I was in severe pain and had not slept in many nights except for fitful efforts to find a body position to relieve the nerve pain I was experiencing.I passed out and immediately found myself in a large tube with highly polished sides that were like graphite (pencil lead). The sides were extremely polished and smooth. My conscious feelings were ecstatic. I was out of pain and felt absolutely WHOLE! My whole being was elevated and I felt better than anything I had ever experienced. As I went through the tunnel my whole life experience flashed in front of me, I would say every experience, and I saw how God had made them all work towards His good and perfect plans. I felt totally loved, accepted, secure, and happy. All of the tunnel travel was spent approaching a great light that I perceived as God, Jesus, or perfect love. I was conscious that I was in a new dimension but did not think back to my former existence. I was just here, where I was at the moment. There were no decisions to come back or not, I do remember wondering of it but then I awoke or came back.I can state with certainty that this was not a dream; it was a life experience. You do not remember dreams with this much clarity, vividness, and duration in time. I am sharing this off the cuff eight years later and it is like yesterday that it happened.
Date NDE Occurred: Sept. 2002
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness 'Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening'
I was very sick with advanced Lyme disease and in severe central nervous system distress.
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 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 In the tunnel I had a feeling of being that was so complete.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? In the tunnel I had a feeling of being that was so complete.
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
I do not know how long the experience lasted, it seemed like a very long time on the other side or it was a timeless state.
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. To see what I saw and experienced I had to have extra-sensory ability to take it in.
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 The tunnel was a vivid circular tunnel of what I would call polished black graphite, the sides were not glossy but polished like pencil lead.
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
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 I approached a great light which was at the end of the tunnel. I perceived it as Jesus and perfect love.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm The light
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? BEING, absolute clarity of ecstatic being, wholeness, painlessness, perfection.
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
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control My life scenes flashed in front of my mind. I recall everything I ever did and how it all worked in the whole of God's purpose.
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future Have had an ability to foresee some things in life but I have seen this as usually normal.
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 A desire to let God have more of me, and I get out of the way.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes A desire to let God have more of me, and I get out of the way.
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 Love unconditional. Acceptance. Security, Wholeness. Purpose. God as sovereign.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I have a strong faith; however, I am sure it has more teeth to it now.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes The feelings of painlessness, ecstatic being, love, are beyond experience that you normally have in life.
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? The absolute knowledge that Jesus' teachings and Being are absolutely radical, simple, true and complete. We ignore them at our peril to complete joy.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I told my wife soon after the event. She was glad I came back. I have since shared it with many because I have absolute conviction that death is a simple transition to another realm. Most reactions are treated lightly like it is beyond positive knowledge to share such things.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes My mother and father where in a very terrible car accident and both shared trauma experiences of their being visited by dead relatives to bring them home.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real It was like going on a trip to Europe. When you get back to the States you know you were in a different country but you are now back home. The fact is you were in a different place while on your trip and that is now in your memory but you are home now.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real It is a solid vivid memory.
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? Prior to the experience I was not thinking about death at all even though I was in tremendous pain and suffering.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Thanks, hope I contribute to your quest. God bless.
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