I had massive heart attack on the side of highway. The nurse stopped after five minutes, did CPR until ambulance arrived fifteen to twenty minutes after the event. I was shocked seven or eight times all told roadside, ambulance, Emergency Room, operating room before I stabilized. I have been told that survival under these conditions is impossible. I have had short term memory problems and problems focusing but brain has been re-circuiting itself, much improved. I have no memory from the time I opened the door on my truck until six days later, but remember being on the other side clearly. This experience is described below.
Date NDE Occurred: 9-21-05
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Heart attack Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) . No heartbeat or pulse for twenty minutes, trauma to head from fall onto interstate highway.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I clearly left my body and existed outside it
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 Whole time.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Whole time.
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 Total absence of time.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? Awareness of detail.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? All hearing during conversations was telepathic, as was conversation.
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 Hard to describe; no tunnel, like a whoosh, then into an area. Not a room but had the feeling of boundaries. An area.
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 Dead friends told me what had happened. All communication was telepathic. I asked where my dead stepson was. I was told he had gone back. I asked why they had not? I was told that time and space do not exist here. One second, one year, one thousand years, all the same. I was told we all go back many times, until we have learned what is needed to ascend to a higher state of being. We are all a part of a greater being, he experiences what we experience. All things, the grass, air, trees, everything has a living force and is of as much importance to the creator as are we. The planet we live on is alive, and should be as revered as human life. They told me they were unsure if my body could be revived. If it was, I should be willing to speak with those who would listen about what I had been told. I was told that I would experience things that would give me an opportunity to review how I had lived. I was told that all is forgiven, all spirit is eternal, and all can be redeemed.
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? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Confusion, then joy and tranquility.
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
The experience included: Special Knowledge
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe
The experience included: Life review
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
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes
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 none
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal sort of Buddhist?
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? Yes Described above.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Tolerance of those with different views.
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? Yes Have had feelings of need to go or do things out of my usual routine, has proved to be of benefit to me or others.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? All had great meaning. I know, not believe, but know, that what was revealed to me was the truth.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes Reading about it. Don't believe it affected experience.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real. The knowing is the marvelous part. The awareness that we are all connected, all the same, all equal.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No