It was very cold outside (below freezing) and our furnace had quit. I thought that I would have it fixed in a few hours but late in the afternoon, I could see that it was going to take longer than I thought. I told my wife that she should take the kids to her mom's house, so she did. I had to stay behind because I needed to keep trying to fix the furnace, and to keep the water pipes from freezing. About 2:00 a.m. I was exhausted so I went upstairs to go to bed.
I had the oven on, with the door open, for some heat and I found out later that just that alone can be toxic with a gas stove. Before I fell to sleep, I took our electric fireplace heater off of the wall and brought it into the small room I was going to sleep in. I put it next to the bed and plugged it into an extension cord. Then I laid down. I tossed and turned for about a half hour and fell to sleep. The next thing I remember was being in a (Pure white) 'place' with love all around me. It was above, below, in front, behind, even through me. Somehow, I knew I was in the presence of God. He didn't talk with a voice but by thoughts. He told me that he loved me, that he had always loved me, and that he was very proud of me. I remember that I couldn't believe how peaceful it was and how much love was there. I first remember thinking, how much I wanted to stay, and I knew that I could if I wanted to. But my next thought was of my wife and kids; how they would get along without me - then thinking they would be 'just fine' - and whoosh I was outside on the ground in the snow and cold wearing just my blue jeans.
I went to the front door, it was half-open, opened it and smoke came rolling out. It turned out that the electric heater had melted the extension cord and set fire to the carpet and floor and filled the house with smoke. I opened the windows vented the smoke and that was it. I'm absolutely sure that it wasn't a dream. I had never before or ever since been more conscious in my life. I've missed the feelings that I had, even longed for them, but I also knew that I couldn't go back until it was my turn. So that's it.
Date NDE Occurred: 1983
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening Toxic fumes and smoke.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain I couldn't see myself.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Extremely alert.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning I was sure that I was in a very loving (place).
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Uncertain
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes I had the sense that others were there.
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I wasn't in my home any longer.
The experience included: Special Knowledge
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe That I was incredibly special, that 'we all' belong to one another, and that we are all responsible TO one another and to all living things.
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes That we are all headed to the same place, just by different 'highways'.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes
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 best, learning that I will never die. The worst I couldn't stay.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Quiet apprehension. Unknown.
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? No.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? I can't think of any.