I first heard a loud buzz and felt like I was stretching my arms and legs like when one awakens. I popped out of my body and saw myself lying in the dentist chair. I still know what I was wearing at the time. Next, I saw myself through the ceiling. I began to spin toward a cityscape and popped out onto a large organic looking portico. I saw a large crystalline, nighttime city view. I knew each of those lights was one of my lifetimes. I immediately knew the secret of life and I recall saying to myself, 'Oh, that is so simple; I must remember this when I return.' Two humanoid beings in white showed up and found it humorous that I was there. They escorted me back to the way I came. I awoke in the middle of receiving CPR. Now, of course, I can't recall what I knew other than is was beautifully simple.
Date NDE Occurred: June 1976
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Drug or medication overdose. Life threatening event, but not clinical death.
I was on nitrous oxide in a dentist chair. The mixture of nitrogen to oxygen went to 100%
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I heard a buzz and felt my muscles stretch
I clearly left my body and existed outside it
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness It was the same as when I was awake.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I never lost awareness and it seemed consistent with life.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Were your senses more vivid than usual? More vivid than usual
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I was in a nighttime cityscape environment and it was totally different.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. My hearing was the same.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
The experience included: Tunnel
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
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? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm It was a warm, dark quiet place; a cityscape at night.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt extreme bliss, like coming home times a million.
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
The experience included: Special knowledge or purpose
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe I knew the secret of life and that secret was extraordinarily simple.
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? Greatly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Unaffiliated- Agnostic I had studied to be a Methodist Minister, but went into engineering instead
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes It had nothing to do with Jesus. That all just went away.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Not important to me
What is your religion now? Unaffiliated- Agnostic
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I believe that everything, every result, and every action is O.K.
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 There were two men in white who thought it was humorous I was there and they turned me around.
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
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? Yes see 32
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Yes see 32
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God probably exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? Unknown
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are probably meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? Yes see 32
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife definitely exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes I was aware of the extraordinarily simple secret of life.
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I moderately feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Slightly fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are 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? Greatly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes More caring, less concern.
After the NDE:
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 more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Knowing that the secret to life is simple and non-threatening.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Interest
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was probably not real This was before I had heard of NDEs.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I cherish it. I think about it every day.
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? No
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Less repetition would be nice
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