I was a machine operator in a factory. The control for the machine was handheld and had a short circuit and I became the ground. When the electricity hit me, I remember seeing colors that appeared to be liquid and filled the entire room. It was similar to being underwater and looking at objects on the bottom. The colors seemed to slowly blend and flow but never mixing to form new colors. Slowly everything faded to darkness.
I then had the sensation of forward motion, yet could not see anything. A small point of light appeared up ahead and as I got closer, it became bigger, brighter and warmer. Not uncomfortably warm, but a sense of belonging and love. Peace overwhelmed me and I knew no fear. The light seemed to be coming from the far end of a tunnel and I went toward it.
When I exited the other end of the tunnel, I was standing in a grassy field that had low gently rolling hills. There were a few large oak trees and flowering bushes. I realized I was standing on a narrow sandy path and started walking along it. I didn't know where I was going but felt compelled to follow it. It felt like I was home and had lived there for a very long time.
The path lead over a slow rolling hill and when I got to the top, I could see the path lead to a small white bridge that crossed a small creek in the valley. I wish I could describe the vividness of the colors of the grass, flowers, sky, even the clarity of the water in the creek. It was like crystal. This is why I don't tell very many people. They can't comprehend and I can't explain.
I followed the path toward the bridge. It was a wooden arch bridge about ten feet long and four or five feet wide. It had a wooden handrail on each side. As I got to about fifty feet from the bridge, I noticed a figure dressed in brilliant white walking on the path on the other side of the bridge coming toward me. Just as I got to the end of the bridge, the figure was about ten feet from the other end of the bridge and he stopped and looked up at me. It was my grandfather who had died in 1966. I felt such warmth and peace and I never wanted to leave and started to go to him because I was so happy to see him again. When he turned to walk away, I stepped onto the bridge and I hit an invisible barrier and could go no further. I don't remember saying aloud the words, I was more like I just had the thought, but I told my grandfather to help me and not to leave me.
He stopped, turned, and looked at me and communicated that I couldn't come just yet that they weren't ready for me. I had to go back and take care of my family. He just wanted me to know that when I did come back that he would be there waiting for me. Suddenly something caught the back of my body and I was pulled rapidly backwards and back through the tunnel. Everything became very cold as soon as the light went out. I suddenly was on the emergency room table with several faces looking down on me. I can't describe the feeling of let down and disappointment I felt. Because of my accident, I had to have all my real teeth pulled and have worn dentures since I was twenty years old. I had no other complications from my experience.
Date NDE Occurred: September 12, 1969
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Electrocution Clinical death Electrocuted while at work. CPR not started for five minutes.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
Did you feel separated from your body? No
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Total awareness.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes Long, dark with a bright light at the other end. The feeling was warm and reassuring.
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes My grandfather who died in 1966.
The experience included: Darkness
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes See answer to previous question.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm A green grassy field with low rolling hills, a few oak trees, flowering bushes, and a pathway that led to a small white arch bridge that crossed a crystal clear creek.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
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? No
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes Unseen boundary when I tried to cross the wooden bridge. I never got across the bridge.
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Conservative/fundamentalist Baptist
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Baptist
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes No longer fear death.
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? Best - Seeing my grandfather. Worst - Having to leave that beautiful place.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Only a few. Most just look at you and say 'Sure'.
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? Did you see colors that you've never seen before?