It was a January day in Michigan, rather cold and snowy. There was a coating of melted snow that had been left behind by the snow plow in the parking lot, as the wind blew across the lot it froze all that was left behind. At some point, some associates and I were outside enjoying the snow like children. A game of football was started with a frozen ball of snow. I received a pass and was tackled by one of the guys. I slipped on one of those patches of frozen snow and fell backwards hitting my head on the ice and pavement. I was out cold. As I can recall I remember seeing myself lying there, I could hear everyone around me freaking out because I wouldn't wake up. At one point one of the guys said 'His lips are turning blue. We better call 911.'
All this time I could hear and see everything as though I was standing in the crowd. The emergency medical technicians showed up and began working on me. As they were doing their job I remember feeling a rush of warmth come over me, but looking down I could see how cold and lifeless my body looked, I really thought nothing of it I was completely comfortable just seeing what was going on. The really freaky part came when they put me in the ambulance I actually went with my body to the hospital all the while being able to hear everything around me and see it very clearly. I remember what seemed to be emotions although it felt as if I was pulled in two different directions at once. One saying stay and the other saying I must go. No sooner than that I was back in my body in when I was at the local hospital.
Date NDE Occurred: January 2001
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Direct head injury 'Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening'
I was pushed by an associate and fell on some ice. I stuck my head on the ground knocking me unconscious.
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 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 I think throughout the whole experience I felt very alert.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I think throughout the whole experience I felt very alert.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Everything that happened was happening as if all things were happening at one time from the time I had the accident to the time in the ambulance.
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. I do remember having what seemed like a 360 degree vision of everything at one time.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Most definitely I could hear very clearly everyone speaking at one time as if I had multiple sets of ears tuned into each person around me.
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: Void
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 light all around me as if I was consumed by it.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? An absolute feeling of belonging as if this was how it was meant to be all along.
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? Conservative/fundamentalist Christian
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Christian
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 feeling of absolute comfort and peace a feeling of belonging where I was.
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? Nothing really comes to mind I believe the whole experience to be meaningful and significant.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? No
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'm not sure how to.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No