The first thing I recall was floating in darkness. My head and torso were contained in a clear rectangular box, which was filled with a plasma like substance. I was only a torso at this time I had no arms or legs that I could see or feel. I was surrounded by beings who were helping me. I can't describe what the beings looked like. They were just there helping me, taking care of me. I wasn't frightened at all. I felt comfortable and cared for. After I was no longer in the box, I recall just floating. I didn't go anywhere in particular I was just floating in darkness. I experienced no negative feelings or emotions everything was just great. I had no worries at all, not a care in the world. When I try to explain it to people, I just tell them that I am no longer afraid of death because being alive is a lot more difficult. The thing I remember the most from my experience is the ease of doing things. There was no stress or strain. I was just being and being was simple and fulfilling.
Date NDE Occurred: 8-23-08 - 8-28-08
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
I was in a drug induced coma due to a collapsed lung after a motorcycle accident. I was hit by a large delivery truck on the left side of my body. I ended up with seventeen broken bones and a collapsed lung. I had two blood transfusions and was in a drug induced coma for five days.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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 During my time in the clear box.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? During my time in the clear box.
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
There was no space or time.
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. I wasn't really using my senses. They weren't necessary.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Like I said. I could see and hear things but I wasn't using eyes or ears to do so. I just could. It might not make sense but that was my experience.
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? Yes I was surrounded by the beings in the box who were caring for me. There was no literal communication but there was still an understanding that they were caring for me and I was safe.
The experience included: Void
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? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I was in a beautifully feeling dimension. It was mostly darkness but comfortable and beautiful.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Satisfied, easy, free, and peaceful.
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
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No
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 I consider myself to be a very spiritual person but not associated with any religion.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I now am assured in my belief that there is a higher power or powers that I will eventually join in death.
What is your religion now? Liberal 'I still feel the same about my beliefs. I am very spiritual, I believe in a higher power or a presence larger than our human consciousness. I now however have no fear of death which is something I couldn't say with certainty before.'
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I now am assured in my belief that there is a higher power or powers that I will eventually join in death.
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 Everything was okay. There were no worries and no need to worry.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I focus more on the important things in life and less on insignificant things. I value time with my loved ones more than anything else.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It is hard to explain the feelings I had during this experience. I was completely comfortable and I felt safe and secure. Everything seemed so easy, simple really. When I try to explain it to people I just tell them that it was so easy just floating around.
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 peace was meaningful. I am no longer afraid to die. I know now that life is far more difficult than death.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes When I came out of the coma I asked my mom if I was really put in the liquid because the experience was so real. I then told her about it. I continued to tell others after the fact. I am not sure if they were influenced.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I have heard about the white light and tunnel type of experience.
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
© 2014 NDERF, Jody Long & Jeffrey Long, MD. All Rights Reserved.