About 10 years back, I had a voiding vagal reflex in the middle of night. I don't remember the time, but I got up to urinate. The bathroom door was less than 1 metre from the bed and the commode was right in front of the door. While voiding, I felt my head start to reel. I thought it was postural hypotension, and told myself to go back to bed as soon as I finish. But I went unconscious before I could get back to bed. I found myself sitting on the floor and holding the commode pan. I had injured myself with a tooth-bite on the lower lip. The next day, I told my wife and she believed me when she saw the injury. Then I got a thorough check-up and the doctors made a provisional diagnosis of TIA or Voiding Vagal reflex.
This same thing happened after about 7-8 years later in another house. In a similar fashion, I got up and went to bathroom.This time there was no head-reeling but I blacked out. In that blackness, I found myself falling downward and with increasing speed. Everything was black all around me.Though it appeared like a tunnel, I did not feel any limits or a wall. I was trying to hold onto what I thought might be a wall with my arms spread wide open. I continued to fall, more like slipping, to a deeper place at a very high speed. I do not remember how long I was falling. But after some time, I fell to a void and my speed reduced but did not stop. It was dark everywhere and there was a cold void. I felt like I was floating. I became flat and did not feel anything. Next I found myself lying on the floor, with my legs and hand spreaded out. Very quickly I composed myself and tried to remember what I saw and felt . That part of my memory is still hazy in my mind, even today.
Again I described this blackout to my doctor colleagues who advised me to be careful. Again the diagnosis was a TIA resulting from vagal reflex.
Date NDE Occurred: 2012
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Other: Definitely unconscious, I do not remember falling down. I found myself lying flat on the ground.
Vagal reflex can result in severe bradycardia and death. That's what made me unconscious. Period of unconsciousness is not known.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Neither pleasant NOR distressing
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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 sure
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was moving at a very high speed and trying to hold something
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Were your senses More vivid than usual? More vivid than usual
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. There was darkness everywhere. I thought I was falling down and down.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. There was probably no sound or auditory disturbance. It was silent.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere, as if by ESP? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Uncertain I cannot definitely define it to be a tunnel . But I tried to spread my hands and legs to hold to the side.
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm. A kind of night sky but no stars or light and I was all alone myself.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? What might happen. When I will fall what will be? But When I fell to the void it was cold and calm
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
Did you have a feeling of joy? No
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? No
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Hindu My faith is by birth. Practically I do not believe in GOD, even though I go to temple or take part in Puja and rituals and festivals.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Hindu As above. More strongly believe man has created Man, not vice versa
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was both consistent and not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience. Myself with my body moved to an unknown place and I was all alone. I called no one. It was happening at high speed and suddenly stopped in a void. Like a space flight where one floats.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
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
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
During your experience, did you gain information about an afterlife? An afterlife does not exist No
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? No changes in my life. Not sure if anything has greatly changed. I take it as a medical event and accept it.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
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. Probably there is a loss of memory of the incidence just prior to the experience like entering the bathroom, whether I looking up or down during urination. Do not remember the sound of urine falling in the pan. I do not remember how I opened the trousers.
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? Probably I think I am dreaming more often than before. Not very sure.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Shared my experience but not in as much detail as it is described above. As I come from a doctor community every one suggested Cardiovascular and Neurological evaluation for a possible loss of blood supply to brain. Nothing came out.
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 probably not real. I could not make out what it could have been.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably not real. As of today I think its a dream-like sequence after reading so much about NDE
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? Sometimes I feel like having a similar calmness in life again. Sometimes I think if similar experience can be attained with deep meditation it would be a great experience.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? It's OK to a large extent. One question can be added asking if person have heard stories of Soul moving around after death and only goes away after performing some rituals as per Hindu custom ... for Hindus.
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