I was a passenger in a car when we hit black ice. We were going sixty mph. I remember the feeling of the car spinning and me gasping. The next thing I remember is looking down at me sitting in the driver's seat. I thought 'What am I doing in the driver's seat?' I then noticed I was at the ceiling of the car. There was a golden light all around me. I felt calm. I was in communication with two 'beings' that I couldn't see but felt their presence. They seemed to be part of the golden light that surrounded me. We communicated about something. I'm not sure what the content of the 'conversation' was. I remember feeling that they were telling me something important.
I don't remember what the message was. The next thing I remember is being worked on by passing emergency medical technicians. I had been there for several hours before help arrived.
Date NDE Occurred: 5-28-2000
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Accident. Direct head injury 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
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 When I was on the ceiling of the car.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was on the ceiling of the car.
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
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. The colors were bright and difficult to describe.
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? Yes I didn't know them. They were just there, calm and loving. They were telling me something. I don't remember what. It seems like the message was that I couldn't stay and that I couldn't come any closer. There weren't any words just thoughts.
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? Uncertain
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt calm and blissful.
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? Liberal spiritual
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I have always been a spiritual person. Now I meditate and can get close to the feeling I had in the golden light. I am more calm and my faith in a higher power has more clarity.
What is your religion now? Liberal spiritual
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I have always been a spiritual person. Now I meditate and can get close to the feeling I had in the golden light. I am more calm and my faith in a higher power has more clarity.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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? Uncertain
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? Yes After I was home, I saw two 'ghost like' figures standing next to my bed. They seemed to be giggling. It was so real that the next morning I asked my daughters if they had been in the room. There was a box with a man's face in it that floated next to my bed. It was as if it was in more than three dimensions. The box rotated back and forth. I don't know who the man was. He was just there. After about a month, he was gone. I've seen a spirit walking behind me, reflected in the TV screen.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Just being in that peaceful golden light. The strange feeling of seeing myself sitting in the drivers seat.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I've shared these experiences with my daughters and boyfriend. I told them soon after the accident. They believe me but it is hard to truly understand the experience. I think that they have stronger belief that there is something more to reality than what we can humanly see.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I have heard stories of people who have had near death experiences. I have read books about it. I don't believe that this exposure had anything to do with my experience.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real It seemed real. It happened. I felt the calmness of the experience to this day.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I draw on the experience everyday. I know that there are beings around me all of the time. I had a sense of this before the accident, but now the feeling is more intense.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? My hearing has always been acute. Now it is sensitive I can hear abnormally well.