July 27, 2013. It was a beautiful summer morning. I was traveling to work as usual and took the highway. There was a great song on the radio so I was singing. As I neared the slight bend in the road revealing the Blue Mountains, where I say a quick prayer every day, out of the corner of my eye I noticed motion at the stop sign. It was the biggest tractor pulling a 'dump' that I have ever seen. The tractor started to cross the highway. I assumed he was heading for this turning lane to straighten his vehicle out as I passed. Unfortunately, that was not what he did. In a flash he bee-lined it across double yellow lines and attempted to run right through me as if I wasn't there, because he didn't know I was there. From the time I realized he was heading for me, and the time of impact was only a second or so. I had just enough time to say aloud, 'Oh God please save me!' I had nowhere to go (a car to the right of me) so s-c-r-e-e-e-c-h, I hit my brakes and crashed. As I believed the window was going to come at me, I closed my eyes. Just as I anticipated feeling pain, instead I had an experience. I felt as if I was going down a slide except it was horizontal. My stomach jumped like the feeling you get in a real fast elevator. It felt like a slide because it was sending me toward this void in the darkness of a glowing white light. I think I was only unconscious for 30 seconds or so. Traveling quickly toward the light, I thought it was a crack under a doorway. I remember thinking, 'there's no way I'm going to fit through there'. Think of sitting in a dark room with which the room next to you having the light. This is similar to what I was barreling toward, only it was a long rectangular-shaped box of light in the middle of complete darkness. Just as I was to enter the lighted void, I went under the doorway (so to speak) and into an instant state of euphoria. It was like, 'ah-h-h-h-h, this is nice.' It was as if all my senses were pleased beyond normal: almost a complete all-over orgasmic experience. I do not remember any smell or noise though: just a warm, comfortable, relaxing, euphoric feeling beyond words, which was absent of all pain, worry and ugliness. It was also happy beyond words. Then I woke up. It has taken me 5 months to begin telling people about this experience. Thanks for reading. Julie
Date NDE Occurred: 072413
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident. Direct head injury. 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
Traveling 60 mph down the highway, a huge tractor with tires as big as my car, driven by a 15-year old boy crossing the highway did not look to see if anyone was traveling down the highway. The result was tire to tire contact which probably saved my life.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Both pleasant AND distressing
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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 what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Just before I passed out
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Time seemed to go faster or slower than usual
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. All I could see was darkness with a void of light, so it was like black and white, except the white was strangely illuminated.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I actually stopped hearing just as the NDE started.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
The experience included: Tunnel
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Uncertain It seemed like a tunnel that was not enclosed.
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Void
The experience included: Darkness
The experience included: Unearthly light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? An unusually bright light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes A warm white light that was illuminated beyond a trillion LED lights.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Take all the ugly bad things about our world away, and add the best sensation to your senses, and that's where I was. I was not out long, so maybe that's why I didn't see anything else.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? At first 'worry' over the small opening I was heading for, then when I hit the light it was an emotion of 'relation', 'happiness', 'worry-free' and complete comfort that goes beyond any words I have.
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? No
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Moderately important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Protestant
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Moderately important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Protestant I am not a church goer, but I believe that God created the earth, etc.
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was both consistent and not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I am surer that God exists.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Uncertain
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God definitely exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? Uncertain
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are probably meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife definitely exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Uncertain
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I moderately feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I moderately fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Slightly fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Slightly fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are probably meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Moderate changes in my life Moderate changes in my life.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain Uncertain
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It has taken me 5 months to be comfortable enough about the incident to admit to anyone what I saw when unconscious. But now, I do not have a problem expressing it in words.
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes 5 months later.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes Not much as far as details, but I have heard some stuff about them.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was probably real
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? Uncertain
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