I was hit by a car while I was driving a motorcycle. I saw my life history. I seemed to travel into the future. I witnessed my parents grieving at my funeral. Then I was moving toward a light in the darkness. I experienced a great peace. Suddenly I was over my body. I could see myself crumpled on the concrete surrounded by several people. I then awoke and stated, 'I am alive.' I don't remember saying that but that it's what the woman who hit me told me. I remember being upset that I had returned.
Date NDE Occurred: 'April, 1971'
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident It was life-threatening...people at the scene thought I was dead....not sure if my heart stopped Other It was life-threatening...people at the scene thought I was dead....not sure if my heart stopped
I was on a motorcycle and was hit by a car.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I saw my body on the ground. I heard people stating that I was dead.
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 The memories were vivid.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
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 exist.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? More vivid than usual
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I can't remember.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I can't remember.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
The experience included: Tunnel
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes The beginning of a tunnel.
Did you see any beings in your experience? I sensed their presence
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain I think I saw my grandmother.
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? Some unfamiliar and strange place It was a long time ago and is difficult to describe.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I was sad for my Mom, but not for me. I was content.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
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 Everything was connected somehow; all energy was interconnected.
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? I remembered many past events
The experience included: Awareness of the future
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from my personal future I saw my parents grieving at my funeral.
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 I didn't decide to return. I questioned why I was returned.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Moderately important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Protestant I was very religious before my accident.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I am no longer religious.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Not important to me
What is your religion now? Unaffiliated- Agnostic
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was both consistent and not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience There was life after death which was consistent with my beliefs. However, it was not like I imagined nor was there any judgement.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Religion became less and less relevant.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No I don't remember.
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I sensed their presence
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? Yes Time travel
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Yes It was like there was a forcefield that connects everything
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God definitely exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? I am uncertain if God exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes I was no longer as afraid to die because I knew what was in store for me.
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are probably meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife probably exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes An awareness that all energy is connected and that I was part of that energy.
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I moderately feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I slightly fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are not meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? Uncertain Religion, as I knew it, had no meaning.
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Slight changes in my life After my experience I looked for answers from preachers and a priest. I sought other people who had experienced the same thing.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience It has been over forty years and this remains one of my most memorable events.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Most meaning is the awareness of what to expect when you die.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? No I shared it with other people immediately. Virtually everyone was skeptical.
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
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Memories fade with time.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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