First Incident: I was looking down at my body lying in a fetal position on the ground, but what was happening, because I was in the most beautiful light you could ever imagine. I came to; I realized I was in hospital. A nurse walked past, she looked in, and said, 'It's good to see you back with us.' I asked her where I was. She said, 'You had an accident and you are in hospital, I will get your doctor.' He arrived and told me I had a steel bar in my cheek. It smashed my cheek-bone and smashed my sinus.
For the next two and a half years, I kept trying to convince doctors and hospitals (including Psychiatric Hospitals) that something was wrong with me, describing everything that was happening. I had a seizure, saw my doctor; she got me to have a CT scan (computerized tomography scan). The full damage was revealed. The bar had gone through my brain, nearly coming out the top of my skull.
Second Incident: I was loading some 4x4's on a car transporter. I was reversing one onto the transporter. When I apparently accelerated, I had the door slightly ajar, as I went through the rams that lifts the top-deck, it ripped the door off, pulling and trapping my arm, that I had resting on it, and smashing my head between the ram and the car. I smelt petrol! I had to get out. I motioned to a man who had seen what happened. He just looked at me with his head tilted, in the same position I had mine. I pushed the vehicle sideways and got out. I was taken to hospital. As the doctor started to stitch me up, the most BEAUTIFUL feeling came over me. The doctor said, 'What's happening?' I thought, 'Get lost idiot.' He asked again! 'Patrick, you have to tell us what is happening.' (He said this more urgently.) 'Just leave me alone,' I thought. I KNEW if I stopped to tell him this most wonderful feeling would stop. I came to. The doctor asked what happened. I told him I just had an out of body experience. He asked, what is one of them? I told him what happened. 'I went to the light, as I was going in the light I went back to the accident saw myself, bleeding from the head and my arm was limp, as if it was about to fall off. I came to.' The doctor asked me, for the next ten minutes. I tried to tell him what an OBE was. Even though I told him what he had told each of the nurses to do and what each nurse did, HE WAS SO CONFUSED about my statement. Then he nearly floored me when he said, 'But YOU HAVE BEEN DEAD for the last five minutes.'
Date NDE Occurred: 10 March 1986 --- 10 March 1994
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident. Direct head injury Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) 1st Incidence - Serious brain injury -should not have survived . (Neurologist opinion)
2nd Incidence -Another head injury - heart stopped for 5minutes.
Have medical notes for both incidences.First incident - A steel bar went through my cheek, THEN through my brain. (Have CT Scan.)
Second incident - Multiple head injuries, and nearly had my arm ripped off.
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 There was an extremely STRONG sense of KNOWING.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? While I was in the light.
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 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? Uncertain First Incident - I was in the light.
Second Incident - I went back to each accident, seeing myself AFTER the accident had happened, but I was going to the light.
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: 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 It was the most beautiful light I have ever seen. In fifty-six years on this planet I have never seen anything as beautiful as it.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Euphoric.
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 I have had a review during an electric shock. But nothing happened like that.
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? Yes I am a free Spirit.
What is your religion now? Moderate Spiritual ---- Free Spirit .
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I am a free Spirit.
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? Yes I am very much a loner as if I am searching for something. EVEN though I am in a permanent relationship, and have a child.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes The most wonderful euphoric feeling of what was happening, and I did not want it to stop.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I KNEW everything was going to be okay.
I learned to play the Didgeridoo, I learned Reiki, Pellowah and many other metaphysical healing techniques.
AFTER my second NDE/OBE for the next year, I met eighteen people. WITHIN ONE minute of starting to talk to these people. We are talking about OBEs and NDEs.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The Light.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Three years. They knew about my accident and thought I was just a bit loopy. I once spoke to Dr. Cheri Sutherland - she was okay.
See previous question.
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 Knew it had happened.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I STILL KNOW it happened. And with everything that has happened in my life since my first accident, I may not have got instructions to do this or it is not my time, I believe just by being in the Light was MY instructions.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No