Experience Description

A rushing sound as I lost consciousness followed by blackness/silence and the realization that I was not where I had been a moment ago. A feeling of incredible loneliness until I felt that I was no longer alone. It's then that I realized that I was probably dead. I saw a glimpse of a being of light who I was embarrassed to look at. I knew I had to return and expressed a, 'Do I gotta?'

I then felt my consciousness returning to my body through my head, the heaviness of the body, breathing and pressure. I found myself in a hospital bed. I realized then that I had been somewhere else, and remembered where.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: December 10, 1985

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Accident lost vital signs three times at the scene

How do you consider the content of your experience? Disturbing

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? Yes. No appearance, no form.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Alert.

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes A brief image of a being in a robe of white with shadows in silver and gold. I imagined it as a being of higher form. Did not know who. No communication.

The experience included: Darkness

The experience included: Light

Did you see an unearthly light? Yes As a tiny dot of light at a great distance in total blackness turning into a spark of light expanding rapidly replacing the blackness with pure light.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Extreme loneliness, a presence, embarrassment, security and peace, unhappy.

The experience included: Special Knowledge

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe I was in a place where I had absolutely no questions, total security and peace.

Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control All that I 'learned' was that there is life after death, and that everything will be all right in the future, for everybody. This life is insignificant in the greater scheme of things.

The experience included: Vision of the future

Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future I see all people on earth coming together with understanding.

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 I became aware that I was to return.

God, Spiritual and Religion:

What was your religion prior to your experience? Liberal Knowing there are the unexplained causes of things and warnings.

What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Now I know that there is no greater power than our creator.

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes There is life after death and a greater purpose to this temporary existence.

The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes Yes and no. Explanation requires answering many, many questions from people. Time is a factor as is their particular understanding and acceptance of the answers to the questions.

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain Once I suspected that I would be hit by lightning on this particular day. I went out to my log cabin on the property close to my house because I did not want the lightning to hit the house. A ball of lightning came through the door and hit me as I sat waiting.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The best, returning to tell everybody where I had been. The worst, wishing I would not have had to come back to see my son die.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Varied as one would expect. Most think of me as gifted and actually listen to and follow my advice.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes Numerous times I am reminded. Once very briefly I saw my future, that everything would be fine.

Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? It's a marvelous experience that I do not recommend.

Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Any suggestions that I might have would depend solely on your interpretation/understanding and response to my experience from your questions and my answers. I have more answers than you have questions.