Roberto P NDE 5420
Edited for clarity by Judy Shea 8/27/12
About the car accident – I remember only the sound of the truck I was driving crashing. Then, for me, drifting from life into death was painless. I found myself standing in a canoe, which I first thought must have fallen out of someone's trunk. But I was not on the road any more, I was on a dark, calm, tropical river, like the Amazon. I was working hard, pushing the boat forward with a long pole that reached down to the river bottom. I remember I was wearing a straw hat, white trousers and a rope as a belt. It was a sunny day and I was navigating this river by its dimensions and features, which I seemed to know well. Its banks were lush with thick vegetation. I was immediately struck by the intense colors, much brighter and richer than the ones I was used to. I took a deep breath, filling my lungs with the fragrant, moist air. As I removed my hat and wiped the sweat from my forehead with my sleeve, I felt a sensation of peace and bliss that I had never experienced before. I watched the birds, flying high in the sky, and then, staring at the horizon, I could see the mouth of the river flowing into the ocean. I felt myself so loved and so free. It was as if I had always been in that place; I had no memories of the life I just left behind. My canoe was floating onward and there were no sounds except for those of the wind, the birds singing, and the sloshing of the water on the pole as it broke the water, and then a little rushing sound as the boat surged gently forward. At my right, far away, I noticed an inlet to the river, and a 30 meter long wooden bridge over it.
Standing on this bridge, there was a man waving at me with the hat he held in his hand. I returned his salute. Then something incredible happened! In just an instant my face was only a few centimeters away from the face of this man! The first thing he said to me was, "WELCOME! WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU!" He was elderly, I think about 70-75 years old, with greyish hair, and blue eyes. As we gazed at each other, I sensed his face emanating a sort of a positive light that transmitted a feeling of peace. Space and time did not seem to exist. I remember that in order to move, it was enough to want to be in a place in order to actually be there. I did not speak using my voice but only my thoughts. I could see my body, but I felt myself as a soul and, as such, I could tell I would not need to eat or to sleep – I was totally free of any limitation. I couldn't tell how long I had been there, but back on the Earth, I had been in a coma for about 35-40 days. In my new reality, I was living in a wooden shelter, and I remember that it could rain or be sunny at the snap of one's fingers, and when the rain stopped, the leaves were immediately dry as if it had never rained. Then one day I found myself face to face with that man. I suddenly experienced a feeling of anguish, realizing he was telling me that I was going to have to go back to my old life on Earth. My hands were in his and his face was reassuring. I told him that I did not want to go back, because where I was, I felt so good! Suddenly the man disappeared, and in his place, I saw a being of light that said to me, "I AM SORRY, BUT IT HAS BEEN DECIDED OTHERWISE." Gripped by anguish, I tried to keep holding on tightly to his hands, as if that could keep me from having to leave, but in the next moment, my hands were empty. I raised my eyes and I saw a multitude of such beings of light surrounding me and caressing me. I could feel their sadness about my having to go back.
I begun perceiving a force drawing me, pulling me, and taking me back little by little. Then I was speeding through a tunnel of white light with my arms ever outstretched toward those beings. I kept stretching my arms out to them until the very end, even as they were vanishing. Back in my body, as I opened my eyes, pain seized me. My physical being was devastated by severe traumas from the accident. And for weeks, amongst puzzled physicians, I kept stretching my arms out, again and again.
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes, it keeps being hard to put into words what I experienced.
At the time of the experience, was there an associated life threatening event? ? Yes, everything happened because of a car accident.
What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience? I had no awareness.
Was your level of consciousness and alertness comparable to your ordinary one? Less 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: I cannot understand this question. I wasn't aware of where I ended.
Was your sight different? Uncertain. Colors, for instance, were much brighter.
Was your hearing different? Uncertain. Natural sounds were clearer to my ears.
Did you experience a separation of consciousness from your body? Yes
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Inner peace
Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure? Yes
Did you see a light? Yes
Did you meet or see any other beings? Yes, I did not know them but they knew me. At the beginning I saw them as human persons and at the end, as beings of light. These beings would always communicate with their thoughts.
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? No
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? Yes. Space and time do not exist. I did not eat drink or sleep, and in order to move around, I just had to think of a place, and I would be there.
Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose? No
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes
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
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes, after 17 years everybody needs to share.
Did you know about NDEs? No
How real the experience looked after some time (weeks or months) from the event? Experience was definitely real. It has been a godsend to be able to peek at what awaits me when I shall leave this body.
Which parts have been most meaningful to you? My arrival and the fact somebody was waiting for me, and then that somebody decided to make me go back.
Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes. I now connect to people for what they are. I learned not to judge and to be with, and not against, people.
Has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices etc.? Career choices? Yes. Renewed faith.
Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience? Yes. Once, in a natural manner, that is, not in an induced manner, I had an out-of- body experience. I was almost asleep when my soul separated from my body and passed through the roof to the outside. From above I could see the street where I live with the cars parked along it. Then I descended back to my body again, and the funny thing is, because I had been lying on my back, just before re-entering my body, I watched my own face for a bit.