I experienced a beautiful, tranquil light, feeling of total peace and serenity at the time of the accident.
Date NDE Occurred: 1978
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Accident. Direct head injury Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) I don't know
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
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 At the time of the accident, I do not know how long it lasted.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? At the time of the accident, I do not know how long it lasted.
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
There was no time to relate to.
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. Hard to explain but I was at peace.
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 Not so much a tunnel but a place with no real sides, bottom or ceiling.
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 No real direct light but a pleasant glowing light in the distance which I wanted to go toward.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I was free of all worldly cares and felt like I was free of all worry and fear.
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? Conservative/fundamentalist catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I am not more religious but believe in the afterlife more now.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I am not more religious but believe in the afterlife more now.
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? Yes People I share this with don't understand, especially when I share the fact death is not something to fear.
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 never had a fear of dying since the accident.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I don't remember when I first told anyone but at the time I had never heard of near death experience.
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 knew what I saw and felt was very real.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I know that when I die I will see this again and kind of look forward to it.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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