I heard wonderful music, and saw a tunnel of light that I traversed at a dazzling speed. The tunnel ended in a sort of entrance with various entities, known to me, with whom I communicated through a sort of thought. They were like guides and helped the 'souls' across a river (Styx?). Bubbles rose from the basin and floated into the universe. All of the bubbles were filled with something. Suddenly a beautiful bright light passed by and everybody fell to their knees and praised that Light. I was about to go through a door of sorts (beautiful music came from behind it) when my name was called and I was allowed to return. Right before I arrived, I had a vision of blinds closing and I knew I was stone-deaf. I am sure now that there's more than our current world. Scientists are busy researching our consciousness; also in quantum physics, people are trying to solve the riddle of 'Life'. It is quite logical that the great avatars spoke of God and related subjects. Imagine that back then they were already talking about quantum leaps and nanotechnology, among other things. Nobody could have understood that then, but science and religion are converging more and more now. Our thoughts are faster than thousand times the speed of light (300.000 km per second). So we can 'find' everything in our universe, even God.
Date NDE Occurred: October 2002
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness meningitis 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death' . I was in coma for four weeks, with twenty-three tubes sticking out of me.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain 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 All these new 'situations' were not unfamiliar to me and music was just fantastic. I was called back but I found that irritating. I was told that my time had not come yet.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Very high, it was like everything was known and familiar to me.
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 It was as if it was all very familiar to me.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? Communication was not with words but a kind of telepathic 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? Yes I went through it at enormous speed and saw a wonderful light, hearing fantastic music.
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
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 There are familiar entities there that guided you and showed the way. Communication was telepathic.
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 Especially at the end of the tunnel, were there was a sort of door you went through. A wonderful light shone to greet you. It was in that place where the (filled) oval shapes rose up and floated into the universe.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Een prachtig landschap aan de overkant van een brede rivier geweldig mooie kleuren en die muziek(fantastisch)
What emotions did you feel during the experience? A marvelous coherence and a feeling of enormous bliss (just like being home).
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
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 Not really, I have not looked into the subject, but sometimes I have paranormal experiences.
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
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes My habits not really, but definitely my respect for everything that is.
What is your religion now? Liberal 'liberaal omdat alles coherent is,maar het vertalen naar ieders cultuut toe'
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes My habits not really, but definitely my respect for everything that is.
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 There I learned that this 'life' is not everything. There is no 'garbage dump' in the universe, everything is recycled, even our thoughts and emotions. The scientists talk about zero point energy.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I am more forgiving, more lighthearted and kinder. I learned to take a step back. Then you sometimes see the humor of the situation.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain Sometimes, but I have had those experiences before my NDE. I stayed clear of the subject, because it can be tricky to talk about it.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The Styx, the oval shapes (or circles) floating upwards, the Light, the Music and various familiar people there.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes To my wife, of course. Just telling her what I had experienced. You think you are lying there in a coma, doing nothing; you are actually quite 'busy'.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Uncertain I read about it and thought that it would be possible.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real. It is like returning from a wonderful holiday. You experienced it and people around me spoke about my personality being different.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. Just like dreaming. Many people talk about dreams being not real, but try to explain people interpreting dreams and that in your sleep your consciousness can be in other dimensions?
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? That everything is connected and coherent, and that there is more to our universe than some scientists would claim. After all, we do have only five senses. Some scientists say that we live in a sort of primal soup, there is a world that is much smaller than the atom world.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? How do you think about death?