A friend and I were hitch-hiking to Ste-Adèle from Victoriaville. We'd been dropped-off opposite a subway stop along Highway 132, which we had to cross. My friend told me to run fast and I told myself I wouldn't run. I stepped onto the roadway and was hit by a speeding car. I remember seeing the face of the man who was driving. He had blue eyes. Then, I felt myself lift up into the air as though I'd taken a giant leap. There was a butterfly flying nearby and since I love butterflies, I was looking at it and laughing because I felt an indescribable sense of well-being. There was a voice talking to me and we laughed so much together, a real blast. I didn't look down, the presence prevented me and I wasn't aware of what was going on down there, my friend told me everything.
What happened next is really unbelievable and really no one else has told about an NDE like mine. I've done a lot of research and I'm obsessed by it, the memory is still vivid even though it's been nearly thirty years since it happened. I felt euphoric then suddenly the images, the butterfly, everything changed. Gradually, the colors disappeared I was seeing in black and white and then the images disappeared. There weren't any more images, just sounds. I didn't feel as though I was in a tunnel, I was following the presence who was with me, with unconditional trust and we laughed and talked a lot. Then we were approaching a group of presences because I could hear many voices. I heard, 'What's SHE doing here? She mustn't go on; she has to be sent back.' And another very authoritative voice said that it wasn't my time and that I had to go back now, it's urgent. There was a countdown. The presence accompanied me. That's what gave me the impression of having jumped into the air. I came back with my body running next to my friend who was covering his face with both hands and crying.
I took his hands from his face saying, 'COUCOU,' and he told me what had happened. How could I not be hurt after being hit and bloodied under the car. I looked at the car, which must have been a hundred feet away, and I could see the driver looking for me under his car. I felt so awful knowing that so I said I couldn't understand anything and that we had to go catch the subway. We took off running and we didn't talk any more about it. A few days later, we were back in our hometown and my friend read in the Journal de Montreal that we were being sought by the police because there had been a collision without a body and the driver was in trouble. We had to see them to say I was okay. I wasn't able to go, I was afraid of having to tell my story and be thought insane. My friend went, and he was happy to have done it.
Date NDE Occurred: April 1972
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Other J'étais piéton et une voiture m'a happée en traversant l'autoroute. L'ami qui m'attendait l'autre côté m'a dit que j'étais défaite en sang sous la voiture.
Hit by a speeding car.
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 lost awareness of my body
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? None.
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
The leap that I had the impression of making was impossible because there are eight lanes and I couldn't have crossed eight lanes of highway in one leap.
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. No images. No light.
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? Yes I heard their voices without seeing them nor recognizing their voices.
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? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Well-being - intense joy - love and unconditional trust.
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 I learned that death no longer frightens me. I've very afraid of feeling pain.
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes I reached a gate and the guards prevented me from passing.
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? Moderate
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes It's amplified, I believe in God even more strongly year after year.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes It's amplified, I believe in God even more strongly year after year.
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 What it is to die.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Depressed, which distances me from friends.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes Surreal.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I foresee dangerous events before they happen and that's protected me on more than one occasion.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? How could it be that I wasn't hurt when I caught up with my friend, the car was dented and full of blood? It bothers me and I don't understand.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes About twenty-five years before I could talk about it. The reaction ranged from indifference to people marveling at it. But I asked not to talk about it.
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 Totally real after nearly thirty years.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Real. I remember it like it was yesterday.
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? Has anyone else gone through anything like my NDE? I'd really like to know.