It was Independence Day in the Philippines, June 12, 1981. I was only less than six months working at the Philippine National Bank and had just passed the entrance exams at the Ateneo Law School.
About 7:00 pm, I was about to cross JP Rizal to the other side of the street to take a ride back because I missed my bus stop. It was drizzling; I had to cover my head with my black jacket. Suddenly, I heard a loud screech of a braking van and before I could react, the van hit me on my side, I was thrown about three meters, and was unconscious.
I saw a bright light and had fast flashbacks of the faces of my offices at Philippine National Bank. Then I woke up with people helping me go to the hospital just beside our house at Sta. Ana, the St. Anne's Hospital. I remember that I saw my body on the pavement from above when I was unconscious.
When I regained my consciousness, with the help of some people, I was accompanied to the hospital. When the doctor-surgeon arrived, he immediately informed me that I have an internal injury and would have to be opened up immediately otherwise I will die in a short time. I immediately consented to an operation. An exploratory operation was conducted and my spleen was removed as it exploded inside my stomach as a result of the accident.
Date NDE Occurred: 12 June 1981
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident 'while I was crossing the street I was hit by a van, I became unconscious but later I regained my consciousness.' 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death' I was hit by a van and I was unconscious for a while and I regained consciousness.
I was hit by a van. I was operated on for splenectomy.
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 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 As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I became unconscious immediately after the impact. But a few seconds after, I was mentally conscious. This was the time I saw a bright light above. The faces of my officemates at Philippine National Bank came flashing back fast like playing cards. Thereafter I regained my consciousness and people helped me to the 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 saw my unconscious body on the ground and a bright light from above. As if I have the choice which to go to - my body or the light.
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. It was very sharp and I could see vividly.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I did not hear anything during the time that I was unconscious. I just saw a bright light and the faces of my office mates came flashing back.
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 I was about to go up where the light came from but when I saw my body I instead went to my body.
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 saw the faces of my office mates in flashback style. Their faces were just flashing one after the other but there were no communications made.
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 I saw a bright light from above.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I did not feel any emotion. I saw my body from above and suddenly as if I joined my body again and regained my consciousness.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
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
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control I learned that I can see my body (or imagined) from afar just like in a dream. I did not feel any pain during or immediately after the accident. In the hospital my entire body ached.
The faces of my office mates made me come back.
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
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate
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? 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? n/a.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I just told my story to members of the family who were at the hospital. I did not really care about their reactions.
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 have a very strong will to survive. I wanted to become a lawyer. I was about to enroll in law school.
The light could be an imagination or chemical reaction in our brain. I could not explain how I saw my body from about a meter below. It my eyes that saw it without my body, but when the faces of my office mates flashed back, my eyes seemed to have re-joined my body.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real My view of my experience remained the same from the first time I regained consciousness until now.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes On March 18, 2004, I was on my way to Baguio City, I was driving alone in the middle of the night when I again saw a blinding light. It's like in the Bible. I am not really a religious person. I started reading the Bible to learn more about it.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? No more.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? None.