All of a sudden I'm in an extremely bright and white room with a large wooden table in the center of this room. Chiseled in the center of the table was an unknown design. (No other articles in the room whatsoever.) Sitting at the table were three knights (like during the crusades with the large red cross on the clothing). Two were sitting side by side with their backs to me. The third was sitting across from the two. All three had their armor helmets resting on the table just to the right of each one of them. They never acknowledged my presence, so I don't know if they saw me or not. The knight sitting by himself stated with a firm voice, 'We need him now.' One of the knights with his back to me stood up, slammed his fist on the table and shouted, 'No, it is not his time!' Immediately after this, I came back to life after being defibrillated two times. I immediately said to my wife who was at my side (she was a registered nurse at that hospital), 'I got to tell you what just happened to me.'
Date NDE Occurred: 6-10-1997
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) . My heart was in ventricular fibrillation and then stopped completely.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain 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 I remember the entire incident as if it happened yesterday.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I remember the entire incident as if it happened yesterday.
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 vision differ in any way from normal? Clarity colors brightness.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? Clarity and loudness with a slight echo.
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? Yes
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? Uncertain Just the brightness of the room. I remember seeming to squint for a brief period until I adjusted to the brightness.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm The bright room had a special feeling about it
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt special, as an important decision was being made about me.
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 non practicing Catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal Christian
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? Yes I felt like there was something I had to do or finish before I died.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I was a work first then family guy, but know I know that nothing is more important than family.
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
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I found the experience very special, more so because I have never had any interest in the Crusades, knights or the medieval period.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Shared with my wife about one hour after the experience. She was fascinated with my recount of what I had experienced. Not sure if she was influenced in any way.
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. Again because it involved people in a time in history that I had no particular interest. That made me know it was real.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. Same as above but also. Six years after my NDE I found the symbol that was carved in the table during my NDE. I was watching a commercial of the Freemasons and spotted the Masonic Symbol (the compass and square).
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No