I was taken to hospital by my grandmother, and my mother. Mother never learned to drive. She was the person responsible for me learning of my Type 1 diabetes, because she was a licensed practical nurse at the hospital, and noticed my excessive thirst, rapid loss of weight (30-lbs) 150lbs from 180lbs within thirty days; and my unruly attitude and responses.
The last thing I remember before I passed out in a coma was sitting in the emergency room. The first thing I remember after my experience was seeing my grandmother staring down at me in the hospital bed as if she had just seen a ghost. My experience, as best as I can determine, could have taken anywhere from five to thirty minutes. That is the total time I was unconscious. The actual event I can recall perfectly because it has never left my emotional life and has led to lifestyle changes. From darkness (coma or death), I experienced a grand soothing luminous energy. If there is any definition of a 'love-light shining' this would have made the perfect video. I began to rise, or a feeling of being lifted through the light. The light seemed to surround me as a secure feeling, so bright, but so inviting. Ahead I could see a Being, not an angel with wings, but identifiable as a human. Also, as I noticed the Being, my perception of approaching seemed to resemble the travel through a tunnel. However, upon my arrival to the power of the presence, the Being said, 'It is not your time.' I felt as if I did not want to return, or leave this feeling of bliss.
I do not remember traveling back from the light, but as I awoke, my grandmother said, 'You looked as if you were dead.'
Date NDE Occurred: June 1966
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness Type One Diabetes 'Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening' Diabetic Coma
I was taken to the hospital because my blood sugar level was very high, (at the time, the appropriate method of detection was drops of urine on chemical powders that changed to various colors depending on the amount of sugar in your system) my sample turned black. 400+.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? It was as if I had extreme knowledge throughout the experience. From the time I noticed the light until I awoke.
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. No color other than the luminous white, and only an outline of the Being that revealed itself.
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? Uncertain The energy coming from, I guess, the light seemed to surround me and take me through and to the Being. It was not until I looked upon the Image that I felt as if I could be in a tunnel.
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 Just the one Being of obscure human likeness. By obscure I mean primarily a definite outline with visible characteristics, such as arms and legs, but no facial features.
The experience included: Darkness
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 Light surrounding.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? That this was the most peaceful place that there was no reason to be anywhere else.
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
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control The primary result of this experience to me was the knowing of an existence outside the realm of known life. I also returned with an unreal emotion of peace and increased awareness of the world searching for this peace.
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? Conservative/fundamentalist Baptist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes Baptist, before, since a Moderate believing a Power exists within and beyond the Universe, wherever the boundaries may or may not be.
What is your religion now? Moderate No particular faith or pastor following
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Baptist, before, since a Moderate believing a Power exists within and beyond the Universe, wherever the boundaries may or may not be.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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 The sense of knowledge, looking back at my experience, I now believe was the energy within the light or surroundings, but I definitely sensed an increase in knowing.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain I have been a salesman all my life, I enjoy talking to people, but I rarely tell anyone about my personal life. I do, however, notice how people react to various situations that occur and sort of examine the possible outcomes of choices they might have taken. My experience, I do not talk about because I have never been around a group of people or individuals that have brought up this type of occurrence. The primary reason I reveal this now is the 'Coast to Coast AM' topic on NDEs.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No The experience itself was accepted by me, but I did not express the facts to others.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The only part that I have tried to evaluate is the Being telling me it was not my time. Is there a certain time for death, who decides, and how is it determined? And any and all questions related to this my one and only NDE to date.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Only my ex-wife, while we were still married, twenty-six years after my experience.
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 Too real to be anything else.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Forty-four years after this event, I feel as strongly as I did when it happened, that it was an actual event.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No However, I have been on Insulin Injections the forty-four years since my experience and during some occurrences of low-blood sugar I get a feeling of utopia that resembles the Experience, but falls extremely short of the original event.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? Life goes on and Something follows.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? If an NDE is as close as we can get to revealing what happens when death occurs, then until we gain enough knowledge to bring someone back from an extended death, we will continue to have questions with unknown answers.