On a typical warm summer vacation day during the summer of 1976, I decided to travel with a friend from Allentown, Pennsylvania to Ocean City, New Jersey to enjoy sailing my sixteen feet HobbieCat on the ocean. Our plan was to sail into the Atlantic from one of the many inlets inland where we could park the car for free on the side of the road. After only a few miles of searching, we found a small sandy area located adjacent to a bridge where we could back the car and trailer down to the water and offload the Cat. It was the perfect spot and by 11:00 a.m. we were sailing.All afternoon we did our best showing off our sailing skills to the ladies and onlookers, riding waves and 'hulling it' into the beach. We were blonde, buffed and bronze.By 4:00 pm the air began to chill, the clouds grew darker and a light summer rain began to fall. We had a good four miles to sail back to the bridge, if we could find it - by luck we did on our first try. It was getting dark but we made it.In order to shield ourselves from the wind, we sailed as close to the base of the bridge as possible without having the mast be tangled in some of the dangling wires that we observed were just loosely crisscrossing underneath the bridge from one side to the other. We had a perfect approach and a perfect glide up onto the sandy beach. We made it.It takes two people to put away the mast. I grabbed the bottom of the mast and twisted to unlock it, slowly it began to fall away into the hands of my friend at the back of the boat. When the mast was at about a forty-five degree angle, I remember hearing a loud crack. A bolt of electricity jumped from the loose wires dangling from below the bridge to the lightning rod I was holding in my hands. The massive amount of electricity entered my palms, with full force picked me up, and thrust me into the air. The energy of the lift pushed me like a rocket, up through the atmosphere and into the extremely bright light with eyes wide open. The air felt clean, warm, and light with no downward gravitational pull. The time from the initial electric shock to the bright light was (this may sound crazy) instantaneous but not a hurried pace. I felt an immediate attraction and curiosity about this state of where I was, and wanted more. The soothing mesmerizing beauty of the light captured my soul and gently I floated higher and higher. I drifted with purity, fully trusting, completely engrossed, full of energy, clear thinking and more alive and aware then at any time in my life.Suddenly my arms and legs were transformed to propeller blades and I hovered like a helicopter for an instant. The pull towards the light stopped and the second phase of my journey began. Slowly I began to sink and my life unfolded in the form of movie highlights. Important events were replayed in short black and white snippets from a reel-to-reel movie projector. This part of the journey did feel gravitational pull and weight. This journey was also shorter in length then the original climb and had no lust or curiosity in what lay ahead. It was more cold hard facts, missing the mesmerizing spirituality and emotional pull of love from some kind of God or force.It has been more than thirty years ago since this gift was given to me that summer afternoon. I remember this experience in detail as though it happened yesterday. With no exception have I ever felt the peaceful beauty of this event in any other conscious activity while on earth. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I was traveling to another place in time. Now that I tasted real life I live with no fear of the future and rest comfortably that my departed loved ones are at peace - up there somewhere.
Date NDE Occurred: 1976
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
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 While in the light.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? While in the 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
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? No
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: 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
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace love curiosity.
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
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? Conservative/fundamentalist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist
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? Yes
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
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Five minutes, he thought I was nuts.
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 As written above.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real The impression of the events were convincing even though I had no spiritual experience at the time.
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 am truly amazed that the questions you ask following the written experience contain the same emotions I felt, were you with me?
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