Experience Description

During the night of May 15 to May 16, 2004 at a Paris Hospital intensive care unit, where I was in a coma after a first surgical operation undergone on May 4th (aorta/ descending distal superior mesenteric artery - higher mesenteric - superior mesenteric artery bypass necessary because of superior mesenteric artery's occlusion).

Two phases for my NDE:

Phase One: Flight in an extremely bright space, the very mild impression of a muffled, fuzzy ambience, no awareness of a physical body, surrounded by other beings similar to me, flight at a rather low speed, no noise, no air rubbing, all is white, flight lasted around ten minutes.

Phase Two: Suddenly I see a tunnel and dive into it at very high speed. No noise and no rubbing, as previously said. On arrival at the bottom, I decide to go up again. I believe that this is a decision to live taken at this very moment and, suddenly - nothing. Everything stops. I remember my family's visits, my eldest daughter speaking to me, caressing me and writing her surname on my arm: I seem to react since I move slightly.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: May 15, 2004

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness. Surgery-related Life threatening event, but not clinical death Septicemic embolism requiring the taking of a cocktail of antibiotics (very high fever during this phase).

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

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

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 hearing differ in any way from normal? Sensation of a muffled space, therefore deafness.

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 At the end of the flight I fell down into a tunnel without any notion of closed space.

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 Other beings were floating around me (like angels).

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 Powerful light during the flight and during the fall down the tunnel.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm le fameux tunnel de lumière

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

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

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 sans on

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Moderate sans

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? 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 A month later with my family.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely 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

Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Humility, correctly notched buttons on religion are self-explanatory forbids submitting other questions!