In 2008, I left my parents house to live by myself. During that time, an old high school friend reappeared. I haven't heard from him since high school times. This friend helped me move, gave me support, advice and kept me company during some hard times. I introduced him to my friends and we would all go out together sometimes. However, he never introduced me to any of his friends. His visits to my house became more and more frequent. He started showing up without telling me in advance, unexpectedly, and sometimes his visits were inconvenient.
By the end of January, I decided to have a serious conversation with him. I told him his visits without warning were becoming inconvenient and that it was causing me some problems. He was really hurt and said it wasn´t fair that I was doing that to him. He said that our friendship was over. I felt guilty and thought that maybe I overreacted to his surprise visits, but that time would heal everything.
After two weeks without showing up or answering my phone calls, he called me, saying he would stop by my house. I asked why he didn't call me before and he said he wanted some time to cool down and forget about our conversation. He said that now everything was fine between us. The day he went to my house, as usual at an inconvenient time. I was sleeping. He invited me to go fishing with him, and said there were some beautiful water falls in the river we could visit. I didn't want to go because I had slept poorly and was very tired. Something inside of me was telling me not to go; nevertheless, I said, 'yes' and went with him. I remember I had a great time, but my memory ceases from the moment we were going back home in the afternoon. When I woke up, I couldn't open my eyes or move. I felt very cold and pain everywhere.
Suddenly, I felt a sensation of peace and tranquility taking over me. Then I saw the image of an unknown man in a beautiful garden. I felt peace like nothing could ever go wrong. I felt safe. This was something inexplicable. As the man started talking to me I had the feeling I knew him somehow, even though I had never met him before. I also noticed a kind of light that came from him and that made me feel calm. It was as if that light was feeding the peace I felt. He told me I could choose either to go with him and see what I have done wrong in my life, or to stay.
The moment he questioned me, I immediately thought about my mother. It was as if I had memories of a past life, something I had lived before with vivid details and those memories were related to the very difficult relationship I have with my mother. The man of light looked at me as if he had read my thoughts and told me that I had made my decision. He told me that he would help me find help.
Right after that, I felt I was traveling through light. In a blink of an eye, we were above the moon lit treetops, looking at my naked body lying below on the floor. To our right, there were streetlights and houses. He pointed at the houses and directed my attention to a house that had a light on in the porch. We went towards my body. When I was very close to my body, I closed my eyes and the cold and the sharp pain came back. The man of light was still near me, but I could no longer see him, I could only feel his presence and hear his voice. He told me to go towards the streetlights and reminded me of the house with the porch light. I walked through the bushes to the street that seemed far away. I felt weak, but felt his presence giving me strength. As I arrived in the street I saw many houses near me, but I had to go to the one that had the porch light on.
When I got near the house, I saw it was empty. I entered through a window that was open. I went to the phone and called the police, my family, and the emergency service. They all said they could only help if they had the address of where I was at, but I didn't know where I was. I looked for a blanket to keep me warm and closed my eyes. I then saw the same man that had guided me there and gave me the option to remain alive, and had been with me in that peaceful place I was before. He told me to wait there because good people would come along to save me. He told me that I should move on with my life. I agreed nodding my head and fell asleep. I woke up with the noise of the house owners arriving. They called for help and in the meanwhile cleaned my wounds and took care of me.
Date NDE Occurred: 02/09
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident. Criminal attack 'Hiportemia, hemorragia, fraturas e diversos ferimentos' 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
I had been stabbed 8 times and had a perforated lung and bowel, and also internal and external bleeding, including a very bad wound in my left eye.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
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? Less consciousness and alertness than normal It was different when I looked for help.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I looked for help.
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
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I am far-sighted, but could see my body clearly from the treetop. I saw the house in front of me clearly.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I could hear frogs and crickets.
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 A garden, and I felt myself traveling in a tunnel of light very fast.
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
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 A man made of light that guided me and helped me.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Calm, peace, absence of fear.
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
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
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 Metodista (Nascimento) não praticante
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I am now sure there is life after death.
What is your religion now? Liberal Espírita praticante
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I am now sure there is life after death.
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
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I am more patient.
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 Sometimes I talk to my friend of light and feel myself traveling out of my body and going to the same garden at night. My intuition is sharper.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The whole experience.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Some friends.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real It took me three months to recuperate from my wounds. I had to use pain killers.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real It was true.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes Dreams.