The pain intensified from mild to severe in less than an hour. Soon, I was on the floor in a cold sweat, the pain all-consuming as I was rapidly losing consciousness. My roommate had called paramedics and I knew they were on their way. Only I wished they would hurry. Then the pain worsened, cold, the weakness and shock, I felt I was slipping. They finally came; I saw them for an instant and was out cold.
Outside, it was warm, so warm and beautiful. I was walking with three others along a river bank. I could hear the rushing water and see the glimmer of light upon the stones as the water trickled over and around them. Brilliant light shined through the leaves of the trees, creating shadows and warm spots on my face as I continued along the bank with the others. We were laughing heartedly; I was using a walking stick. Some leaves of a branch from a tree brushed my face and I gently moved it aside. I remember a smile upon my face, the strength I felt, pure joy, completely weightlessness and free from pain. I had this humorous thought, 'Ha! I wonder what the paramedics think of the grin on my face as I'm lying on the floor unconscious!' The thought made me chuckle. I turned to my companions (who were more like beings of light and shadow - not of this mortal world) and smiled. I could feel the pebbles beneath my feet as I continued. They were taking me somewhere...
Cold, the weight of returning to my body, excruciating pain. A light beam penetrated my eyes. A male voice, hollow at first, bellowed 'Okay, stay with us now,' and so I was back. My time at the river was infinite even though it all took place in a matter of ten seconds or so. As I re-entered my body I noticed my face was far from grinning. Needles, jabs, tubes water, pain, so like torture. I wanted to go back to the river.
Date NDE Occurred: April 22, 2005
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Illness 'Ruptured cyst-severe pain, loss of consciousness, little to no pulse or oxygen' 'Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening' .
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was truly removed from the binding of skin, cells, and flesh. I was free spirit, whole and enlightened, walking along the river.
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 Time seemed to slow down.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? My vision was more intense, colors more vivid and sharp. Shapes were extremely defined, like each blade of grass, tree leaf, outline of a pebble.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? Hearing became acute.
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? Uncertain I felt like I was pulled lightly into another realm.
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 Three others. Nameless, but on a mission. Of light and shadow. Peaceful and knowledgeable.
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 First there was brilliance, an overwhelming warm light sensation.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm brilliant nature alongside a river
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Joy, pure joy, love, happiness.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
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
The experience included: Special Knowledge
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
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Uncertain I can't explain.
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
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 The difference between spirit enlightenment and the mortal world and the unnecessary suffering.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Uncertain Difficult to describe this profound knowledge and understanding, warmth and peace when there is nothing of comparison here on earth.
(It may exist, but modern civilization has thwarted it).
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? A gift of awareness.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes As I was recovering, I could not wait to tell this to friends who wouldn't shun me for it.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I did have a drug overdose when I was younger. My heart stopped and I was pulled through a tunnel, towards a light - but that was all I remember.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real. That it was a truth I never could have imagined.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. It was real. I have never felt something so real. The branch against my face was as real as if I were brushing away a branch today.
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? It was profound and unless it happens to you, you can never truly understand.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? None thanks for the opportunity!