I saw the Light. I travelled towards it automatically, and found myself in a beautiful field of golden grasses. I noticed about five or six people looking at me and waiting for me, and realized later that these were in fact deceased relatives from Scotland. I was shown a magnificent gold colored city where universities of learning were operating. I felt a powerful being, God like, at my immediate side. It felt like I spent an hour or so there but was only gone, dead, for eight minutes on Earth. I was told to go back, do important work, and use my previously wasted life to do good for others. I felt a hard return to my body. Recovery was slow at first, but I became well after two months and then set about doing amazing things with my life. I have made it my life's work to inform all others I meet about my NDE and do only good deeds for all. I have advised everyone that I am not to be resuscitated next time, as I really want to return to that place.
Date NDE Occurred: 23/08/1984
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
Car accident. I died in the ambulance on the way to hospital and was clinically dead for eight minutes before resuscitation.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? While clinically dead.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
I spent what seemed like a full hour there, but was only gone for eight minutes.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Colors were brighter and more majestic.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Uncertain
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes I was vaguely familiar with some of the faces as being old family members who had died, but not with others although I clearly recognized them when I later went through old photographs.
The experience included: Light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes Bright white light radiating from above.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm A Vast and Magical City, surrounded by fields of golden foliage. a place of learning.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Joy and Bewilderment.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control Life summed up in a short flash.
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future
Did you come to a border or point of no return? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Liberal 'Catholic, Non Active'
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain I believe more in God, but I'm not much more religious. Non-denominational.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain I believe more in God, but I'm not much more religious. Non-denominational.
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
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes I returned with a sense of purpose and understanding that life was to be lived.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I remarried, had another child, moved interstate and have done heaps of amazing things with my life without fear of dying or loss.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
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? That we will all live again.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Almost immediately to a few people, but regularly now.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Uncertain I was not really into this sort of thing pre-experience.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real It was drastically life altering. I have never felt the same about my life or other people's lives since.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I am certain of what took place.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No I don't take anything.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? After returning I made huge life changes and achieved amazing results, e.g. only eighteen months after learning to play guitar I toured with a famous Aussie band performing overseas, including the US. I had never played before that time. Also, I started a charity to raise money for homeless teens in Melbourne - I ran over 3000 km and raised two million dollars, meeting the Prime Minister and State Premiers along the way. I took up football and played for South Melbourne, now Sydney Swans. These are just a few of my achievements after my NDE/OBE.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? You could ask how long, if applicable, the person was dead before resuscitation. I was dead for eight minutes when unloaded from the ambulance, and the doctor at Emergency misheard the paramedic as to how long I had been clinically dead, so the Doctors brought me back. At the time, I was the longest dead person brought back to life in Australian medical history. If the doctors had known I was already gone eight minutes they would not have even tried.
© 2014 NDERF, Jody Long & Jeffrey Long, MD. All Rights Reserved.