I remember very vividly as though it happened yesterday. I actually went up and back from where I call 'home' three different times. I can recall being pulled or drawn to a very compelling bright light: spinning around very quickly. As I proceeded moving toward this light, I remember that there was some sort of wall, also spinning around me. I automatically had knowledge that whatever was in that spinning mass surrounding me was distant from God and life. It was not death but it was not good. It made me feel very sad. When I went into the light, I had no doubt that God was present. All the colors were much brighter; I felt a surge of energy. That energy was God giving me knowledge of where I was. Some he allowed me to be able to share and some things were very personal. I can't tell you what made me understand that it was God, I just knew. This happened to me three different times. I also remember that each time I crossed over into the spiritual world and came back; I possessed a different spirit, one of a boy in fact. The spirit that I possess now is one that has been alive forever. What happened to each spirit that I carried in each experience was left behind with God, including the one that I was born into the flesh. The one that lives in myself now was the last one God sent me back into the living world to finish out what God had intended it to do. I never knew about such a thing as near death experiences when the accident occurred, so sharing the event was not even given a thought. My family also noted that there was a change in me. On countless occasions, I was reminded that there was something different about me. I had changed and it seemed as though the Debra they knew did not exist anymore. All I know is that the Spirit that was living in Debra that came into the earth world was called back to God. In effect, Debra had died, and was never to return. I can remember each time I went to God, and leaving the spirit behind. It was though it was God's way of allowing that particular spirit to continue the rest of its existence on earth until it was his time to call it back to Him. I know there is a God. I know that spirits are only supposed to be in the flesh for a purpose. God let me know that. I am living proof. Home is where we go to God's home. I want to go back, for I know of the eternal Life, and Love, that is there. I have so many events that I have gone through since that time. These events remain unexplained as they are of God.
Date NDE Occurred: 1972
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident. Direct head injury. Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
I was in a severe head-on collision. I went through a windshield and then another. I laid bleeding until help arrived. My head split open, I lost massive amounts of blood. I had multiple breaks to my bones. I was told that I had flat-lined three times. I was given the nickname 'the miracle child'.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? No
I lost awareness of my body
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
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was aware of it all. I still am. There was no pain, suffering, no awareness of relative time. I was more tuned into everything. I just knew.
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
I can't put it into words.
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. My hearing was that of a normal child of eight years old. I see what other people don't. Spiritual things.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. The same as the vision.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out
The experience included: Tunnel
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes It was like I was spinning like a top and being drawn into a light surrounding me, it was also a spinning wall. The wall around me was a dark void with sporadic streaks of bright light. It was not a place you would want to end up. I call it purgatory-like.
Did you see any beings in your experience? I sensed their presence
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes I just knew they were there and alive.
The experience included: Void
The experience included: Darkness
The experience included: Unearthly 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? Yes It was brighter than a million suns yet compelling.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm It was not of this earth, that's for sure.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt safe, secure and very happy.
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
The experience included: Special knowledge or purpose
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
The experience included: Awareness of the future
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 importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Moderately important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Catholic I was raised Roman Catholic. I attended mass and went to private school. I never felt comfortable with the Catholic methods on how they worship our God. It never felt right to me.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes They are stronger and have a purpose.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Other Christian My religious belief has always been Christian a believer in Christ. I just go about the relationship I have with him differently. More focused on God and Christ.
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely 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? Yes
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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 I just knew it was God. He let me know it was Him.
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I sensed their presence
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? Yes Same answer
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Yes No comment
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 Wish not to share at this time'
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? Unknown
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? Yes No comment
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? Unknown
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes I am very personal about that I would not like to respond on this at this time
Did you fear death prior to your experience? Unknown
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Unknown
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
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? Yes No comment
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? Yes No comment
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes No comment
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Large changes in my life Large changes in my life. Nothing is the same. I know more of the purpose why I am still here.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Yes
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes There were not then and until this very day I can't describe the awesome feeling it gave me to go through what I did. There just aren't enough words to describe the intense glorious feeling.
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I do not know how my remembrance of the experience compares to my remembrance of other life events at time
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? All of it.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Some were interested some not. Some have actually shared with me a similar experience.
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 probably real I did not have anything to compare it to so I didn't really think of it that way.
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? Yes
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