I was shot and fell by the roots of a tree. As I lay there, all grew quiet. I heard songbirds singing in the branches above me. I wondered where they came from because a battle usually ran off all wild life. I was at great peace and in no pain. Suddenly and without warning, my stomach had a cramp and I felt and heard a breath tearing into my lungs, which began to burn now. I looked down and could see my small intestines coming out of a hole in me. I quickly looked away again as this information was disturbing. I could not move after a while, not even move my eyes or close them. I heard a voice say ‘hey this one is still pumping out blood, is he alive then?’ Someone else pulled me on a stretcher and was running. I went into a dream; saw all but did not let it affect me I was at peace. I saw myself being put on a table and people were doing things to my body. I still was an observer only at this point. I heard someone say, ‘we are losing him’, and someone else said, ‘give him 2 cc of (something). Suddenly BANG, I was back in my pain-wrecked body again. I spoke, the surgeon said. ‘Be quiet we are fixing you. Go back to sleep.’ I took him at his word and fell asleep, waking a week later in Japan in one of the famous buildings there for the Vietnam wounded.
Date NDE Occurred: 1965
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
I was shot in the abdomen several times as a medic. I had a friend die in my hands and for reasons unknown to me I stood up in Battle.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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 I was a level up from norm, nothing disturbed me, I was at peace
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? As I lay floating over me.
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. Apples and oranges
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I could hear the cosmos breathing.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
The experience included: Tunnel
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
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 All was bright.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm
What emotions did you feel during the experience? 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 no longer in conflict with nature
The experience included: Special knowledge or purpose
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe The peace gave me all I needed.
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
The experience included: Awareness of the future
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
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? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Not important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Buddhist none at the time
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes Spiritualism: yes. Religious: NO
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? No comment none really I embrace the cosmos as one
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 awakening
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Waking up to life.
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 It was my voice.
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
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? Yes felt at one with all things and beings
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? I was uncertain if God exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes I was me still but a peaceful me and a knowing came with it. I felt at one with all things and beings.
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are probably meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? Yes to learn and understand love
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? I was uncertain if an afterlife exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes I was me still but a peaceful me and a knowing came with it
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I moderately feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Moderately 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? Yes love one another
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? Yes got shot
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes I knew I loved me
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Large changes in my life Knowing without fear. Large changes in my life.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Yes I understand now, it bathes all my experiences with its light.
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 getting shot is very powerful experence
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I know a person’s heart upon meeting with them.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? All of it was.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes The next time I opened my eyes and saw someone there.
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 It has stayed with me as intensely as it started.
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
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? I knew I loved me. Love one another. We are all divine. I had an awakening. Getting shot is a very powerful experience.
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