Experience Description

When I was thirteen, I was shot in my right thigh with a rifle, the bullet broke my femoral artery vein in my leg. At the time I was shot, I had what seemed like a flash of my life, and all past experiences. Although I do not remember a single thing from this experience, I do know that it happened, the best way that I explained it over the years was like a giant picture of thousands on tiny pictures, that flashed in my mind.

It was of course just a second or two, maybe more?

As I awoke, getting up off the ground, I realized that I had been shot in the leg. I tried to stand up but could not I dropped back to the ground, as the blood started running down my leg. Immediately my leg ballooned out, from the clogging of the blood in my right thigh. Afterwards the doctors had told myself and my family, if this did not happen I would have bled to death within minutes.

Since this time in my life, I became a free thinker, loner, not the same as what they would call the 'sheep' of society, definitely a very open minded person, with what many would call, and have over the years, strange and weird views on life. I also experienced since this time in my life twenty-three years ago, a sense of psychic abilities, it seems, a sense of having seen this before or thoughts in my head which would present themselves days later - much like enhanced déjà-vu.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: 1986

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'

How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed

Did you feel separated from your body? No

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness As above.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I really do not think I was fully alert, as I went into a fearful shock while waiting for the ambulance to arrive at the scene of accident. The only time I would have been fully alert to my surroundings would have been seconds before I got hit with the bullet.

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

Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. It seemed like it did, from the flash of pictures.

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

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

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 might have, do not remember, might have been in the flash of pictures that I experienced.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No

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

The experience included: Life review

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 Somewhat now after experience, with feelings or thoughts, via déjà-vu.

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? Liberal none

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Liberal none

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? Uncertain I think since the experience in my life, I now get this feeling, sense of knowing.

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Well the sense that I have experienced something in my life that many do not. A sense of being more in tune with reality then others.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes

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 Weeks after I got out of the hospital, I began to think back about the day of accident and, it started to become more clear to me what happened at the time the bullet hit me.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I know it happen. I can think about it.

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

Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? No.