When the machine turned me upside down, I never knew what the doctor had in mind. I was later told that I went into a clinical shock. I saw pictures of my life flashing before my eyes, in a perfect chronological order. I then told myself I was dying. At the same time, while pictures kept flashing, I told myself I should let that ‘thing’ go. I should let it go through my body, I should not resist. So I calmed down as much as I could by immobilizing each fiber in my body and by practicing hyperventilation. All of a sudden, everything stopped and I woke up on a stretcher. Discussing that with a cynical doctor: Me: Why didn’t you get me down from the machine immediately? Him: We wouldn’t have got the images. Me: What if I had died? Him: The risk was to be run. Full stop. Once back in the bush, I suffered terrible headaches which I could cure with a common anti-allergic.
Date NDE Occurred: Novembre 1978
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
Contrast product should not have reached the brain. The doctor who did the radiography put me on a machine that turns over to do the tomography. Then the product reached the head. Immediate effect.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Both pleasant AND distressing
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I somewhat perceived my body, because I thought that something ‘was going through my body’.
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? At the beginning, when the shock occurred.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Time seemed excluded from the experience, although I felt I had to do something to avoid dying.
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. My vision did not exist anymore. I was entirely oriented into myself.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Same. Senses were like cut off.
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? Uncertain Not really a tunnel, rather a separation from regular life.
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 What I can guarantee is the clearness of the pictures that flashed through my mind.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Calm and serenity, but also full attention and focus on my means. I wanted to live.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? No
Did you have a feeling of joy? No
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
The experience included: Life review
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? Scenes from my personal future
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? Greatly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Unaffiliated- Atheist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Unaffiliated- Atheist
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 Cette expérience a eu des caractéristiques qui ressemblaient beaucoup à celles de la seule expérience de LSD que j'avais faite une dizaine d'années auparavant, le sentiment d'une séparation plus nette entre l'esprit et le corps, et la place d'observateur de la conscience.
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? 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 does not exist
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 does not exist
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes Knowing that you can still do something in extreme situations.
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Unknown
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 does not exist
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife does not exist No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? Unknown
Do you fear death after your experience? Unknown
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Not 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? Unknown
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? Yes En fait, il s'est agi d'une confirmation de la réalité d'un pouvoir, celui de la conscience en cas de grand danger. Je suis convaincu que je me suis sorti tout seul d'un danger de mort.
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? No changes in my life
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No No
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 as accurately as other life events that occurred around the time of the experience Précisément, l'expérience du LSD. Après cette expérience, j'ai souvent pensé qu'elle avait été très positive parce qu'elle m'avait montré le pouvoir critique de la conscience dans une mesure que j'ignorais à ce moment-là.
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? Let’s say I realized that, in critical moments, the body sends signals you have to understand if you want to survive.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes There was no interesting reaction.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes Media are very fond of these near death experiences. As I’d become a journalist, I was aware of them.
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? Yes In 1996 I was caught in a strong storm in the Mediterranean Sea on a sailboat. After one night steering on my own, my wife replaced me, but she did not know how to steer and made the boat capsize. I fell very hard on my back. After surgery, I believed it was over, but it was like in Gabon and I regained consciousness the same way. The pictures did not come back. I only saw a strong, blinding white light.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? From my answers, you could indeed ask for possible confirmations of what I experienced. I feel that this is a natural response of the body and there is some sort of normal process in case of danger. A process you should know if you want to higher chances of survival.
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