Paulo NDE

Experience Description

When I was 7 years old, I had a death experience, having no preconception of "Afterlife", "God", "Heaven", or even thinking about such things. This replays in my mind more often than I think it should. I am now 50 years old. I still have trouble sharing the incident that caused this or putting the experience into words; this is the best I can do.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: 1973

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No. Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)

How do you consider the content of your experience? Both pleasant AND distressing

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? No 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 It was more. I understood things beyond what I can understand now

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Always.

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 At first time seemed normal, but after a short time, it all happened all once. It was overwhelming.

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. There was no vision, just a sense of experience

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. There was no hearing, just a sense of understanding without language

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

The experience included: Presence of deceased persons

Did you see any beings in your experience? No

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes I met my great grandmother who was deceased, my grandmother who was alive, and many others who were all women of my ancestry whom I did not know, but they knew me and cared about what was happening to me.

Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No

Did you see an unearthly light? Uncertain

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? Some unfamiliar and strange place I can not describe this since there was no body, no vision, and no hearing. It was presence that I could recognize individuals and understand them even in the blackness.

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

What emotions did you feel during the experience? At first, I was lost and uncomfortable. But when they found me, or realized I was there, I was comforted

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 no longer in conflict with nature

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about myself or others Everything became so transparent and I could sense other's intentions

Did scenes from your past come back to you? No

The experience included: Awareness of the future

Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from my personal future I was to have children

Did you come to a border or point of no return? No

God, Spiritual and Religion:


What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Not important to me

What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Catholic

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Not important to me

What is your religion now? Christian- Catholic

Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience i was a child i had no beliefs

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I have faith in humanity

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 It was my great grandmother

Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No

Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No

During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No

During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No

Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? Unknown

During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? Yes god exists, man made god, we are watched over by our ancestors

Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists

Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:


During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes It was expressed that I had a special purpose. I could never know it because I must live it.

Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Unknown

During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? Yes we are here for each other

Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? Unknown

Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes i was young when this happened thee was no god but my ancestors wewe there

Did you fear death prior to your experience? Unknown

Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death

Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life

Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life

Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Unknown

Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant

Did you gain information about how to live our lives? Yes my life will be "OK" never worry

During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? Uncertain

Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Unknown

During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes care for eadch other

Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others

What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Large changes in my life I am comfortable and fear no situation

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Yes I seem to see people for who the really are, it's hard

After the NDE:


Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes I cry thinking about it

How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience i relive this expirence daily ever since

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes People around me become like me

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The fact that my life was going to "work out" "be OK" no words can describe

Have you ever shared this experience with others? No

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

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes When people close to me pass over to the other side, I hear them.