1964-A Naval Reserve Dentist was extracting several of my teeth with a certain
degree of difficulty. I was in the chair from approximately 0800 hr to 1400 hr.
upon returning to duty with my training platoon I experienced difficulty in
breathing and convulsions. I was taken to my platoon's duty office where the
DI's called ward 12 for an ambulance. During the time I was in the duty office I
was curled up in a tight fetal position with extreme muscle cramping and loss of
consciousness. It was about this time that I became aware that I was
observing this event from an elevated position in the room, on top of a bank of
lockers. At the time I was confused as to how I could be in two places at once
and immediately realized that my consciousness was not in my body.
Two med tech types came
and started to pull me up off the floor in a rather brisk manner. I watched in
amazement as my body reacted by unfolding my arms from the crossed position on
my chest which caused the two med techs to collide above my body. This all
seemed very comical to me at the time. In fact the entire matter was funny to
As the ambulance pulled
away with my body I felt odd and decided to get in the back with my body. I
don't recall anything exciting like passing through the metal of the closed door
to get inside but some how I went with the ambulance and my body away from my
duty area to the ward 12 medical facility on base.
My next conscious
recall was of waking in a dimensionless white place. I tried to raise my hand to
feel the whiteness in front of me, to find that it was a sheet that had been
placed over my face. When I pushed it away from me it fell off of me. I sat up
on the gurney that they had placed my body on and proceeded to scare the young
man next to me out of his wits. I was back in my body and conscious.
At the time I tried to
make sense of what had happened, but just figured I had hallucinated.
Since then the two
other incidences have brought me to a different conclusion.
The two other
incidences have much the same aspects of the out of body experience.
The one thing that all
three have in common was a sense of well being and a realization of myself in an
alternate reality where I was still me, with all my senses intact as fare as I
I don't feel any great
realization from all this other than a different view of life and death, and
less of a feeling in the finality of either.
Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No
At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event? Yes 1964 drug overdose of Novocain under a dentist's
malfunction led to fall
1980 attending physician left inexperienced staff to complete stomach pumping.
Tubes went into lungs instead of stomach and collapsed lungs resulting in
what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness
Just before returning to the body
did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience
compare to your normal every day consciousness and alertness?
Normal consciousness and alertness
Just before returning to the body
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.)?
Uncertain remote viewing of the events taking place.
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,
you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?
What emotions did you feel during the experience?
Humor, compassion, anger.
you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure?
you see a light?
you meet or see any other beings?
you experience a review of past events in your life?
you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience
that could be verified later?
Yes during the event in 1980 at over lake hospital emergency, I saw, heard
and felt the deep grief of my wife whom they had allowed into the room after a
period of time. She was extremely upset, and rightfully so. I felt so sad for
her. Then the next thing I knew I was back in my body looking up at her stricken
face and said" If I'm as bad as you look I must be dead". I told her of the
experience and she noted that it would have been hard for me to see it from my
position on the bed.
you see or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or
you have any sense of altered space or time?
Yes no time. every thing seemed to happen at once, when in fact the events
that took place took a while to unfold.
you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?
Uncertain before these events in my life I was searching for answers
to the great questions. Since, I accept that every thing just "IS". Every thing
you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?
you become aware of future events?
you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience
you did not have prior to the experience?
Have you shared this experience with others?
Yes It was several years after the first experience before I shared it with
anybody. They seemed skeptical but kind. After the next events much the same
reaction took place.
you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?
did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it
Experience was definitely real 1964 left me uneasy about the experience. The
subsequent times have affirmed what happened originally. Now I just figure it's
how things work some times.
Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or
significant to you?
sense of self awareness was still intact. Most of my emotions and individual
characteristic seemed to be in play. Most of all my ability to laugh in the face
of this adversity seemed to alleviate my fears.
do you currently view the reality of your experience:
Experience was definitely real
Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your
Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your
Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life,
medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?
the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and
comprehensively describe your experience?