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.
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Heart attack 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
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
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