I was at the Hospital and lying in a special chair for blood donations. I remember being a bit nervous because my wife was in surgery from a serious adenoma. I don't remember losing consciousness, but I do recall I was in another place. I was hovering over fields of green grass, and then I was floating over smooth green hills. They were beautiful and lush fields underneath a blue sky. I think there were some farm animals, but I do not clearly remember that. I do clearly remember the feelings of happiness, stillness, and fullness. Suddenly, I found myself passing through a tunnel of light; and at the end of the tunnel, I saw the faces of the three medical assistants while I was reconnecting with my body. They were shaking my body and palming my face trying to awaken me. They did not know what happened. They suggested that I should not be donating blood at this time. I did not tell my experience to anyone because I wanted to come back to my wife.
Date NDE Occurred: 6th March 1996
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Life threatening event, but not clinical death.
I lost my consciousness during a blood donation, when I reconnected my body, at minimum three medical assistants were shaking my body and slapping my face.
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 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? Less consciousness and alertness than normal I think it is less because in the experience, I was not aware that my body was connected for a blood donation.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? This is uncertain, I think, in my experience I did not have much consciousness of what was happening. The more I recall is the feelings explained above, feelings I have never had in dreams.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Time seemed to go faster or slower than usual
All in calmness seemed to be slower, but I not sure.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? More vivid than usual
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I think no changes
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I think no changes
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Uncertain It was like passing through a spiral of light, but in any case, I was not aware of deciding to go through it. I found myself travelling in it.
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? No
Did you see an unearthly light? Uncertain The colors of the landscape were more vivid.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? The feelings in that brief moment were of happiness, stillness, and fullness.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
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 I was not a regular practitioner
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes We are more spiritual than we really think, but religious practice is not the unique way. Practice your own desire on searching inside one's self through breathing and calmness, those are enough to connect with your interior.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Catholic I have been interested to know about other religions as buddism
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience I could not associate the experience to a usual dream.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I am more spiritual.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
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? No
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? No
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 moderately feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I moderately 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? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Slightly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It is difficult because of the brief time and I could not appreciate the landscape.
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 less accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of th The experience 'was and is' difficult to be accurate, but after these years it's impossible to forget, it's like a magic experience, very far from a usual dream.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain I have had punctually some extraordinary experiences of beings, as you said 'unearthly beings'. All experiences serve to grow as a person, and to love and cherish family and friends.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? It's meaningful because it provokes a chain reaction in my thoughts about life.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes After a few weeks with my wife. The reaction was of acceptance because of she knew this matter. I do not think my experience could influence my wife.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes The knowledge was from my wife who works with elder people in the geriatrics field. No, I do not think the experience was affected from this knowledge.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was probably real I viewed it as a pleasant experience.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably real Although in recent years, I have had some extraordinary experiences related to unearthly beings, I cannot say if the OBE was real, I was not very aware of it.
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? Experience is good to grow as a person, to cherish and expand love.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? At this moment, it's correct, thank you.
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