I Stopped Breathing.
I don't know anyone in this group, or what your experiences and topics have been, so I guess I'll start with mine.
I've struggled with asthma since about the age of 5. I had an attack in 1978 at the age of 7 in which I stopped breathing and wound up in an ICU for a few days. Ironically, now don't get the idea I'm comparing myself to anyone here, but I got out of the hospital on Easter Sunday. The nurses offered Easter candy (sugar was one of my biggest allergies!) I politely declined, saying I didn't want to do that all over again!
At some point during that time I had my experience which began as a dark and lonely sensation. That part is the clearest memory I have still today (at 35). I do recall a kind of life review, meeting with someone and seeing myself in the hospital bed, surrounded by doctors. I remember being given the advice not to go back, but to start over again in another time and place. Obviously I didn't want to give up just then, and so here I am.
I make no claims to being psychic, but after that event things in life have a certain familiarity to them like I've been shown this before. One friend who knew me before and after said he liked the before person better. At the time, I hadn't realized that I changed.
I guess I waited until about 2002 to process and acknowledge all of this, and still, I'm interested to learn more. PMH Atwater's book; 'Coming Back To Life' really struck a chord in me and I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a better understanding of this phenomenon.
Good Holiday wishes to you all, J.H.