident and I was okay. That I had been working with a boom truck (small crane) they are telling me I scared everybody, that one minute I was over there touching the large metal box and then a loud SNAP and I was thrown about forty-fifty feet away. The truck tires exploded then the electricity went to ground through the truck stiff legs. My friend or coworker told me I scared everybody then, the CPR was not working, and then at one point I sat straight up my mouth wide open screaming but there was no sound. The audio was not working. Then I blacked out again.
Date NDE Occurred: 'August second, nineteen seventy-seven'
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident WORK ACCIDENT Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) 'ELECTROUTION, 12000 VOLTS ..15 amps were drawn on that circuit the day I was hit'
I was given up for dead in the emergency room. After five hits with the defibrillator, I was idling again - lumpity, lump, ity, lump.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
I clearly left my body and existed outside it
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 NOT.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? NOT.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
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
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. The whole time it was like I had two voices talking at the same time, like this team has, or you could go here, but the voices were almost...
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Too hard to explain.
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 Almost like at the airport where you're going up the gangway where the doors are open the light shining and over your shoulder.
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 It was more voices that I remembered, long ago friends that had passed already.
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 Almost like at the airport at the end of the gangway.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm
What emotions did you feel during the experience? It was at first very peaceful, then confusing.
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
The experience included: Special Knowledge
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 learned everything matters, nothing should be taken for granted.
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 I was a tan blonde curly haired California beach kid
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain I am not religious in any way shape or form. When I go to church with friends or my wife I feel almost like a fraud because I have a belief that if you live as a respectable human being on a daily basis, there is nothing to confess or to be forgiven for.
What is your religion now? Liberal 'I think church is for people that want to believe they can be saved,but might not be saved....'
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain I am not religious in any way shape or form. When I go to church with friends or my wife I feel almost like a fraud because I have a belief that if you live as a respectable human being on a daily basis, there is nothing to confess or to be forgiven for.
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
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I have a few friends today that I have had since before the accident and they feel that for the most part it made me a better human being, caring compassionate, loving.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No The whole thing was very peaceful.
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 little things happen constantly, a little freaky at times, but when I tell people they think I am crazy.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes It was a couple of months after my accident, the buddy I shared it with died shortly after, a little freaky again.
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 For me it was a wakeup call, or more like a huge SMACK in the face, WAKE UP, quit living your life in the way I had been. And to become a better human being in all ways, my personal relationships, my professional relationships, etc., etc. IT TOTALLY changed me.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Today.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No NONE, other than maybe some magic mushrooms, just kidding.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? Out of the blue one day I met a man who as it turned out was one of the people that saved my life - roughly five years and a light year away - he starts telling me a story about how he was at a job site when this accident happened. HE was STUNNED when he realized it was me. His life changed.
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