I was dizzy and sick to my stomach and scared then; suddenly I was in a field overlooking a lake.
I was overwhelmed by the deep green color of the trees and grass. The grass was blowing from a gentle breeze. The grass was long; I would say about ten to twelve inches. I was alone there but felt a spiritual presence watching over me. I had this relaxed feeling that I had completed everything I was to complete in my life. There was nothing else to do. No lists of things, like to-do lists. I had completed my tasks and now could rest. Rest in a way that is hard to explain. Rest with nothing coming up to do. No tomorrow, no next week, time in effect seemed meaningless. There was a rich blue sky and it was quiet except for the sound of the breeze and rustling grass. I felt completely content and happy.
Then I was almost pulled away from this scene and started seeing the ceiling tiles in the emergency room. I had trouble making sense of where I was and felt like I had fainted. The nurses were doing CPR on me and I started hearing them telling me to breathe. Then as I revived, I was in a lot of pain and felt horrible. Just for a split-second before reviving, I was struggling with whether I wanted to come back or not, but I felt it wasn't up to me to decide that. I thought of my wife and what she would do if something were to happen to me when I starting reviving to the point where I knew where I was.
Date NDE Occurred: July 2006
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Allergic reaction Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
I was having chest pain and extremely high blood pressure. I was in the emergency room and was given a dose of nitro to settle my blood pressure down. When the first dose didn't quite do the job I was given a second dose, which proceeded to make me very sick to my stomach and dizzy. I dropped onto the gurney, was clinically dead for about forty-seven seconds, and then revived by CPR administered by emergency room staff. During this time I had no heartbeat, pulse, respiration or breathing.
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 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? More consciousness and alertness than normal When I saw the lake and felt the breeze.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I saw the lake and felt the breeze.
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
It was like I could spend any amount of time there I wanted to, as there seemed to be no time.
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. The colors were really extra ordinary. Plus I could see everything in great detail. (Without glasses on.)
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
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? No
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I was on a hill with trees on both sides of me overlooking a lake. The lake was calm.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Completely at rest.
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
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control It was very fast and I felt that I had completed everything on earth that I was supposed to.
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
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I was taught from an early age that when you die you would be in heaven with God. I believe I was there but my concept of heaven was completely different. My experience has showed me that heaven is the peaceful, wonderful place I believe in but it's what is peaceful and fulfilling to me. For me, it wouldn't be a huge city with lots of people, but a quiet serene country side overlooking a lake.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I was taught from an early age that when you die you would be in heaven with God. I believe I was there but my concept of heaven was completely different. My experience has showed me that heaven is the peaceful, wonderful place I believe in but it's what is peaceful and fulfilling to me. For me, it wouldn't be a huge city with lots of people, but a quiet serene country side overlooking a lake.
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 I felt I completed my life tasks and the weight of those tasks were now gone.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes The feeling I had.
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? The feeling of peace and completeness.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes With my wife and a couple friends.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I had heard about it, but my experience was not like any I heard of.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real It was completely real and I was there. Matter of fact I was there before. When I was a kid I used to have fainting spells, and during one I had been to the same place very briefly.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real It was very real to me and I can still recall it vividly.
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? This was really good.