I left work around 9:30 pm. It was raining steady but not hard. I was heading toward the interstate on-ramp that I always take to head home. I saw the on-ramp speed limit sign. As soon as I did, I turned my wheel to take the right turn. At which point my car went off the road to a wet grassy shoulder, with a line of trees dead ahead. As soon as my car left the road, everything seemed to slow down. I remember being able to think and figure out what do, figure out all the outcomes. I saw my wife as clear as day standing right before me. After what seemed like a few moments, I remember pushing my clutch in and jamming the brakes. The car slid to a stop, about three feet from smashing into a tree. Once I had stopped, I got out the car. Had I not stopped the car, it would have smashed into several trees that lined alongside a ditch.
Date NDE Occurred: 'January 27th, 2009'
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? Frightening
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 As soon as my car left the road.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? As soon as my car left the road.
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
As soon as my car went off the road, time stopped. I could think about what I needed to do, all my options, and how to execute them.
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. I could see further, and almost a night vision type look sight. I could see the trees perfectly clear. Even though my headlights weren't showing them, and their were no street lights.
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
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? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Scared. Thought only about my wife.
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 I saw my wife. I was only thinking about her, and if I had died, how much pain and suffering it would have caused.
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No
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? Conservative/fundamentalist Roman Catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Roman Catholic
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
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? It made me see how much I really do love my wife.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes That night. With my wife. She was scared, but grateful I made it home safe.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes Throughout my life, I have had SEVERAL NDEs, all of which involved motor vehicles. I crashed a motorcycle, which ended me up in a hospital for a day, and I couldn't remember being in the crash because I was knocked out. When I awoke the next day, I was fine.
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
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No