I was a young street racer. I had a very high powered, modified 57 T-bird (600 hp). We have a county black top with three gentle banked thirty-five mile per hour curves. I used to love to take those curves fast, like a hundred miles per hour fast. I could go in about seventy and come out about one hundred. One day about 5 pm clear and sunny, I was determined to break my record. I came in about eighty and it was all I could do to hang on. My only hope was to give it power and try to save it. I doubted I would make it, but I was going to give it my best shot. Just when I got near the apex of the curve and I was going to need all the traction I could get. I noticed some gravel had been pulled up onto the road. At that moment, I knew I was dead and instantly I was out of my body. I was like a little fly flying around the back of my head and watching every move I made. I also had time to see everything around me and take it all in, each amazing detail. I saw the back of my head for the first time in my life and was irritated at how my part looked. I saw little spots of dirt back in hidden hard to see areas of my car, where only something as small as a fly could get. That irritated me because I took great pride in a clean car. I saw and memorized every detail in the fields and ditches around me. I was totally calm seemingly uncaring if I lived or died. But obviously, I lived. Somehow, I kept the car on the road. As soon as the car was safe, I was instantly back in my body. When I got home, I got two mirrors (I swear first time ever) and looked at the back of my head. It was parted exactly as I saw. I took a small mirror and flashlight out and looked for those small hidden areas of dirt. They were exactly like I saw them. I again drove out to the corner and all the surroundings and gravel were just as I saw. End of story.
Date NDE Occurred: 1969 July
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Race car event. Life threatening event, but not clinical death
I thought I was facing death shortly.
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
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Absolutely alert!
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
One second seemed like many minutes.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Although my motor was screaming loud. I entered a kind of calm, quiet period.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I was computer-like. My vision was perfection. But most other senses were dulled.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Total calm. Unemotional.
The experience included: Special Knowledge
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? No
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No
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 I guess. The calmness probably helped me hold the car on the road.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Conservative/fundamentalist
What is your religion now? Liberal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I believe there may be supernatural.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I was able to keep the car on the road.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes They said that it was a religious thing.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? I guess not.