Three months ago, I died for two minutes when I had an asthma attack. This led to complete respiratory failure and a massive heart attack. After I was revived, I spent 3 days in a coma and the next week in the intensive care unit with a tube in my lungs.I remember very little about dying. But I do remember being in a vast field with gray tents spread everywhere. There were faceless figures. I remember walking away through a canyon. On either side of the canyon were men in white robes with hoods hiding their faces. The last thing I remember was all of them pointing to me. Then the world was swallowed by gray. I awoke and was told that three days had passed. It was probably a dream and not anything more, but something funny has happened. After a brief recovery, x-rays revealed that my lungs had zero scarring or damage. My breathing has become completely healthy and no asthma. My vital signs have changed completely like I now have low cholesterol, good blood pressure, and good everything. In the past three months, I have lost over 100 pounds and taken up weight lifting. It's hard to describe, but I feel like a different person than the person I was before I died. I still see the white-robed figures in my dreams too.
Date NDE Occurred: 2-29-16
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness. Heart attack. CPR given. Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function)
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely distressing
Did you feel separated from your body? No
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Less consciousness and alertness than normal I was fairly pre-occupied with the concept that I was going to die. I didn't think about anything else.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I didn't really have a concept of time during this.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Were your senses more vivid than usual? No
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. A grey mist restricted vision.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I don't remember any sound at all.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes Not a tunnel, but a canyon
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: Void
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? Some unfamiliar and strange place An unknown canyon
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Feeling lost and then found.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? No
Did you have a feeling of joy? No
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? No
The experience included: Special knowledge or purpose
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Not important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Unaffiliated- Atheist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Not important to me
What is your religion now? Unaffiliated- Atheist I haven't seen anything to convince me in a god. The existence of something after death is no proof of god... just something.
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was both consistent and not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience I don't have any beliefs one way or another, so it all came as a surprise.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I've changed every facet of my life.
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 White robed faceless figures.
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God does not exist
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God does not exist
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are not meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife does not exist
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? Unknown Uncertain Either that or a dream, I'm still not sure.
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I greatly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I greatly fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Greatly fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Slightly fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are possibly meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Slightly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Large changes in my life I have more strength, physical and mental. It's more as if I'm not myself, but controlling a body.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It's difficult to describe, both during the event and since it happened. Everything is different.
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience as accurately as other life events that occurred around the time of the experience. I have seen it since then in every dream and on hikes. I think about it a lot.
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 Immediately
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I knew about the white lights, tunnels, and life flashing before eyes; all the normal stuff. That didn't affect me because I wasn't thinking of this as an NDE.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was probably real Difficult to explain
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably real Same
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? Not sure
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Not sure
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