Experience Description

A few days post-operative I was laying in the intensive care unit and I felt a fluttering, alarms on the monitor sounded and hospital staff came running in and place a board under me. My gown was pulled off and 'equipment attached to wires from my chest'. I was already looking down on myself. I pulled out of my body at the time the board was placed under me. All of a sudden, I was back in my body looking down at my feet. I did not experience any pain.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: 1993

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related Hospital staff resuscitated and I returned to my body after floating against ceiling. I do not recall a jolt on returning. 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death' 'Two days following 4 vessel cabg. cardiac arrest Laying hospital bed and floated above body and saw staff running around. I was looking down on myself.' Cardiac arrest. Wires out of chest and hospital staff running around and I watched from out of body and floating above.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain 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? Normal consciousness and alertness As above.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Appeared to be at same level of conscious all the way through the arrest and resuscitation.

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 Felt like there was a mirror on the ceiling. That is as close to a description as I can get.

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 was not as blind in those days as I am now.

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. A lot of noise with staff talking back and forth and from the cardiac equipment.

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

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 Only medical staff. One was a doctor.

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? No

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Wonder. NO fear.

Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness

Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy

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? Conservative/fundamentalist Catholic

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Catholic

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? 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? No

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain I am not sure. Relationships with whom?

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? No

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? No.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Two years. My wife is a registered nurse and understands since she had this experience with patients. She encouraged me to vent my experience and feelings.

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 Mystified. Unaware this could happen. Never hear of anything like this before.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real In June and July of 2009 my cardiac defibrillator malfunctioned. Thirteen shocks and I was expecting another experience similar to the one in 1993.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes As above, in June and July of 2009 when my defibrillator malfunctioned I was sure and was expecting the same occurrence.

Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? Nothing.

Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? No.