We got to the hotel and I told the boys I didn't feel good, but I didn't want to scare them. At a certain point, I had the front desk call 911 because I had a feeling I was dying. I was in strange pain, feeling worse. Then my legs felt paralyzed. It was as if I blinked and suddenly I was standing in front of Jesus and my (deceased) mom. Everything was dark except them. I felt so good and happy - an indescribable peace physically, mentally and spiritually. Jesus just smiled but said nothing. My mom spoke to me even though her lips didn't move - it seemed telepathic. She said, 'Sam, it's not your time yet. You have to go back and take care of your dad and Damien (my son).' Then just like a blink of an eye, I was back on Earth.
I was in pain, laying on the bed. My son's friend asked, 'Were you talking to God?' That was strange because this kid doesn't believe in God. To make a long story short I ended up having giardia (a parasite) from kayaking and being pulled underwater under a beaver dam. For the next four months afterward, I was extremely psychic! I don't know how/why but it just faded.
Date NDE Occurred: June 2006
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Illness 'Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening'
I started feeling sick/strange while travelling and it got so bad I went to the nearest hotel to get a room because I was getting worse by the minute and had my son and his friend in the car.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
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? Normal consciousness and alertness As soon as I saw my mom and Jesus.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? As soon as I saw my mom and Jesus.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
I don't know how long I was there.
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. Even though I could clearly see Jesus and my mom, everything was void of color.
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
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
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 I saw Jesus and my mom. My mom said, Sam, it's not your time yet. You have to go back and take care of your dad and Damien (my son).
The experience included: Void
The experience included: Darkness
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? Peace, love, extremely calm - all positive emotions and no negative anything.
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
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 For four months after my mind was sped up and I was extremely psychic.
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 non denominational Christian
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist non denominational Christian
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 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 For four months after I was extremely psychic. I now have no fear/apprehension towards death/dying.
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? Yes For four months after I was extremely psychic.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I was very happy to see Jesus and very comforted by my mom.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Within the week I told certain people. I still tell people. They just seem in awe.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes Books, media, just hearing stories.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I felt confused as to why it happened and a strange sadness that I couldn't have stayed.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real All I can say is that I know that I know that I know it was/is very real. It's as real as me writing this.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? Sharing my NDE via writing/talking to someone who has never had one seems like I cannot write or say enough to convey the impact it had on me and the reality of it.