Experience Description

My experience was in 1987 after my first open heart surgery which had been lengthy. It was after recovery and now I'm back in a room and I'm dying. I'm aware those caring for me know I'm dying and they cannot understand why. I was doing some serious praying because of this. I was not aware of any movement, such as going through a tunnel.

Instantly, I was in the presence of God and I was hearing that I was not to fear as I was all right, instantly all fear was gone and I knew that I was all right. I do remember many other people being there, some I recognized and some not although I was aware that I knew them all. It is impossible to explain the love God has for us. No one would ever voluntarily leave God. I ache to return.

Then a female preacher, whom I had met once about a year before, stepped forward and our task was to pray with and for specific people in different areas of Baylor Hospital in Dallas where I was located. We went to these people through space, walls and closed doors. I could not tell that I was out of my body. Everything looked and felt normal. I remember thinking that this must be the same kind of body that Jesus was in after coming out of the tomb. He went through walls, yet ate and drank, was seen and was felt by his companions. I do not know how much time was involved.

When I returned to my bed, they were giving me blood and I was told that the machine processing it during surgery had damaged my blood. I intended to check to see if the female preacher had died, but I never did. Maybe she could have been there and been alive. For years after this experience, I could not tell this story without crying like a baby because I would remember the feeling of God's love.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: June 1987

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related explained 2 25 03See above.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I thought that I was in my normal body although I could see my body on the bed.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Normal.

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No

The experience included: Presence of deceased persons

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes With God with the exception of the one woman who traveled with me.

Did you see an unearthly light? No

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No Everything appeared normal except all attention was toward God from everyone.

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

The experience included: Special Knowledge

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe At that time I was dumbfounded that I understood everything.

Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control I understood everything and about our future which now I cannot remember.

The experience included: Vision of the future

Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future But I cannot remember.

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 I did not wish to return.

God, Spiritual and Religion:

What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate

What is your religion now? Moderate

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes No fear. Everything is positive.

The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes Only the part about the intensity of God's love. That is indescribable.

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I am much more aware of other people's actions and intent. And what they are going to do. I read people easily.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Being in God's presence. The worst was having to return.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Good to uninterested. I am told who to tell and then I do. I told an elderly man at a restaurant that burst into tears and thanked me telling me how badly he had needed to hear of God's love.

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 it possible that I am alive only because I am intended to tell some people of God's love.