Experience Description

I was in the middle of a heart attack and the medics took me to the nearest hospital (Community North) because it was the nearest medical facility. Unfortunately, it was not equipped to handle heart surgery. The doctors were trying to keep me calm, but there was not much they could do.

I was in extreme pain from the MI and suddenly, a warmth overcame me and I felt a total calmness. When I was about to open a door at the end of a white hallway, an alarm brought me out of my bliss.

I found out later that my blood pressure had bottomed out and the medical team gave me a boost of adrenalin and it brought me back to my pain. This sensation occurred about eight times over an eight-hour period. The nurses later said I was having episodes. A doctor happened to walk through and observed what was going on. He was from another Community Hospital and was able to administer a drug that helped to stabilize me until they could move me to another hospital where they did heart angioplasty. I have not had a problem since, but my belief in life everlasting is a part of me. I know there is life after death.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: 12/07/1994

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Heart attack 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death' I was in the midst of an MI.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful

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? Normal consciousness and alertness I was receiving morphine and I don't know.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was receiving morphine and I don't know.

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

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. It appeared to be clouded.

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? Yes A white hallway in a fog.

Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain It seems that it was just a group of blobs floating around.

The experience included: Void

The experience included: Light

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? Yes Extremely bright light that I was walking toward.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm What I was headed for was a peaceful and calm area

What emotions did you feel during the experience? I was totally at ease and looked forward to going down the hallway because of no pain.

Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness

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

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I am now closer to my belief of God.

What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I am now closer to my belief of God.

The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings

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? Yes I felt I was in total control of what was happening.

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I feel I am more calm and I don't fear the unknown.

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

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I have told of my experiences to my church group. I have discussed this with anyone who would listen from the time I got out of the hospital.

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 I discussed this with my medical team while they were working on me.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real See above.

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? There is no doubt of the afterlife in my opinion. I am not afraid to die.