Experience Description

Early evening (dusk) I was traveling in light traffic at about thirty mph, an oncoming vehicle came round a bend and didn't correct her steering. She crashed into me whilst doing at least fifty mph. I wasn't aware that I'd been hit, but I was aware that I wasn't where I was.

I didn't feel any pain, I thought I was totally conscious but I knew I wasn't. I tried to move but couldn't, I tried to talk but couldn't, I knew that I couldn't see but didn't care. I was so totally at peace that I expected something to happen so I stood, laid, sat. I wasn't actually doing anything but I was there. It's impossible to say for how long because there was no time associated in this place, I was there and I was enjoying myself. I asked the question to myself or anyone who might be listening, 'Am I dead?' I was told by my granddad (passed over four months previously), 'No!' I asked 'What happens now?'

I regained consciousness and was lying on the ground surrounded by the people that had pulled me from the car, in tremendous pain and in shock.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: August 9, 2004

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening Car crash.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain
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 It was a totally different type of consciousness, it was without any constraints.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was speaking to my granddad.

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 Time didn't have any meaning.

Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid

Did your vision differ in any way from normal? I didn't need to see, so it made no difference. I was totally aware of my surroundings.

Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? I didn't need to hear, the communication was psychic. I didn't need to hear anything else because there was no fear.

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

The experience included: Presence of deceased persons

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 spoke with my granddad.

The experience included: Void

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? Uncertain I don't know if it was light or spiritual/natural energy, it was holy.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I believe I experienced the gateway to Heaven.

What emotions did you feel during the experience? I don't think I felt emotion as we know it.

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

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

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes A renewed or more positive belief in our Lord.

What is your religion now? Moderate

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes A renewed or more positive belief in our Lord.

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 For me death has no secrets, I now know that there is a place after this life and I have a respectful familiarity for it.

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? Uncertain At the time I didn't understand what had happened.

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I have a much more spiritual awareness, and am more influenced by spiritual factors. It is a psychic experience but difficult to explain.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I am surprised at how much I remember from this experience and am amazed at how much it has influenced my general behavior.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? No

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Uncertain Heard about people having their life flash before their eyes, hocum-pokum sort of stuff. No, it didn't affect my experience at all.

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real. My granddad in this life has always been here for me. In death and in life I am so eternally grateful that he is happy and that he showed me.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. Spiritually I am so much more aware.

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