Experience Description


I was in the backseat of my mother's car and we were stopped to make a left turn and a truck (van) hit the back of the car at about sixty mph. My sister and I, who was in the car (backseat), were thrown from the car. I was thrown, by police reports, one hundred and eighty feet. I know when I woke up I was under a snow-plow wheel and dragged myself out from under the wheel then was out again until I reached the hospital. During the accident, I knew nothing other than a complete loss of time and a floating experience as I physically left the body and watched as a relative (great grandmother) welcomed me. She said to me, 'You need to go back.' I looked at her for what seemed hours then awoke in the hospital. Even though this accident was terrible, the car was beyond recognition, I was never scared. We all walked away. I had two stitches and a fairly bad concussion but that is all. I was discharged from the hospital in just a few hours. No one could believe any of us walked away from the accident. My sister was thrown about two hundred feet from the car but had no experience like mine. She was found face down in a snow bank and thought dead but quickly recovered with just a few stitches as well.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: 1980

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Life threatening event, but not clinical death Car accident.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain
I clearly left my body and existed outside it

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal Hard to say as I was only fourteen but I do know it was mind altering at the time and has changed my life.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I would have to say upon impact of the accident.

Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning Time was to me non-existent. Everything was peaceful at a standstill. Time really had no meaning.

Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid

Did your vision differ in any way from normal? Perception seemed surreal and time seemed non-existent.

Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? Perhaps a bit muffled and not as clear as what I know hearing is to me now.

Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes Tunnel. It seemed huge as well as welcoming yet moved very slow but time seemed stopped.

The experience included: Presence of deceased persons

Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes For some reason my great grandmother was easily recognizable to me although I never knew her. Other people were there as well but somehow I knew this woman as my great grandmother which was later confirmed by photos I had never seen.

The experience included: Light

Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin

Did you see an unearthly light? Yes It was all bright and white but not so bright that it bothered me.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm

What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt sort of blank as if this was a natural occurrence.

Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness

Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness

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? Everything about the universe

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? Scenes from the world's future

The experience included: Boundary

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Uncertain Not certain if there really was a limit or I was met by this woman I knew as my great grandmother that limited me. I felt that if I went forward she would not have been an obstacle but I felt her wisdom and listened.

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

God, Spiritual and Religion:

What was your religion prior to your experience? Liberal

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No I still am not religious.

What is your religion now? Liberal

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No I still am not religious.

Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin

Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them

Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:

During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Uncertain I am not sure I gained anything other than that I needed to live.

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain Not fully sure yet, it is really a more personal experience with personal changes.

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes Flying out of my body and the slowness or absence of time.

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain For a while after I was sort of in a daze about what happened and thought 'wow' there is no need to fear death. Also it was a rude awakening to death at such an early age.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? It was all in some sort of order that seemed to play itself out well.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I have told only close friends and relatives over the years and they seem to believe me.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real. I was in a daze and felt like I had just experienced something special.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real.

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