Experience Description

I was out running and started having chest pains. I sat down on a bench on the street and then my arms went numb. I knew right away, what was happening. I ran into a store and they called 911 for me. As I was waiting for the ambulance, I was very frightened and prayed that I did not want to die. Once I was on the stretcher and in the ambulance, I could feel a presence and I was no longer scared. At the hospital, I went into ventricular tachycardia and passed out. Immediately I went through a tunnel. It looked like I was flying a million miles an hour through fireworks. I felt no fear, only peace. I then remember being resuscitated and waking up from a very peaceful infinite void. Once I was stabilized and in my room I received a message that I did not meet the being of light because 'I needed to figure out some things for myself, and the answers would not be just handed to me.'

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: 7/97

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) Heart attack.

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 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 Beginning.

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

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 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? Yes The tunnel seemed infinite and looked like I was flying through fireworks.

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: Void

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? No

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm The tunnel was definately not of thios world.

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace and calm.

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

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

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 Jewish

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? Yes I now receive messages that pertain to events in my life. I also have heard people's thoughts.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The peace and calm of the whole experience was amazing.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes My girlfriend at the time was an atheist and told me it was all due to lack of oxygen. I did not share the experience with anybody until we broke up a few years later.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I had read Dr. Moody's books, but this was unlike anything I had read about.

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I have had dreams, sleep paralysis, and have taken some mild hallucinogenic drugs. This was nothing like any of those. I believe it was real.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real

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