It was strange, I never thought of it as NDE until I read some articles. Couple of things happened to me - a possible NDE and a deja vu.
I was involved in a 'hit and run' accident. While my car was being bounced around, I was trying to gain control of my steering wheel. The moment I gave up trying to gain control, and my car went spinning, I suddenly had the image of myself all drenched in blood and dead. I felt horrified and very distressed. I remember thinking just before that, 'gosh, this is how I am going to die!'. Suddenly my car came to a halt, and I did the weirdest thing possible - I put my brake on 'park'.
And then it seemed like a deja vu experience - I remember somehow seeing this - that I would be in a car accident, by myself, and that my car would halt finally, and that I would very CALMLY put my brake in 'park'. I still was very shaken, looked down at myself to see if I was covered in blood, had broken bones, was immobilized. I was very happy and relieved and surprised to see that I was alive, no blood, just an injured knee. I don't remember screaming AT ALL.Background Information:Gender: FemaleDate NDE Occurred: 03/11/2006NDE Elements:At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Accident Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) No, but a few weeks prior, I was very down, for no reason at all. That day before I left home, I was very sad. While driving, just before the accident, I did not turn my radio on. This is very unusual for me.How do you consider the content of your experience? FrighteningThe experience included: Out of body experienceDid you feel separated from your body? Yes I lost awareness of my bodyHow did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness I don't really know. Now it is all a daze to me.It was traumatizing.At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I think the point where I thought that that was how I was going to lose my life.Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fastDid time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning I could see my body, as if I wasn't in it, from some other point/place at a higher level.Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vividDid your vision differ in any way from normal? I don't know; my car was hitting the wall separating the high way, and it seemed taller than it normally appears to be. That's all.Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked outDid you pass into or through a tunnel? No Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw themDid you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly originDid you see an unearthly light? No Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No What emotions did you feel during the experience? Horror, despair, and sadness. Also some form of resignation towards the end, although initial I was fighting very hard to stay alive.Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantnessDid you have a feeling of joy? incredible joyDid you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the worldDid 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 practicing Catholic.Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I am even more thankful to God.What is your religion now? Moderate My faith is still as strong, if not stronger.Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I am even more thankful to God.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 themConcerning 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 Yes, people who were there for me and who understood what I went through, are closer to my heart. People who are insensitive to what it meant to me, how it has scarred me, do not have the special place that they did before.After the NDE:Was the experience difficult to express in words? Uncertain I don't understand what it is. Especially the deja vu that was so very clear to me. I experience a lot of that, but nothing with that much clarity.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? It was a miracle. I have a rosary in my car, and I know I was saved by Our Lady/Jesus. I was very peaceful and calm when I realized I was safe.Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared the deja vu only. They understood, as some of them do experience it.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 very traumatized. It still hits me every now and again. The thought that I could have died is unnerving.What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I remember the feeling of terror -as if I could see it on my face at that time.At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
It was rainy outside in the late summer of 1980. I was 12 years old. My family and I had gone to the river. The rain quit but it was still cloudy and a bit chilly. We were all swimming in an inlet of the river that was about 20 feet wide by about 15 feet in towards the bank. It was only about 5-6 feet deep in the deepest area.
I was swimming across and was caught in an undertow. I was under the water for some time, trying to make my way to the surface and I could feel myself dying. I saw a very bright light appear in my eyesight. I was warmed and I felt comfortable. Then a large hand reached down through the light and pulled me up out of the water. That happen to be my older sister. She told me she couldn't find me and was searching the water with her hand. All of a sudden, I was there. I know I felt very sad. I looked for the sun in the sky but it wasn't there. I was confused by this.Background Information:Gender: FemaleNDE Elements:At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Drowning Clinical death I was drowningDid you feel separated from your body? Yes At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I believe fullDid your hearing differ in any way from normal? I heard nothingness.Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No Did you see an unearthly light? Yes a VERY bright lightWhat emotions did you feel during the experience? fearful yet calm.God, Spiritual and Religion:Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No It hasn'tAfter 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? No Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The best was knowing that things don't end here. The worst was coming back and the confusion it caused me.Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes They had no reaction in most cases, others didn't believe me. None were influenced.At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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