I was driving in open country that morning, heading towards the village of Saint-Romain on a small fairly straight narrow road, to go to my practice surgery, as usual. I was quite tired. I had a urinary infection which had dragged on for several weeks and which I was just treating by drinking a lot of water and herbal infusions. All of a sudden, a doe sprang up in front of the car. I braked. Then I had a strange turn and I left my body. It was as though I was snapped up and over the roof of the car into an immense and serene light. I began to rise above the car, which continued on its way at a good speed. At this point, the road had a slight bend and I said to myself, 'Hey, the car hasn't turned enough, that's weird!' At the same time, I felt as if I was flying. It was nice and enjoyable. I didn't really care about the car that looked like it was getting smaller and smaller. When I again looked down at the car, it still wasn't slowing down. I suddenly realized that it was my car, that I had not turned the wheel enough, and that I was heading straight for a large linden tree. As I saw myself from above driving the car without any fear, I said to myself, 'Domi, brake!! Turn the wheel, or you'll hit the tree!'But the car did not brake, nor did it turn. It slid into the ditch at the same speed and struck a low stone wall below the level of the road just before hitting the tree. The wall was lifted and thrown onto the road 10 meters further on, the car bouncing back on the road, completely crushed.Then (how much later I couldn't say), I became aware of struggling for breath and coughing. I was surrounded by the airbags, which were torn to bits. My watch was broken; my cell phone was in two pieces. I felt nothing was wrong with me. This is what I thought: 'Wow! My car is wrecked, Jean-Marie (my husband) will be really mad, he won't be able to fix it!!' I wasn't thinking about myself, and I got out of the opposite side where the door was still working. I wasn't shaking; I had no fear nor pain. I felt good, and leaning my back against the tree I put my cell phone back together and it was working. I called Jean-Marie and told him I had smashed the car but I was OK. I wanted him to give me a lift to my practice surgery. He thought I was strange after such a shock, and wanted to take me home to the farmhouse. But I was insistent, telling him I was OK, and that I was going to work. As time passed, I felt the pains start. It turned out I had a fractured sternum, a large hematoma on my forehead, other bruises, showing black, on my left buttock, left knee and left shoulder.
Date NDE Occurred: 18 Sept 2009
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
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 clearly left my body and existed outside it
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Were your senses more vivid than usual? More vivid than usual
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
The experience included: Unearthly light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? An unusually bright light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
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? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
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? No comment Je crois que la Vie est Une , que seul les formes separes du plan physique nous donnent l' impression de la separativite et nous passons notre vie a rechercher cette Unite des Vies multiples manifestees sur Terre
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain I already, from other experiences, had a great faith in the unity of life and that, being one, it will never end. It simply takes other forms.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? No comment La religion est un outil au service des hommes pour apprehender l ' unite des Vies multiples et le principes d' Amour qui regit notre Univers ... Je ne suis pas religieuse mais je suis profondement croyante dans une vision Unitaire du regne humain , comme celle de chaque autre regne , vegetal , mineral , animal ,planetaire ou stellaires
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience Je ne pensais pas pouvoir vivre 2 choses a 2 endroits au meme moment
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? No
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? No
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? No
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? No
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? No
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 oui parce que vu le choc , j' aurai du avoir mal immediatement ou etre dans un etat de panique immense alors que je suis sortie en enjambant les sieges avant du vehicule sans aucun mal malgre les fractures , et apres avoir cherche a l' arriere du vehicul
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I greatly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Slightly fearful in living my earthly life
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? 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 Oui ,Je sentais que j' etais completement protegee que ce soit alors que je volais dans les airs ( en conscience ) ou alors que je suis revenue a moi dans la voiture
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 I live much more in the present moment and therefore feel myself more present in Life. I believe most of all that I love Life even more.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Yes I trust life, for myself, but also for all those I love and care for. I think I am wiser and more patient than ever.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
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 more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience Tout est reste extremement clair dans ma tete , que ce soient les visions , comme mes pensee durant l' experience : il y avait une acuite des sens que j' aimerais bien avoir dans la vie de tous les jours
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes Yes. I am much more intuitive, I have detailed dreams showing some of what will happen the next day, for example, or in the days following. I understand people much better, what makes them tick, I can easily understand them.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? There was a kind of loving understanding in the universe.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I told my husband straight away, as he was taking me back to my practice surgery.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I have been close to the dying process several times. Once, in the company of a female patient in her home, I had a sort of shared death experience. I had a change of consciousness on the third day after she died. It was ten years previously.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes Sometimes in the sexual act I feel that state of ecstasy.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? Ordinarily the slightest threat of an auto accident makes me shake with my whole being, but in this case I looked on the whole scene as if it did not concern me at all, though I knew all along that I was in fact involved.
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