I was riding my dirt bike. I tried to go down a steep embankment, lost control, and the bike flipped out from under me. I rolled down the hill. The bike landed on me, flipped up in the air, and hit me again a couple more times. I must have gone out.
I saw nothing but darkness for the first couple of seconds. Then I saw light in the far away background, and what I chose to believe was Jesus in front of me. He was clothed, as we have seen him to be clothed in Bible stories of old. I noticed a sash around his waist, and a piece of cloth draped across his shoulder. He didn't say anything, and at first, I felt his 'look' was of dissatisfaction with me. He floated backwards and I followed Him, toward the light. It got brighter and brighter.
I asked him to please let me stay to be with my kids. Suddenly, the light got intensely bright and I felt an indescribable warmth. A comforting warmth. When we reached the light, we were on a hill, overlooking what looked like a wheat field. People were coming up the hill, toward where we were. They wore robes of varying colors. I sensed they were at peace. No expression, just peace. I came away feeling that must be total contentment. Jesus sat down under a very large tree and they all knelt down in front of Him. Again, I asked to return to care for my children. Jesus spoke to them without saying a word. They all understood.
I then awoke in my husband's arms. He was rocking back and forth saying I was dead. I drew in a breath and told him I was alive.
Date NDE Occurred: May 1978
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Life threatening event, but not clinical death See narrative.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain I don't think so. I felt like I was right there the whole time.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was out like a light. In fact, my husband said he heard all the air rush from my body (I had punctured a lung).
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning Not that I know of. I didn't know where I was.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? No sounds. No noises. Silence.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes I felt the first one was Jesus. The rest of the people, the ones on the hill after we passed through the tunnel, were just that. People. Men, women, all in robes.
The experience included: Darkness
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm The hilltop and the wheat field were beautiful. As was the tree. It was so big with outstretched branches.
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
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? 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 I pled to return to care for my three children.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate Christian
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I became more aware of my need to have God in my life, and to let my loved ones know how important they are to me.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The best part was the warmth of the light. It's indescribable! The worst part was the 'feeling' Jesus was dissatisfied with me.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes The first people I told were my husband and sister-in-law right after I regained consciousness. I said, 'Thank goodness I landed here! A few more feet and I would have hit the tree!' There were no trees there! BUT, there was a tree where I was. Most people cry when I tell them. I don't know why, but I get a 'feeling' when I am supposed to share my experience with someone. I haven't told a lot of people, but the ones I do, all but maybe two have had tears in their eyes when I tell them. One strange incident with telling. It was actually the first person other than a family member that I told. We were on a Ferry and a young man walked right up to us and said, 'Have you ever had a near death experience?' I answered yes and told him my story. He smiled and walked away. We looked for him afterward to ask him why he asked me that question. He was nowhere to be found on the Ferry!
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? I am no longer afraid of death. I used to be horrified about it. Now I know it will be wonderful. The light, the warmth, no pain, no sorrow, no worries.