I don't remember the actual accident, but I very clearly remember Jesus taking me by the hand and walking with me. We walked down by a pond. I don't remember any conversation taking place. The next thing I remember is seeing the top of the Life Flight helicopter and the rescue personnel milling around. I was in the helicopter and Jesus was holding my hand.
After some time I ran into one of the paramedics who responded with Life Flight. He told me that my recollection of the interior of the helicopter was accurate.
Date NDE Occurred: 09/07/2004
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident. Direct head injury I suffered a closed head injury when the pickup I was in flipped. Life threatening event, but not clinical death I had just had an accident and was unconscious and bleeding to death.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I clearly left my body and existed outside it
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was walking by the pond with Jesus.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? I was able to look down and see my body and the rescue workers.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes I saw what I was always thought to be Jesus. I don't remember any talking, but we held hands.
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin
Did you see an unearthly light? No
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I was happy. It was a feeling of extreme comfort and peace.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future I told my father that my mother was going to leave him. I guess time will tell. He didn't like that one so much and told me to go to sleep.
Did you come to a border or point of no return? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Liberal I was raised Baptist.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain I always went to church, but there was a part of me that didn't believe in God. I am a firm believer now. Firm.
What is your religion now? Liberal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain I always went to church, but there was a part of me that didn't believe in God. I am a firm believer now. Firm.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? No.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I was able to recount what happened as soon as I came out of the coma. Their reactions were skeptical, until we went out to the crash site and we all saw the pond.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real. I just thought, 'So there really is a God. Wow!'
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I still believe my experience was real.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No