I fell, suffering a spinal injury which was reactionary. After five minutes from the time of the fall my motor functions ceased, my heart stopped and I stopped breathing. I was in the Mexican jungle at a festival called Cumbre Tajin in which many schools of healing medicine are practiced both ancient and modern.
My uncle, who is a doctor in the US, was beside me at the time of the fall, witnessed, and documented the event along with several other doctors and non-traditional healers. CPR was maintained for approximately twenty minutes, during which periodic in-field coma and nerve tests were performed. I was pronounced dead by those there and by a Mexican paramedic. But an argument ensued between those working on me and the governmental personnel who were trying to remove me by helicopter.
During this time I saw mental images of landscapes and things I had recently observed in my travels there, I then only perceived what you have referred here to as 'void', this felt to me about two minutes but was around twenty-five minutes of total unconsciousness as I was told. I began to come to as the people performed several procedures on me; they were using many techniques unfamiliar to Western medicine.
The first thing I remember as I came to was liquor being spewed into my face repeatedly. That seemed to be the reviving impetus. I regained my hearing first but could not speak; I remember hearing arguing over me being flown out of the jungle. I then recall hearing that I had a heartbeat and then I was asked my name for several moments until I could speak. My motor functions did not come back completely for almost an hour. I suffered residual after effects from this event for approx. two months.
Date NDE Occurred: 'March 20, 2001'
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Fall Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) . Your question here is vague. It is a near death experience for a reason. I suffered a spinal injury from a fall. All nervous functions ceased.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
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? Less consciousness and alertness than normal As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? From my perspective, I remained at a fairly high level of awareness throughout, more so than a dreaming state. Though, as I was told later, I obviously was not aware of time. My initial mental images, my thoughts and sense of peace where very clear throughout the experience.
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 I can say that time did not have the same effect as it does in this reality.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? I had no physical vision during this time for the majority of the event.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? I had no hearing until the end of the event.
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 I experienced a closing down or a minor tunneling effect of my vision but there was no 'tunnel' or enclosure.
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 saw images of entities. Did I see beings? No, I saw images. Were they physical like you and I? Not in the least. Were they 'real', yes and no. The concept of that is not definable.
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? Yes Your use of the term 'a' light is a leading question. I saw multiple lights in the first few moments but not 'a light'.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm There is really no distinction between these things except in this physical reality. The mind has free reign to go these 'places' at will without an NDE. Did I experience this yes, we all do, the NDE allowed it to be more clear and focused for the moment.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt peaceful - that is the only descriptor I have ever been able to use for some sort of emotion associated with this event.
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 You always learn something from an experience, if you do not then you aren't paying attention. Did I encounter something or someone 'mystical'? Again, mystical is a vague human-based conception like 'good' or 'evil'. Yes, I had an experience that lead me to understand many things and taught me now to continue to learn on another level of experience.
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future My awareness of myself seems to be the same. My awareness of things outside of that seems clearer.
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 Multi-faceted religious exposure
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No I do not have belief in or condone religion. Religion is a manmade costume for what is a spiritual experience.
What is your religion now? Liberal Philosophy is more important that religion in my current view.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No I do not have belief in or condone religion. Religion is a manmade costume for what is a spiritual experience.
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 Simply knowing the source without the ego. I can't say that it felt 'special'. It just is. It always just is. For someone to have a sudden revelation to that even in just daily life would seem that they really weren't paying attention to begin with. The NDE just helped with confirming that. Like taking a test, you may know that you know something but you have to take a test to confirm it with yourself.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No I feel that my relationships have changed but not as a 'direct' but more indirect result of this experience. Over time, people have less in common with my view of things. It is as if I have one foot there and one foot here, when really there is no difference. But most others don't seem to see it that way.
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 I do not think anything really qualifies as 'paranormal'. This is like asking a dog if he believes in geometry. He can't grasp even the word geometry but that doesn't mean it doesn't make up the basic structure of all things.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I cannot say that any one part of the experience had any special meaning to me. It was an experience that you move through and you take from and apply to life.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I had several thousand people witness my experience. I came to and there was a huge circle of Mayan people chanting, there were Native Americans and Westerners from many countries there with me when it occurred, it made an immediate impact on several people. As well as people who I have spoken about it with but people still go in there daily lives. Death is really a part of life in all forms.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I was aware of people having NDE's. Anyone who has watched television has seen something regarding this issue.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real. I had a real NDE experience. That is how I have always viewed it.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I had the good fortune of confirming something in a way that not everyone is able to do. We live separately in our minds from this other reality not really understanding that it is actually what supports what we view 'here' as reality. One is not separate from the other. This reality is merely a veil or decoration that clouds our view of what really is natural to all things.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes I have been able to recreate the nature of the experience by study and particular events. Not by use of substances or medications. The mind can be made to go to these places if properly trained, without the event of an NDE. I was and have been able to create a similar state of awareness with the same interaction. It does take time and effort but the body can assist the mind to do this. Initially it is somewhat painful to the body to 'raise yourself' to that level but with repetition it does become easier. The main difficulty is coming back. I find it harder to focus on daily life after recreating the experience so I do not attempt this very often. Or at least that has been my experience of it.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? It would be interesting to attempt to have people explore that realm without the near death factor. I believe this can be done and has been by some. I feel that nothing is mystical or mysterious, we just haven't figured it out yet.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Check your questions for objectivity.