Ruben E NDE

Experience Description

At first I was floating, surrounded by a very white and brilliant light, and as I descended I noticed that the white light was not just light: there were very, very white clouds which I was passing through. After coming through the clouds, I found myself descending towards a very beautiful landscape, with green meadows, rivers, butterflies and birds. I was moving towards a hill with a tree on top.

The sensation I felt I cannot express in words, but it was so wonderfully tranquillizing that the desire is there to return and feel it over again.

Before I reached the tree, I felt the landscape darkening, and I felt as if I was being dragged backwards at great speed, taking me away from this place; then I found myself in the hospital again, surrounded by people. Although I felt weak and breathing was difficult, I could not stop thinking about that place.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: enero 2008

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) I had had multiple respiratory arrests from pneumonia, ending in a very strong one which changed to a cardio-respiratory arrest.

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 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? I was conscious the whole time, which is how I remember what I was thinking while I felt and saw what was around me.

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. Perhaps because the landscape which I saw appeared like a picture, with perfect colors. Everything was beautiful.

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? No

Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No

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 I was surrounded with brilliant white light.

The experience included: A landscape or city

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm paisaje hermoso perfecto verde cielo azul con nubes balncas rios mariposas aves de colores

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Happiness, calm, 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

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

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Moderate

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? No

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No

After the NDE:


Was the experience difficult to express in words? Uncertain The feeling I had cannot be expressed because there is nothing to compare it with. There is no other feeling I had in my life to compare it to.

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? When I was brought back, it was as if I had a barrier placed to prevent me staying. I heard bells, and I came back.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes After thinking about it for a week, I told my cousin about the experience, and my sister. They were very moved, thinking that I almost did not come back from this.

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 I still think about it and know that it was real. I feel peaceful knowing that one day I will go back to that place, to stay.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I still think about it and know that it was real. I feel peaceful knowing that one day I will go back to that place, to stay.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No