My friend injected heroin into my left arm. He and his other friend were in a hurry to go to the store so they left me there in the apartment alone. I had immediately went for the kitchen to get a glass of water. I reached with my right hand to grab a glass from above the sink and I collapsed striking my chin on the counter. I fell to the floor. Immediately in my mind I was in the dark - I felt as if I was shot through space in a body fitted rocket. I remember saying to myself, 'What have I done? Is this how it's going to be forever? I want to go back to my body, PLEASE GOD LET ME GO BACK TO MY BODY.' I saw the out lining of my body in an orange glow far from me. I kept wondering if I was ever going to make it back to myself. It was very loud and shaky I felt so scared. It got worse and worse as I came back into my body. I wiggled my fingers and toes and then proceeded to move the rest of my body. I got up and made my way to the bathroom to see what was wrong with me because my head was pounding. I walked back to the kitchen and as I sat down the neighbor guy and the paramedics rushed in to me. The neighbor told me he thought I was dead because I had no heartbeat, nor was I breathing. My face was turning grey. He tried everything he could to revive me but it was no use so he called 911. I started to cry hysterically, thanking Jesus for a second chance over and over again. Thanks to him I'm still alive and here today at home with my family and I'm never putting another needle in my arm.
Date NDE Occurred: 12-9-91
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes heroin overdose Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
How do you consider the content of your experience? Frightening
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 above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was asking myself, 'What have I done? Is this how it's going to be forever? I want to go back to my body.'
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
I'm not sure of anything I'm hoping someone out there can help me have a better understanding of what I've been through.
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. It was all darkness.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. There was a very loud sound I can't describe it in any way just very LOUD, scary.
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 I felt as if I were in a tight fitted rocket shooting through space at an unusual speed.
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Darkness
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 glowing orange light that took shape of my body.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Scared, confused, very sad, and unsure of what was happening.
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
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
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? Moderate Christian
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate Christian
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
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? No
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
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? I'm not sure.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes My mom and sister - they were sad this happened but happy I was alive.
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 I see that I died and got a second chance at life - what I saw in between life and death is unsure but very scary.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I feel that this happened for a reason that I am unaware of right now but I want to understand what this all means.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? I really want to talk to someone about this so if there is anyone out there that can help me in any way I would really appreciate it. THANKS.
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