I was coming home after work at about 8:30 pm and it had snowed and grown considerably colder. I knew the winding hilly back road like the back of my hand and enjoyed speeding along. Unfortunately the wooden/bridge was exposed and grew icy faster than the ground. I came onto the bridge, lost control of my car, and thought I would die. I saw my life pass in front of me and at that same moment, something intervened to redirect my car and I glided safely to the other side. The next day, I took a walk near the bridge to study the icy effects and discover details. The bridge was closed. Someone else had gone over it after me, lost control and did not survive.<
Date NDE Occurred: Winter 1992
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes An accident that was mysteriously avoided. 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
Lost control of car on an icy bridge.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I saw the life flashbacks and recognized myself in a high chair seeing life unfold to present day.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Somehow my car straightened out and I did not do it because I was watching flashbacks.
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. Vision stayed same. This all took place within ten seconds or less I believe.
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? Uncertain
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 Saw people from my life - family mainly.
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? Uncertain Too fast to tell.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Fear and fascination.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
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
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control Not for this experience but possibly for the second time I experienced this life flashback in Summer 1994.
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future Third revelation - past events became clear and future felt weighty as if I was going to have a struggle in front of me. Not future scenes but a dawning comprehension that was not in my head before that slam although due to the circumstances, I was searching for clues from the afterlife.
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 I believe there are higher beings than ourselves and that there is a rhyme and reason to life that we must follow by being closely in touch with these light-bearers.
What is your religion now? Liberal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I believe there are higher beings than ourselves and that there is a rhyme and reason to life that we must follow by being closely in touch with these light-bearers.
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? No
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain Well, I do not 'fear' death. It is a transition and when your days are done and you've lived your life in the kindest way, then you should have nothing to fear are my thoughts today. Before, I didn't really think much about death other than that it was a murky subject.
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 Well, realized that there is another realm out there that may be a deciding factor in destiny.
The clarity of destiny or fate being meted out by higher beings with sacred insight.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? It was absolutely amazing. I was supposed to die and instead, I have no control and I'm watching my life fly by and avoiding a serious car accident at the same time without even doing anything.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes A pretty long time and now I will be doing a speech on NDE.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes Driving home from the airport on a four hour trip I was exhausted. I fell asleep at the wheel and an angel awakened me just in time to avoid a terrible accident in Fall 1994. Oops, this is afterward. I guess nothing tangible before the bridge episode.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real It happened, there is no denying the truth and the facts. The next day, the bridge was closed due to a tragic accident. That could have been me but wasn't was my reaction.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real As above, but also: Did some research into the subject and realized I was not alone. Beginning of 'angel period' in the USA.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes 1) Had a jumping horse, jump from a twelve foot cliff and saw the same life film unfold within seconds as I was on the horse in mid-air.
2) A near miss car accident where I fell asleep at the wheel.
3) When my six-year-old son was murdered, I had a revelation as to the murderer and it turned out to be right.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? These experiences have changed my life because I would not be here if not.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Immediately ask how many experiences have occurred.
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