My accident happened after lunch outside the school cafeteria. It was customary to help the janitor take the trash outside to the dumpsters. There was a side-door with two to three concrete steps going down. This is where the accident occurred. I fell and hit my head unsupported on one of these concrete steps. I don't remember the accident. The circumstances are vague.
What I do vividly recall, is finding myself floating over a scene unfolding on the ground below me. It was a very surreal experience in hindsight. But at the time my Being was without negative feelings like fright, anxiety, concern, etc. It was a completely peaceful feeling. It was very natural and I had no worries. I know I was very young at the time, but I am able to still experience it as it happened all these many years later. As I floated over the scene, I witnessed the other kids below me who were huddled around my body. Somewhere along the line, they moved my body closer to the large trash dumpster which was top loading type and had wood steps with platform to reach it.
Why they moved my body, I'm not sure. It was speculated later that this was done by the administrators at the school to cover up how the accident happened. But they did move my body and I did watch them do it. This is an important point, because there was a court deposition made by me where I testified that they moved my body and the judge asked me how I knew this. In a matter of fact way, I told him I watched them do it. I was floating up above watching them. The judge was skeptical. I was 5 years old, and wasn't just making it up. How and why would I? It was confusing to them. I didn't think it was confusing and thought it was natural.
After floating above my body for some time, I began to slowly rise. I remember the large trees that I began to float above and past. I didn't get much higher than that. Then I shot back down.
My next recollection was briefly regaining consciousness in the back of my mother's car as she rushed me to the hospital. The school didn't call an ambulance. Times were different back then I suppose. I was in a semi-coma for a few days at the hospital. I regained consciousness abruptly at night by myself in a hospital room a few floors up. I got out of bed, walked to the window and was freaked out because I didn't know where I was at.
The thing that stands out about the whole experience was the feeling. It was a feeling of complete peace unlike anything felt before or since. I know I was very young, but the feeling was very mature beyond my years at the time. It was the feeling of peace, content, acceptance of the circumstance without question. It wasn't something that I questioned and it was totally natural. I do have the sense that I was sent back for a purpose, but I'm not sure what that may be. I don't live a perfect life. I do have strong morals, but not a passive life either. I suppose someday my questions will be answered. Until then I don't fear death but I don't embrace it either.
Date NDE Occurred: 1973
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident. Direct head injury. Other: Unconscious with blunt force head injury.
I fell and hit my head on concrete steps while at school (kindergarten)
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I watched them move my body, which later it was proven to have happened.
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal. I was 5 years old, but my consciousness was more mature in thought.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Whole time.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Were your senses More vivid than usual? More vivid than usual
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. At 5 years old, my vision was in short pulses, never focusing very long on anything. During my experience, I was calm and focused and everything was just matter of fact. Why? It never entered the mind
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I don't recall hearing anything.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere, as if by ESP? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? No emotion except peace and tranquility
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? No
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? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
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? Unaffiliated- Nothing in particular- Religious unaffiliated. I was very young so religion was not established at the time.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes More religious. I believe in God
What is your religion now? Christian- Other Christian. I believe in Christ and God
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience. I was very young. I didn't have any beliefs in what the meaning of life is.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes Our purpose is to live and is decided by a higher power. In my opinion suicide is a very bad thing.
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
During your experience, did you gain information about an afterlife? An afterlife probably exists. I was self aware still.
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Slight changes in my life
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes Hard to explain the feelings. Almost like anything that encumbered me was gone. Very pure feeling, like being just born.
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience. I was age 5. I only remember bits and pieces from that age. My experience is complete and vivid to this day 45 years later
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? The peace of mind was extraordinary
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Less than a years in a live court deposition in front of a judge. Met by skepticism. How can anyone understand something like that.
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 Thought it was natural. I didn't know any better. I was 5 at the time.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real It has always been a part of my life. It really happened.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Age specific questions may be good. Children interpret things differently than adults.
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