When I was seven years old my oldest brother asked me to go across the highway to get a pack of cigarettes from a vending machine. Our next door neighbor was backing out while I was at the edge of the property. She accidentally backed into me and knocked me down. I got up, shook it off, and told her I was all right. When I looked back at the street, the only car I could see was so far away and it looked blurry, because of the heat and fumes. I started to cross the street and the next thing I know, I feel like I’ve woken up. I was looking down at people who were looking down at me laying on the street. I was all but dead. The people were saying something about, ‘go get his sister, his sister lives over there,’ or something like that. What I remember is I willed myself back to my body after hearing that. With this accident, that is it. The rest are memories from healing in the hospital.
Date NDE Occurred: 1974
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Life threatening event, but not clinical death
I was hit by a car while crossing a highway. It was a hit and run.
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 don’t know if I had a form. Never thought about it until you asked. I always thought of it as a mind experience, while the body laid on the ground.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I seemed to be alert to what was going on. But only around the place where I lay.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
I was looking down at people and my body on the ground.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes I felt like I was the light. Or in the light. And I was looking down at the neighbors who were looking at my body.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I could see what was going on at the accident scene. It was like tunnel vision. I could hear the bystanders. I felt confusion at first, and then determination to get my body back.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Puzzlement at first, then a desire to get back to my body before it died.
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
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? No
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 I seem to remember concentrating on my physical body, like, willing my mind and body back into one piece.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No But how do you explain any near death experience so that somebody can truly understand it?
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 psychic experiences since then. I have read up on these experiences. My feelings are ambivalent.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The best and worst thing about the entire experience? That I survived.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Maybe a momentary, 'wow!' at lunchtime, but that's about it.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes I was doing mushrooms in Florida, and staying up all night. The next day, getting a ride home, I had an out of body experience. My spirit was up by the head rest of the car in an otherworldly sort of way. I was sixteen years old. It was 1983.