Experience Description

I didn't know this had happened to me until I was told years later that, according to my stress test, I had a heart attack. I said ‘If anybody would know whether I had a heart attack or not I would’, and was told ‘well you did and must see a cardiologist.’

As I reflected back over the years I suddenly remembered my friends asking as I awoke ‘do you want us to call EMS?’ I replied ‘It's too late now, what's done is done’, and then the memories started flooding into my mind. I was flying across my grandfather's property and noticed how beautiful everything was, but was headed straight to my mother and sister who loved me totally. As I continued to admire the property, I noticed that I could see through my arm. Hmm, how strange. I then looked back and could see a guy leaning over in the room I just left, needing my help and so, reluctantly, I returned. I pressed my fist into his stomach and he resumed breathing. Then I realized that I was trapped back here again. The experience of death was great but the return to life was depressing.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

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' Heart attack.

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

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? After I left my body.

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 I was flying inside a dimension that was shaped like a prism. I was in this dimension but not at all part of it.

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. I could see through a tin roof.

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? No

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

The experience included: A landscape or city

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Confidence but a need for my loved ones.

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? Liberal

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Liberal

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No

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? No

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 Immediately. They just accepted it as truth. I am known for being very honest and thoughtful.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes Books, TV etc.

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real There is life after death but, what do we do after that?

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I've already answered this question.

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