Well, let me say first off that I had a partial out-of-body experience two years ago. I never told anyone about it until I found out about near death experiences and that have some similarities with mine. I was in the military at the time, and I was attending school for college credits along with many other service members. We were at a school in New Mexico, and there isn't much to do out there. We were often bored and did anything to pass the time. That is until my friend told us about the ‘Chinese-shotgun,’ also known as the ‘passing out’ game. Some people do it for a head buzz. So, some friends and I decided to try it out. The game is that you hold your breath fifteen to twenty seconds, and then you slowly let out your breath as a friend pushes down hard on my sternum and you’re supposed to get a head rush. I heard stories of people dying from this and was hesitant at first to try it. It was my turn and I began to hold my breath for fifteen seconds. The last human thought I had was my buddy pressing on my chest. That is when my experience happened. I remember myself becoming very weak very quickly. I lost control over my body and I began falling forward before my friends caught me. As I was falling forward, everything seemed so real and defined. I could hear everyone snickering jokingly and could see them too. I can say with confidence that my senses were heightened. Now, this all happened within a couple of seconds, but I was not paying any attention to ‘time’. This part of the experience is quite vague, but there was a Bob Marley song playing in the background and I remember being able to see, hear, and feel the music. It was an incredible feeling. The next moment I remember my vision tunneling and then I began to see purple space and stars. If you go to Google images and type in ‘purple nebula,’ it is strikingly similar to what I saw. I don't know what to call it, but seeing and experiencing this ‘galaxy’-type feeling was a very incredible thing. I felt calm, relaxed, and soothed. I then remember my friends shaking me to, I guess, wake me up. My head hurt when I awoke, and I remember everything being groggy. I was also disappointed that the experience ended. Yet, at the same time, I am thankful that I didn't die. This experience may seem different than other out of body experiences, but I am describing it in as much detail as I recall.
Date NDE Occurred: 2011
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes 'Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening'
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? Yes The music playing in the background.
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
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? After my friend pushing on my chest. Also seeing a purple ‘tunneling’ vision, and what appears to resemble a galaxy peppered with stars.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
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. Very distinct crystal clear vision.
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, feel, and even see the music.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
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
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? Some unfamiliar and strange place
What emotions did you feel during the experience? At first, confusion. Then I was relaxed and calm.
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 no longer in conflict with nature
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? Slightly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Protestant
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? Christian- Protestant
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 I believe that there is a god, or some divine being that exists, but I feel my experience is inconclusive.
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? Uncertain
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? Uncertain
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? Uncertain
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? Uncertain
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 Uncertain I can say I had some sort of partial experience with some other consciousness, I do believe in existence after life, but fear my experience may be inconclusive.
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I greatly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Greatly 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? Uncertain
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? Uncertain
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Uncertain
Were you compassionate after your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Slight 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? Yes
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
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Have you ever shared this experience with others? No
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
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
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