It was a hot summer day in Florida. I was a twelve year old boy who loved to skateboard and just fit in with the other kids on the block. My neighbors two houses down had two boys who were approximately three and six years older than I was. So, obviously, they hung out with even older kids, too. Well, we were all talking and skateboarding and doing tricks in the street, when they started to play-fight around me. I just stood and watched as they did this. Then one of the older boys, approximately sixteen years old, snuck up behind me and put me in a 'sleeper hold' (otherwise known as a 'choke hold.') I tried to get out of it, but I was far outmatched by the older, stronger boy. Within seconds, I was out! 'Out went the lights' for me!It's hard to explain what transpired next, but I was above everyone, like, say, ten feet or so, looking down. I didn't notice whether 'I' had a body or not. What I saw was like the view from a camera. I could see and hear them laughing, standing around me. I could see my body actually lying there on the road! But I wasn't in it! I felt no pain whatsoever. Actually I felt great! I was just in awe of seeing myself and trying to figure out how I got outside of myself. Trying to figure out why I and was able to see everything unfolding from a viewpoint above everyone!Then, poof! I was back in my body and awake. I felt refreshed and slowly got up off the hot road. Most of the kids were still just laughing at me. I'm sure they didn't realize how you can easily die within seconds from the technique that was used on me. I'm pretty sure I told one of the kids about this and he said it must have been a dream, so I naturally believed him, given that he was the older, wiser kid on the block. Can anyone tell me what happened to me on that day? I'd love to hear a researcher's understanding of my experience. I know what happened to me. It wasn't a dream, and I'm not crazy. I would love my questions answered by someone who knows these experiences, or anyone else that can explain it to me.Thank you very much.
Date NDE Occurred: summer 1990
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Life threatening event, but not clinical death.
I was put in a 'sleeper hold,' or choke hold, that puts pressure on the arteries in the neck, essentially cutting all blood flow to the brain along with cutting off oxygen to the lungs, as well. Hence the name 'sleeper hold,' because it will knock you out in approximately three seconds and will cause death if not stopped immediately.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I could hear the birds chirping in the trees and people laughing at me.
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? Normal consciousness and alertness I could see so much and hear everyone. I was totally aware of myself both on the ground and up in the air. I really didn't worry about anything, or feel fear or pain. I was totally okay up there. I had no worries.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Literally, the whole time. I could see so much. Literally, everything around me.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
It seemed to happen in normal time, which seemed about like five minutes. I was probably only on the ground for seconds. I'm not sure.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? More vivid than usual
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Colors seemed more vivid. Everything was crystal clear. A beautiful day that I usually never noticed.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I could hear totally fine. I could hear them laughing around me like I was right there. I could hear birds chirping in the trees.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? None really. I was fine. I felt no pain at all. It wasn't worried about the me on the ground. I was A-ok. I was even happy and in a good mood when I came to. I laughed about it.
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 no longer in conflict with nature
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Slightly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Protestant At the time I hadnt been to church in years(prob 4-5 yrs).
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes My faith is stronger, and I know there is something after we pass on.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Catholic
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience I knew there was heaven, but NEVER at that age heard anything like this. I was young..You dont think about that stuff.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Just be nice to everything and everyone. Or at least try to.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God probably exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No I dont think I got that far..but it wouldve been nice to see Him.
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are probably meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? Uncertain by the mood I was in when I came to..I was joyful and peaceful. I think thats what life is about..joy, peace, love.
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife probably exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Uncertain If your spirit or whatever can leave your body, there MUST be more than just youre born, you live, you die and thats it. It just anchors the point even more that there is more. I would love to see it, but it will come eventually. My experience was VERY br
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I greatly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I slightly fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Slightly fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Moderately fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Slightly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Uncertain I just felt good..no pain at all! peaceful but a little confused on how I got out of my body..still am to this day.
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Moderate changes in my life It makes you value life, and everything in it, more. It helps you enjoy it more.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It's hard to express how it happened, because I don't know how I went from being in my body, looking out of two eyes, to being out of and above my body by approximately ten or so feet. I was looking down at the others and myself.
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience as accurately as other life events that occurred around the time of the experience I can still picture it all in my mind.
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 I told one of the kids and he laughed it off, dismissing it as dreaming.
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 It happened. I just didn't understand how. I still kind of don't to this day. It's an amazing thing!
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? Keep up the great work and share it with others. Let them give feedback as well.
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