edited for clarity by Judy Shea 6.26.11
My Visit to
I had a back
surgery in which the anesthesiologist gave me too much anesthesia and I died on
the operating table. When this happened, I was sent to a place where I found
myself inside a large building like the Parthenon, with those big columns. To
the right, I saw a crimson statue of some kind dragon or beast, like a Chinese
lion. As I looked at the columns, I saw from between them that it was night.
Coming from a doorway which led in the direction of the right hand corner of the
building, I saw a bright light. So I walked toward the light and, as I did, I
saw a hallway which turned to the right. Its walls were made of gray-veined
granite, the kind of stone often used to build mausoleums. As I started down
the hall, I remembered my daughter, and I thought I couldn't leave because I had
to take care of her. But a voice in my head told me she would be all right. And
as I continued down the hallway, I saw the light getting brighter. So I started
looking for the source of the light, because I couldn't see any windows or
fluorescent lights in the hall. To my surprise, I saw that the light was
radiating right through the walls! And at the end of this hall was a brighter
light coming from what seemed like another hallway, again to the right. As soon
as I got down there, eager to look to the right and see what was around that
corner, I suddenly awoke in the recovery room. They told me I had died. And I
responded, "I know."
I am not afraid
of death now, because I have seen the light, and I am proud to say that I have
the knowledge that I will never feel that wonderful joy and peace again until I
am there, totally, after my life on Earth is over. But now I know for sure what
is awaiting me. God Bless You, Charles
Was the kind
of experience difficult to express in words?
At the time
of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?
At what time
during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and
Almost from the very start, when I saw myself in a fetal position in the midst
of a maze. That was right before I found myself in the dark Roman structure.
How did your
highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to
your normal every day consciousness and alertness?
Normal consciousness and alertness.
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.)?
Uncertain. Yes, I saw some things which let me know that I wasn't alive, or
that I was dying.
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.)?
experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?
did you feel during the experience?
First, anxiousness about being separated from my daughter, and then
peace, and then disappointment, because I didn't get to see what was around the
corner in the the next hallway.
Did you pass
into or through a tunnel or enclosure?
was a hallway.
Did you see a
Did you meet
or see any other beings?
experience a review of past events in your life?
observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that
could be verified later?
Did you see
or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or dimensions?
Uncertain. What I talked about in the story. (above)
Did you have
any sense of altered space or time?
Did you have
a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?
Did you reach
a boundary or limiting physical structure?
Uncertain. I didn't make it to the last turn.
become aware of future events? Yes,
in the sense that I am pretty sure where we go after death.
Did you have
any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience you did
not have prior to the experience?
shared this experience with others?
Yes. I shared it immediately.
Did you have
any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?
Yes. I had heard stories.
How did you
view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened:
Right away I saw the experience as "definitely real." I knew it was real.
Seeing is believing.
one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to
How do you
currently view the reality of your experience:
Now I still see the experience as "definitely real."
relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?
daughter will be taken care of if anything happens to me.
religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your
experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or
substances which reproduced any part of the experience?
anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?
questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and
comprehensively describe your experience?