It was a Friday and I stayed home from work, feeling like I had the flu. I went to the doctor and he did some tests. He said that I may have the flu and he would call me Monday. I went home to rest and went to bed. At one point, I awoke, tried to stand up and passed out. When I stood up, I could feel the blood drain from my head. I passed out a few more times before I reached the end of my bed. After I passed out at the end of my bed, I floated out of my body, up and over my body somewhere near the ceiling. It was light in my room and as I was floating, I notice my arms were outstretched and I recall thinking I could feel the oxygen flowing through my body. I thought 'how cool, I don't have to breath, the air goes right through me'. I also noticed the temperature. It was like summer time, those rare nights when the outside temperature is exactly the same as your body temperature. I was not worried. I looked down at my body lying on the floor, and I thought or said 'If you don't get up now, you aren't getting up'. The next thing I knew it got dark and I was standing in my hallway pounding on my roommate's bedroom door. Then I woke up with the Fire Department with me. I was in a plastic bag type thing that was up to my shoulders, and they were filling it with air (I think to push the blood back to my head) and the fireman was talking into a radio. He was saying 'he has no pulse or blood pressure'. I woke up a week or so later packed in ice and receiving the Last Rites from a priest. I passed back out and woke up a few days later and slowly recovered.
Date NDE Occurred: 1979
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Illness 'hepatitis, mononucleosis, pancreatitis' Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
I was very sick with hepatitis, mononucleosis and pancreatitis.
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
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was floating near the ceiling.
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. It was very clear and bright.
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 stayed on the ceiling.
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
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? None really, except I was happy and not emotional at all. I had no fear.
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? Conservative/fundamentalist Catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Catholic
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? 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
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The part about not needing to breath, and when I stopped and felt the air flow through me and I thought 'how cool. I don't need to breathe.' The temperature was perfect. The air and my skin were the same temperature or I had no skin and I was the air.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Right away, whilst I was in the hospital. They all pretty much said 'well you have been through a lot'.
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 think that is what happens when you die. You leave your body. I just wasn't ready to keep going.
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