Experience Description

I was driving down town with my friends. I wasn't paying attention and I went through a red light. Two cars slammed into me from the side. I hit my head on the steering wheel. Then I saw something bright. I looked up and saw a bright light and then I felt like I had no pain. Then I was flying through a tunnel and I kept on seeing flash-backs of my life. Then I knew I was dead. Then I was standing in a meadow. I looked around the meadow and someone was walking toward me. When they reached me, I noticed that it was my grandma. She came up to me and I said to her, 'Where am I?' She answered, 'You are in heaven, but you are not ready to die yet.' I asked her if I would ever follow my dreams but she said she couldn't tell me and then she was gone. I started to look for her. I could see flowers all over and animals where running but then it all started to fade away. I found myself in the hospital. My mom said that I had died. I told her the story and she believed me. That just happened two months ago. I got a new car.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: July 4 , 2005

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Accident Other in a car

How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful

Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain

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 Well I could pay more attention and I felt no pain and I felt happy.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was in the meadow.

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

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? Yes I was going through the tunnel and I kept on seeing flash-backs of my life.

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 They were in a field or meadow it was my grandmother and she told me I'm not ready to die yet.

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 It was extremely bright.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm a buitifle meadow with floweres animals running

What emotions did you feel during the experience? No pain, that I would never be sad again.

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 Well I learned to pay attention when I'm driving and that way I can't get killed.

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 Lutheran

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Liberal

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? No

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? No Well walking through the meadow.

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain I really don't know.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The meadow I felt so happy there.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes It's been maybe two months and none of them believe me.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes It taught me to pay more attention and watch what I do.

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real. I just viewed it as a near death experience because I know I had died.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I viewed it as mostly a lesson about not acting stupid while driving.

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

Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? Well at first I was scared.

Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Yes, did you see a family member?