I was traveling down a city street in a compact rent-a-car at about 40 mph when my car blew a tire and the vehicle I was in spun out and ended up on the other side of the road facing the wrong direction. As my vehicle came to rest, a semi-truck was approaching me. The truck was in another lane of a two-lane street and proceeded to slam on the brakes. While sitting there in the rental car I actually saw things and people that occurred in my life flash before me. It seemed like years of events and people I loved the most all appear before my eyes in a matter of 10 to 20 seconds. Right after the flashes, I saw the semi pass right in front of me and miss my vehicle by a matter of inches; at that point, I realized that had he struck me that I would have probably died.
This event was unlike anything I had ever experienced in life. I heard of things like this happening to people, but to have actually experienced it just further reinforced my belief that there is a higher power, whether it is God or any other name one might use. I just happen to believe it is God.
Date NDE Occurred: don't remember exactly
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Life threatening event, but not clinical death . I was inches away from being hit head-on by a semi-truck.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
Did you feel separated from your body? No
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Normal
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning It felt like time was standing still for those 10 to 20 seconds.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? Actually, it was like complete silence for a moment and then the screeching of the semi-truck tires as he passed me.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Void
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Very intense and focussed
What emotions did you feel during the experience? At first, I was very nervous but then I felt everything would be OK.
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
The experience included: Life review
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 Just small incidences of predictability.
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Liberal Lutheran
What is your religion now? Liberal lutheran
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes My belief in God remained strong if not stronger at the time.
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? Uncertain
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Best part was having my faith reinforced by the event and worst being that I realized that I could have died.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Hard to say, I think that they just took it as something that occurred.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? It remains clear in my mind as if it happened.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? I can't think of anything at the moment. I feel that this covers most if not all the questions pertaining to my experience.