I had a motorcycle accident when I was nineteen years old. I don't remember anything after being struck by an automobile. I found out later a few details about the accident.
I ended up with a broken femur, torn quad muscle on the other leg, my helmet cracked and I had trauma to the head. I also sustained amnesia for ten days.
While in the hospital, I had an experience that I couldn't explain at the time. I thought it was a dream, which was the only thing I could recall during the amnesia period. I was on a bed, lying face up, so relaxed, no pain whatsoever. I started to rise up off the bed, peaceful. I saw a beautiful light all around me, going up like a tunnel. I heard music being played by two angels. Harps were strumming. Finally, I heard a voice asking me, 'Are you ready?' It was a deep male voice. I remember saying' No, I'm not ready.' Right then, I started on a descent back to a bed. I just remember, no fear, the most peaceful state ever. There was beautiful, calming music.
I was in the hospital for a couple of weeks, finally learning that I did have amnesia, at first I was so confused. I remembered all what happened, even with the amnesia. I didn't tell too many people about the experience because I figured they wouldn't have believed me.
Date NDE Occurred: 08/26/1979
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes AccidentDirect 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? Less consciousness and alertness than normal As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I heard the male voice, asking if I was ready.
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
Just slowed down.
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. Bright light, yellow, intense.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Heard the harp music so clear, not loud. It was just perfect.
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? Yes I was rising up off the bed into a beautiful tunnel of 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? Yes Two angels, playing harps they were where I was going up the tunnel of light. I saw them; they did have wings and playing their harps.
The experience included: Darkness
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 The most beautiful, calming, peaceful light. Bright, but felt soft.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace, inner and outer.
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
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
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? 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
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Much later in life. I guess they believed me.
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 something was different about this experience. I found out I had amnesia and remember this so much.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I know what I heard and saw. It remains constant in my mind thirty years later.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No