About five minutes into my recovery period from a stress-test on an exercise bike, my eyesight began to cloud over, starting from the outside corners. I lost my balance and had a change in cardiac reading, which alerted the nurse.
Then I was in a 'place' in the presence of other persons, who were smiling and very luminous, but with a soft light. I don't remember faces, but I remember the benevolence of the way they looked at me. We were floating without the actual sensation of floating. We were just nowhere, which gave a floating feeling, as there was no limit in space, no ground, and no soft sky overhead. There was no notion of time either, which is strange. It was impossible to say whether it lasted one minute or eternally, as time really does not exist. There was no feeling of time passing. I felt intense happiness, or rather well-being.
I heard someone calling me at a certain point. I could hear my name, and that is when I opened my eyes and saw three heads above me, and the aggressive neon light. I did not recognize anyone, and it took me some seconds to realize that I was in the hospital. I was sorry I had been recalled to this place, and I wanted to go back. I felt a great sadness at coming back to reality, and then uncontrollable laughter on realizing the experience I had been through. On seeing the exercise-bike and myself lying down, I asked the nurse to confirm that I should have been on the bike. She explained that I had passed out. She had caught me as I fell and then, with the help of the doctors, carried me to the bed and tried to resuscitate me with slaps. They had been quite worried, especially the nurse.
Date NDE Occurred: 25/11/2010
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain après un test d'effort Other: perte de connaissance
It's impossible to say. The doctors and nurses had never come across this happening before after a stress test. The most they expected was a bit of dizziness, not the kind of loss of consciousness I suffered. I don't know whether I stopped breathing, or whether my heart stopped for a brief instant. There was danger, but I do not believe it was mortal, given that I was in a hospital surrounded by doctors who were able to assist.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? No
I lost awareness of my body
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 not describe how lucid I was since I did nothing, I simply observed the faces observing me.
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
There was an absence of time, rather infinity.
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. There was a very soft light which does not exist in reality - a cottony, pastel color. There were no boundaries, nor finitude.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. There was no sound, just feelings. I had the impression of being called from far away at first, then more and more clearly, until I opened my eyes.
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 They were in front of me. I don't remember their faces. I don't think I recognized them, but I am no longer sure. After regaining consciousness, the faces were quickly erased from my memory. There were no words but a feeling of pleasure in communication.
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? I felt fulfilment, surprise and joie at the sight of the benevolent gazers. I felt I had found my place.
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 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? Yes If I have really had an NDE, I am relieved because one feels so good.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes If I have really had an NDE, I am relieved because one feels so good.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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? Yes The boundaries of reality were no longer there. Time was absent. I was present, but there was no sense of place or space - I was in infinity. I had a feeling of fulfilment which is indescribable, unique.
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 After a few minutes, they were worried.
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 probably real There was a feeling of reality and of wanting to go back, when I was brought back to myself.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably real
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No