Immediately after hitting the steel girders, I felt myself floating out of my body and hovering above it. I was aware of all the people watching me, as I lay paralyzed by the shock of what had just occurred. I remember looking down down at my own body and seeing it for the first time in a three-dimensional way. I have read somewhere that many times people don't relate to their bodies when they go through a near-death experience, but I did. I remember there was no pain whatsoever. I felt free, happy, and whole, and I knew that this was the real me. I am happy and whole individual.
As I looked down at my bloody and lifeless body, an enormous wave of compassion instantly washed over me, and I wanted to let everyone know that I would be fine. I think everybody thought I was dead. They needed to know that this was only a temporary condition, but they could not hear my thoughts.
Then suddenly I felt myself being pulled at an enormous speed. I felt as if I was raising higher and higher, and I immediately became aware of a brilliant light. This light seemed all-knowing, yet it reminded me that I also had all this knowledge. Instinctively, I knew that everything I ever needed to know was already inside of me. I remember being aware that I was one with all the people on the planet simultaneously in that one moment. I realized that we were all connected. How can I explain it? I was aware of people in different countries involved in many types of activity at the same time. Overall, I knew that everyone was me, but in a different body. I was filled with a sense of depression from people in hospitals and prisons. I could see people praying in churches mosques, and temples. I felt their intentions for the world and each other, even though they were not aware of each other's common thoughts and prayers.
As my awareness peaked, I was very conscious of the beautiful planet earth i call home. It was so extraordinary. I was aware of it breathing and pulsating much like a human body. It wasn't a big ball of lifeless matter, but very much alive. It shone like a shimmering blue and green jeweled floating in the universe. As I looked closer, I could see some of the horrible destruction done to Mother Earth. It was like seeing inside a person's body that had tumors and blocked arteries. I could see a blackness of impending death. The earth was gasping for breath from the weight of pollution piercing into her body. I knew then that she was dying and needed help from me. I had to do something even though at the time I felt helpless.
At that instant, I remember thinking,"I can't go yet. My work is not done. I have to go back and save earth. I must tell others that this planet lives, and that we have a responsibility to keep her alive. We can kill her!" But how could I go back and fix her when probably every bone in my body is broken?
A being of the light quickly filled me with the impression that I was part of a divine plan, as us every person, and that my ultimate purpose ins to love and serve all sentient beings. I could tell that they light-being understood all my fears and doubts. I was assured that I would heal and be able to do the work necessary to feed my soul and help Mother Earth.
The moment I had this thought, I was immediately back in my body. I awakened to find myself lying on a gurney in an ambulance. I could hear the sound of the siren as two paramedics knelt over me, both faces filled with apprehension and concern. I smiled and heard one of them say, "We got him back". Yes, you could say I came back that day. I came back in a new light and with a new perspective. I have since been involved in many green projects and have created organizations all over the world to save the planet. Since my experience, I have never looked at life, death, and people the same. I honor everyone I come in contact with, especially myself. Erik.
Taken from What The Dead Can Teach Us About Life...Unfinished Business James Van Praagh. Pg 176-178