I was working for a construction company in Alabama when I had the accident. My co-worker and I were installing a rubber water stop at the facility. We used a melting iron to melt our end to form a watertight seal. The iron heats up to around 500 to 600 degrees. Everything was going well before lunch. After lunch, we went back to work. My co-worker stayed up top to cut our templates while I went down in the hole where we were installing the water stop. I plugged the melting iron in so it could heat up. In the meantime, I put some of the rubber in place to get ready to seam it together. As I was getting ready to check the iron, it started to rain. It rained really hard for about ten minutes; just enough to get me soaking wet. After it stopped raining, I went over to see if the iron was hot enough to work with. When I reached down and grabbed it, I felt the electricity run up my arm. I tried to let go of it, but I couldn't. It would not let me go. I felt it drawing all the muscles in my body up. It knocked me down onto the metal rebar that I was standing on. By that time, I was in a lot of pain.
After two to three minutes, the pain went away. I remember thinking about my family, wondering what they were going to do without me. That's the last thing I remember before I started going out of it. At first, everything went dark, totally black. I felt myself leaving out of my body. I don't remember going through any kind of tunnel or anything. I did come out of the darkness however. The next thing I remember is opening my eyes up and seeing the brightest light you could ever believe. It was all around me. The light was ten times brighter than the sun, but it did not hurt my eyes to look at it. It was the most peaceful and serene feeling a human could ever experience. Words cannot express what I felt like at that moment! I knew I was in a good place. It was a lot better than where I have been in life. What I was feeling at that moment was just overwhelming.
The next thing I remember was these figures coming towards me. I remember thinking 'Who are all these people coming after me?' They seemed to be coming towards me unusually quick. There was more than one figure there, although I don't know how many were there. However, I do distinctly remember the main being that was approaching me. Even though I saw him clearly, I cannot remember his face. I do however remember this; the beings that I saw were human like. They were magical in appearance. They had on long flowing gowns and the light came from around them. It was like a person standing with a bright light directly behind them, although it was a lot more beautiful. No one ever spoke a word to me. The main one reached down and touched me and I came back into my body. I was jolted back so fast that I didn't realize what had happened. When I open my eyes again, everything was still very bright, but it was not the same kind of light.
My eyes slowly started coming into focus and I saw many of my co-workers there around me. I remember my boss saying to me, 'I thought you were dead.' I think I told him I was. I later found out that one of the men there performed CPR on me. A few minutes later, I stood up and seemed to be fine although I really wasn't. I had a big spot on my throat that was burnt deep right where my jugular vein and esophagus is. Instead of going to the hospital, my boss brought me home. When my wife came home and saw me, she just lost it. I didn't know how bad I was. My back was in a tremendous amount pain. I got to where I couldn't breathe well. When she saw my throat, she didn't know how I was still alive. She has been to nursing school and she is a third level paramedic. She carried me to the emergency room.
I started my long road to recovery. I know I will never be exactly right again. When I came back to my body per se, I feel as though some part of me didn't. I don't know what it is, but something is missing. I have searched for whatever it is. Therefore, my soul longing question is - how do you find something when you don't know what it is you have lost? I know without a doubt, I felt the presence of the father and this is indescribable to you and now I know without a shadow of a doubt our body may die. However, I will go back one day in the Lord's time.
Date NDE Occurred: Aug. 6, 2003
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident snake bite Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
I was electrocuted on the job.
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I felt at that point and time it had to be when I was in the presence of the light, although I didn't know where I was, I knew I was safe. However for a split second, I was afraid, but something made me feel tremendously safe and I can't explain it to you if it was all to do with the light. I felt free. I felt better than any other time in my life.
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
I don't know, I don't remember.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I really didn't hear anything during the experience, but when the electricity hit me I remember hearing a loud buzz. I can tell you it sounded like a skill saw was on. This was the exact sound. It was extremely loud, louder than a normal saw.
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? Uncertain I can't remember going through a tunnel, however, when it first happened I was in total darkness, the best way I could describe it was being in a dark cave, then light came in almost instantaneous.
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 Already described.
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 See above explanation.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm just the light
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I was scared, because I knew there was no one there to help me, but when I left my body I peace beyond belief.
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
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 'I believed in god and new some about the bible, but I did not go to church regularly'
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I have a lot more faith in God now, I pray every day even only if it is only a few words just to thank him.
What is your religion now? Moderate My faith has increased a lot. Almost everything in my life has changed.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I have a lot more faith in God now, I pray every day even only if it is only a few words just to thank him.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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? Yes I can sometimes be more aware of other people's feelings and not take them for granted. But I am also on reserve about my feelings due to the fact some people don't understand what I went through, they seem to look at me weird and think I'm a fruit cake, some have even had a fear of me, I guess it is the not knowing.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes People look at me like I'm an idiot when I start talking about what I went through. Many people think I'm just plain crazy. Some just don't want to hear about it. I have lost several friends as a result.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No I have always had the ability to see angels, spirits, or ghosts, and I seem to deal with it better now.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Yes, I met Jesus I actually saw him and I know where I am going when my body dies.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Immediately. There have been a few physicians that have wanted me to speak at their church and in doing so I was deeply blessed at how it touched different members of their congregation.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I have watched programs on the TV but it didn't quite compare to the experience that I encountered.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I knew it was real, but my mind kept doubting, with prayer and conversations with the father I do not doubt.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real A blessing and a curse all at the same time.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No