The first thing that I remember is I was being confined or locked up in a room, unsure of where I was, and someone was taking care me and administered a shot. I heard suspicious voices talking in the background, saying 'He won't know anything that has happened, he will just pass on'. All of a sudden, the next thing I know I was in a clear plastic capsule and brought to the military unit, to a sergeant. I was taken out of the plastic tube and was placed on something that I would describe as a slab (escalator/elevator in movement). I told my sergeant that someone gave me a shot and made it look like it was just my time to go. 'I know that I am not dead,' I told the sergeant. 'Because I remember clearly that they gave me a shot and what they were saying after they gave me the shot. So can you investigate this and make sure I am not dead and look into this suspicious matter?' The sergeant looks into it and comes back and says 'George, you are fine and you're all set, I will send you upstairs and tell them what you told me'. Then this slab goes up and takes me to, what I would describe as, heaven. Lying on the slab and looking up at this vision, I see young people all dressed in white and children up above in the clouds, waving their hands. They may not have been waving but instead doing something with their hands. The children looked like images that were penciled in, but with only their face and hands, and no body was visible in the images. I then looked down (not that I was higher up or far above them), so I just glanced down at them. I see people were floating on the sides of this tunnel. The people were all white. They were all facing and drifting towards the bright light that I call a 'bulb'. The people disappeared into that light/bulb. They were floating towards it but their feet weren't moving, similar to an escalator and traveling very slowly. One guy on left hand side of wall turned around and looked at me, he looked familiar and he was the only one that turned around to look at me, and then turned back. I am not sure who this person was, only that he looked familiar. After that, I went back down to the bottom floor, and they said 'George, while you are here, we want you to fill out this information. Write all of it down, so when you come back here, you won't have to do this again.' I just knew that I could bypass this part of equation and go directly to the bulb/light next time. The tunnel people disappeared into the light: they were floating but their feet weren't moving. This event was so real to me that it doesn't seem like it could have been any dream. I was in the operating room for what they told me 16-18 hours. They were going to give up on me but they didn't.
Date NDE Occurred: December 2008
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related 'Coma in hospital aortomesenteric bypass surgery with vein graft. No blood was coming to my stomach, new tube had to be put into it, surgery took 16-18 hours'
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
Did you feel separated from your body? No
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness It seemed the same.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? The entire time.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Were your senses more vivid than usual? No
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Nothing
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Nothing
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No I saw the tunnel but I was outside of the tunnel, lying down on the slab. Looking down just a little bit I saw the other people gliding through the tunnel into the bulb/light.
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? Uncertain I think the guy that looked back at me while he was in the tunnel could have been my sister's accountant. He had similar features but I'm not certain.
The experience included: Unearthly light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes The light at the end of the tunnel.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Wonderful. I didn't care if I was dying.
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? I felt united or one with the world
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 both consistent and not 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? No
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
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? Uncertain
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God probably exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? Uncertain I am still wondering that but not absolutely convinced.
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God probably exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are 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 probably exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife probably exists No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I did not fear 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? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Greatly 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? Slight changes in my life Slight changes in my life.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No 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 more accurately than 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? The experience was wonderful.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I always share my experience with others.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Uncertain Not very much, just hearing about it.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real
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
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