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Michael E NDE

Edited for clarity by Judy Shea 3/6/13

EXPERIENCE DESCRIPTION:

At the time, my wife was suffering from liver failure, but I knew nothing about it. I came home from work on Saturday December 29th to find that her legs were all swollen. I told her that she needed to go to the hospital, but she said that she did not want to go. She said she just wanted to lie down, so I put her in bed. It was about nine o'clock at night. I lay down beside her and went to sleep. When I woke up at around four in the morning to check on her, I saw that she was not breathing. I went into a state of panic and tried to give her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but it was too late. I called 911 and then passed out.

While passed out, I found myself flying into puffy clouds that were in a vividly blue sky, and then I was at the ocean near high cliffs.  I also remember feeling complete bliss—I did not have to worry about anything anymore! Then all of a sudden, I felt like I was being pushed back into my body. I started hearing the 911 operator yelling, "Sir, are you all right? Sir, are you all right?" That's when I woke up. My heart started racing because the reality of what had just happened to my wife came crashing back.

At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event?   Yes.  My wife had passed away right next to me in bed. Upon awakening I saw her. That's when… I don't know if it was that I passed out or whether I died and came back again.

Was the experience difficult to express in words?  No    

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?    When I saw the clouds and blue sky.

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness?      More consciousness and alertness than normal. 

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.   The appearance of the blue sky and the clouds were of a vividness that I had never experienced.

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.   No hearing.

Did you see or hear any earthly events that were occurring during a time that your consciousness / awareness was apart from your physical / earthly body?    Yes. I saw a vivid blue sky, clouds and the ocean while passed out.  It was part of my experience.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?   Utter bliss.  

Did you pass into or through a tunnel?   No  

Did you see an unearthly light?   No  

Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice?   No

Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)?   No  

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings?   No  

Did you become aware of past events in your life during your experience?   No  

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world?   Some unfamiliar and strange place.
Flying into the clouds and then the next moment, I was at the sea.

Did time seem to speed up or slow down?   Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning.
I was flying into the clouds in the sky, and then the next moment, I was by the sea.

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything?   No

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?   No

Did you come to a border or point of no return?   No

Did scenes from the future come to you?  No 

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness suggesting that there either is (or is not) continued existence after earthly life (“life after death”)?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that God or a supreme being either does (or does not) exist?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that you either did (or did not) exist prior to this lifetime?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that a mystical universal connection or unity/oneness either does (or does not) exist?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s meaning or purpose?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s difficulties, challenges, or hardships?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding love?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any other specific information / awareness that you have not shared in other questions that is relevant to living our earthly lives?   No  

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge or purpose?   No  

What occurred during your experience included:   Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs I had at the time of my experience.  

How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience?   I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience.    

My experience directly resulted in:   Large changes in my life.

Did you have any changes in your values or beliefs after the experience that occurred as a result of the experience?   No  

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience?   No       

Have you ever shared this experience with others?   Yes 

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?   Yes.   I knew that people had them and wanted to know more about them.

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened:   Experience was definitely real.   I have never had this type of experience before. When I have fainted previously in my life, this didn't happen.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time:   Experience was definitely real.  

Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?   No  

Have your religious beliefs/spiritual practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?   Yes.   I believe more now in Jesus and God.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience?   No     

Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?   Yes