It happened in October 2003, I felt ill but I didn't understand why (maybe because I had never been ill before). I lost consciousness just when I arrived at the Hospital, after few seconds I was talking to the doctors. Then, I lived in a strange way. It wasn't a singular episode but many short episodes. First I was in a boat (or something similar) in a dark and cold ocean and I felt down in the deep water, suddenly someone (like two big hands) took and placed me out of water. Many times.
Every time, I saw myself on a bed, surrounded by many people. I have to say that these visions were not clear; it was as if I saw behind a veil. Other moments I was on a roof, saw what was happening down below, and saw many people, one next to one, on a wire (like pigeons), they didn't talk and watched down. Other moments I thought to a particular place and immediately 'I was there' (I don't know how, nor fly, nor walk). I didn't have a real perception of my body as usually we have when we go out in the street and walk but I saw the places from a high point and I arrived there. All in a fast way. An important and dominant element was water: many times, I traveled between places like rivers. Only once I heard someone talking (perhaps in Latin) while a saw a manuscript. During those days I felt I was dying and my relatives said to me that one night, my body was 'near to dead'. Also, I have other confused memories and I don't know if anesthetic influenced my perception.
Date NDE Occurred: ottobre 2003
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes echo-virus cardiaco Other Arresto cardio-circolatorio a seguito edema polmonare acuto. They saved me with defibrillation.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
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? Less consciousness and alertness than normal During those days I thought I was living my normal life, because apart from the episodes I explained (above) I went to work, went out, I was in family. I realized that something was strange when I saw it was all very fast.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I lived these situations during coma (twelve days).
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 The places were of water (many of them) and the time very speedy.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? I didn't see clarity; I should better say I perceived the situation without seeing it.
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 didn't meet anyone. After I woke up from coma, I felt that someone was in my room near me but I didn't see anyone. I remember I passed that night looking for someone in the room.
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
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Insoliti. Le strade della mia città erano lastricati di enormi specchi, anche i gradini lo erano ed un immenso prato
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Fear and anguish. I don't remember anything about the intensive care room (where I lived) but till now if I pass behind the room of this department I feel panic.
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 Sono Cattolica ma non praticante (credente)
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate Idem. Resto credente, ma continuo ad essere non praticante.
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? 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? Yes I consider this experience a brain scar. At first I had sense of guilt because I was alive, as if someone changed my life.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It was as if I saw with my body perception, not with my eyes.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No Not at all - I feel people's behavior (their sincerity).
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I thought of a place and immediately I was there.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Only with a woman, she told me that often, in that experience, I was in a high viewpoint.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes Time ago I read about tunnel of light but I haven't see it.
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? I would be able to forget this period of my life.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? It isn't necessary.