Experience Description 2042

#484 Previously submitted

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 11-14-98

NDE Elements:

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

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? More consciousness and alertness than normal can not describe

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Shortly after the accident, before EMS arrived and again shortly after arriving at hospital.

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 I had no thought about time, but it seemed like there was no such thing at the time.

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. Clearer vision.

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Able to more easily hear some sounds than others. Voices seemed far away, but sounds of hospital equipment was easier to hear.

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? No

The experience included: Darkness

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? No

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace, contentment.

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? Moderate Catholic

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Moderate Catholic

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? No

After the NDE:


Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes The feelings (emotional)

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The feeling of complete peace. I had never felt it before, and never again since. But recalling it from memory is reassuring at times.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Do not recall, maybe a year.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes Had heard of it, seen it on TV (shows like In Search of...., Unexplained Mysteries, etc.) No effect on my experience.

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real If I experienced it, then it was real to me and that is all that counts. No one else's opinion of it matters at all.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real If I experienced it, then it was real to me and that is all that counts. No one else's opinion of it matters at all.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Uncertain Bringing up in memory does not give the same feeling, but it does bring reassurance. I know that after death is pleasant, and peace does exist somewhere)

Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Add question: Do you think you have remembered the whole experience or do you feel you lost some memory of it upon waking from it? I myself feel most of my experience has been lost to me once I woke from it, though there are some parts I will never forget.



Experience Description 484

I saw the other vehicle hit and was conscious long enough to hear my ex-husband say that my 9 day old daughter was dead. (She was not) After that, I felt that I was outside of my own body. I was not dead and I knew that. But I felt no pain and no worry. It was like I was assured by someone unseen by me, that even though I was hearing the EMT's say that I was not going to make it, that I was going to make it. It was like a thought in my head, but it was not my own. I was in total darkness with a weightless sensation.

I was flown by helicopter to the trauma center and during the flight I felt like I was half in and half out of my body. Once I was in the emergency room of the hospital, I felt further from my body.

I remember looking at myself when they were trying to get my family's phone number. At first, I was more than 4 feet from my body, towards my feet and above the heads of the staff. As my body was trying to remember the number, I got closer to myself, as if I was whispering it in my own ear. Sometimes, I was there with my physical body. Other times I was floating in the darkness (maybe I did not want to see what was going on). I do not remember seeing my body after they got the phone number from me. I floated in the darkness with my own thoughts for a few days, and then I woke up in my own body.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 11-14-1998

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Life threatening event, but not clinical death Auto accident

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 did not have any form apart from my body.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? For some parts I was conscious, but for most I think I was unconscious.

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning Space was endless; there was no sense of time.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No

The experience included: Presence of deceased persons

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain I felt a presence other than my own, but I do not know who it was. It communicated to me that everything would be ok.

The experience included: Darkness

Did you see an unearthly light? No

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I vaguely remember passing over a large body of water either at dawn or dusk, just before waking up.

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Complete peace. No worries, no pain.

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe I had the sense that my daughter was not dead and I would survive.

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? No

Did you come to a border or point of no return? No

God, Spiritual and Religion:


What was your religion prior to your experience? Liberal Catholic

What is your religion now? Liberal Catholic

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No

The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes The degree of being at peace is difficult to express to someone who has not experienced it.

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The best part was that during a time when one would assume I would have unbearable pain, I was completely pain free. The worst part was when the experience ended.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? No

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