I sustained a major brain injury, broken back and rib cage from an accident between a bicycle and moving van. I came to in the ambulance. I passed out in the emergency room. What actually happened was that my lungs collapsed and I stopped breathing.After awakening in the hospital, three days later, I was groggy, not knowing where I was or what happened. After a while, I started to piece together what happened. I could remember bicycling, waking up in the ambulance, and then going blank.What I remembered next was moving down a 'hallway' but not really a hallway. I was moving by 'scenes with remembrance' and thinking, 'I remember that. I should go in there,' but I didn't. There were many of these 'scenes', one after another, but I did not go into them because I was coerced to keep going.I came to the end of this 'hallway' it opened up to an infinitely large space. In this space, there were an infinite amount of what I could describe would be souls communicating with each other simultaneously. I was in awe at the magnitude of thoughts being communicated between these souls. I could focus in on one area and pick out the 'conversation'. What I really mean was that thoughts were directly spread between these souls, no words were spoken. I did not see anything, including any light or darkness. I could just sense these communications and I was overwhelmed, not by fear but by joy. Then I was forced (how, I don't know) to turn back. I traveled back down the 'hallway,' past the same scenes I came in seeing. I remember that I really wanted to go into this one scene to greet them, but I was forced on. The hallway faded out and that was the end.I don't remember who those entities were.
Date NDE Occurred: 5/25/1990
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Accident. Direct head injury shattered vertebr' Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? No
I lost awareness of my body
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 When I was in the large open space.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was in the large open space.
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
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. This was not visual at all. I would describe it as direct communication, more of a feeling than visual.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. The same with vision, I felt like I was not hearing, but receiving direct communications.
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? Uncertain I would describe it as a 'hallway', I was not confined, but I had to keep moving.
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 I did not know them, some of them maybe, too much was communicated, nothing that I could remember.
The experience included: Darkness
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? Uncertain It was neither light nor dark.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm The large space at the end of the hall an infinitely large space. In this space, there were an infinite amount of from what I could describe would be souls communicating with each other simultaneously.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Wonderment, curiosity and joy.
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? Everything about the universe
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? Scenes from the world's future
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 None
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal None
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? 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? Yes All I could describe is that there was an infinite amount of knowledge being passed around.
Have your relationships changed specifically 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 large open space, convinced me that there was more to it than life here on earth.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes A month later, after I mostly recovered from my injuries. Their reactions were of disbelief.
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 actually viewed it as a portal into another realm.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I still remember the experience this many years later, as it affected me.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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