Experience Description

My childhood best friend and I were huffing gasoline. We were doing this for about fifteen minutes. I just inhaled a bunch and passed the can to my friend. He said I fell over and was twitching on the ground. He said he thought I was messing around until the twitching stopped then I started to turn blue. He started to smack me in the face and I came to. I had the worst headache. While I was out, I saw my funeral I saw myself in a casket. I saw my friends and family crying and then the vision faded out. And that was when I woke up on the ground. I feel this was a NDE if it wasn't it was a real eye-opener after that I never huffed gasoline again.

Do you think this was a NDE or a drug hallucination? I was really shook up by this. DID you ever hear of anything like this before? When I saw myself dead it was my fifteen year old body and all my friends and family looked like they were when I was fifteen.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: 12June1993

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Lack of oxygen to brain from huffing gasoline. Life threatening event, but not clinical death . I think it was I was on the ground passed out and I was turning blue.

How do you consider the content of your experience?

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 When I saw myself in the casket.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I saw myself in the casket.

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? I was not in my body; it was as if I was looking down at my funeral.

Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? I could hear people crying.

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 I saw all of my friends and family who were still alive.

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

What emotions did you feel during the experience? I was very shook up. I was really upset.

Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness

Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy

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? Moderate

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Moderate

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 After I thought about it I felt that it was a message telling me how things could turn out for me.

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain I did change, I stopped huffing gasoline.

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? When you see yourself dead in a casket and you get another chance it almost makes you feel special.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Right after I told my friend who was there. He was almost as shook up as I was he thought I was dead. I told him and he believed me. I never told anyone else. My friend never huffed gasoline again.

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 saw it as a real eye-opener. It made me realize that huffing gasoline can kill you. I noticed that right away.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I heard a show on 'Coast to Coast AM' about this. I think what happened to me was a NDE. I just wanted to see what you pros had to say about it.

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? I think I covered everything.

Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? I think everything on the site is great.