Experience Description

August 28th, 2005. 10:30 a.m. Having excruciating pain across shoulders and neck. Called my husband and said that I needed him with me. Called for nurses and they took electro cardiogram on two different machines and it did not show that I was having a heart attack. They soon knew because I went into cardiac arrest. I was gone for one minute and thirty-five seconds. At the time, I saw myself lying on the bed and I was floating above in a grey square area. My husband was there with me and saw my eyes go back in my head and yelled to the nurses that something was really wrong.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 'August 28, 2005'

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Heart attack Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) . I was having a very painful heart attack.

How do you consider the content of your experience?

The experience included: Out of body experience

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? Normal consciousness and alertness As above.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? If you mean the time I was in cardiac arrest, it seemed that I was awake looking at myself from above.

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

Did your vision differ in any way from normal? I was looking down at myself lying on the bed and it appeared that I was in a gray area when I was above.

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

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? No

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

What emotions did you feel during the experience? None that I remember.

Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness

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? Liberal

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Liberal

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? No

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes As soon as regained consciousness I said that I had died, and that I had seen myself lying on the bed and I was suspended in a grey area overhead looking down on me.

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 felt weird knowing that you could see yourself lying there and you were dead.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. It felt weird knowing that you could see yourself lying there and you were dead.

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