My car plunged over an eighty feet cliff at 10:00 pm in February with temperatures well below freezing. Not sure how long I was trapped in the car, but after freeing myself, I began a six mile walk to get help. I had suffered a broken neck, back, separated both shoulders, punctured my stomach and spleen, and lost an ear. During the entire walk for help, I did not once feel that I would not make it. I just kept walking and climbing, driven to survive. I reached a farm house at 7:00 am the next morning and an ambulance was soon there.
Once in the ambulance and the emergency medical technician began to work on me, I just stopped breathing. I felt no desire nor need to breathe. I could see and hear the emergency medical technician telling me to breath but I could not, nor did I want to, answer. I then just closed my eyes for a second and I was gone. I had never felt so alive and complete. There was no pain or discomfort. I was totally at peace. My spirit or energy was floating through what looked like a heavy snow fall. Large flakes or bits of light were gentle falling around me. I was floating towards a very warm soft light. I possessed the certain knowledge that once I reached the light I would be whole or complete - that this was the only place I belonged. Just as I reached the light, I encountered a force or an energy that repelled me away. At that instance, I opened my eyes and felt the emergency medical technician force a plastic tube down my throat, forcing me to breathe. I did not come back willingly or by choice.
Date NDE Occurred: 02/19/1982
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Life threatening event, but not clinical death . Severe trauma due to auto accident and exposure.
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 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 Through the entire event.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Through the entire event.
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 Had no concept of up, down, or directions, floating free of gravitation.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? It was more of an awareness of the surroundings, not like normal vision.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? No sound at all.
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? No
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 Very gentle warm light, much like the light from a fireplace as seen through a cabin window from the outside.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm was floating in descinding bit of light like snow flakes
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Total bliss - peace everything that is wonderful.
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
The experience included: Special Knowledge
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? Liberal none really
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal same
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 Knew that I belonged here, that this was very right and in order with the universe.
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? I learned that you need not fear death. That you should not live your life being scare of death.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Was in a drug induced coma in intensive care unit for several days and did not recall experience until several weeks later - not much reaction one way or another.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes At the age of five or six I had a high fever of 104 degrees for several days. I was placed in tub of ice water. Then placed in blankets with hot water bottles. This was at home on the ranch. I lost consciousness and went to what I called the valley of the dead. Saw many dead relatives and others. They were climbing this gentle mountain. Not working hard just steady and with little effort. There was a stream and I would sit and talk with them. They always told me to tell their loved ones not to worry or grieve anymore for them, that they were just fine. I never told anyone of this. Throughout my life anytime, I would get a high fever I would return and see recently dead people. I saw and talked to my dad, grandfather, many aunts and uncles. This experience was totally different from the auto crash.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real. There was no doubt that it was real, I still felt the same certainty of the knowledge that I possessed during the event.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. Nothing has changed, still feel the certainty.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No