I was talking to my friend at the bar. All of a sudden, I felt sweaty, light headed and faint. I got up to go outside to get some fresh air but apparently never made it. According to what I was told, I collapsed on the floor. I remember being in a dark grey void. A voice said to me, 'Richard, why are you here?' I said, 'I want to come home.' The voice replied, 'It's not time yet. You have more work to do. You have a family that loves you and that you need to take care of.' That's when the manager brought me around the first time.
I guess I went out a second time and returned to the grey void. I said, 'I want to stay.' The voice said, 'What is your problem?' I said, 'I don't know.' The voice replied, 'You have to go back. You have to take care of your family.' That's the point I came to the second time. I really didn't want to go back. It was so relaxing, restful and peaceful in the void, but I reluctantly obeyed the voice and returned.
After that, four emergency medical technicians kept monitoring my vitals, which were all over the place and gave me oxygen until the ambulance came to take me to the hospital. They did the standard testing but really found nothing. In the days that followed, including today, I had developed a full blown case of the flu. I don't know if that's what knocked me out but I had always basically scoffed at NDE's up until this point.
Date NDE Occurred: 5/21/05
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Felt sweaty and dizzy all of a sudden Other Got hit with the flu all of a sudden. Had a few drinks. Was talking. Had been dancing.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
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? Normal consciousness and alertness
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? The second time I went out. I was 'flashed' a lot of information which I have been since processing in ways that I can understand it.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning Time and space didn't seem to exist.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
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
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain I heard a voice as described above.
The experience included: Void
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? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt I was home where I belonged. I was incredibly sad when I had to leave.
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
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
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? Uncertain Not yet. Just my view point.
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 part where I felt I was home and at peace.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes At days. They thought it was awesome.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I never took much stock in the stories.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real. It gave me a new perspective. I felt my family really didn't need me but now realize that they do.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I believe it was a directive from a higher source to let me know my importance to my family.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? None. It's very comprehensive.