The Zohar explains (Tosephet 303, b etc. Shapes were…distorted, but recognizable. They are very intense. I also was able to see things that were going to happen in the future, and I can tell you that the things I knew would happen a few years down the road if I chose to stay alive, did happen. Aug. 22, 2013— -- … Sometimes, the line between life and death can seem blurred. That time? But looking back, I feel like it was a very long day, very strange experience.”, “It was peaceful. Dovid: I know of him, and he’s an improvement, but still unacceptable in my eyes. So I can’t verify the ‘clinically dead’ part. Then it felt like I was being yanked out of that bed, and all of a sudden everything HURT. No peace. When I think back on it, I still just remember being comforted and feeling completely safe.”. Doctors worked to revive him … The Lazarus phenomenon, or Lazarus syndrome, is defined as a delayed return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) after CPR has ceased. The morning after a bender actually was when it occurred. edited 2 years ago. If you choose to stay, your brain will die and it’s permanent. As I approached the center, it seemed like I was joining a universal consciousness; a being made up of the thoughts, emotions, and experience of everyone and everything that had ever lived. As a kid visiting the ER once or twice a year for an attack wasn't an uncommon thing for me. Lovecraft story called The Crawling Chaos, and the way he describes his opium fever dream was very similar in style, if not substance, to how my mind reacted to death. Then all of a sudden I was sucked out of the darkness and realized I was floating above myself in the hospital bed and could see the doctors getting ready to save me. This time, my body came through the veil. I was pissed off because not only was I certain that I was indeed breathing, I had just been woken from the first quality sleep since my wreck. It was like suddenly I lost all feeling in my body, I fully lost my body, and then my vision. No one brought me back; I just came back. No lights, no pearly gates, no angels, just peace. Tell us about Tony Cicoria. I got this feeling like it’s time to go so I watched my mom as I left. What do you think about him? According to the head of station (‘Chief doctor,’ don’t know how you call them in the states), they were not expecting me to wake up anymore—apparently, I’ve went into respiratory arrest and organ failure (Sorry, don’t recall all those Latin expressions) three times while I was out. “My abusive ex choked me until I think I briefly faded out one time. It is very important to remember, these studies say, that this description of testimony is not the testimony of a single person restored to life, but rather a comprehensive and inclusive representation of very many testimonies of “people restored to life”. Pavlov: Are there reports of people, who were not religious Jews, who also experienced, what you described ? It’s more instantaneous, that elephant that was on my chest leaps off and at the same time it’s like the universe that was sucked into my chest explodes out, tearing me open. If it’s with drugs it’s always much more gentle. Zack Clements, from Brownwood, Texas, collapsed in gym class while he was running and was immediately rushed to hospital. Not sure if it was an afterlife experience or just my brain coping with the fact my heart had stopped.”. No fear. It was not a pleasant job. That is it. I saw it through a toddler’s eyes, so I guess that’s how I remember it. I knew that if I went further, my brain would cease to hold me near my body, and I’d leave the room completely. Reverend George Rodonaia (died 2004) underwent one of the most extended cases of a near-death experience ever recorded. Since the initial experiment, Parnia and his colleagues have found more than 3,500 people with lucid memories that apparently occurred at times they were thought to be clinically dead. Suddenly in this vast nothing was a blinding pinprick of light that got larger. I could see inside my body, and other people’s bodies. Like it was purely a blissful experience. To make it go away anyway I can. No warmth and no cold. And when Yaakov entered the Cave, the candle returned to its place and continued burning, thus – by means of the illumination of the Divine Presence – completing the Cave with all it required. So, that’s my story. Nothing. Furthermore, we learn from our holy Sages, that even the sinners and the wicked, at the hour of their decease, behold the face of the Divine Presence and the great Light of the Glory of the Almighty. I was super confused because I couldn’t remember right away what had happened or why my mom was freaking out. Like you’re them. I’m sure it was all just a hallucination brought on by the trauma I had suffered the few days combined with my heart/breathing stopping, but there’s a part of me that hopes that what I saw is what really happens when we die.”. The person suddenly realizes that he is located outside his physical body, He sees everything that transpires in connection with his body and the, After a while he begins to grow accustomed to his new situation; he, At that very same time additional things are taking place: the deceased, The deceased person senses that he is encountering an “entity-reality” of, This “entity” asks him various questions in a non-verbal manner in order, At a certain stage the deceased feels that he is drawing near to something, When he discovers this, he objects and does not want to go back, for he is, Yet, despite his reluctance, he returns and is joined once again to his. In particular it bothers me, that he advocates “groundless love” for everybody, no matter how evil he might be. I finished the relationship four months later, and returned to … “I was in a house fire and suffered pretty extensive burns when I was 15. If they have to use the paddles it’s a completely different story. Before I could figure out what was happening, my boyfriend hit me really hard and it startled me enough that I slowly came to. And I know weird things about people that I shouldn’t. I had neither. We became the same. Instead, I was plunged into a smothering void…sensory deprivation accompanied by excruciating loneliness and fear. I think this is because I cannot convey the emotions and feelings to you. Then I send a few texts and kick down the cinder block tower. It was the first step toward a more spiritual (not religious) perspective. I don’t think my mind could comprehend what it was seeing, so it filled in the gaps as best it could. As I slowly walked into it I saw what looked like the Christ the Redeemer statue from Brazil and as I walked toward it tiny sparks of light lit up all over it, slowly illuminating it and giving me a sense of awe and wonder. The guy dropped the order when the police cruiser arrived after I was already in the back of the fire truck and he ran his siren once to make sure people cleared away from him and the worker dropped the meal. I remember the night it happened and being terrified of my mum leaving me and feeling like there was a presence in the room. Also, I could see everything around me, including my own body that I’d just left, as if I was in the fourth dimension. I could also not necessarily hear, but I could know people’s thoughts, like telepathically. The Midrash tells us (Shocher Tov, end of psalm 22): “Rabbi Yochanan said… Both righteous and evil are received by the Divine Presence. Also, as I mentioned before, time is an illusion. “I almost died from drowning last year and the experience changed me. Depending on what has happened to them, how quickly first aid is administered, and how soon advanced medical help arrives, there is a chance they may be saved. More in tune with the world. He was about to call 911 when I woke up and asked him, ‘Why are you interrupting my dreams?’ The look on his face when he told me I wasn’t dreaming I was dead is something I will never forget. There I shot up to 44 degrees Celsius of fever. Researchers have identified some basic points that come up repeatedly in most of the testimonies of those that were clinically dead and then revived. I was shaking violently and apparently as I was passed out I was seizing up. I could see it and feel it, and I knew I had a choice to go there or get back in my body. You can see it as if it’s all happening at once. It was all black, but not empty. Learn about us. My mother said I was literally crazy for about 2 weeks after this. I dreamt I was naked and in a cold dark tunnel that suddenly opened up into this massive area. The first thing that happens is my vision starts to go, peripherals first narrowing into tunnel vision, then greening out before going black. I start to hear my heart beat again, pounding in my ears and my chest, my hearing comes back but it’s like I am underwater. Dovid: Rabbi Chalamish was aware of the issue you’re hinting to and touches upon it in chapter 5 of his book. This was at a high school football (American) game. That my cat was being tortured in the next room. The next second is when they bring me back. Enveloped in unconditional love and exquisite joy. A MAN who was clinically dead for more than one hour has movingly described how he went to Heaven and was reunited with his dead friends before returning to Earth. He gives me the rock and asks me to throw it at the Christ the Redeemer statue. Obviously, I chose to get back into my body, as I’m here now. Depending on how fast they were to respond they would use chemicals or paddles to revive me. I have to assume that all of this was ‘back-filled,’ as I obviously wasn’t producing new memories or sensations when I was out.”. The third time, cardiac arrest joined the party—at that point, they were expecting me to finally fade out and die, no energy left to fight on with, but apparently I soldiered onward. I am being crushed to death and I know it but there isn’t anything I can do about it. I did not feel extreme negative emotions, or extremely positive ones like intense joy, happiness, excitement…I just felt very calm and matter-of-fact. “When I was seven, I drowned in a pool. The only other thing I could feel was love. that the evil person sees the Divine Presence at the time of his death, because they do not punish him until he has seen his Creator, and understood to whom he has sinned, and what he caused by his sin, and he will therefore justify the verdict that was decreed upon him. I don’t think my heart stopped but blood flow to my brain did. “I made a suicide attempt about six years ago. I just knew instinctively that if I wanted to ‘cross over’ and stay dead that I could go into what I can describe as the fifth dimension—where you go if you want to stay dead, and don’t want to get back into your body. It is the best and worst feeling in the world. As they resuscitated me I was pulled back into this darkness for a brief moment, then woke up. Everything just kept going, and going and going. My brother was stoic as always. I couldn’t comprehend anything said to me for almost 10 minutes. Time is not linear; not really, it just seems like it is when you’re alive and in a body. Like when you have been out in the cold and then run your hands under hot water. A British woman who was starved of oxygen for 30 minutes and given up for dead by her family made a miraculous return to life, in a case that left medics baffled. My first thought was ‘WHAT THE FUCK AM I DOING?’ It then progressed into ‘How do I get down?’ ‘How do I get down?’ Faster and faster. I kept reaching for the ground. That times a million. A recently developed field of study for these near-death experiences (NDEs) has blossomed and provided us with inspiring, true stories of of those who have experienced life after death and come back. Suddenly I was sitting on a bench and there was a man sitting next to me nonchalantly throwing a rock up and down in his hand. My boyfriend at the time had his arms wrapped around me and was a wreck; he told me I stood up and passed right back out onto the bed with no pulse for a little under 60 seconds. Hosni Mubarak’s heart has stopped beating and he’s not responding to defibrillation. Each of those feels different coming back, but the leaving always felt the same. However, the evil who rebelled against the Almighty are shown the Divine Presence at their hour of death and are told: Come and see the face of the King against whom you rebelled and who will yet take His vengeance of you, while the righteous, at the hour of their death, are shown the Divine Presence and are told: Come and see the face of the King whom you serve and who will shortly repay you… and even little children are received by the Divine Presence, as the verse says: “The seed which will serve Him, it should be told of the L-rd to the coming generation.” (Psalms 22:31). Everything around me felt soft and at ease. You may unsubscribe at any time. “What I remember is a vast nothingness; it’s hard to describe, as we’re always surrounded by something wherever we go. While my body was basically boiling my brain away, I drifted in and out of sleep before slipping away completely. I get the rope ready, put on some music. As it got closer, what appeared to be a single light resolved into first one, then several, then millions upon millions of stars of all shapes, sizes, and colors, along with tons of nebulae. What answered was a voice I felt, not heard. But I have been told I’m not actually moving during this time. I was unresponsive for about two minutes until they were able to revive me with CPR. My girlfriend was traumatised by what had happened. I was dead with no heartbeat for a little over 4 minutes. He did not "return to life" until a doctor began to make an incision in his abdomen as part of an autopsy procedure. We became the same.”, “Endless gray. Every so often I would come to a little bit and saw brief hazy flashes of scenes of a visitor (they lived out of state at the time so I was confused/happy to see them but couldn’t physically talk to them) worst feeling EVER, then from the next thing I remember was the famous LIGHT! Dovid: My attitude to your proposal, can be compared to the attitude of a normal government to an impostor, who impersonates a judge and tells criminals that they are free to do death-penalty crimes. Riding in the back of our truck to the game, sitting in the stands with my mom, and how annoying the opposing team’s chant was. The others I could identify as related to me through facial features. I then walked back toward them and that was it. By Nancy Szokan. I was awake, but it was like a dream. Dovid: Because, in the name of “winning people over to love Judaism” he’s willing to make unacceptable compromises on details of Jewish Law and he’s willing to distort the ideals of Judaism. TL;DR I no longer fear death but am extremely grateful for life.”. “I died for two minutes on the table during surgery after a car wreck before they resuscitated me. No sensation of a physical body…it’s like my essence was distilled to its original, perfect concept. I can only describe it as existing only as your consciousness, but in an altered consciousness. Absolutely nothing.”. I remember looking around the room. Then I see the light, and I start hearing sounds and feeling things. Almost like a happy nostalgia. “I was clinically dead for only one minute and I think because of the limited time I was able to retain some memory of it rather than cause brain damage luckily. I talked to some birds. There was this equipment and yelling. “I attempted killing myself by trying to slit my wrists, I passed out, but was found by my sister in the bathroom and my parent and she alerted my parents and they took me to the hospital while trying stop the bleeding. Happiness drained from my body. And we all kissed. It’s simply acknowledging all living things possess energy…and resonance is the path I’m walking.”, “It was swell. The blackout was the same as the death. It fractured into an infinite amount of stars and as time passed they created an indescribable new existence. When I was 13 (28 now) I had a severe asthma attack that took my life for 3 minutes. Here are some translated excerpts from his book,Ha-Chaim She-l’achar Hamavet. I could see colors on a spectrum that I couldn’t when I was alive– I could see energy and UV light. What sets her apart from the other morgue-sleeper we’ve mentioned is that he spent 21 hours in the … There is no light and no darkness. When the soul leaves the body – it enters the Cave of the Machpela which is where the entrance to the Garden of Eden is to be found; the Cave is full of light coming from the illumination of the Divine Presence; the soul meets Adam Ha-Rishon and the Holy Patriarchs. Many of … Pavlov: What’s so bad about groundless love? But it was all peaceful. I felt myself moving forward into it and then I stopped, the black felt less suffocating, the cold stopped just before it reached my heart, and I started to move back. [BY REQUEST] - I'm someone who was clinically dead and came back to life, and I remember being dead. I don’t know if my ‘visit to the white room’ really was my first visit of my eternal home-to-be or just the neural fallout produced by a brain being super-heated by a body running a temperature of 44 degrees Celsius. It was bliss that lasted for millennia. I was only gone for 227 seconds.”, “I had a dream I was flying over all of us. I was hanging myself in my garage. I had the feeling of being cradled in someone’s arms, almost swaddled like a baby, and seeing millions of stars while this huge wave of comfort washed over me. 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