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John S Experience

Experience description:   

While my experience was brief, I remember it like it was yesterday, yet it was 32 years ago.  I don't tell a lot of people about it, but here it goes.  I was very sick at 16, and operated on for a tumor in my chest.  2 days later, I was back in surgery because I was bleeding internally from the removal of the tumor, and they could not stop the bleeding.  During this second surgery, I remember waking up and hearing the doctors and the nurses.  I was above the table looking down on myself, but it wasn't like I was flying or hovering, I could just see myself and hear the doctors talking and working.  I don't remember seeing blood on myself, but could see myself and it looked like I was sleeping and all these people standing around.  That's pretty much it.  I was in intensive care for about a month after the second surgery.

At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event?   Yes  I was being operated on for a tumor attached to my lung

Was the experience difficult to express in words?  No    

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?    Just that one time

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   I could see and hear clearer, I had perfect vision

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.   Much better vision

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.   Much better hearing

Did you see or hear any earthly events that were occurring during a time that your consciousness / awareness was apart from your physical / earthly body?   No  

What emotions did you feel during the experience?   Anxiety, just trying to figure out what was going on  

Did you pass into or through a tunnel?   No  

Did you see an unearthly light?   No  

Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice?   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  

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings?   No  

Did you become aware of past events in your life during your experience?   No  

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

Did time seem to speed up or slow down?   Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything?   No

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?   No

Did you come to a border or point of no return?   No

Did scenes from the future come to you?  No 

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness suggesting that there either is (or is not) continued existence after earthly life (“life after death”)?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that God or a supreme being either does (or does not) exist?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that you either did (or did not) exist prior to this lifetime?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that a mystical universal connection or unity/oneness either does (or does not) exist?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s meaning or purpose?   No   

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s difficulties, challenges, or hardships?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding love?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any other specific information / awareness that you have not shared in other questions that is relevant to living our earthly lives?   No  

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge or purpose?   No   

What occurred during your experience included:   Content that was entirely not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience  

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     

My experience directly resulted in:  
Slight changes in my life

Did you have any changes in your values or beliefs after the experience that occurred as a result of the experience?  
Yes   Sure, it is life changing in that you truly know that there is something beyond

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  I have only shared this experience with my 2 girls, who are 21 and 25.  My parents also know.

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 definitely real   It was real, I told my parents what happened, and they said a couple of months later that I almost died from the second operation

What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time:   Experience was definitely real  

Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?   No  

Have your religious beliefs/spiritual practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?   No  

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

Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?   Yes