Charles E. Hicks – has a NDE with celestial music and a sight of paradise
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
This case was taken from Fate Magazine of April, 1967
On a Sunday evening in May, 1950, I suffered a ruptured appendix following an-attack-of food poisoning. I knew I was in serious trouble and resigned myself to whatever might happen after the emergency surgery.
I awakened in my hospital room at 11:00 p.m. I recognized my wife standing near my bed, then passed into coma. During these critical comatose hours the visions appeared. . . . As a "spectator" I saw myself lying unconscious on a hospital bed.
In another part of the "stage" I was standing at the gateway to another world. Somehow I knew the man at the gate, the doorway to eternity, wasn't real. He was an image of the man on the bed but composed of some ethereal substance.
Stretching out before me (in my role as gatekeeper) I could see a broad white expanse - a field of cotton batting. In the distance a range of low gold tipped hills stood sharp against a clear blue sky. From somewhere beyond the hills came the sound of a choir singing in a strange tongue. A brilliant morning sun lighted the blue sky above the hills. I wanted to walk into the sun but a voice from beyond bade me go back to finish something I had left undone.
I turned and walked into a black void that rose like a high wall around me.