Experience Description

Driving truck too fast. Got on exit ramp that was elevated, truck slid into barrier wall on right side that stopped truck from rolling over. I saw the wall was ending, I thought I was going to roll over so I turned the wheel hard left and the truck went into the wall on the other side of the road head on. The truck was destroyed and I saw myself (from the ceiling area of the truck) lying on the floor of truck with materials from the passenger side of seat on my body. I was not wearing a seat belt because I always had a feeling something like this would happen, I even practiced what I called (the dive move) where I dove to passenger side of a vehicle practicing for this sort of accident. I was not hurt; I did not even end up with a scratch.

It seemed like only seconds I saw myself lying on the floor of truck and I thought to myself (I am dead). Then I saw myself move on the truck floor and thought I am alive. Police showed up, I asked how you got there so fast; he said he got the call about twenty minutes ago, so I guess I was out twenty minutes. Now I wear seat belt and don't practice the dive move anymore.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: 10 15 1978

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident 'Life threatening event, but not clinical 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 The whole time.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? The whole time.

Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning Time went by quicker than it really did.

Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid

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

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? No

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Wondering what would happen next.

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

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

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes Same as above.

What is your religion now? Liberal none

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Same as above.

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 I felt I knew this would happen and now it did.

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Live and let live, do not judge other people.

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? Yes All animals, children seemed to like me.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? That I always thought an accident like this would occur. I felt I was being warned about it, and after the accident I never felt it would happen again.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Right away, they felt it was strange.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes Saw news articles and read of other peoples' experiences.

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I believed I was saved for a reason because of knowing it would happen the out of body part proved we are more than just bodies.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No