Experience Description

I found myself coming up from behind and above my neighbor as she was walking down the hospital hallway. I noticed that she was carrying a McDonald's bag in her right hand. I can't say I followed her very long, and did not know where she was going. It really didn't feel unusual at the time, it just was. Noticed her clothes (jeans, shirt, etc.), and the cleanliness of the hospital. Don't recall any voices or noises.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: 05/2007

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death' Severe Pneumonia required a ventilator and an induced coma. Little oxygen was getting to the brain.

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 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? Normal consciousness and alertness Once I had gotten behind her.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Once I had gotten behind her.

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. Seemed brighter, but not necessarily more colorful.

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 I had a second experience during my comma, but it was not during the out of body sensation.

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

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? Moderate Christian

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain The OBE experience was an eye-opener, but my second experience (not an OBE) seemed to change my religious beliefs.

What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Christian

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain The OBE experience was an eye-opener, but my second experience (not an OBE) seemed to change my religious beliefs.

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 Not during the Out of Body experience.

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Seem much more at peace with others and the world. If that's possible.

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? Uncertain Tough to put into words. Sorry.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Did not share the experience for a couple of weeks after leaving the hospital (approximately three to four weeks after experience).

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Uncertain Heard of it, but never really gave it much thought.

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I knew it happened, but couldn't really make sense of it.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Confirmed my experience with neighbor and wife.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No