I am going to tell you about my experience when I was only twelve years old. At
the time we kids used to play a fainting game, as follows: you did ten
knee-bends with arms outstretched, breathing out strongly when at the bottom,
and breathing in strongly at the top. After ten bends a friend would grab you
from behind with his arms around your chest and squeezing as hard as possible,
and in a matter of seconds you passed out on the ground. After a bit you came to
your senses and did not know what had happened nor where you were, until you
managed to center yourself somewhat.
Anyway, in one of these "games" I became unconscious for more than five minutes, according to my friends, which gave them a terrible fright, anxious about the situation. Later I found out through a doctor that what causes the fainting is lack of oxygen to the brain, which was extremely dangerous in this case, as you could end up dead.
Now I shall go into the details of my experience in those five minutes. I would also like to make clear that I am agnostic.
Suddenly I was floating in the void, everything was darkness and silence, but I felt that I was moving in some direction, feeling an immense tranquillity and ease, also enormous happiness, almost indescribable, but I had no body, all I could see was darkness. Then I started to see a far distant light and my happiness and placidness went on growing. As I approached the light I could see that it came from a door, or a frame without a door, as if a white rectangle were drawn on a black card. The light which shone from this door bears no comparison even with the light of a thousand stars together, the luminosity was indescribable, but incredibly it did not harm the eyes. When I was near the door I saw a woman, outside in the void, with hair down to her waist. She wore a white gown to the ankles and beckoned me with her left hand, gesturing for me to approach her. This was all happening as if in slow motion, very slowly. The brightness was such that I could only make out her form and her transparent dress. I fervently desired to reach her so we could cross the threshold together, as this is what I understood was going to happen. Suddenly I woke up on the ground with my friends calling to me in desperation, and I remember the first words that came out of my mouth were: "Sons of...why did you wake me up now? I was in the best part of the dream!" As that is what I believed for many years, that it was the best dream of my life.
Later on, and thanks to a program where people were talking about similar experiences, I realized that it had not been a dream, anyway that's what I think.
This experience stays in my mind as though it were yesterday, and I am 48 now. I would like it noted that for me it is not a tunnel you go through, but a void.
Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No, slowing in events.
At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event? No
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? From beginning to end.
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal every day consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal
If your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience was different from your normal every day consciousness and alertness, please explain: From beginning to end.
Did your vision differ in any way from your normal, everyday vision (in any aspect, such as clarity, field of vision, colors, brightness, depth perception degree of solidness/transparency of objects, etc.)? No
Did your hearing differ in any way from your normal, everyday hearing (in any aspect, such as clarity, ability to recognize source of sound, pitch, loudness, etc.)? No
Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Infinite peace and tranquillity and when I awoke a great frustration at coming back to this life.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure? No, it was a void, and at the end of it a light, I had no sensation of a tunnel, I just perceived the void.
Did you see a light? Yes
Did you meet or see any other beings? No
Did you experience a review of past events in your life? No
Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later? No
Did you see or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or dimensions? No
Did you have any sense of altered space or time? Yes
Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose? No
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No
Did you become aware of future events? No
Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience you did not have prior to the experience? No
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
How did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real . I always thought it was a dream, then after many years, thanks to a TV program I realized that this had happened to other people.
Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you? Coming back to this life.
How do you currently view the reality of your experience? Experience was definitely real . The fear of death does not exist in one's mind.
Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?
Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your experience? No
Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience? No. I tried many drugs in my youth and none of them even comes near to this experience. I want to make clear that at twelve years old I still had not tried any drugs.
Did the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Yes