I woke at 2:10 am to find myself looking at the alarm clock drifting around the room and feeling light and cool (airy) going out to kitchen then back to bedroom to find myself looking for the first and only time in my life at myself from somewhere else. I then drifted outside through the wall to see my dog who was whining and cowering with one paw over his head looking up at me - as if he could see me (also I was wondering why I could see so clearly at such an early hour). I could hear all the activities of the surrounding area. As I drifted out to the street, I looked at my neighbor's porch, laundry line, and the home next door with the Chevy parked in the driveway. I figured Randy must have been off from work, often he worked nights. I started to drift down the road but the house at the end was not visible just a lighter area of fog like something out of twilight zone. As I got nearer, I came to the realization I did not want to go. The field seemed stronger as I got closer. I fought to change direction and finally tension that ended with a feeling of falling backwards into a hole - waking to a sensation of my whole body excruciatingly tingling all at once from scalp, eyelids, ear lobes to the ends of my toes, gasping for breath. I scared my wife who jumped back as I awoke. She was kneeling on top of me pounding on my chest to wake me. When she sprang back, my arms retracted as if I had rigor mortis and she could not straighten them. The clock showed 3:20. It was another twenty minutes before I could sit on the edge of the bed and take one sip of water. I was stiff for days after and now experience other events that seem more than coincidental.
Date NDE Occurred: may 1977
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No woke up looking down at myself...later revived by wife who woke to find me not breathing Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
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 As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? From the instant I woke up [there] looking at the alarm clock 2:10 am until just as I fell backwards into a void then it seemed like a moment or two of blank then I awoke again on this side.
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
Time seemed to be progressing at a normal rate I woke at 3:20 am.
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. I normally have poor vision.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Everything clear and recognizable, nothing loud.
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? No Through the walls of the mobile home into the yard around the garden back inside to see my wife and I lying on the bed then through the house and back outside no other persons just my dog who cowered and whined as I neared as if he could see or sense me.
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
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? Uncertain Just the lighter fog at the end of the road but not the house that should have been there - nothing beyond the fog.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Only time ever where I was looking at me from somewhere else.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
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? Everything about the universe
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? Scenes from the world's future
Did you come to a border or point of no return? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I believe you don't just die. I would like to know if my premonitions could be useful in some way to prevent some bad thing for somebody.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I believe you don't just die. I would like to know if my premonitions could be useful in some way to prevent some bad thing for somebody.
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
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Uncertain Can sense impending illnesses in others, feels like a static charge on the back of my hands. Premonitions and visions but not often of importance usually just odd events to happen around people I come in contact with except the sense I have of knowing the last time I'll see someone or dreaming of them and seeing them or hearing of their death soon after, people I haven't seen for years. I lucid dream now before I wake, sometimes there are weird things. Last September I dreamed that a box of stuffed animals was on the nightstand and that day a parent donated a box of stuffed animals to my wife's 2nd grade class. Luckily, I've gotten to the point where I tell her the dreams. That way it is a validation if something happens. Last summer we were riding in our convertible and stopped for a yard sale. The static wave came over me and I told her to look around to see who was near - three bikers behind us. I pulled off the road and the bikers rode by - the wave left that was Saturday morning. The Monday paper: freak biker accident, biker falls off bike into oncoming traffic and dies, seven or eight miles past where we met. Coincidence? Went hiking, forest ranger has us fill out log, going four hikers, returning five. He wasn't amused. That day we found a lost hiker and returned as a group of five. Coincidence? I have many similar stories. Some of visits from people who I later find have died around the time of the 'dream'. I try to keep objective and very few people, my wife, maybe two others, know about my awake dreams which are different from normal dreams and I can tell them apart.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Go at a slower pace, calmer.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No The awareness of all that was going on outside [in the neighborhood] up to the edge of the fog at the end of our road and the fact that my dog seemed to be aware of my presence.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes Many, some explained above.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I don't fear death or rile very easily, overly patient. Now collecting knowledge and meaning of accessed extra senses.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Only my wife and two others and not until recently except a psychic class I took in adult education two years ago, I was singled out by the instructor on an intuition she had.
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 Just want to know if I really traveled or not and was I dead?
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? Uncertain Just the dreaming and premonitions which usually happen when I'm most relaxed and not thinking about it.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? I have never used any drugs or meds, never smoked, do not care for alcohol so I never have been a drinker either.
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