At approximately 7:00 am I fell asleep while driving. My car went off the road and when I tried to get back on I over corrected and hit a tree. I was thrown twenty feet out of the car. My injuries were; five vertebrae in my back and one in my neck were fractured, broke the femur on my right leg, broke the tibia/fibula and smashed the ankle on my left leg, both of my scapulas were broken, nine ribs were broken but, the most life threatening was my right shoulder. It had been torn open and was bleeding profusely. I don't remember the accident, but I do remember seeing my dad. He passed away June 2002, but that morning I saw him very clearly. He was standing above me, looking down, and he said 'Not now little one, we need you here.' There was a bright light all around him and behind him. He was glowing. I felt very safe and very loved. The next thing I remember is thinking that I was being abducted by aliens, but it was the helicopter ride that I was taking to the hospital. After this I remember waking up in the hospital and telling my brothers, 'I saw dad.'
Date NDE Occurred: Septmeber 18, 2005
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) I didn't have a pulse or blood pressure because I lost a lot of blood.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I lost awareness of my body
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 more aware of my emotions. I felt safer than ever before in my life.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When my dad appeared and told me to stay.
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 I wasn't aware that I was dying, but time definitely seemed to not exist.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? It was very bright and perfect. Crystal clear.
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 My dad, he said 'Not now little one, we need you here.'
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 The light was surrounding my dad. He was glowing in it.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Love, peace, safety.
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 Christian
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate
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 now know that my soul will go on to a beautiful place. No longer afraid of dying.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I think I am more aware of love and hate now. I can see my mistakes more clearly.
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 I have the same intuition I had before. I can hear the phone ring before it does and I know who it is. I can sing a song and it will be playing on the radio at the exact same time.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Most importantly I saw my dad and I know we will be together someday.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes That day. My step-mom cried.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes When I was fourteen I had an OBE. I was reading about OBE and that very night I had one. I was literally thrown out of my body. I landed on the floor of my bedroom. I could see my physical body sleeping in the bed. I was very afraid and sucked right back in.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real. I knew it was real and not my subconscious mind wandering or tricking me.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I know I'm lucky to be alive, but even better I got to see another dimension.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No