I was in Italy for summer vacation with my mother; her parents resided there and so we spent the whole summer with them. My brother, his friend, and a sister-in-law came to Italy to visit too. We decided we would go to Mt. Vesuvius as tourists to visit the volcano. We all went excluding my mother. We had an Italian friend take us in his vehicle. There were four people in all. Everything was fine until we left the site. As we were descending the mountain, the brakes went out on the vehicle. It was chaotic while our guide maneuvered his vehicle so we could stop without too much danger. He got his vehicle under control and stopped at the side of the road. We all exited the vehicle. I got out of the vehicle and immediately fell out or passed out. As I was falling, I hit my head on a cement barrier and completely passed out. I started floating through a tunnel, no color on either side of me, towards a white bright light. The feeling was immensely beautiful and peaceful. I've never felt anything like it since. As I was floating, I saw myself hovering over my body. My brother and sister-in-law were crying. They thought I died; I had urinated and defecated all over myself, as most people know when that happens you're most likely dead. As I was watching them cry I wanted to tell them 'don't cry, its ok, I'm in a great place'. I wanted to stay there. It didn't last long. The next thing I know, I was back in my body; I woke up and was completely embarrassed for having poop all over me. My sister-in-law took me to a place where there were trees and cleaned me up the best she could. I never told anybody what happened to me. To this day, I don't know why. When we returned to America, I was a different person. I left an ugly duckling and came back a pretty girl. I do know I have some extra sensory perceptions. I've told this story only to a few people. I go to church regularly. I do believe in life after death!
Date NDE Occurred: 'late 1970s'
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Accident. Direct head injury 'we were tourists visiting volcano site. coming down from volcano the brakes went out on our vehicle. We hit a cement barrier.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I saw my people crying over my body.
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 An indescribable joy, happiness and peace.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was floating over my body.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
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. There was nothing different. It all happened in a matter of seconds, the initial accident that is.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. There was no hearing. It was all telepathic. My mind was doing the talking.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
The experience included: Tunnel
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes I went straight through a tunnel. Darkness was all around me.
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: Unearthly 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 Bright white beautiful light.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace, joy, comfort.
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 myself or others
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? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Unknown
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Other Christian
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely 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? No
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
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? No
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God definitely exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
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? No
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are possibly meaningful and significant
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 No
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 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? Unknown
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
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 Moderate changes in my life. The boys in my school started to notice me whereby before they ignored me.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Uncertain The difficult part is that you can't describe in words the feelings of happiness.
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 Nothing big or great to tell. My inside, what I believe is the Holy Spirit, tell me if something is good or not. It's always right. Sometimes I know who's calling me. They're little things that my friends and I call 'ESPN'.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Many years later. I don't know why I never told anybody, probably thought they wouldn't believe me. No big influence. People say 'wow-w-w'.
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
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I don't remember. It was 40 years ago.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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