Experience Description

On or around June 12th 1979, I was walking across a parking lot. I looked up and a speeding van hit me and carried me about seventy-five feet across the parking lot into a muddy lot adjoining the paved one, it was a new strip mall not completely finished. The van continued into the muddy lot until it became stuck, then tried to back up and run over me again. The van could not move after that. I was very fortunate I only received superficial wounds and a broken nose. When the van hit me, I was strong enough to grab on to the grill as I went down and was pulled partially under, approximately seventy percent. The thing I have a problem with it is that I watched the whole thing from the side walk and can remember thanking God that it became stuck and did not take my life. Then I was back under the van and woke up at the local hospital. End of story?

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: June 1979

NDE Elements:

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

How do you consider the content of your experience? Frightening

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
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

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was watching what was going on from the side walk.

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 It was like it all took place in slow motion.

Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid

Did your vision differ in any way from normal? Everything was very clear like watching a movie on a big screen.

Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? Things seemed to be louder.

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 Things out of my field of vision seemed to be very bright.

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

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Happy as heck I was still alive!!

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

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

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

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Moderate

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? I couldn't believe I was watching what was taking place before my eyes.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes The next day my wife just gave me a puzzled look when I tried to describe what took place.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes Just in general stories nothing specific.

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real. I felt it was a blessing from God because I was not supposed to live after a hit like that!

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I feel today that it was a message to me that it was not my time to die and I can recall it like it happened yesterday.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes Dreams from time to time but I can recall the entire dream and I say this because when it happens I see things clearer than normal everything is crisp.