I was, essentially, strangled to death. More important, I suppose, are the 'narrative accounts' that followed.
Basically, I found myself in front of a house - it appeared to be a country house, if not a farm house - and I saw maybe a dozen at least, two dozen at most (hard to recall), people at the porch/patio area waiting for me. At first, I couldn't recognize them, as they were far away. But then, one by one, they started coming down the steps, walking towards me, and shaking my hand. When they would come close enough, I would be able to 'know' them. However, I could not tell you now who they were. All I can say is that they were familiar - but yet, more than familiar. They were loved by me. I knew that I loved them and that they loved me. I try so hard every day to try to figure out who they were, but I can't. They made me feel so welcome. It was an indescribable feeling. It was love, par excellence - and I didn't even know, exactly, who they were. They were welcoming me into the house - whatever that 'was' - and yet, I was growing ambivalent about it. I think maybe I met (and loved) about six of them. And then, suddenly - and yet, not-so-suddenly - I came back into consciousness.
All was gone. I miss them dearly. And one day, I hope that I am able to return back to that house, whatever, and wherever, it may be.
Date NDE Occurred: 06/28/10
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
This question is ambiguous; that is, it confuses me, throws me.
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 As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? That's an ambiguous question. Right in the middle, I suppose - when I was shaking their hands and feeling a sense of, well, pure love.
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. I've never seen anything like that.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. There were no voices. There seemed to be no need for talking. Everything was expressed - what's the word - emotively(?).
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 I did not enter the house; did not make it that far. Happy I didn't.
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? 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? Uncertain I think the house was the light; or, inside of the house was the light. Either way, I did not go inside.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm A house I'd never seen in a pasture I'd never witnessed.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Love, slight confusion, affection, ease, contentment, understanding.
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 Open
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes There is, indeed, something 'there.'
What is your religion now? Liberal Open
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes There is, indeed, something 'there.'
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 That things were meant to be - that we visit 'the house' - and that we always 'come home.'
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Uncertain The feeling - that feeling of - belonging.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain It's hard to tell.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared it immediately. They reacted normally; that is, they treated it as though it was no big deal (while conceding the fact that it was, in fact, a big deal). Some of them were more moved by my 'story' than others.
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 just thought about it - endlessly. How could I make sense of it, I wondered. What did all of it mean? I still think about it, and it's been months. Potentially two dozen people standing on a porch smiling at me and, one by one, coming down to greet and invite me, and for whom I have the utmost love even though I don't know, really, who they are - how are you supposed to make sense of that?
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real See above.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No