I unknowingly grabbed a 2300 volt power cable. At that instant, I was totally paralyzed. I had no control of my body. I couldn't take a breath, nor remove my hand or even see. I don't know if my eyes were closed or open. Feeling the current run through my body was agonizing. I don't know how long this lasted but I suddenly saw my cousin below me in the tree. He was very upset and screaming to me.
This vision was extremely clear and confusing because I was facing away from him when I grabbed the wire. After that, the pain stopped and everything went silent. I began drifting through this fog like darkness toward what seemed to be human forms ahead in the fog. I wasn't afraid because I thought they were somehow familiar to me. I traveled on into this fog into what seemed like an opening with a spot of light in the middle. Because of the length of time involved between this event and my recounting them, the particulars may not be in the proper order. Yet everything that I recall is accurate, as I know it.
I had my life flash quickly before me. It was as if I was watching a movie run very fast. I continued through what looked like a tunnel towards a light in the distance. As I approached the light, it got brighter and I was enveloped in this unbelievable feeling of love and security. It's impossible to describe this feeling of contentment. All this time it was completely silent.
Then, I was startled out of my ecstasy by a question that suddenly arrived in my mind. I didn't hear a voice, yet it was as clear as if someone was standing before me. The question was, 'WHAT GOOD HAVE YOU DONE WITH YOUR LIFE?' Being only thirteen years old, I had no idea it meant. I didn't respond, maybe waiting for more information. Shortly, the question appeared in my mind again. This time I 'said' I don't know what you mean. The next thing I knew I was floating in the universe amongst the stars. Suddenly amazed that I knew everything there was to know, even reflecting to myself 'so that's how it works.' Then, I woke up in my body thirty feet up draped across two branches, facing the ground, staring at the green grass thinking I was in heaven. Then, my earthly senses kicked in and I felt miserable.
Date NDE Occurred: 'June, 1960'
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Other: electrocution
My cousin and I were climbing a tree. As I climbed, I would grab onto the electrical wires that were within reach. These were the wires that ran between telephone poles. Things were uneventful until I reached the highest wire. I was told later that it carried 2300 volts of electricity.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes Sometime during this period I suddenly saw my cousin below me in the tree. He was very upset and screaming to me. This vision was extremely clear and confusing because I was facing away from him when I grabbed the wire.
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal I knew everything there was to know.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was floating in space. I think it was the first time I realized I didn't have a body.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Were your senses more vivid than usual? No
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. It's hard to remember, but my experience didn't have a lot of visual elements.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. It was mostly silent except for the questions.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
The experience included: Tunnel
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Uncertain There was a thick fog, which made identifying any defining features difficult.
Did you see any beings in your experience? I sensed their presence
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain There were shapes in the fog on the periphery that I thought were spirits.
The experience included: Unearthly 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 There was no discernible source. The intensity was overwhelming yet so loving, peaceful and secure.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? Some unfamiliar and strange place I began drifting through this fog like darkness toward what seemed to be human forms ahead in the fog. I wasn't afraid because I thought they were somehow familiar to me. I traveled on into this fog into what seemed like an opening with a spot of light in the middle.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Indescribable love, exhilaration, peace.
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 The next thing I knew I was floating in the universe amongst the stars. Suddenly amazed that I knew everything there was to know, even reflecting to myself, 'so that's how it works.'
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? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Slightly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Moderately important to me
What is your religion now? Unaffiliated- Nothing in particular- Secular unaffiliated
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience
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 heard a voice I could not identify I can only say that it seemed to project authority without projecting fear.
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I sensed their presence
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God probably exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Unknown
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife probably exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? Unknown
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Unknown
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Not compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? No changes in my life
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes There is nothing on this earth that you could compare it to.
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I always felt that I had an elevated sense of situational awareness of my surroundings and people around me. I seem to be able to read people well.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes It wasn't until I was married seven years later that felt I could share it with anyone. I told my wife and it was a very emotional time. I shared my experience occasionally over the years to select individuals and every time I would break out crying when I tried to describe the love that I experienced.
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 probably real I had no idea what had happened to me. I had no knowledge of this ever happening to anyone. I had no idea that I had died and come back. It wasn't until years later that I became aware of near death experiences.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real After comparing my experience with those reported by others, the similarities are striking. I find it impossible to deny the existence of an afterlife.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Uncertain Once, about twenty years later, I had a dream that I was engulfed in the light and could feel the love emanating from it. Then, awoke and realized it was a dream.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? After reading Evidence of the Afterlife and taking this survey, I'm curious about the lack of testimonials by clergy. Also why is the NDE experience such a low percentage of near death events?