Walter and I were putting two disruptive patrons out the door of the bar, when the manager and owner got involved. The manager swung at the big guy and a smaller man started shouting, ‘I'll kill ya!’ He was reaching over Walter and I when he pushed Walter out the door and the other two went out with Walter. I grabbed hold of the door. I heard Walter yell, ‘He's got a gun!’ Walter was wrestling with the little guy and I looked to the right of the door and saw the big guy ejecting a shell into the chamber of a gun. He was pointing the gun in Walter’s direction. I swung at the gun when they both started firing at each other. I was caught in the cross fire. There were thirteen shots fired. I was hit three times, through my right hand, through the left forearm, and in the left arm part of bicep muscle. I saw one bullet pass my eyes and hit concrete right in front of me. During this episode, my spirit left my body. I was looking back at my body shaking uncontrollably. I became very calm but had thoughts of how I was going to explain to Walter’s wife and nine children I tried my best. I thought he was dead. Also how to tell my parents? In the calm was a white light of calmness. Thank you for letting me tell my story, as for today I do not fear death.Two weeks ago, I crashed my motorcycle on our gravel road at approximately forty five miles per hour. I assumed I was knocked out. I picked the bike up, road it home, washed up a little bit, and went to a benefit and Alcoholic’s Anonymous meeting. There were two nurses at the meeting who cleaned me up. They had never been to that meeting before. Then I drove to the benefit all the while people telling me I should go to the hospital. I said, I will be alright. I did not realize I was having blackouts at the time. They called the Sheriff to take me to hospital at the benefit and I wouldn't go. No insurance. Sincerely, John T‘God works in mysterious ways.’
Date NDE Occurred: 01/19/1973
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Criminal attack shooting, I was wounded 3 times Life threatening event, but not clinical death
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I was just my spirit.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. I was totally aware.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Calmness.
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
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? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Liberal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes
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? Yes I believe our spirit leaves our body when it's time.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I feel fortunate to have it happen to me. My belief in honesty is verified.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Some are skeptics. Others have had similar experiences.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? You seemed to ask the right questions. Thank you!
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