Vincent K NDE
After doing a stress-test on exercise bike, about 5 minutes into my recovery period from the effort, my eyesight began to be clouded, first from the outside corners, accompanied by a loss of balance and a change in cardiac reading, which alerted the nurse.
Then I was in a "place", in the presence of other persons, smiling, very luminous but with a soft light. I don't remember faces but I remember the benevolence of the way they looked at me. We were floating, though without the sensation of floating, we were just nowhere, which gives a floating feeling because there was no limit in space, no ground, no soft sky overhead... no notion of time either, which is strange, impossible to say whether it lasted 1 minute or eternally, as time really does not exist, there is no feeling of time passing. Intense happiness, or rather well-being.
I heard someone calling me at a certain point, I could hear my name, and that is when I opened my eyes and saw three heads above me, and the aggressive neon light. I did not recognize anyone and it took me some seconds to realize that I was in the hospital, which made me sorry I had been recalled to this place, (I wanted to go back), a great sadness at coming back to reality then uncontrollable laughter on realizing the experience I had been through. On seeing myself lying down then seeing the exercise-bike I asked the nurse to confirm that I should have been on the bike. She explained that I passed out, that she caught me as I fell, then with the help of the doctors carried me to the bed and tried to resuscitate me with slaps. They had been quite worried, especially the nurse.
Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes, the boundaries of reality were no longer there in the experience I had, time was absent, I was present but in no place or space, in infinity, with a feeling of fulfilment which is indescribable, unique.
At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event? Uncertain. Impossible to say, the doctors and nurses had never come across this sort of happening after a stress-test, the most they expected was a bit of dizziness, not the kind of loss of consciousness I suffered. I don't know whether I stopped breathing or whether my heart stopped for a brief instant. There was danger, but I do not believe it was mortal, at least given that I was in a hospital surrounded by doctors who were able to assist.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I could not describe how lucid I was since I did nothing, I simply observed those faces observing me.
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal every day consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness. I could not describe how lucid I was since I did nothing, I simply observed those faces observing me.
Did your vision differ in any way from your normal, everyday vision (in any aspect, such as clarity, field of vision, colours, brightness, depth perception degree of solidness/transparency of objects, etc.)? Yes. A very soft light which does not exist in reality, a cottony, pastel color, no boundaries nor finitude.
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. There was no sound, just feelings except that I had an impression of being called from far away at first, then more and more clearly until I opened my eyes.
Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Fulfilment, surprise and joie at the sight of the benevolent gazes, I felt I had found my place.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure? No
Did you see a light? No
Did you meet or see any other beings? Yes, they were in front of me, I don't remember their faces, I don't think I recognized them but I am no longer sure. After regaining consciousness the faces were quickly erased from my memory. There were no words but a feeling of pleasure in communication.
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, absence of time, infinity.
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
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes, after a few minutes, they were worried.
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 probably real. There was a feeling of reality and of wanting to go back there when I was brought back to myself.
How do you currently view the reality of your experience? Experience was probably real
Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience? No
Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes. If I have really had an NDE I am relieved because one feels so good.
Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience? No