I am a musician, guitar player. My experience was as follows:
The 21 of June is the music festival in France, one of the nicest moments when one is a musician. We had played with the group at a wedding, some kilometers from Paris, and around 3:00 o’clock in the morning, we had to all get back home.
After having found a place for all in the cars, I found myself in the front of my friend guitarist P. We were with six persons in the car. P. the guitarist was the driver; I was a passenger in front with my girlfriend between my legs because there were no other places to go back to Paris at that moment.
In the back of my car were three of my friends that also were musicians. We had played and had a good time. We drove on a small country road where there were trees on both sides, and then I fell asleep.
I woke up by a strange sound not frightening but just strange, a muffled sound. At that moment, I understood that I was inside a car that had stopped and was on fire. Police explained later that we had been hit from behind by another car that drove at one hundred and eighty kilometers an hour. But at that moment, I knew nothing about this. The sound of the fire woke me and I understood that I was trapped in a car that was on fire. There was no other noise in the car except the noise of the flames I saw nobody except my girlfriend who was unconscious. As she was on my lap, she had probably sheltered me from the impact, though I had several broken ribs and a big black eye.
When I came to myself I extinguished her hair that was burning, then in despair I tried to break my side window, but without success. The window was half-open and I slid both hands through the opening to try to open it, but to no avail. At that precise moment in all the confusion I heard my own voice coming from inside that told me:
'Ivan you are going to die being burned alive in a road accident.' This voice was so clear and precise and so lucid that I knew that this was the end of the road for me. This voice was so calm and clear, all the opposite of the state that I was in, a state of panic and total incomprehension. This voice made me understand that it was the end and I couldn’t but listen to it at such a moment. From that moment on the struggle was useless, no need to break windows or doors to try to escape from this inferno; I had given up, accepted to go and die.
At that moment when I turned slowly to the left that I saw the same vision of the road that I had seen when I fell asleep, before the accident. Only that on the road I now saw five tubes or lines placed like five points on a dice of a light. They were so white and so shining, but didn’t hurt the eyes. The tubes were so sweet and warm coming towards me so that when I could almost touch these luminous spots I turned toward them without any hesitation, like an emergency exit there close to my hands, and suddenly I found myself several meters from this car in flames that took away my friends. I found I had escaped from this inferno physically.
Date NDE Occurred: 06/21/1991
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Life threatening event, but not clinical death Very serious road accident.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Disturbing
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? My consciousness was hyper-active, I don’t know about my lucidity.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
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
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Liberal
What is your religion now? Liberal
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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? Uncertain
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? No.
Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Uncertain