Experience Description

I fell asleep at the wheel driving on the freeway, car rolled off and flipped off freeway. I woke and was hovering over my body - everything was very quiet, I was not afraid just stared at myself and thought I was dead. I was not frightened but did not see a white light coming from above like I thought (or you see in movies). Then I woke up and everything was very loud (my radio was blasting and you could hear the freeway noise rushing above). I was in a lot of pain as I had a compound fracture to my right elbow. I ran to the freeway and someone stopped. The police were called and I was taken to an intensive care unit hospital where surgery was done to save my arm, which they were able to do. I have minimal scarring on my face and elbow to this day.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 1992

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Accident 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death' .

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? Normal consciousness and alertness

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? The whole experience was probably a total of five minutes so that is hard to answer, but the incident occurred at approximately 8:00 pm on a Friday night in 1992.

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

Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid

Did your vision differ in any way from normal? Nothing was in color but I could see perfectly.

Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? There was actually no sound at all.

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

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? I felt very peaceful and unafraid even though I realized (or thought) I was dead.

Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness

Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness

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? Liberal 'None' atheist

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes Was atheist, now agnostic.

What is your religion now? Liberal 'None' agnostic

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Was atheist, now agnostic.

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? Not afraid to die now.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? No I have shared briefly with two people as before I never believed in this type of experience until it happened to me personally.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I heard a story on TV about it but they saw light and mine wasn't the same.

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real. I thought it was strange but I remember it vividly to this day, years later.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. Feel the same.

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