It was late September in 1997. I was 7 years old. I had a pedal bike with handlebar brakes. I was on hyperactive medication and was woken up out of a nap. We went to get my aunt, at a friend's house, to go to karate lessons. I went down a hill and hit the front brake. I went over top of the handlebars and was entangled in the bike. I proceeded to slide over 20 feet. The handlebars were in the upper part of my torso causing a bruised liver and a gash of over 6 inches covering the crack in my skull. I split my helmet completely in half. I remember not being able to move, but then was able to get myself off the bike. I passed out as I was coming to. My friend's mom was coming to get me. She picked me up and got me to their couch. I was still in and out of consciousness.
I had an out-of-body experience. I could see everyone in the room, including myself lying on the couch. I could see my friend's mom crying over the top of my body. I saw my mom and grandmother coming up the road as they walked across the yard. I remember them talking about how they needed to call the rescue squad and then about how the rescue squad was taking too long. Then I took a deep breath and was back on the couch. They got tired of waiting for the Rescue Squad, so they put me in the backseat of my mom's car and took me to the Rescue Squad. I was put on the stretcher and then rushed to the hospital. I lost consciousness again.
I went into a very dark room. I looked around and couldn't see anything. Then all of a sudden, it got really bright. It was as if I couldn't look up but this was the whitest, white light there. I heard a deep, soothing voice that said it wasn't my time that I had to go back. I remember asking, 'Why?' The answer was, 'It's just not your time, son. You have to go back.' I took a rather large, deep breath as we were going through the emergency room. The light passed over the top of me. I heard them talking about how they needed to rush some tests and that the MRI was already ready for me. Later that night, my mom said that a lady in white scrubs and red hair came in and looked her in the face. The lady had like this glow around her and she told my mom after touching me on my stomach that everything would be fine. The next morning, the doctor sent me to get another MRI and more tests. When he came back in with the results, he told my mom that if the gash had gone from six inches to no bigger than the edge of a razor blade, that I would make a full recovery, and that I will be fine.
Date NDE Occurred: Late September 1997
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident CPR given. Direct head injury. Life threatening event, but not clinical death
I had a gash in my liver, a cracked skull, broken ribs, knees messed up; and over two weeks in the hospital.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Both pleasant AND distressing
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I could hear the people around me talking and I could see my body but I wasn't in my body. I could see as if it was through someone else's eyes
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 It was as if everything was clear without any filters.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Afterwards, once I got to the hospital.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
It was as if time didn't exist.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? More vivid than usual
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. It was clear; it's as if everyday life has a filter, compared to the way the light and everything was.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. When you pop your ears how that first 10 or 15 seconds everything is just crystal clear, bright, and loud? That's the way it was.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, but the facts have not been checked out
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Darkness
The experience included: Unearthly light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? An unusually bright light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes The brightest white light
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? Some unfamiliar and strange place It was a dark, dark, dark space then all of a sudden became very, very bright and I couldn't look upwards.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? During the out of body experience it was worry, but with the celestial experience it was peaceful, it was calmâ€¦really just wonderful.
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? No
The experience included: Special knowledge or purpose
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
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 importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Slightly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Mormon My family had started into the LDS Church but I had also been going to a southern Baptist Church
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Moderately important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Other Christian I have my beliefs there Christian based
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was both consistent and not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes You don't know when it's your time, so be prepared.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I heard a voice I could not identify It wasn't a deep soothing and relaxing voice, it was powerful, very powerful.
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Uncertain Don't understand the context of the question.
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God probably exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? Yes I'm positive that it was God who spoke to me. God definitely exists.
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes Ever since that incident, I've had a lot of ESP experiences or like deja vu, as if I've dreamed it or it was getting ready to happen and it happened.
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Unknown
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? I was uncertain if an afterlife exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes I was told it wasn't my time that I had to return.
Did you fear death prior to your experience? Unknown
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Unknown
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Unknown
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes I felt love and embrace until I had to leave; then there was a sad like feeling like when you leave your nanny's house on Sunday you know you will be back next weekend but you still just want to stay and not go.
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Moderate changes in my life I was thankful to be Alive.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes People not believing me or think I was making it up
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes Many deja vu feelings of when something bad is going to happen, dreams that seem to come true.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Both experiences I had that day I'll never forget them. I always remember that I do have a purpose but it is unknown what it might be. But I am here for a reason.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes About a month after I heard my mom telling my aunt about the nurse and I told both of them what I had felt and experienced.
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 It wasn't a dream or my imagination. I was there as it happened.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I was there. It was not a dream.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No