On February 5, 2005, I was involved in a very bad motorcycle accident. I don't remember the accident itself, but I very vividly remember being on the side of the south bound lane.
The first thing I noticed was two emergency medical technicians and a police officer over me. I was on the asphalt. I stood up, out of my body, and observed what was happening. Standing up out of my body was no more significant than taking off my clothes. That's what it felt like. It was easy and the most natural feeling in the world.
The police officer asked the emergency medical technicians 'How's he doing?' One emergency medical technician said, 'This one is not going to make it.' I very quickly lost total interest in the scene before me.
I started to take a few steps north on the sidewalk, until I reached the ambulance where another police officer was standing. I stopped and said to him, 'That guy really got messed up.' He walked right by me without any acknowledgement. I thought, 'Wow, Mr. Personality.' Then I continued north until I had slightly passed the ambulance (truck).
I was walking away from the accident scene; I have no idea why. A few steps after the ambulance, a figure appeared on my left. I can describe the figure as male. I also cannot see him clearly. He said, 'Come on Herb. It's time to go.' It was then that I realized what was said to me was not spoken, it was done through thought. Without questioning why? Or where? I quickly scurried into the rear of the ambulance. The male figure who told me it's time to go was gone. I sat at the rear of the ambulance on the left hand side. I noticed both emergency medical technicians and my body towards the forward end of the ambulance. I absolutely had no interest in them.
This is about the time I realized I didn't have a body shape anymore. I knew something had changed, but I just accepted it. I noticed I was starting to slowly levitate. I also felt an incredible sense of peace and well-being coming from behind me. I had a pulling feeling and I was turned 180 degrees toward the left side of the ambulance. The pulling was like a gradual magnet effect.
I could see a square opening higher in the ambulance side. It was then that the pulling took control of me. I could see something flowing out of the square opening. I can best describe it as many small headlights beaming slightly through a thick white fog. I was pulled towards the opening and the white illuminated fog, which flowed like a stream. I finally reached the square opening. I looked in and it was a dark area with the multi points of light now in the distance.
I thought to myself, 'I'm back. I belong here.' I tried to 'will' myself through the opening. I tried, and tried and tried. The feeling of well-being, love and peace was strong. It finally became clear to me that I would not be allowed to cross the border.
My levitation started to weaken and I slowly started to sink. The opening vanished. The feeling of wanting to leave started to wane. I floated down to my starting position. I momentarily looked at the emergency medical technicians and my body. They didn't interest me.
Then a voice in my head said I had to go back. I knew the message in my mind meant back to my body. I suspect this came from the figure who told me it was time to go. I thought back, you have to be kidding, that is a train wreck. I sat there a short time when I agreed, 'Yes, I have to go back.' As soon as I accepted this, I was rocketed back into my body.
I looked up briefly at the ambulance crew. They were working on me feverishly. Then all went black.
I awoke in a rehab hospital about a week later. I had some hallucinations the night before I woke, but the out of body experience was very clear and very real. I know the difference.
This is an event in my life that re-plays in my mind every day. Most days, it replays in my mind many times.
Date NDE Occurred: 02-05-05
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident. Direct head injury Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) Severe Head Injury
Accident with severe head injury.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
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? Normal consciousness and alertness As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was at my highest level of consciousness when I was at the border to the other side, which I was not allowed to cross.
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
Definitely altered space.
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. Vision was normal but what appeared to me was nothing on this earth.
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 normally but the spirit guide and I communicated through thought.
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 Made it to a square opening (window) which could not be crossed.
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 met a male figure near the accident scene, who told me through thought, it was time to go.
The experience included: Void
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 Soft, white fog like flowing light with multiple points coming from the border which I could not cross.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm See story
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace, warmth, love and relaxed.
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? Yes See story.
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? Yes I know the body dies, but the individual does not. At the border I know I was there before.
What is your religion now? Liberal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I know the body dies, but the individual does not. At the border I know I was there before.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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? No
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? Leaving my body, levitating, incredible feeling of peace, and wanting to leave.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Four to six months before I said anything to anyone.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes Only information all others hear.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real No question, a real experience.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Real.
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? Everyone will experience an out of body experience eventually.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? None.