While riding my bicycle, I stopped at the top of a wooden slatted bridge. I decided to ride on down to the concrete walk. The slats grabbed my front tire and I thought uh oh. I tried to grab the railings and kick the bike away from me. I opened my eyes to the most beautiful brightly lit place - green grass, a pond/lake trees but this light eclipsed all. I looked around and realized I was sitting on a man's lap, who was dressed in white robes. He had dark hair. At first, I thought it was my deceased father in his younger years. Then I thought it was my first husband who had passed on in 1981. Then I knew it was Jesus. He held me and comforted me. No words were spoken but the love and peace. Then I heard yelling from far away. It was my then boyfriend calling for help. I woke up to little or no pain. I had broken my right hip, but didn't know it till later at the hospital. The white light stayed with me around me through the next few days, maybe a total of five to seven days. Also while in Jesus' care, he just kept patting my shoulder/back as if I were a child who needed comfort.
Date NDE Occurred: July 4,2000
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Accident. Direct head injury Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain No
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 Every sense was heightened. Although I do not recall sense of smell and there wasn't any speech needed. I just knew.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I realized it was Jesus who held and comforted me.
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 your vision differ in any way from normal? Clarity. Bright light, and looking back I had perfect eyesight (I am terribly nearsighted), everything was solid.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? I 'heard with my thoughts. Hard to explain.
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 It was like I just opened my eyes to bright light.
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
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 felt the presence of 'others' in background. My father, my husband and Jesus. Yes, I knew them. No words spoken just love and caring.
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? Yes Extremely bright whitish yellowish light.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm a place with green grass, pond/lake ,trees just beautiful
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Pace, unconditional love, warmth, kindness, a feeling like I was where I belonged, I sensed 'others' watching.
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? Liberal
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
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 I have trouble communicating. Some people just don't seem to hear or understand what I'm saying. I married and then divorced my then boyfriend at time of the accident. I seem to know what people are really saying. Sort of reading between the lines.
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 Knowing what words would be spoken on TV and radio before spoken. Meeting complete strangers who seemed gravitated to meet me.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Just that Jesus was with me then and always and he would comfort me. I have felt his hand patting my shoulder in times of stress, fear, etc., knowing that Jesus and my father and husband were watching me.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared it with my boyfriend who was with me at the time. He believed. I told my children. My daughters just acted as if I was crazy. My son accepted. My mother just listened with no comment. I told them all immediately. It has taken three years for one of my daughters to accept and believe (she has done her own research).
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes My father had been burned in an accident in 1975; he was not given much chance to survive. While he was in hospital, and after he came home to recover, he told me of closing his eyes and seeing a tunnel with a bright light at the end. He was heading towards it and he wanted to go but he heard me call to him and he came back. I just wish I had known then what I have since learned to have helped him understand.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real. I played the scene over and over in my mind. I wanted to go back and was angry for not having died.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I call upon the experience to help me through extremely difficult situations. It is fading a little in its intensity.
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 have had to struggle for every aspect of my personal life, my career, it seems to be evening out now. I had a lot of help reading books by PMH Atwater.