Experience Description

I was driving to work at night and it was sleeting and raining heavily. I was running late and was speeding. I was driving at one hundred miles per hour when I hit the brakes too hard to take a corner. I ran off the road and struck two marker posts on the side of the road. Then everything went black. I then was out of my body floating above the car looking down at myself slumped forward in the driver’s seat, I was bleeding heavily from cuts on my head and for a few moments was transfixed watching myself bleed to death. I felt the greatest peace I have ever known and fell nothing but goodness flowing around me.

Although it was pitch black and raining, I could see clearly because there was a bright light behind me (I was twenty-five kilometers from the nearest light source, I was on a country road).

Then my whole life flashed before me on fast forward. I saw myself being born then it would pause a little at every major event that had happened to me. It seemed to take only a second or two from start to finish.

Then a voice said to me ‘Do you want to live or die.’ By the tone of the voice, it was saying to make up my mind quickly or else I wouldn't have a choice. I thought about how sad my family would be if I died so I said ‘Live’ and I was instantly back in my body.

I got out of the car, walked up to the road, and got a lift to my workplace where I was immediately sent to hospital. But apart from a lot of cuts and bruises, I wasn't badly hurt. I was released from hospital after two days of observation.

I was told later that it looked like the car had flipped end over end three times, landed on the roof then rolled over onto its wheels. When I went and saw the car in daylight, I was shocked at the amount of damage done to the car. The roof was pushed down so low I couldn't get in the car and sit in the driver’s seat

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: 1975

NDE Elements:


At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? 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 floating about two to three meters above my body looking down; I didn't have another body it's as if only my mind was there.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Very high. I had never known such a feeling of peace and well-being.

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Only the voice asking me if I wanted to live or die.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No

The experience included: Light

Did you see an unearthly light? Yes There was a very bright light, lighting the scene up like daylight. It was behind me and I didn't turn to look at it. Probably lucky I didn't over wise I might have gone to it.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Every sense was at the highest level.

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Extreme well-being and peacefulness and no pain whatsoever.

The experience included: Life review

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? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will I chose life and was immediately back in my body.

God, Spiritual and Religion:


Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No Although the experience set me on the path toward metaphysics.

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 I did discover metaphysics after that while looking for an explanation as to what happened to me.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The best was that wonderful feeling I got being out of my body. The worst part is wondering whether I did the right thing in choosing life. But when I look at my wonderful wife, I say yes, I did the right thing.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Only on rare occasions, I get too much flak over it.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes I have left my body one time after the experience and one time before it when I was a child.

Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? I have had two other out of body experiences but not near death, I just left my body.

Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? You seem to have it all covered.