I entered a turn on my motorcycle too fast. I have no memory of this part. It is always a bone chill of fear when you come close and something you can always recall in detail. Instead, this time, I was viewing me riding my cycle, even noting the dust from my rear wheel, as I was riding off the shoulder of the road. I was parallel, trying to dissipate speed. I seemed to be viewing from a twenty foot altitude and seventy five feet away from the bike. In the next instant, all of me was on the bike trying to regain control. The bike slid from the shoulder into a ditch to a sudden stop from fifty miles per hour (police estimate). I sustained three broken badly ribs, which gave no end to pain and misery. I used to think it was just physics and the lay of the land that dictated outcome in an accident. It was that sudden stop with no sliding, just like flying a plane into the side of a mountain. Five years ago, I crashed an ultra-light airplane. I was approaching the runway at two hundred fifty feet above the ground when a sudden gust of wind got under my wing and forced me into a graveyard spiral spin. I was unable to quickly regain control and soon became disoriented from the spin itself. The wing of the plane was perpendicular to the earth and I was corkscrewing down. More disconcerting was the strobe effect of full exposure to the sun, followed by the full shade of my wing in rotation. It took no more than thirty seconds to impact from the moment of loss of control. My eyes could not possible about to this light change. It seemed longer, of course. I knew I was going to die and that was that. There was nothing else to do but wait and hope it will be quick. I mulled this over and over. Suddenly, crash-boom, followed by several more crashes and booms. I opened my eyes in a brown cloud. Alive, maybe? I crawled out cutting my left thumb slightly. That was my worst injury. The plane was totally destroyed and did not resemble a plane at all. The wing tip hit first. The plane cart wheeled to a stop. I have pictures I took immediately after the crash. I even have some of the emergency vehicles approaching.
Why was I out of body this time in a compressed time frame, and not in a classic scenario like five years ago?
Date NDE Occurred: 08/01/05
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident. Event preceded crash
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was fully conscious.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning Only the time of separation where I could not recall entering the turn. The instant of re-joining was seamless. I was looking at myself and merged into myself without hesitation or shock.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? It seemed like it was quiet while I was viewing myself.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Just the quiet during the experience.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Mild surprise. Relief to get back in my body in an emergency. It was as clear (the experience), and as real as anything before or since.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I know I had an out of body experience.
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 was out. Then I came back.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes They were patient and understanding. Humoring, even.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No