Experience Description

I was talking to people in a parked car while standing on a curb-less street. I could see a car coming and realized in 'slow motion' that it was going to hit the parked car, I think I said 'oh shit' when it hit. The bumper of the parked car caught me behind the knees, flipped me on my back. I bounced on the back of my head until the car stopped, about three feet from the railroad tracks. It was a hit and run, the other driver was never found.

I was seeing my life in reverse, going back to the womb and then it was like a star-burst, a sensation of being almost in space. Then I thought I got up, there was the ambulance and I was saying how I was okay and walking around.

I woke up next in the emergency room. They were removing my clothes. I had said that I told them at the scene that I was okay. They said that I just became conscious and had been out the whole time.

My sense of time was off; I thought it was two weeks before.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: October 1971

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident. Direct head injury hit and dragged by car Life threatening event, but not clinical death. Head injury.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed

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? More consciousness and alertness than normal It was 'crystal clear'.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? In the womb stage.

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 A vacuum like space.

Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid

Did your vision differ in any way from normal? Moved quicker.

Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? There was no sound.

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 Before birth.

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: Void

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 space

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Calmness.

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

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 catholic

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes It's all good!

What is your religion now? Liberal Christian

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes It's all good!

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? No

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 My mother said I wasn't the same anymore, like somebody else was 'me'. My interest in psychic phenomena and other paranormal issues definitely increased. It definitely changed me somehow.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I knew that there was more than our physical being to life, but wasn't in a hurry to be there.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Told my parents right away. It creeped them out. Mom thought something was wrong, but there wasn't really much she could do. I also had the feeling like I had forgot 'chunks' of time from my life, although I was only seventeen.

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 was pretty sedated for the next few weeks, major stitches in my head plus pain in my legs and back. Everything seemed fuzzy. Listened to a lot of Jimmy Hendrix.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I wondered for a while if my mom was right, that somebody else took over my body, but if that was the case, then why did I still hear my own voice in my head? Her opinions caused me a lot of stress and feelings of losing sanity.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No