Near-death experiences aren’t always bright warm light and a feeling of total peace. Having a near-death experience while under the influence of drugs can definitely change the way you see things and in many cases are the effects of those drugs. Having a distressing NDE can last temporarily or for many years – even a lifetime, can be quite frightening and do not necessarily beneficial to one’s journey of enlightenment. We will call our near-death experiencer, Daniel, in respect of his privacy – and this is his story.
Daniel experimented with drugs since 1969 and continued this practice in the early 1970’s while in the Merchant Marines. Daniel explains, “In the early 1970’s, things did not change and became something my shipmates and I shared. While on a ship delivering a load of rice to Pusan, Korea, my shipmates and I found a source for some very powerful and very pure clinical LSD, which came straight from a pharmacy.” During the 1960’s this drug of choice was quite common, however, pharmacies in Korea can be dangerous, if not deadly in their concoctions. Daniel’s life headed in a direction – toward much pain rather than peace.
Daniel continues, “So, we were partying one night and I had taken one or two hits of this stuff. I was with a prostitute who took a hit too, although she didn’t want to because she had had a bad trip before. Evidently, we both overdosed and became sort of paralyzed on the floor of her apartment.” He says it was very difficult for him to remember all the details, as his mind was just not “right.” Daniel claims that at some point they left their bodies, getting up from the floor and turning to look at their bodies lying flat, with eyes shut.
At first, he thought that it was good acid, was just a long-delayed trip and that he was just hallucinating. However, something was different. He saw that they, standing up, were both naked and their bodies weren’t normal bodies. They had no sex organs and their hair seemed cut differently. Suddenly, a man appeared out of the stereo and started talking to Daniel and his friend about the secrets of the universe. He continues, “He then started explaining all this cosmic stuff to us and we understood everything he was saying and knew what he was talking about. Now, of course, I don’t remember any of what he said and I remember feeling an evil presence about him.” Daniel says that at some point, the man vanished and Daniel and the woman lifted out of the room into space.
“We looked back and saw the earth fading in the distance as we accelerated out into the blackness. Then it seemed we stopped and it was very dark but it felt like we were in a big room somewhere.” Daniel said that they were just floating in midair amidst demonic looking creatures around them. He saw faces of deceased rock stars like Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin…and others that he did not recognize. He continues, “Jimi Hendrix was trying to warn us about something and he kept saying ‘go back, go back before it’s too late’ or words to that effect.”
Time didn’t seem to matter and Daniel had no idea of how long they stayed there. “Eventually,” he says, “we began flying again through some sort of tunnel and when we looked back at the earth there were all these bodies of people behind us and in front of us and it sounded like groaning and people were dying!” He explains it as looking like a spiraling mountain of dead and dying bodies in the tunnel all around them. They began to climb over the bodies while many were in the process of dying. The woman told Daniel that she couldn’t go any further. “Then, she died too. So, I crawled over her body and kept climbing, I was too afraid to stop.” Daniel explains.
He said that he had the impression that something was happening in the spiritual realm as if it was the end of time, the world was ending and so was his life. “I thought that I must be dead or dying too. I was really very alone and desperately panicking. I started screaming for JESUS to save me!” Then, suddenly, everything vanished and he was all alone at the end of the tunnel…except for a face that appeared from nowhere.
“It was the face of my step-grandfather who had been a preacher. His eyes were glowing like fire and he was just shaking his head back and forth and saying so loudly, ‘go back, go back, there is no back door to heaven, you came the wrong way, go back now!’ His voice was real loud too,” continues Daniel.
He began praying even harder and louder “Jesus save me!” He looked down and was hovering in the apartment room over his body where there were thousands of demonic looking beings circling around his body seeming as if they were trying to get into his body.
Daniel said that he was also circling with his right arm up with a clenched fist. As he was circling in the air, a deep powerful voice came out of his mouth. “It was saying ‘I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by Me!” At the same time, his fist made a circle and with every circle, Daniel said, “It made more demons vanish until they were all gone. When they were all gone, my spirit or soul “fell” back into my body. I woke up or came to at the same time the Korean girl was waking up. Both of us were scared to death about what had happened.” Amazingly, she remembered what Daniel had remembered!
However, another curious “coincidence” occurred. Daniel admits, “Now I know most folks just chalk it up to bad drugs and a bad trip and I did too, until years later, I was in this rehab center trying to get my life straightened out. There, I met this guy that I had never met but he seemed familiar.” As they began to talk, Daniel’s new friend mentioned that he was in Pusan Korea at the same time as Daniel. Strangely, this man had flipped out on the same clinical acid, on that same night… and was one of the people in the big room with the dead rock stars. “That was really eerie.” Daniel reflects.
‘Well,” said Daniel,” most folks would say that this account is a valid NDE but I am convinced it was and Jesus is the only reason that I am alive today.” However, as many who return from a frightening NDE, seem lost, confused and do things such as trying to take their own lives, Daniel tried several more drug overdoses to end his life. Years rolled by and the study of Near-Death experiences became less ‘taboo’, a recognized science, and people began to discover explanations – and finally, so did Daniel.
(Continued in Part 2 – Still tormented by LSD overdose and near-death experience in Hell – Part 2)