Upon impact, I was immediately out of my body and observing the accident from about 30 feet above and traveling along with it. Just as quickly, I was back in my body for the last 20 or 30 feet or so. The ground of the wheat field was passing by my left shoulder until the car rolled upside down and came to a stop. I immediately started to get out of the care, when I realized the engine was still running. So, I got back into the seat to find the key to turn off the engine. Then I kicked out the back window and climbed out without a scratch, or so I thought.
I caught a ride back to town from a passerby who had seen the crash. I remember them being amazed that I was not hurt. They kept asking me if I was hurt and if they needed to take me to the hospital. I had been at a party. The next day, all the kids and myself went to see the car at the wrecker service. The wrecker driver came out and asked if we knew the driver. They all turned to me and said, 'He was!' The man laughed and said, 'No way! The person driving this car is either in the hospital in serious condition or dead!' He then pointed out how the steering wheel was totally bent around the steering post on both sides. The steering post was bent up and against the dash. It was then that I felt my chest, and discovered that it was sore, but that is all.
I know that this does not sound like some big, long after-death experience. But after reliving it over and over, I came to realize that that is exactly what it was. Even if just for a few seconds, the experience seemed more like minutes to me. My spirit body literally had to be removed from my body for a time so my broken body could be restored so I could return and live. That is my only explanation for what really happened.
I had a good friend who years later was in a serious head-on collision while he and his wife were on vacation in their motor home. He, though, had the option to leave. He wanted to go, but he then saw his wife lying unconscious and knew he must return to take care of her. She ended up taking care of him as a quadriplegic. His out-of-body experience was identical to mine.
This thing about mortal bodies and spirit bodies is true fact. My second experience proved it to me:
When I was 27 years old, my wife and I lost our 3-month old baby son to lung disease. We were travelling in the winter, with his crated casket in the back of our new station wagon. We were in a blinding, below-zero snowstorm going through Utah. It was so cold that the heater could not keep our feet warm despite being turned all the way up. After some time, I asked my wife if her feet were cold. She replied, 'Yes. Do you feel it too?' I said, 'Your back? ' She said, 'Yes.' For our backs were warm when they should have been the coldest part of our bodies. All those years ago, and I still tear up as I write about it. She just cuddled up to me and we said nothing more, until we got to our motel. Our backs stayed warm all the way into Idaho where we stopped. We got a two bedroom unit and put his crated casket on the extra bed.
We set out for Washington the next morning to drop off his casket at the funeral home. The funeral was to take place the next day with family in attendance. We traveled on to my mother's house, with plans to go back for the graveside service with my mom, step-dad, Uncle, Aunt, and some close cousins. We viewed our baby, then left the funeral home and noticed the warmth was gone. The day of the graveside service, it was bitter cold and windy. Everyone else was wrapped in heavy coats, except for myself and my wife. We were so much in grief that my wife and I did not notice the cold; we were just in our shirt sleeves, while everyone else was shivering in their heavy coats. Immediately after I dedicated the grave, it was as if my wife and I were immersed into a deep freeze, and we held each other shivering uncontrollably until we got back to the warmth of the car.
I know we are more that just flesh and bone, but it is our spirit bodies that animate the weak mortal flesh and keep us alive. I know from my out-of-body feelings, that all is well after we leave this mortal body.
I had an earlier experience when I was ten. In 1952, I underwent successful brain surgery to remove a tumor. It took eight hours to do back then, but only 2-hours to do today. I remember watching my surgery from above for a short time and then back again. It was no big deal as I calmly watched from above. I've forgotten the details of what they were doing, but seemed to be trying to get my heart going again.
Date NDE Occurred: summer 1963
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Other: Should have died, out of body, walked away...
I missed a 90 degree turn and went into a 3-foot embankment doing greater than 90 miles per hour. I sheared off the embankment and shot into a wheat field for about 50 feet, slowly turned on my side, and was sliding for another 50 feet. The car rolled once, coming to rest up-side-down on the hood with the rear end sticking up. It was actually more interesting to me than scary.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Both pleasant AND distressing
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes Observation of the event from 30 feet above.
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal Just sharper and peaceful, and a feeling of normality!
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Throughout it all: I was at peace.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Time seemed to go faster or slower than usual
Time slowed enough for me to observe what was happening.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? More vivid than usual
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Out-of-body and time was slowed down, with a feeling of calm peacefulness.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Don't remember hearing anything.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Surprise, peaceful, and calm. I thought, 'This is interesting.'
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
Did you have a feeling of joy? No
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? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No I was aware of my entire life but not in detail.
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? I came to a definite conscious decision to return to life I just knew what I had to do. After the experience I joined the Navy.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Greatly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Protestant
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I've been compelled to make better choices in life.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Mormon
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience Just an added conformation what and who I am and that I have a purpose...that's all
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes It gave me more of a resolve to live a better life free of unclean living and more service to others.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? Yes Just that I had been there before...in that state.
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Yes Just a feeling of reassuredness
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God definitely exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes Just that I am and I have a spirit body and a mortal body of flesh and bone. My spirit body animates and gives life to the mortal one.
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife probably exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes I just calmly new there was more for me but not just yet.
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I slightly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Greatly fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Slightly fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are meaningful and significant
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? Uncertain Only that "All is well."
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Uncertain Peace is a form of love...which i felt.
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I'm a better person and realized a much more positive life experience because of it.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes I already have.
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of th I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of th
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain If you consider love and peace a gift, then yes!
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? A confirmation of a spirit body and how I am that I am.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes They believed me, or so they acted and reacted and sometimes said so. Some were amazed.
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 It scared me into trying harder to live a good life, putting others first.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real It seemed to me to just be a simple explanation of who I was and a better understanding of what I should do.
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? When I was a 4-year old child, I remember looking at my hands and saying to myself, 'This is really me; this is my hand!' After the experience, I knew why. It was because my spirit body came here to receive and give life to my mortal body for a purpose.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Did this experience help give you an understanding of who you are, why you are here, and where you are going?