While being transported to Harborview Hospital via helicopter, I found myself floating above my body and looking down at it through the air-grill that lined the radius at the roof line of the interior of the helicopter. I felt very comfortable during this and at peace somewhat. I also felt the presence of an indescribable light behind me. I did not want to turn to this light, maybe from fear of not returning. My fear was not of the light itself, in any way. I don't know how long this out of body took place. I remember the emergency medical technicians rushing around, fixing my busted up torso and head, and saying twice, ' We're losing him.' After some time I felt what I know was the hand of God on my shoulder, and a very calming voice. If I may quote the Lord, 'You are not done here.' I felt a gentle push on my shoulders and was pushed back into my beaten body. I remember nothing after that point, and until I left the coma, I had slipped into. What I do remember is the absolute presence of God.
A gentle effective, push from behind was felt. I wasn't done here. The next thing that I remember was coming around in the hospital, still not knowing anything, except that my body was really messed up. I wish that was all that had happened, but the real damage wasn't obvious or seen for some time. My journey, at this point, has just begun.
Date NDE Occurred: April 25, 1995
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Life threatening event, but not clinical death Traumatic Brain Injury from fall
Severe trauma: Brain injury, back broken, ribs, kidneys smashed cuts and lacerations.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I really don't have a recollection of my own appearance.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Totally unconscious, apart from small glimpses possibly.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Time seemed to sit still. No real recollection of time.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Uncertain I felt the light behind me coming from a far place. As I said I didn't turn to look at it, but knew and was fully aware of its presence.
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain God.
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes Light from behind glowed in my peripheral vision.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Warmth and peacefulness.
The experience included: Special Knowledge
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe Sense of God himself and absolute confirmation of His existence and the presence of an afterlife.
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control Flashes of some events, although main crux of things were of the present situation.
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? 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 think that I, in not wanting to turn to the light, made that decision. Ultimate decision was made by God Himself.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Importance of things has changed dramatically. What was important then is not now, on certain areas.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes I am just now trying to put it into words. Five-plus years after.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I now have an extreme sense of empathy that was never present before.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Being in the presence of GOD. Not being able to share this, for fear of being called crazy.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Just beginning to share.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No