My first experience was a feeling of floating. I didn't see my body, but I knew that I was not in my body. On my right, there was the sound of a large crowd, voices that were so numerous, I couldn't tell if I knew anyone, but it sounded like a happy party. A tall wall separated me from everyone. To my left, I saw a tunnel of a sort, the walls seemed to be turning and I was slowly being drawn into it, not quite sure if I was supposed to go into it. Eventually I started down the tunnel and saw a brilliant light that glowed so bright, that I couldn't see a face but a silhouette of a man. I knew he was the Lord. As I started to get closer, I felt a sudden pulling on my feet and was rushed backward. The tunnel spun faster and before I knew it, I was in the emergency room and told my wife right away that I had seen the Lord and I was in heaven. She immediately acknowledged that she believed me because she had found me outside, blue in color and not breathing. She said that she knew I was gone, but had fallen on top of me and prayed that the Lord would let me come back, that she wasn't ready for me to go, and in the witness of our neighbor who is a retired intensive care unit nurse, I began to breathe. By the time the ambulance arrived, I was breathing very heavily on my own and no one ever did rescue breathing or car.
Date NDE Occurred: 3/5/2010
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes I had a pulmonary embolism. 3 blood clots 3 in lungs 1 in leg other passed out in the side yard. When my wife found me i was not breathing. The nurse ran over from next door and said that i had passed.
Pulmonary embolism and possible heart attack.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? During the whole experience, but when I came to, the whole experience in the emergency room and the following week in the intensive care unit was not so clear.
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
If felt different like it wasn't real but it was very real. I saw it and felt alive.
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. Bright and clear voices were loud but not offensive.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Loud voices but not offensive they sounded happy.
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 Part way. Toward the light at the end, I was pulled by my legs. I thought my wife pulled me out.
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 The light at the end of the tunnel definitely had the form of a person.
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 is hard to describe. I saw the silhouette of a man and the brightness of him seemed to radiate through the tunnel.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Happy and peaceful, no fear.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
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
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 knew if I went through the tunnel all of the way, that I wouldn't come back and yet I knew somehow that I wasn't staying.
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? conservative/fundamentalist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes Stronger.
What is your religion now? conservative/fundamentalist
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Stronger.
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? Uncertain It is too early to sort it all out.
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? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The whole experience reaffirmed my belief in the afterlife.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes People that are close to me, believed. They know my character. When I came back, the first thing I did was tell my wife I saw Jesus.
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'm still trying to absorb it all. The world seems different in a way I can't put into words.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I know what I saw and heard and believe it was a true experience.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No