Experience Description

I had gone with my dad to pick up my car at this motel where I had lent it to a person I knew hoping to sell it. I had picked up the car and my dad took off in his car. I pulled out of the parking lot and my car stalled in the south bound lane. I took off my seat belt and was about to turn on the emergency flashers when this old 1968 Impala broadsided my 1973 Ford Pinto on the driver's side. I heard he was going about forty-five miles an hour when he hit me. I was thrown out of the car and onto the pavement. I was gasping for air and I guess somebody called the ambulance, which took me to the emergency room at Bass Baptist Hospital.

I was taken in when I lost consciousness and found myself hovering near the ceiling looking down at my body on the table below. I saw the doctors using the paddles trying to revive me. I was then pulled down this strange tunnel and into this brightly lit area where four men dressed in white robes were and they were all white looking. One came towards me and I glided over to another room where this being (I know it was God) was seated on a throne. This very bright light was streaming out from him, I could only make him out for an instant, and he had long hair and a beard. The light was intense and I could feel that he was concerned for me and I could feel a lot of love the likes of which I haven't felt before and I felt he had great compassion for me and had knowledge about everything that had been and whatever was to be. I saw gold streaking with the bright white light also and knew all wealth comes from him too. It seems like I was with him for about three minutes and then I was glided back over to the four gentlemen who were by this very tall white fence. One of them then told me it was not my time yet and before I could tell them that I didn't want to go back here, I was in my body in the hospital gasping and choking with this tube in my throat. The nurse came over and removed the tube and I told her I was hungry. She gave me an injection in my IV and the next day I found I was out for three days.

The days that followed, I had some insight and gifts I hadn't had before. It seemed I could almost tell what people were up to and feeling. I also had visions of things to come. I had a vision two weeks before the space shuttle Challenger blew up. I saw a white light around my dad two weeks before he died. I asked God at one point to take these gifts from me because they were too upsetting for me. I haven't had too many visions since I asked him this.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: 1982

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Accident Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) . I thought after the experience that the wreck might have been an attempt on my life.

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 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? Normal consciousness and alertness When I was before God's throne.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was before God's throne.

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

Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid

Did your vision differ in any way from normal? It was bright where I was, but no sunlight just the light of God.

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 A strange looking tunnel.

Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes When I got out of the tunnel these four men who were all white complete with white robes. And God on his throne.

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 Bright place with the light of this being (God).

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

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Love and understanding.

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

The experience included: Special Knowledge

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

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I used to be liberal. Now I'm adopting more conservative Christian values.

What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I used to be liberal. Now I'm adopting more conservative Christian values.

The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings

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 After I left the hospital.

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Want more to do with Godly 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

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I know now that there is a God and he is Love.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes

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 that there was a God and he can do miracles.

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