My husband and I were in a car accident at around 9:30 pm on Sunday May 21, 2006. I was driving but luckily, I had my seatbelt on. My husband didn't. My truck went off the shoulder, I jerked it back onto the road and over corrected. It flipped onto the driver side and slid down the road. When it flipped, my husband fell into me, causing my head to slam into the road as we were sliding, knocking me unconscious. My left arm was also caught between the road and the truck.
I drifted in and out of consciousness, remembering my husband said help was on the way. I couldn't move because my arm was trapped. Next thing I remember is a fireman calling my name telling me to hold on; they were going to use the Jaws of Life to get me out. I guess I was losing a huge amount of blood and they had called in a helicopter to take me to the hospital once I was freed.
I lost consciousness again, then that's when it happened. I suddenly wasn't in the truck anymore. I was standing in the road, looking around, but I wasn't in my body. I glanced at the fireman around my truck; saw the lights from the ambulance, police cars. But all of it didn't matter to me for some odd reason.
I felt another presence there that scared me, almost like it was calling for me to come toward it even though IT spoke no words. I didn't want to go to it. I started east down the road, in the direction that would take me home. I wasn't in my body or a car; I was just gliding down the road. I can't explain how that felt. I was going very fast and since I traveled this road for years I knew all the landmarks and remember passing them.
The presence still kept wanting me to come back - now it was like a light, I could see it reflecting past me onto the road ahead. But I refused, I knew if I stopped and went back I would die, at least that is how I felt.
Suddenly I was yanked from this and found myself in the helicopter on my way to the hospital.
Date NDE Occurred: 5/21/06
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
I was close to bleeding to death.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
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 When I was gliding down the road.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was gliding down the road.
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. I felt like I was in a bubble looking out of it.
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? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain
The experience included: Darkness
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 A light was behind me, but I never looked at it.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I saw landmarks along the road
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Fear, confused, peace possibly because I wasn't worried about my physical body anymore.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
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
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? Moderate
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate
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? Uncertain
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It is difficult to explain how I felt because if someone hasn't experience it, they can't understand.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Drifting out of my body - how it didn't bother me I wasn't in it. The experience made me realize how precious life is.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I have only told a few family members, but they don't believe it. It has been two and half years since my accident, but is still just as vivid to me now as it was then.
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 went over and over it in my head and at first tried to brush it off as a dream. It did happened.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real It is as real to me as when I had a cup of coffee this morning.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No