My first experience was in 1951. I was ten years old. I had been doing some artwork. My friend called to me, from outside. I ran to the window and pushed it up, to see what my friend wanted. I placed the paintbrush in my mouth, as I opened the heavy, old window. (In an apartment house on second floor.) The rope on the window broke - slamming the window into the top of my head, and jammed the wood, pointed end of the paintbrush up into the roof of my mouth. I was bleeding profusely. I went to the sink and blood poured from my mouth. I said to my mother 'It's pouring like a fountain.' Next thing I knew I was inside of a long tunnel, heading (feet first) down the tunnel at an incredible speed, toward a very bright light at the end of this tunnel. I woke up laying on my back on the floor, with my hands clawing at the floor on either side of me, trying to 'slow down' the speed.
My second experience was in 1959. I was eighteen and had just given birth (three weeks earlier) to my first child. I was out for a Saturday night with my husband and another couple. My husband and I were in the back seats of the car. It was raining and we were on our way home - on Compton Road - in Ohio, September 1959. We missed a curve and crashed into a tree. I went flying through the front passenger-side glass. My arm was nearly severed - requiring seventy-two stitches.
I viewed everything - floating beneath the tree. I saw my husband and me lying in the driveway. I saw the lady in her curlers and robe run from her house. I was not frightened - just very curious. I looked at my left hand, turning it over and over amazed that I had a form. I could feel the rain falling on me. I saw the ambulances coming- and noticed that one was a Ford and one a Cadillac. For some reason it seemed important to look at those models. I came to as they were putting me into the ambulance. I told them at the hospital what models the ambulances were and they couldn't believe I could know this.
Date NDE Occurred: 1951 and 1959
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Accident. Direct head injury Other 'First one, from having the wooden point of a paint brush jammed into the roof of my mouth. Second one- in a car wreck where I was flung through the glass of the passenger side window.'
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
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 Immediately.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Immediately.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
In the tunnel - a speeding of time, as my body flew through the tunnel at an amazing speed.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
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? Yes I was speeding through a tunnel feet first. Much like being on a Bob sled - only the speed was tremendous.
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Light
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? Yes An extremely bright light at the end of the tunnel.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I floated in the air, beneath a tree,where I watched everything going on.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? The 1951 'tunnel' experience: I felt a fright at the horrific speed I was traveling at, going down that tunnel.
The 1959 car wreck: 'out of body' experience. I was very relaxed - but very amazed that I was hovering beneath this tree, and that I had a 'form' - but not afraid in any way. Just observing and curious.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
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
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? Moderate Baptist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal
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? 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? Yes I realized that we have a soul, with a form - which surprised me.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I think I'm a lot more understanding and spiritual.
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? Yes A deeper understanding and caring for people, some ESP experiences, also visions.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The tunnel experience was especially meaningful, when I heard of others similar experiences, later in my life.
The car wreck experience was extremely significant as it made me realize that we do have a soul that can leave our bodies!!
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared them immediately. Some did not believe - said I 'dreamed' it - or I was in 'shock'. Many were influenced when I told them that we DO have a soul.
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 have never forgotten a single detail of both experiences.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real As the years went on, and I began hearing about the tunnel that I had been in, and first heard of 'out of body' experiences, I realized that what had happened to me had happened to others. But I realized the experiences were real, and would have been so, even if I'd never heard of another experiencing what I had.
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? These are the only two experiences I have ever had. Events that stays fresh in my mind.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Yes, you could ask HOW MANY experiences we've had. I feel I may have been confusing here, trying to describe the two experiences; the 'tunnel' at age ten and the 'out of body' at age eighteen.