It was after an exam, and I was supposed to go back home by motorbike.
I was in a collision with an automobile. A head-on crash, but the car was turning in front of me and was no longer going very fast.
At this point, I can no longer manage to describe what happened. In hindsight, it seems to me that I was with some people in a fairy-like place. A bit like an enchanted place, with flowers, trees, it felt good but I could not stay there!
All this is very vague and I am not sure about anything. It's a bit like a distant memory, which comes back in successive flashes!
I also had the feeling I saw myself on the ground next to the bike, but this is also vague.
The only thing I am absolutely certain of, and which I could remember directly after the accident, is the flash, as I have always called it, though I was not dazzled. It was not so much a flash as a reverse flash.
Actually, I was in the light, and the world appeared to me as a little black dot. Then this dot grew larger and larger, until I seemed to pass from one world to another. I was surrounded by light and then little by little the black dot, at first tiny, grew bigger, to finally absorb me. The transition came about at dizzying speed. Yet, I remember it as if it were yesterday, as I did when I came back.
I've had trouble sorting out what happened just after the accident. As if time, not the events themselves were stored in a random way in my memory, due to the shock, perhaps.
Years later, I heard about tunnels of light, and I thought about my flash, and the way I saw the world grow from a little black dot, into the real world. It was the passage between 'somewhere' and our world. (I remember particularly coming out of a great tunnel of light.)
Date NDE Occurred: 1985
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Other accident moto
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? Normal consciousness and alertness As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I came out of the tunnel of light. It is very clear, and I have no doubts about it. The rest is vague!
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
Especially when it comes to ordering the events, I have difficulty saying in what order things happened.
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. Straight after I came out of the tunnel, I felt as if I was there, but without being there.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. As if voices were coming from far off.
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 See main narrative.
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain
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 I was in the light. This was brighter than a searchlight, but I was never dazzled by it.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Mais c'est flou et je ne suis sûr de rien
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt nothing, not hot nor cold, not afraid or in pain. But I was impressed with the speed at which I went through the tunnel of light.
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? Moderate Catholique non pratiquant mais croyant
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate
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? 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? Yes I feel the suffering in people's souls.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes They have given me strange looks, or else they make fun of me.
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 was sure, and I still am, and this memory leaves me no room for doubt! I came out of a tunnel of light.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I remember it very well (the tunnel).
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No