I was running late for work and was driving at 100 mph to get to work on time. It was late at night about 11.30 pm it was winter and there was light-sleet falling.
The car I was driving had a fault with the brakes. If the brakes were applied heavily, the car would pull to the left. Normally this was not a problem but on this night, I had a few too many drinks to be driving.
I was driving on an elevated road with about a three to four meter drop off the sides. I came up to a sharp corner and hit the brakes hard to take the corner. The car ran off the road, I remember knocking down two white posts, and then everything went black. Later I found out that I had 'flipped' the car end over end three times, it landed on the roof and then rolled over onto its wheels.
The next thing I was floating above my body there was a bright light behind me but I didn't turn and look at it. This accident happen on a country road with no traffic and nowhere near a town, at night and with rain and light-sleet falling. So the light did not come from any artificial source or the moon.
As I was floating I was just transfixed at just looking at myself (it is a weird feeling looking at your own body) I had a bad cut on my head and blood was coming out of me very quickly. I felt so warm and peaceful it's a hard feeling to describe and I also felt no pain. You don't realize how match pain you live with every day until you have an experience like this.
Then my whole life was played out for me. It was like watching a video on fast forward. I saw myself being born then it seemed to just stop for a fraction of a second every now and then at things that happened, like my first day at school. Then it was over in what seemed like just a second or two. Then a voice said to me, 'Do you want to live or die?'
I was given the impression that I only had a short time to make up my mind or it would be out of my hands. At the time, I didn't really care one way or the other, but I thought about my family and how sad they would be if I died and so I said live.
As soon as I said live, I was back in my body and I stopped the bleeding from my head. I got out of the car and walked away with virtually nothing wrong with me except cuts and bruises. I made a mess of that car I can tell you. I have a picture of it and no one who has seen it will believe that I walked away from it. That's about it.
Date NDE Occurred: 1975
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? Positive
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I was out of my body and looking at myself. I have never felt so warm and peaceful in my life. It was like I was there watching someone else.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Very alert maybe more than normal.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
This is difficult to explain. Time seemed to slow down but everything seemed to be happening at once, that's the best I can explain it. Space was normal.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. No noises of any sort, even though it was raining. Only the voice asking me if I want to live and that was in my mind not from outside my body.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain A voice spoke to me.
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes There was a bright light behind me but I did not turn and look at it.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Beautiful warmth and peacefulness with no pain.
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control It was like on a screen in my mind running at very high speed. I don't really know if I learnt anything that I didn't already know. It happened so quickly that it was hard to focus on any one bit of it. It seemed that I was just getting a quick general view of my life.
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
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 I was asked whether I wanted to live or die. I am sure that if I would have chosen death I would have bled to death in the car. I lost a lot of blood.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Liberal None
What is your religion now? Liberal Metaphysics
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I fully believe in life after death now. I wasn't sure before.
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? Yes The voice that spoke to me has stayed with me and advises me what to do all the time. I have found that if I don't follow the advice then usually I am 'forced' to follow it or something bad happens.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The best was the beautiful feeling of warmth and peace. The worst was going back to my body I often wish I had taken death.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I have only told people like you about my experience. Ordinary people just don't believe me.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes I left my body again about eight years later, see above. But it was not anything like the first one.