I was with my little brother and we were looking over an embankment. My footing slipped on the grass and I began falling. I was grabbing at grass to break my fall.While I was falling, I was rolling down the grassy side. I was scared I was going to die. MY LIFE FLASHED BEFORE ME. My fall was broken by a platform that was built to support a pump that supplied water to our house.I hit my head on the pump and didn't care because I was saved by that platform. There was a ladder there and I climbed back up it. At age 8, there isn't much of a life to review. My experience made me realize that someone was looking out for me. I also realized my foolishness could have tempted my little brother, who was close to the edge and he could have died because of me.
Date NDE Occurred: 1950
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
I was standing on the edge of a cliff looking over the edge and I slipped and fell. There was a creek bed at the bottom and I could have been killed.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely distressing
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? While rolling down the hill and having my life flash in front of me. How fast my life review was.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Time seemed to go faster or slower than usual
It sped up.
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. My little brother kept warning me to stay away from the cliff and I did what I wanted. I was totally surprised when I fell.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I could hear and feel the roughness of the rocks and grass and how the grass would not hold for me.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Fear
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? No
Did you have a feeling of joy? No
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? No
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? I remembered many past events
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Not important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Protestant I was baptized Episcopalian but did attend church.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Unaffiliated- Nothing in particular- Religious unaffiliated I am a spiritual person and do not affiliate myself with any religion.
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience I had no beliefs at 8 to get that indepth
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? No
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? Unknown
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes After the fall I learned I should have listened to my brother and how if he followed me he would be dead.
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are not meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? Unknown
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? Unknown No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I greatly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Greatly fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Slightly fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Not compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? No changes in my life No changes in my life. I have had numerous spiritual experiences throughout my life. I have seen ghosts and have had a vision into a past life. I have had visions into my future in this life. I don't think these experiences are due to that fall. I think they originated because of an abusive childhood. The abuse, I feel, heightened my senses making it possible for me to have spiritual episodes.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Yes My spiritual experiences tend to make me a loner because I don't want to be told I 'imagine' things. With internet, I am meeting people who will listen because they too have had spiritual experiences which include NDE's.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience The fact that I remember it as clearly today as I did at the time of the accident.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I have had spiritual experiences throughout my life, but I don't believe they are as a result of my fall.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes 30 years
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 think I thought about how lucky I was that I didn't get seriously hurt or die.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real The fact it is something that happened to me and I still remember quite vividly.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? My life flashing before my eyes and the distortion in time.
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