Near Death Experience: You Might Be Having One Right Now

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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.

Don't wait to have a near death experience to live!

Don’t wait to have a near death experience to live!

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”
the following:

  • 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

  1. Be present in every moment, It’s the only way to truly experience life.
  2. There is no time to waste. Every minute is a gift.
  3. We all have a higher purpose to fulfill.
  4. One day, we’re all going to go beyond a near death experience. The time to live is now.
  5. 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?

I’d love to hear what you have to say on this. Please comment here.

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About Bill Butler
William A. Butler is a John C.Maxwell certified coach. He loves to add value to others and aspiring to be a great humanitarian, lives by four words: BE LOVE TO OTHERS. William often goes by "Bill" and is a poet, a songwriter and has an upcoming novel.

68 thoughts on “Near Death Experience: You Might Be Having One Right Now

  1. I wouldn’t say it was a near death experience but I have never felt more alive than when I quit my job and drove cross country last year. I haven’t been the same since.
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    • Hi Jason,
      That must have been exciting. We drove 23 states in 8 weeks in the autumn of 2012. No, I’d say if you’ve never felt more alive, then you certainly aren’t having a near death experience of the other kind.

      Kind Regards,

  2. Yes, I had a near death experience when the doctors could not wake me up in the recovery room after a medical procedure. They got the paddles out to stimulate my heart. I vividly recall viewing all of this from the corner of the ceiling looking down on myself. I was very calm. It was weird.
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    • Hi Laurie,
      Thank you for sharing your NDE encounter. I think it’s very interesting that the memory of looking down on yourself is much the same as I had at age 12. I know from what I’ve read that this is one of the common types of NDE’s. Since you’ve had one, let me ask you… were you afraid of death before the experience? What about afterwards?

      Thanks Laurie! All the best for a great week upcoming!

  3. Hi Bill,

    That makes an interesting and nerve wracking reading, well no doubt it is inspiring too! Man!! you had such unique experiences!! What made me ponder for a while is…am I afraid of death? No longer so…and now I can say that but there was a time when I wanted to live, when I had unfinished tasks and I felt I have to finish them.

    I have talked about my encounter with death in one of my articles entitled ‘How Faith Grows’… and yes, I learnt to live more fully, I learnt life could be very short and I learnt death doesn’t give you any time…it can come that suddenly! But it did give me another chance!! I couldn’t understand this! But that happened almost 30 years ago.

    Recently I happened to read ‘Proof Of Heaven’, a real life experience of a neurosurgeon who describes his experience of meeting death and visiting heaven. This article is as fascinating as that book! And I believe you…thanks for sharing!
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    • Hi Balroop,
      I appreciate you taking time to share your thoughts. Yes, my experiences were unique, and I suppose even more so if someone has never had a near death experience. But at least I know there are many thousands of people who do, so they weren’t unique to just me.

      I have found your story ‘How Faith Grows’ and have just read it. You’ve had quite the experience yourself.
      Many people are afraid of the unknown, but they need not be if they have faith. I think life is full of “God moments.”
      Proof of Heaven. I look forward to reading it. Thanks for the kind words.

      Have a beautiful week!

  4. I have never had a near-death experience, yet I find them profoundly interesting. I have read many books that chronicle the phenomenon. I’ll be curious to see the new movie, too. You’re correct, I think, in that people are afraid of the unknown and it’s faith that helps us through that.
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    • Hi Jacquie,
      To have the experience is really unusual. I felt a sense of calm as never before after the second NDE.
      My experience, combined with my faith, tell me there is nothing to be concerned about, except living intentionally right now.

      Have a blessed week!

  5. I haven’t had one but I found yours quite interesting.
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    • Hi Beth,
      Have a near death experience is something you can’t really anticipate or prepare for. The suddenness of it takes you under. It could happen again, but if it does, I’m sure it won’t bother me. It does fascinate me thought the commonality of others with similar episodes.

      Have a great week!

  6. Hi Bill,

    Near death experiences are usually fun (and adventurous) for those who have gone through it. I have heard about these experiences, read in books about them and they all had some kind of extraordinary experiences similar to yours.

    But it is never fun for those who are around the person having that experience. To them, bringing you back would have been like a near death experience and this is what most people are afraid of. You know, death is not what I am afraid of. But I am afraid of not being able to protect my family’s future before I die. That is the battle cry for me and for most people who are afraid to die today 🙂

    Thank you for sharing your experiences and inspiring one more time. It helps me realize how every moment gone is a moment gone forever and that I must use it effectively.

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    • Hi Kumar,
      I wouldn’t describe it as fun, except perhaps from a learning perspective, which I always love to do.
      I agree with you Kumar. It’s like the game of billiards. It’s not the shots you make, it’s the ones you leave on the table.
      But one need not be concerned with circumstances beyond their control either. Death will eventually find every one of us.
      I think the best way to prepare for that is to make the most of every moment… the very thing I alluded to near the end of the post.

      Wisely stated. I’m going to quote you on that 😉

      Blessing for an awesome week!

  7. Hi Bill. Thanks for a very interesting look at near death experiences. Though I have never experienced one, I was once diagnosed with an illness and given an estimated 6 months to live. (over twenty years ago and I am now in excellent health ). This lacked the immediacy and sensations of a near death experience but some of the takeaway was the same. I am now much more aware of all I have to be thankful for and much more prone to focus on the present.
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    • Hi Paul,
      I so appreciate you sharing part of your journey here. That must have been a dreadful experience. I’m very glad you are in excellent health.
      I really believe things happen for a reason, even if we do not understand the reasons fully. I think you’re still here to bless people with your
      writing 😉

      I think it behoves all of us to sit up and take notice. My experiences make me ever so grateful as well.

      Kind Regards! Have a great week!

  8. This is interesting – I’ve never had a near death experience but right now on the best seller list there is a nonfiction book about a three year old who had a NDE. It’s called “Heaven Is For Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story Of His Trip To Heaven And Back” by Todd Burpo. This is a book both my husband and I want to read.

    • Hi Lenie,
      I bought the book when it first came out. It struck me as peculiar that at the same time, a pastor, told of his near death experience and of being in heaven.
      Certainly with the movie release of Heaven Is For Real, it has sparked a lot of conversation and a lot of controversy. This book goes beyond the near death experiences I encountered, and as Paul Graham noted with his health scare, these things tend to make us more grateful to be alive.

      Thanks for contributing to the conversation. Have a wonderful week!

  9. Though I never had such an experience, I have heard about this in the past. I remember partially watching an experiment in discovery or National Geographic channel long back where they tried to do similar things with a boy. But yes, life is very we must spend it with care!
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    • Hello Tuhin,
      I have seen several documentaries now on this topic, and it still fascinates me. When you consider that life, and love are spiritual currencies,
      you’re right, we best be careful how we spend and invest them.

      All the best! Enjoy your week!

  10. Was once unconcious for 48 hours and by a miracle walked out of a car driven by a chauffeaur in Riyadh who almost managed to flip the car over. Am not afraid of dying and can tell you that you don”t feel anything when you are uncoucious and don’t remember anything. But when the medical staff ask you questions you give honest answers. Interesting….
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    • Hi Catarina,
      Thank you for sharing your story. Of course, being unconscious there is no awareness. That’s my point near the end of this post regarding those who are not living to the full and making the most of every day. It’s like have a near death experience, but not being aware of it. Being aware calls for conscious choices and intentional actions. I appreciate you stopping in again.

      Enjoy your week!

  11. Wow. This is being talked about some since that little boy Todd Burpo just published his book – with his parents help I believe – about his experience. It sounds so surreal actually. There’s also a fabulous TED talk by the brain surgeon, Jill Bolte Taylor, who talks about her experience with a stroke. Your brain discussion here ties in with what she experienced.

    Over from LI group BHB
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    • Welcome Patricia,
      Yes, there’s a media storm over the Burpo story. Some agree. Some are still scratching their heads. I do not know for certain what transpired in that case. My faith informs me that I have nothing to be concerned about. I will definitely look up that video, and I appreciate you making mention of it.
      I find it very fascinating that doctors are able to trigger epileptic seizures and near death experiences with pinpoint accuracy.

      Kind Regards! Have a beautiful week!

  12. I did have one once when I was 11. When I came out of it I was asked about white lights and things but that did not happen to me. I do vividly remember seeing the folks around my bed and can remember to this day what they were wearing, their facial expressions, and the moment of “wake-up”. I had a bout of amnesia once also. Fell in a grave and struck my head on a rock. Could not remember a thing for 48 hours. I was traveling through Central America at the time. Spent two days in a hotel that was not mine. When I recovered I had the same sense of aura as I had when I was 11. The mind and brain are most wonderful and I am in awe.
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    • Hi Tim,
      Do you suppose it was curiosity on the part of the questioner, or a leading to an assertion?

      In the same way you describe, I very vividly remember seeing distinct faces in my second near death experience. The hotel episode must have been quite confusing. I think a case of vertigo would be bad enough. That aspect of disorientation reminds me of the premise that James Frey used to fake his account in ‘A Million Little Pieces.’ I think he was quite the embarrassment to Oprah because initially she took him at his word.

      I appreciate you sharing your slip into an early grave. Glad you got out of it alive. I love your writing and pictures. 🙂
      Yes, I think science is yet on the vanguard of understand the human brain… very, very fascinating!

      All the best! Enjoy the week ahead!

  13. Hello Mr. Bill

    Very interesting story.
    I was in the hospital years ago and someone gave me too much morphine, I remember I felt like I (my spirit), was leaving my body.
    I was not afraid, but I was aware of what was happening. I said “Ok Lord here I am” and then I heard someone say ” it is not your time” and slowly I opened my eyes and the next day I was discharged.

    Mr. Bill with all of your experiences, you are here to share with the world of your life.

    Thank you
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    • Hello Gladys,
      I am very grateful every day Gladys. I know, since that last incident, I look back on all the ways I’ve been able to help people, and I know that I yet have more to do. It is a sad commentary on today’s society how many people are just existing, not really living. That was my allusion to many people having a near death experience right now. I’m sure that’s not what God put us here for. At any rate, we can only be responsible for our own choices.

      I appreciate you adding to the conversation here. Have a beautiful week!

  14. Hi Bill,

    Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. Although I never had a near-death experience, it sounds like something that when experienced, it changes you in some way.

    I did have other kinds of experiences of the paranormal kind that have changed my life. But when it comes down to it all, if we are not appreciating every moment of our day, we are not benefiting our life.

    For me it is more of a spiritual experience. I thank God all day long for little things. My life consists of being in the hands of God. When I’m down, I just give it to him and I’m at peace.

    This kind of mindset encourages me to keep going, to appreciate everything. But most of all, I do not fear death. I know we have a short time here, but the rest of it is when we die. Now that is where our souls reside, so why not be afraid?

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    • Hi Donna,
      Thanks so much for your great reply. It does change you, even fundamentally, I think, because there is a certainty, a really deep sense of knowing – yes, informed by faith, but also borne of experience – that there is a higher purpose for each of us being here. I don’t tout myself as a psychic, but I did have occasion just moments before 9/11 happened to tell an officer I was working with that I think 9-1-1 lines are going to ring all over America this morning.
      I only paid attention to what came to me. He said he would never forget that for the rest of his life 🙂

      Really, all of life is a spiritual experience. I’m with you on where I find my peace. I have Psalm 46:10 memorized too.

      Have a tremendous week!

  15. Wow Bill, two in this short lifetime already. I think the next time they say they want to draw blood I would say hell no. LOL!!!

    I’ve never personally had a near death experience but as you know my story, my Dad has. We almost lost him three times so I know how precious life is and I don’t want to experience one myself. I think I’m good.

    I hope you don’t have anymore of those but thanks for sharing them with us.

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    • Hi Adrienne,
      Actually, as a preventive measure, I not allowed to donate blood. I think the imminence of loss always deepens our realization of this treasure we call life. Thanks Adrienne, I hope so too, but I’m play if it does. In the meanwhile, we’ve got some nice traveling weather here. Time to make tracks!

      Do enjoy the rest of your week!

  16. Hi Bill,

    Wow, your post was really keeping me glued to your every word.

    Dear, you had quite a few close calls. I’ve never had a near death experience, but you hear of them and they are all a bit similar in a way.

    I like that you call them “near death” experience as it’s more correct than people saying that they were dead and came back, which I feel is the difference between being clinically dead and really dead for good. but either way, the way our brain works will never cease to amaze me.

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story of yours.
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    • Hi Sylviane,
      Yes, I guess that’s the only way to describe it. How close can you come to death without actually dying? The philosophical answer, of course, I offer near the end of the post. Right now is the only time to live. That’s all we are ever given. I am deeply fascinated by the brain. I know you’re interested in the subconscious, and I think it will be many decades yet before neuroscience discovers more secrets hidden within. But with technological advances, we may see those kinds of answers sooner than later. I’m glad to share part of my life story. there will be more snippets in the days ahead. 🙂

      Take Care! Have a very nice week!

  17. I was thinking the same thing you were. Do not go to the doctors 12 years later. I have heard of people having near death experiences but none have described them like you. I know your happy he stuck his finger in you eye. Great Post!!!

    • Hi Jay,
      I hadn’t looked at it that way, but yes, I’m very grateful for the heart doctor pressing his thumb in my eye. Otherwise, I’d be deep in the marble orchard.
      Glad you enjoyed the read. Thanks!

      All the best for a nice week ahead!

  18. Hey Bill,

    Towards the end of this post, it reminded me of the saying “People die at 25 but aren’t buried until they’re 90”.. This holds true to many of us. A lot of us are just existing, procrastinating, or just trying to find the meaning of life without living the journey. This is why I made it a point about 10 years ago to start living!

    I’ve never had a near death experience from what I can remember, but it does draws some interest. I keep hear that a lot of people don’t want to come back when they “cross over” to the other side. Whatever pain that is felt in this realm isn’t felt on the other side. It sounds like a great dream or even meditation.

    Thanks for sharing your experience. This was definitely a great post!
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    • Hi Sherman,
      I agree with you. Too many people are squandering this precious life. What you’re saying, I’ve heard accounts of also, that people don’t want to come back.
      Many people report hearing a voice telling them that it is not their time, or they come to that conclusion. I don’t know for certain what’s on the other side. I suppose that’s why faith is confidence of what we hope for. You’re very welcome! Glad you enjoyed it.

  19. Hello Bill,
    Great article. because God is my refuge and strength, I am not afraid to die. I even took time last few weeks and thought a while about the near future and what may remain once i die. Agreed with Kumar that we all struggle for what will benefit others after our journey.
    I agree with you that there is no time to waste.
    yes, every minute is a gift because we are gifted day by day to become blessings for others.
    I am not afraid to die. If Christ was risen, I will. If not, then I am a fool but the goodness is that God chose fool to shame the wise. Thank you for helping us to remember how we are near dearth though we have not to have worry.

    • Hello Charmant,
      Yes, I like that Scripture… whom shall I fear? I think that eventually, we all come to terms with our own mortality, what will be our legacy, and how it all ties into us making the most of every moment. We are given 86,400 seconds every day. Seems like a lot when you’re young or the day is new. Not so much when you get older. Time becomes a more valuable commodity. Our youthful ignorance informs our sense of invincibility. But none are guaranteed tomorrow.
      Faith is the assurance of things hoped for.

      Blessings of Peace to you too! Have a successful week!

  20. Wow Bill,
    I have met one other person who has had a near death experience too. I can’t even imagine. I’m not afraid to die, but as I get older, I wonder if I’m fulfilling the purpose that I have been set here for. Trying to live a different life instead of going to the corporate 7-5 job has its struggles and I pray every day that I can hear the messages that God is sending me. I’m so glad you are here because your words always inspire me and make me feel at peace. Thank you for sharing your story with us. Have an awesome day. Lisa
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    • Hi Lisa,
      I couldn’t imagine either, because while they were happening, those experiences were like taking dictation, except etched into the brain.
      Aw, they’re very nice words Lisa. Thank you! 🙂 I’m glad you’re inspired. I try to help as many people as I can in various ways every day. That gives me peace because, as you know, I just live by those 4 words: BE LOVE TO OTHERS.

      You have a beautiful week ahead!

  21. Hi Bill; You must have a strong spirit or purpose to have survived so many near death experiences. and i love how you transitioned into talking about people living lives that might as well be deaths. I believe that I am at least over 50 percent. I mean I may procrastinate more than produce some of the time, but more often than not; i am moving forward chasing my dreams stepping out in faith. I could use more financial success to go with the personal accomplishments but I’m getting there. People seem to like me and want to pull for me to succeed. many find my work so far inspirational. I appreciate your post. It helped to motivate me this morning. Its a message we can never hear to often. thanks again and take care my friend, max
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    • Hi Max,
      Yes, I’m spiritually strong. I thought that transition would catch people off guard. Truth be known, Max, we can all do better than we do. As I’ve said before, I’m more interested in completing – not competing. We can only be responsible for ourselves anyway. I’m glad you were motivated. Keep going, my friend! Just never quit.

      Have a tremendous week!

  22. I haven’t had a near death experience. I’ve had a few family members pass away in recent years and it causes pause for reflection on your own life and how you’re living it. I liked the line- do you procrastinate more than you produce? It’s something that I’m becoming better at. I hope you have heart doctors, paddles, monitors, the works, anytime you give blood.
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    • Hi Christina,
      You’re right. The memory of loss does cause us to take stock of our inner inventory. I think those that procrastinate are missing out on a lot in life, regardless of the excuses they use. When blood is drawn, I’m in safe hands and I have an excellent doctor I’m quite comfortable with.
      As a safety precaution, I am not allowed to donate blood. Thank you for contributing to the conversation.

      Have an excellent week. You should have some nice weather for more excellent photos. That’s what we’ll be up to 🙂

      Kind Regards,

  23. Wow, what amazing stories! I had to laugh as I read in the last comment that you do not give blood. I should think not! I haven’t had any near death experiences, but I do appreciate the lessons learned. Life is precious!
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    • Hi Meredith,
      Apologies for the late response. We’ve been on the road for the past three days. Glad you got a chuckle from that. I’m able to laugh about it too now.
      Life certainly is precious, which is why we need to do our living while we’re here. 🙂
      Hope you’ve had a great week. Have a nice weekend!

  24. I do try to be a mindful person, but can get caught-up in work, work, work all the time. Things changed for me in the best of ways when I worked my first summer in Yellowstone National Park. It may not have been a near death experience, but it was definitely a reawakening experience.
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    • Hi Jeri,
      Like you, I often get caught up in the projects I’m involved in. I needed a few days away, hence the late response. My apologies for that.
      I love Yellowstone, and you got to work there. Wow! I would love to do that! 🙂
      My near death experiences definitely awakened me to more of life.
      Have a nice weekend!

  25. Interesting how your blog almost is in sync with mine for the week Bill. I cannot say I had near death experiences as such, but there is a day 2 years ago when I dreamt of death and woke up very afraid and just thankful for being alive. I even wrote something about it which I have not yet posted.
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    • Hi Welli,
      I think we must be on the same wavelength. I needed a reboot, a recharge of the batteries. I’ve been traveling for the past few days with a couple more to go… so, apologies for replying late. Dreams are funny things. Quite often we don’t know what to make of them. They can be like near death experiences that way, but my second was was more of a wake up call to live audaciously, to make the most of every moment.

      Kind Regards,

  26. Bill,

    I have never experienced a near death experience…but I have read a plethora of literature on it including yours. Most (including yours too) are graphic enough so I get the basic idea.

    Life is quite precious when such things as its transience is contemplated. That is why I would go with Steve Jobs anyday: If today is your last, will you do that which you are currently doing?

    Great piece as always!

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    • Hi Terungwa,
      You may see from my last few replies I’ve been traveling, so I apologize for the lateness of this reply.
      I agree with you. Your statement reminds me also of Randy Pausch writing The Last Lecture. Nobody needs to have a near death experience to
      wake them up to life… and we never know when we will breathe our last. May we all live ON purpose.

      Kind Regards,

  27. WOW, both of those experiences would have made an indelible impression on me as well. How fascinating that you’ve actually met some of people you saw in your second experience.

    How sad it is that we need that kind of thing happen to us to remind us of what is really important. What’s even sadder is it the affects wear off and we are back to our old ways very soon after. I do try to remember to stay in the present moment but as it is in life I don’t always succeed.
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    • Hi Susan,
      My apologies for the tardy response. I’ve been on the road for a few days now. I still don’t know the purpose of the faces.
      It is interesting to meet someone whose face I saw in that second near death experience. One gentleman, in particular, I have seen a few times, an East Indian with a bright blue turban. Another person I saw, we have become friends. In that, there may be a sign as to the rest of them.

      You’re right. Most people return to old habits fairly quickly. As for myself, this continues to enliven me.
      You’re not alone. To live continuously in the present moment requires plenty of discipline. Like you, I do my best to stay in the NOW.

      Kind Regards! Have a pleasant weekend 🙂

  28. Wow, Bill, what incredible stories! You definitely have faced down death twice and won. I can see how those intense experiences would give you a different viewpoint in life.

    I’ve never had near death experiences though I do truly appreciate every day in life. I hope you have many more days of life, Bill!

    • Welcome back Carolyn,
      Please accept my apology for the late reply. I’ve been away for a few days on the road.

      Yes, I’ve been very fortunate in that regard. I see it as the hand of God on my life. I’ve also had a number of close calls that were not near death experiences. Thank you for the long life blessings! I hope the very same for you. 🙂 Have a nice weekend too!


  29. Hi Bill,

    Interesting titles for discussion 🙂
    I also had an experience that might be said almost made me die.

    It was when I was riding my motorcycle too fast and could not control it well because its speed is beyond my control. I can not put the brakes on when dealing with a bus. Finally I threw my bike to the right and I was thrown from the motorcycle. I was lucky because of that incident I did not receive serious injuries, it’s just my motorcycle goes bad 🙁

    From that incident, I definitely got a lot of lessons. If I had not got a lesson from this incident, maybe there will be something more severe than that, right? 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this, Bill.
    Nice share!

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    • Hello Nanda,
      I’m glad you weren’t seriously hurt in that accident, or worse. I agree with you. I think if we don’t learn life lessons in one form, they will come to us in another. We shouldn’t have to come close to death or have a near death experience to learn to live. Unfortunately, many people aren’t living fully.
      You’re very welcome Nanda. Thanks for the kind words. Enjoy the weekend!

  30. Bill,those are some crazy near death stories you have had. Glad you lived to tell them and share your life lessons. I love Brave heart and I love that quote. IT is so true! I have been in at least nine car accidents and I was not near death. However, a couple of them where scary and they really shake you up. You are right in that we can’t take things for granted. =)

    • Hi Crystal,
      I am very fortunate. I think, as most people would agree, that life is too short and too precious to waste it, especially on things that don’t matter.
      Having that second near death experience drilled that point home to me. 9 car accidents! Wow! I’d say God must be watching over you too.

      I think that’s the big lesson… take nothing for granted! Enjoy your weekend!

  31. It sounds as though you experienced re-birth as a result of your near-death experience. I know I did when I lost my first born son, David at age 23. My whole life perspective has shifted significantly since then, otherwise I would probably not be here. I am so intrigued by the international faces you saw and that you later actually met some of those people. I will be thinking about that for some time…
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    • Welcome Michele,
      Not so much the first, although it may have added, but I think the second near death experience really gave me a whole new appreciation for life.
      As to the faces, in my reply to Susan, I was outlining that I have seen an East Indian man (who wears a bright blue turban) a few times now. Another one of those faces, I have met and become friends with the person. As their faces are seared into my memory, I am not surprised, but very grateful to meet one of these people. I don’t know the reason behind it all, but it still intrigues me.

      Kind Regards,

  32. I am amazed to know that you met few that you met in your unconsciousness.

    I had two near death experiences, I was in my senses in both of them.
    Our car fell from a high hill in Kashmir when the brakes of car failed while taking a big turn. Our Car roll down the mountain sometimes striking ground and sometime jumping in air , breaking some small pine trees and we also passed many during our flight in air 🙂 …. But finally on hitting ground a small tree saved our car from going further in deep stream … everyone was surprised to see that how just a small plant stopped the car and praised God , if he wants us to live we surly will…
    Second chance was when I was sitting in my office and Kashmir was struck with 7.6 magnitude earthquake. All walls fell down and roof was about to fall on me , I could not get up from my chair as the building was shaking a lot. Few colleagues saw me and started screaming to get out of room , I do not know how I went out , for a moment I thought this is my last day.
    I have learned a lot from experiences. We must live in every moment no one knows when is last breath. But I am afraid of dying , honestly speaking as I think I do not have much with me to go to heaven and in front of our Creator.. GOD
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    • Hello Andleeb,
      I really appreciate you sharing your experiences. It sounds like God is watching over you — and has a great purpose for you yet to fulfill.
      As to your fear of death, I think God who created you knows all that you cannot understand, so simply trust and love, and your fear will disappear.

      Blessings to you, my friend! Have a great weekend!

  33. Hi Bill

    Wow I think this is one of the most interesting posts I have ever read. I like Sylviane was glued to every word.

    I personally have never had a near death experience but know people who have. Two in your life is amazing and I agree with Adrienne I would not be letting anyone draw blood from me if I was you. I see you do not donate.

    I love the quote “Every man dies, not every man really lives.“ – sadly very true.

    Thanks for sharing this with us Bill.

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    • Hi Sue,
      So nice to hear from you again. I trust you are well. I’m glad you enjoyed this. Yes, I count myself very fortunate to have life.

      The NDEs I had have taught me to appreciate every day, to make the most of this gift we are all given. It really is a shame that people squander it. I think as we age, hopefully gracefully, that we should become more in tune with our higher purpose.

      You’re very welcome Sue. I wish you a wonderful week upcoming!

      Kind Regards,

  34. Interesting stories you have about your near death experiences. I have never experienced this but it seems interesting.
    I agree that when you go through this kind of situation then it changes you a lot, In fact the good changes. It teaches you to live in the present, enjoy as much as possible.

    very nice write up Bill.
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    • Greetings Atish,
      Welcome back! I wouldn’t say that having a near death is experience is good or bad. Just having had a couple now, and some close calls, has given me a perspective I likely would not have had otherwise. We call these things a wake up call, an Aha moment, a light bulb moment. When it happens, I think it only solidifies the fact that we are not here for very long, so we need to make the best of life. Thanks for contributing. Much appreciated!

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