Suddenly I was in what I call the white room. I found myself above looking down at my mangled self under the collapsed air stair. No voices, no ghostly forms just a very pleasant experience. Then my name being called by my landlord - who told me later that when he walked into the hanger and saw me mangled under the pile of steel, he threw up. He said that he hadn't seen anything like that since WWII.
I was transported to the Hospital by helicopter for nine and a half hours of surgery and a five month stay in the hospital.
Date NDE Occurred: December 10 1990
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident 'instantly crushed by airstair calasps. Aproxm 3,000lb' 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
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? Less consciousness and alertness than normal Being put in the helicopter.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Being put in the helicopter.
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 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? No
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? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
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 Raise by a Nazarene Preacher. No positive thoughts of religion after age 11
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No Just made them stronger.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist 'Same except I now believe there is something more than evolution
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No Just made them stronger.
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 It caused me to lose everything. So my wife left.
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? Changed my thoughts on mortality.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes In a few days in the hospital. Wife didn't want to hear it. Others didn't believe it was true.
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 Same.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real No change, it was real.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? I never thought there was a God that watched over and helped every life. Now after this experience it makes it more sure that something put us here, gave us everything we need, and it's up to us to make as we can. This experience makes that feel more as a reality.