Experience Description

December 27, 1977: I was a self-employed stained glass contractor. I was on my way to a church to give them a bid on new stained-glass windows.

It was approximately 8 am. Going around a curve, I saw a logging truck in the opposite lane. Suddenly, a car came around the log truck into my lane. Next, I am floating above the accident scene watching two ambulance attendants take me out of my pickup. They said, ‘Well, we don't have to worry about this one.’

It started getting dark. Then I started moving. Faster and faster. Darker and darker, like I'm in a tunnel. I see a pinpoint of light. Brighter and brighter. Sudden stop.

I'm standing. Facing the most perfect person I have ever seen. The light was coming from him. He was the light. I recognize him as Jesus Christ. I have the most wonderful feeling of peace. He said, ‘I'm sorry, you can't stay, there is something you must do.’

Next, I'm lying on a table. A nurse is asking me if I know who I am. They sent me by ambulance to the hospital to see a specialist because my face was shattered and cut. He said I was fine. Spent an hour sewing me up. Next day, I was back at work. Twenty-five years later, I'm still wondering what it is I'm supposed to do.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: December 27, 1977

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Clinical death

How do you consider the content of your experience? Increase

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I watched them pull me out of my pickup and put me on a stretcher and load me into the ambulance.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Very alert.

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No

Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? A rushing sound when I started to move.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes

The experience included: Darkness

The experience included: Light

Did you see an unearthly light? Yes

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

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No

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? No

Did you come to a border or point of no return? No

God, Spiritual and Religion:

What was your religion prior to your experience? Lutheran Moderate

What is your religion now? Lutheran

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs 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? The best part was the peace of being at home with Christ. The worst part was not being able to stay.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No