I was doing a tilt table test to see how my heart would react. [A tilt table test is a medical procedure used to diagnose patients with symptoms of dizziness that involves having the patient lie flat on a special table while connected to blood pressure monitors. The table is then tilted, creating a change in the patient's posture from lying to standing]. I started to feel out of breath and dizzy - nothing new for my condition, when all went calm. Next, I was gliding over an aspen grove where I grew up and over a lake my father and often fished when I was a kid. Then I came to a cave in a mountain, which had a boulder half covering the entrance. The light coming out of the cave was so bright. There was a person standing in front of the stone. I could not see who it was but he filled me with love. I did not want to leave. I could hear someone saying, 'Breathe, you need to breathe.' The person in front of the stone told me it was not the right time for me to come home. I wanted to stay in the calm. The person said, 'You have to back, it is not your time.' When I woke up, the medical team told me I had been 'unresponsive'.
Date NDE Occurred: 12/14/2007
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain heart condition Life threatening event, but not clinical death
My heart rate had reached 240 beats per minute [a healthy resting heart rate sits between 60 and 100 beats per minute] and my oxygen saturation [which measures the amount of oxygen in the blood and sits between 96 and 99% in healthy patients] went down to 70%.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was unresponsive, unconscious.
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. Everything was more colorful and bright.
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? Yes Another human that looked like a man I should have known.
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 [See above narrative]
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm visted the colorado mountains in fall time
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Complete calm.
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? Moderate
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I make sure I talk to god every day.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I make sure I talk to god every day.
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 want everyone I love to know. I have started up life insurance and looking at things as if I had died: what would have happened to my familyà
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes 1.The feeling of not being cold and not being warm, but just comfortable.
2.The person in front of the stone - it was like I knew them but yet did not know them. It was as if the light from behind him was so bright you could not make out whom he was.
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 My mother. Her reaction was: understanding.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes Just what you see on TV. This was nothing like they show on TV.
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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