It was on a summer evening outside a neighborhood bar, where all the youth met for the evening. The event happened following a discussion about the possibility to put somebody to sleep in squeezing his rib cage. Thee were four of us. The first friend tried it without any results. Then came my turn and I did what the friend, who talked to us about it. He was about 25 years old and had done it already. It was then that I found myself somewhere else. I was in a kind of tunnel in the middle. There was nothing around except this open tunnel that was very luminous and not at all stifling. The tunnel got brighter and brighter as I got closer to the end of the tunnel. As I got to the end, there were at least three silhouettes of Beings. I could not see them in detail or enough to know who they were. They were simply Beings that I will call Beings of light. All of them were beneficial. The were upright at the end and were waiting for me. They were not moving, doing anything, or talking. But they had been there for me, ready to welcome me. I remember that there was one silhouette in front that was bigger than the others. They all were light, but perfectly distinct from this surrounding light, which was of an unspeakable brightness; not at all blinding but rather soothing. This place had nothing comparable with what I know. I felt that I was in a soothing, welcoming, and positive place. I felt good. Suddenly I regained consciousness. A friend had been slapping me as I lay stretched out on the ground. I exclaimed, 'But why did you wake me up, you should have left me. I felt good!'I told them everything and they thought that I had been dreaming.I never felt so good in my whole life; this moment changed my life. It helps me every day and keeps me from doing any harm. The experience gives me strength to continue living, despite the trials. I never again feared death as I know now what awaits me. I was 18 years old at the time and never heard about NDE. For years, I never spoke about all this, except very rarely with my close relations. It was only years later that I heard about NDEs and understood that I was not the only one who experienced this. Others have experienced this over the span of human history.
Date NDE Occurred: été 1981
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No. jeu étouffement (cage thoracique) Other suite à un jeu pour ' endormir ' ( style jeu du foulard )
Following a suffocation game to 'put to sleep'
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
Did you feel separated from your body? No
I lost awareness of my body
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? All the time.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Were your senses more vivid than usual? No
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
The experience included: Tunnel
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes I was in the middle of it.
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Unearthly light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? An unusually bright light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes INTENSE
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm In a different place, unknown, but appeasing and serene
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Well-being, appeasement, serenity
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? No
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? No
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Moderately important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Moderately important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Catholic
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes There is something after.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin A being of light
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? 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
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God definitely exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Uncertain A knowledge, no, but knowing that there is something else, yes
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are probably meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife definitely exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I moderately feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? Yes There is something else after our death, but what? Why? Who? For whom? Why me? Why others also? Where? Still how much time after? For what reason...?
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Moderate changes in my life I'm more serene in my life. I have no fear to experience what life has in store for me.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
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 as accurately as other life events that occurred around the time of the experience.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? No
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real It's real because I do know it; I experienced it.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Have there been induced and successful NDEs? Are there people having experienced several times (2 or more) NDEs?
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