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Newlin D's NDE


As I was being electrocuted I left my body and floated above the scene. I was surrounded in by a warm diffuse light but could see everything clearly.  I could see my body shaking and convulsing with the electrical current, my eyes were open, my mouth was open but I couldn't speak.  I seemed to know that I was going to die unless something changed.  I don't remember being scared or frightened at all - very matter of factly. 

While floating I went over to where my dad was working at the other end of the garage. He had his back to my body and wasn't aware of what was going on.  I went over to him and then he looked up from his work on the floor, turned to see my body being electrocuted.  He picked up a hammer and threw it across the room and knocked the extension cord/drop light out of my hand. 

After that the light went out, the scene collapsed and the next thing I was aware of was being awakened mother in our family room.  Apparently I had collapsed on the garage floor and then my dad had carried me into the family room.  I remember feeling tingling all over, especially in my mouth (I had braces at the time).  But I had no immediate recollection of the events. Likewise it was scary or unsettling in the least.  I don't think I realized that I had nearly died physically and certainly didn't realize I had left my body.

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     I was being electrocuted from an extension cord / drop light I was holding while standing bare footed on a concrete garage floor

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?    While floating above the scene and seeing everything as if it was transparent.

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:            While floating above the scene and seeing everything as if it was transparent.

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.)?  Yes     Everything I saw seemed transparent - I could see through physical structures.  And there was a softness to all the edges of things, as if slightly out of focus or fuzzy.

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.)?
            Uncertain      I don't recall having any sensation of sound or being able to hear.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Peace - as if everything was fine and nothing bad or harmful could ever happen.  With Peace came contentment and happiness - not smiling, gleeful happiness, placid happiness and well being. And warmth, although warmth isn't an emotion that is what I felt and remember.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure?          Yes     Yes, now that I ponder the question I recall speeding towards a point of light, which may have felt like a tunnel, and then coming out on the other end to have the experience I described above, i.e., floating above my physical body.

Did you see a light?           Yes     Bright white light

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Uncertain      Not on the same plane or dimension that I was in but I could see my body and my dad in their physical forms.

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?          Yes     My dad told the same story, something caused him to look up from what he was working on, turn and see me being electrocuted, pick up and throw a hammer at me and then go over to me.

Did you see or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or dimensions?            Yes     The dimension I was in was very beautiful and peaceful.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Yes     Going through the tunnel was very rapid. After coming out things seem to be moving really slowly and there wasn't any sense of being hurried.

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?     Uncertain            Not sure.  I knew I was dying or going to die and that I could do something to change that.

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes     Only during the tunnel travel was there any experience of being confined.  After emerging in the light everything seemed boundary-less.

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?     Yes     I had some vivid dreams of future events that turned out to happen a day after the dreams, but this was when I was still a young boy.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     Several years passed before I remembered things completely.  I think I was 18 when I first shared the experience with some friends.  I don't recall their reaction but it wasn't negative. I tend to remember it whenever I get electrical shocks.  I've told my wife and children about it many times.

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    It was moe real then and still is today than most of the life I've experienced during the last 47 years.

Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you?            The feeling of peacefulness was incredible.  The sense of everything being transparent or translucent was also amazing.  Since then I've had several dreams where I've flown to whatever destinations I've wanted and did so instantaneously - think or will it and it happens.  That's the closest I've come to having a similar experience, and that feels incredible.

How do you currently view the reality of your experience:            Experience was definitely real            When you know something to be TRUE in your heart then it is easy to accept it as so.  You don't have to think about it or explain it for it to be real.  Conversely, it's far easier to question or dismiss that which you don't understand or can't explain.  BUT, once experienced never forgotten.

Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?           Yes            Experiencing eternity (if that is what it was) has caused me to think differently about who I am and who I am in relation to others - actually, in relation to everything.  I used to think that everything was connected.  Now I think that everything is one - all are one, and always has been. So my relationships have changed.  Treating others the way they would like to be treated makes so much sense.  I believe that whatever you send out comes back to you, therefore you have to be very careful about what you think, say and do.  I'm much more respectful, considerate and compassionate as a result of my experience...at least I'm trying to be.

Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?           

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         Yes     Deep meditation.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        I am very glad I had the experience.  Even if I had died physically that day, I still would be glad to have had the experience.

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