Near-death scenarios can differ greatly in imagery and feeling sense. They can also be very difficult to integrate. Here are the two near-death states experienced by Ray: one when he was only 10 years old, the second when 16. It is important that experiencers like Ray share their episode with others, and talk especially about what happened afterward. That way everyone can have a better idea of what actually goes in with individuals who have them and how they are changed. . . and challenged. The near-death phenomenon is not a fairy story. It is a real, physical event that happens to any one of any age, anywhere.
Child experiencers of near-death states do not respond to their experience in the same manner as do adults. Children compensate; they do not integrate. For that reason, it is not unusual for a child experiencer to take 20 to 30 years or more before they begin to ask questions about what happened to them and why they have always been a little "different" from their peers. Once they "connect the dots" and recognize how their experience really did have a tremendous affect on their lives and the choices they made, they begin to open up in healthy, new ways. In my research base of 277 child experiencers, 21% attempted suicide within about eight years to get back to The Other Side. None of those I had sessions with thought they were doing anything negative or hurtful by taking such action; they just wanted to return to the bright worlds - the place of their homey home. I discuss this conundrum at length in my book, CHILDREN OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM. Micellanea's case began with an attempted suicide and included many other attempts later on. What Micellanea went through and why should inspire all of us to get the word out, educate people, about the special needs of children. Whether their experience was fun or frightening, kids could use a little extra help processing what they went through.
Although this incident seems more like an out-of-body experience, I consider it to be an initial near-death experience, especially because of the way it has affected the boy throughout his life and even now as an older adult. Children are prone to have brief episodes like this (refer to "The New Children and Near-Death Experiences"). The young Len easily could have been killed in this fall. It is a miracle that he wasn't. Len, by the way, is the husband of Margaret Fields Kean. You may remember her story in several of my books, especially "Beyond the Light," in the Transcendent Cases chapter. The two were always able to share with each other on a very deep level. Perhaps this story explains why they had that unique sensitivity.