Experience Description

My boyfriend and I were playing around in the park. I was doing back-flips and for some strange reason I wanted to show him, I could do one over him. He got down on his hands and knees and I proceeded backward over him. Somehow, I landed on my head.

When I became 'alert', I only had the feeling of being alert. There was only total blackness, no sound, nothing, not even from myself. Slowly my thoughts seemed to come to me. I realized I was just suspended in this blackness. I wasn't afraid, I was just aware. Very, very slowly, I would drift right or left, and then stop. I repeated these motions until I became aware that I was actually inside a black funnel. I could tell that I was near the bottom. At times, I would stay stationary, at other times I would very slowly drift around the sides of the funnel. As my movement increased, I noticed that the more I moved up toward the top of the funnel, the faster I would drift around the sides of the funnel. I also could 'hear' something, although I wasn't registering what it was. Let me state that I was controlling my movements. I don't know what was making me active, I just was.

I started noticing that I was bobbing up and down in this funnel. I would get closer to the top and then bob down toward the middle. Eventually, I began to stay close to the top of the funnel. I was aware of drifting around the side of the funnel, and now it was continual. I wasn't stationary any longer. I just kept drifting around and around the side of the funnel, and then I began to slow down. I could hear muffled sounds here, and I slowly kept drifting around until I slowly drifted to a halt. I then opened my eyes. I wasn't aware of anything. I could see this person talking to me but I didn't understand anything he was saying. I really don't think I even heard him. I was totally dazed. Soon I could hear my boyfriend calling my name.

I answered him. He was crying and said how I had scared him. My memory came back and I was able to figure out where I was and who my boyfriend was. He helped me up and practically carried me to his vehicle. He took me to the emergency room and told them I had gone into convulsions when I had landed on my head. He said I had lain there and shook my entire body, and then suddenly went lifeless. I don't remember anything like that. The doctors examined me and found nothing. They thought I could have possibly suffered a neck injury so they x-rayed my neck but found nothing. They said I was a lucky girl; I could have broken my neck doing something silly like what I did in the park. Needless to say, that was the end of my acrobatic days.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: around October 1979

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Accident I knocked myself unconscious doing a back-flip.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Disturbing

Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain I was not aware of my body. I was just aware of my mind; my thought process.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I felt I was alert and conscious although I felt a lot of nothingness.

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Just a kind of humming(?) I don't know how to describe it.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes I wasn't aware of passing into this funnel. When I became alert, this is where I was.

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No

The experience included: Darkness

Did you see an unearthly light? No

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm The 'funnel'.

What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt nothing. I didn't have any cares. I just 'was'.

Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control

God, Spiritual and Religion:

What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate Baptist /catholic

What is your religion now? Moderate Baptist /catholic

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? No

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Nothing at the time. Now I think I was blessed and I'm thankful for the experience. I had another experience since that time (which I have also submitted) and understand a great deal more.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I don't remember what people's reactions were at that time. The reactions now are labeled 'creepy', etc.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No