Ji-Hoon Kim's Probable NDE
I am in a something that is like the clouds or the fog. I donít know where I am. Also, I donít know why Iím here. I donít even know the directions but I start to walk slowly.
Then I see 2 or 3 tetrahedron shaped chairs in front of me. There are people in white dresses and they are either seating down or standing and talking to each other. To my notion, they seem about 10 years older than me. I feel a sense of barrier towards them so I start to walk towards them, slowly. They do not seem to take notice of me. Now I am with them. At first I am standing, then I take a seat on the floor. All the chairs are occupied at that time. I start to listen in on their conversations. To my observation, there are a mixture of genders among that group. One person asks me where I am from. I tell him/her that I am not sure. Then that person starts to talk again. I ask them where this place is and what they are doing here but nobody answers back.
After I ask them few more times, one person finally tells me that they are just waiting. I am not satisfied with the answer but I decide to be satisfied with the fact that I even got an answer so I just nod. People start to talk to each other again. Number of people start to increase. Now there are about 7~10 people. Their clothes seem white. It is generally dark but because thereís white fog-like substance surrounding them, it seems white.
After awhile, one more person joins. He is younger than me. A young man in his 20s. I ask him where he is from. He says that he is in army and that he came because he became ill during his training. I ask him what part of his body is ill. He says that he collapsed during the training session because he could not withstand it. I say that the military training is harsh and that they ask the soldiers to do push-ups, making things hard. (I was stationed in KATUSA: Korean Augmentation Troops to the United States Army. Katusas are on a joint duty with U.S. soldiers.) After my shared a conversation with him my conscious came back.
I was in an intensive care unit. I could not see anything with my eyes and because my conscious did not come back fully, I just forgot about the whole experience, which seem nothing more than a dream.
Then after about 15 days later when I was moved to a regular hospital room, I heard a story from my wife that absolutely shocked me. She told me that after 1 or 2 days after I fell into a coma, a army soldier had collapsed during his training and had been placed in the same intensive care unit. I wanted to ask that solider whether he had the same dream or experience as me. But because my health was getting poor, I did not get a chance to. However, I do get a sense that it was one of the patients in the intensive unit who caught the same virus.
Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes It is difficult to describe the place and the situation.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? It was when I felt most sense of comfort and a sense of relief. I felt like I was waiting for some kind of decision-making time.
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal every day consciousness and alertness? Yes, similar. Iím not sure. I donít know if my dream happened to be a coincidence, but it was very clear in my memory. And because it was so clear and real, I donít consider it as just a dream. However, I didnít tell anyone except my wife because I didnít think anyone would believe. I feel as those that kind of experience could have happened during my normal every day life.
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 I felt it was similar to the everyday life.
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.)? Yes It was difficult to hear or understand the conversations that they were having. But I know for sure that it was in Korean. It was just that I could hear and comprehend, but not take in fully.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Fear, curiosity, comfort, coziness, bored, relief.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure? No
Did you see a light? Uncertain There was a cloud or fog-like substance amongst the darkness. Iím not sure if there was a light. But the surrounding was dark. It also seemed like the place where people were conversing was lit up, like a bright room lit up by light bulbs. So I was able to see everything.
Did you meet or see any other beings? Uncertain I just felt a bit bored and was waiting for quite some time.
Did you experience a review of past events in your life? No none
Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later? Yes The solider and the middle/senior aged patients from the intensive care unit.
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? Uncertain Not sure. But it seemed like I was in clouds amongst the darkness.
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 My six sense has been developed quite a bit. It is to a point where I can just make decisions based on my mere senses.
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes After finding out about the soldier, I finally told my wife about 3 weeks later.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I did encounter some books at the library. However, I did not have the typical encounters such as seeing a light, walking towards the light, or seeing anyone who has passed away.
How did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened: Experience was probably real No matter how much I think about it, there are no exaggerations. I am just explaining the exact things that Iíve encountered and seen. I did see the solider in real life. And although I could not see well due to my bad eye sight during my stay at the intensive care unit, but I did see few people who had passed away who were in my experience.
Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you? The conversation with the soldier. Although that soldier did stay alive, I did not get a chance to meet him.
How do you currently view the reality of your experience: Experience was probably real. Same as above. No definite proof.
Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes Iíve realized the importance of family and Iíve come to see things in wider and broader perspective.
Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your experience? Uncertain I did get a strong acknowledge of spirits and after-life. Before this experience, I wasnít sure but now I am.
Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience? No
Did the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Yes If you need more information, please contact me.