I preface today’s post with this:
“I can honestly say, I’m not afraid to die.“
All too often, we take life for granted. When we are overly busy, we barely know at the end of the day
what happened to the 86,400 seconds or the 1,440 minutes that just evaporated before us.
I can tell you, nothing brings you closer to valuing every precious second as something as powerful and impacting as a near death experience.
I’ve learned some valuable lessons that I will share with you momentarily.
Khalil Gibran said,
“Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.
The Science Behind Near Death Experience
A friend suffers from epilepsy, so I was intrigued in watching a documentary how doctors perform brain surgery to isolate and restrict seizure activity. In the program, they demonstrated – using a long needle – that by touching an exact location in the brain triggered seizures.
Placing the needle elsewhere, they triggered near death experiences also, which seemed very real to the patient.
I think a near death experience is a brain mechanism to enter an alternate state while the body begins shutting down.
Not all near death experiences are the same. For some it’s the sensation of leaving the body and floating outside of one self and being fully aware of every little detail, while apparently dead to the world.
Being unconscious, one would think this impossible, but this is the effect of one type of near death experience.
My First Near Death Experience
This was just the case for the first near death experience I had when I was 12 years old.
I was taken to a family doctor to have blood work drawn. I had no memory up to that point of having
blood taken before. I had the usual needles at school, so I wasn’t afraid of needles either.
But when this doctor began drawing blood with a 50 c.c. tube (which they no longer use,)
I experienced a vaso vagal reaction.
My blood pressure fell to flat line. While that was happening, I remember “seeing from outside my body”
- bending the needle while it was still in my left arm
- reaching up from the padded table and striking the Venetian blinds
- ripping my shirt open
- jumping off the table
- crashing into the wall across from the foot of the table
- hearing my father raising his voice with the nurse
And all this while I was unconscious. And I remember every detail as crisply and vividly as though
it all happened yesterday, even though that was nearly 45 years ago.
Did I really float outside my body? I don’t think so.
I think my brain suffered a lack of oxygen as the blood circulated to other parts of my body.
Like an electrical storm, my brain was protesting, and I passed out for 10 minutes that seemed way longer.
My Second Near Death Experience
Twelve years had passed without incident. This time was completely different.
Tuesday, March 24, 1981, the same date Ted Koppel began on Nightline on ABC, is burnt into my brain.
Coincidentally, there was an ambulance shortage in the city at that time. It’s a contributing factor to how things played out.
I was at my family doctor, on the 4th floor of a medical building, for blood work.
As she drew the blood, my blood pressure immediately dropped to zero.
I was able to piece together what happened afterwards.
My ex-wife Sandra was with me at the time. The doctor requested that she find the heart doctor on the 3rd floor
and to have him bring the crash cart with the paddles. She began C.P.R.
Sandra went to the 3rd floor only to discover that the heart doctor was not there. She ran down the staircase to ground level to the reception desk to find out where he was.
By the time the other doctor was located, my family doctor had been performing C.P.R. for 20 minutes.
I was still not responding. I was clinically dead.
What happened while I was lost on this world?
I was travelling through a tunnel at warp speed. I can only describe it as a rapid blur interrupted
in split seconds, with very distinct faces from every nation in the world.
A person would hover in front of me long enough to register their face, then instantly disappear into the next. One after another. Faster and faster… at warp speed!
That was until, as a last ditch effort, the heart doctor pressed the ball of his thumb deep as he could into my left eyeball. Doing so stimulated the optic nerve to cause me to begin regaining consciousness.
My family doctor at the time, Dr. Thomas, is Pakistani. She was milk white.
The ambulance never did show up. If I did not have the help I did that day, I would not be here.
I owe a debt of gratitude I can never repay to Dr. Thomas and to a heart doctor, whose name I never did find out.
I’m not superstitious, but I did not look forward to turning 36 or 48, just in case every 12 years had something to do with it.
Another thing… up to that point in my life, I had never met any of those faces now burnt into my memory.
But since then, I have met a few of them. How strange is that?
Kind of supports the theory that everything happens for a reason, right?
I’ve also was in a vehicle roll-over with 7 others in a car, the day before my 13th birthday. Not a near death experience, but definitely a close call.
What Near Death Experiences Have Taught Me
- Be present in every moment, It’s the only way to truly experience life.
- There is no time to waste. Every minute is a gift.
- We all have a higher purpose to fulfill.
- One day, we’re all going to go beyond a near death experience. The time to live is now.
- I’m not afraid to die.
What Near Death Experiences May Teach You
Have you ever considered that you could be having a near death experience right now?
I’ll ask you to consider the following — If you…
- are not living intentionally or making the most of every moment of every day
- are simply surviving and not really thriving
- continually feel there must be more to life but you can’t identify that mysterious something
- don’t know what your purpose in life is or why you’re here
- feel that you’re merely existing and not truly living
- procrastinate more than you produce
… then perhaps you’re having a near-death experience of a different sort.
In conclusion, I leave you with these thoughts:
Aart van der Leenw said,
“The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved; it is a reality to be experienced.“
In the movie Braveheart, William Wallace states,
“Every man dies, not every man really lives.“
Over to YOU Now… Share Your Thoughts
Have you ever had a near death experience? If so, what was it like for you?
If you’re having a near-death experience of a different sort, what do you plan to do?
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