Just hearing the phrase “near-death experience,” many of us have a vision already of what one might experience: thoughts of one’s life flashing before their eyes, wrongs they have maybe done, tunnels of light or seeing deceased loved ones. While these things seem to be the norm, my three experiences do not seem to follow any of these traditional scenarios.
I wish I could say those things happened to me, and I don’t want to say those who do experience them are liars. Instead, I want to maybe open one’s mind to the moral of what a near-death experience might entail.
Here is what I call my near-death experiences:
- My first occurred during my college years. I was home for the weekend and had what was normally a five-hour drive back to college. I was so ill, it took me 12 hours. I drove an hour and then slept for an hour to 90 minutes. After getting back to college, I slept a full day without waking up, though I thought I slept for only an hour. I was eventually hospitalized.
- Another time was when I was struck by lightning while I was working at the airport. I blacked out for an unconfirmed amount of time, but yet again, it felt like an extremely brief moment.
- The last time might be a bit controversial to call it a true near-death experience. It took place in a very vivid dream. I was being drowned by someone. At the point in which I accepted my fate, I took in the water, which filled my lungs. This is the one time I experienced the tunnel vision and saw a point of light. I was so fully dead in my dream that when I woke up, I had a hard time believing I was alive and breathing. I wasn’t gasping for air or anything.
With these experiences now told, and lacking any phenomenal detail, you might think, “Well, those don’t seem eventful, or even all that hopeful and amazing.” However, it was what happened afterwards that made all the difference. Each time these things happened, I was at a point in my life when things felt stagnant or could’ve even been viewed as negative times. After each one, events seemed to happen that would lead me to a better, more fulfilling life. After the lightning strike, I was much more open to Spirit than I ever was before. It was as if the door to Spirit went from being cracked open to fully open. After the drowning dream, I knew I had a better understanding of many things in life that we might often question.
You could be a person who has had an amazing near-death story of seeing your life flash before your eyes, seeing a tunnel of light, or visiting deceased loved ones. Then again, you could be someone who’s near-death experience was uneventful like mine; the most you got was a large passing of time that felt short. Either way, I think the outcome is the same. It becomes more of a rebirth to our life than it does a near death — if we take the time to investigate.
Nearly every near-death story I have heard has resulted in a more enlightened or better life for that person. I see it as being reborn and getting a chance to start again in a different energy.