I was lying on a bed and sniffing Protrusuin and I stopped breathing. I left my body and was rising above my body. I then had a quick review of my life. I found myself in a very dark place approaching a bright light. As I got closer to this light, I felt at peace, I felt love and knowledge. As I got closer to this bright light, I noticed the silhouettes of people with their backs toward me. As I got closer these two silhouettes, they turned to face me. I knew that they were my great uncle and aunt. I drifted past them as I approached this source of light, which grew brighter. I also felt like I knew the universe. I had an understanding of everything. Someone approached me from this light. It was a holy light, source of all knowledge, love and so much more. A voice said, ' What have you done with the life I given you? Go back now and live your life. Marry and raise children.' As I started to retreat from this person (God, a Creator), I very quickly fell backwards down into my body, which hurt so bad.All the feelings came back. I gasped for air, took a very deep breath, and opened my eyes. I was back in the bed. I remembered everything that happened to me. I thought about what had happened to me for days after it happened. Finely I went to talk to my Priest about what happened. I told him the whole story. He didn't know what to say, tried to explain what it could have been, but had no answer. As time went on, I realized at times I would experience small psychic events. I would visualize in my mind that something was going to happen and seconds later, it would happen. (Someone will walk in a room and say something, and it would happen seconds later.) This slowly faded after a few weeks. From my experience of the NDE my life has changed, I had a different outlook on things and people.
Date NDE Occurred: 1965
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Other 'At that age friends and wound get ''high'' on a cold room spray called Protusuin. We would spray Protusuin on a cloth, sniff it and get high. High was a feeling of having several beers.'
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 clearly left my body and existed outside it
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 As I approached this light.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? As I approached this light.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
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? 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. More clarity, wide field of view.
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 light was a way to go in a very dark place.
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 The Creator (God).
The experience included: Darkness
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 A light of comfort and love.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Love, understanding, forgiveness, and no fear of death.
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
The experience included: Special Knowledge
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 This was a life changing experience!
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future Psychic experience, visualized a happening just before it would happen.
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? Moderate
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes Life does exist after death. There is one Creator.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Life does exist after death. There is one Creator.
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
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 Universal order, an understanding of life.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Better understanding of people.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes Psychic, which later faded.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Life after death. One creator or (God).
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I found it very hard to talk to others about what happened.
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 To this day the event is vivid and clear. This event was a 'gift' to me for some reason.
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? Yes
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? It happened, not any type of dream.
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