Curtis F FDE

Experience Description

I worked as a technician in an ammunitions factory, making ordnance for the Vietnam War effort. I dropped a large portion of mines on the production floor.

A male voice said 'You are born' or 'It begins.' Then a deck of cards appeared. The first few cards were black. Then every card after that was a snapshot of everything important that I have ever done up to the moment of the accident.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: August 16, 1967

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No. Accident. Life threatening event, but not clinical death

How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely distressing

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? More consciousness and alertness than normal Time slowed to a crawl

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Just following the event

Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning I knew that the real world was still there, the sounds, lights…. But the playing cards were clear and direct, showing past events of many kinds.

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 believed I could multitask at many levels

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Not sure, appeared to be heightened

Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No

Did you see any beings in your experience? No

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No

Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No

Did you see an unearthly light? No

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

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Amazement

Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness

Did you have a feeling of joy? No

Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? No

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No

The experience included: Life review

Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control Everything important

Did scenes from the future come to you? No

Did you come to a border or point of no return? No

God, Spiritual and Religion:


What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Greatly important to me

What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Protestant Raised in a conservative Christian environment

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me

What is your religion now? Christian- Protestant More open religiously

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

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 heard a voice I could not identify The male voice began the viewing process with, 'It begins' or 'You are born.'

Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No

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? No

During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Yes God's voice

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? Yes Just that the information provided was from Him. God definitely exists.

Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists

Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:


During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes

Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are meaningful and significant

During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? Yes His control

Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife definitely exists

Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes A being (God) was aware of all, and was showing me that He was in control.

Did you fear death prior to your experience? I did not fear death

Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death

Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Moderately fearful in living my earthly life

Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Moderately fearful in living my earthly life

Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are meaningful and significant

Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant

Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No

During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No

Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others

During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes Peace toward others.

Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others

What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Moderate changes in my life

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain I don't think anyone who goes through this twice is ever the same.

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 as accurately as other life events that occurred around the time of the experience. The accident and the event happened so quickly, almost simultaneously.

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain I can see events emerging.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I don't remember

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 This event happened again, several weeks later in a near death car accident, exactly as described above.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I've met many people who have had identical experiences.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes This event happened again, exactly as this experience, when I experienced a near fatal car crash.