In September of 1972 I was driving a friend to Connecticut to his wedding. I was on the Connecticut Turnpike. The car's steering broke and I lost control of the car on the wet road. I was nineteen years old. The car spun around several times, striking the guardrails. I was then above the wrecked car looking at my body, I was being pulled toward a soft white light. It gave me a very wonderful feeling. I heard a voice talking to me from the white light to come with them. I very much wanted to go with them. I talked to them but not through voice. It was through mental communication. I wanted to go but I had an overwhelming feeling to go back. I told them I was too young to die and, even though the feeling I was experiencing was of warmth and love, I wanted to return. I remember returning to my body and opening my eyes and a man yelling to me and trying to pull open the door that had jammed in the wreck. Cars were moving past the wrecked car very fast. My hands were immobile so I fell to my side and kicked the door with both feet and it opened. I had hit the windshield with my head and bent the steering wheel trying to hang on but was okay and my friend, who was under the dash, was okay too. This NDE experience had a very positive effect on my life and I never feared death again. It was very positive for me.
Date NDE Occurred: 9-5-1972
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident '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? No
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 While looking at the light.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? While looking at the light.
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
Floating in front of the light.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
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 Just 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 The light spoke. Did not recognize the voice. Could not see anything but the Light. Asked me to come and be part of the light.
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 Large white light that I was becoming part of.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Warmth and Love! No Fear at all.
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
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control Family flashed in my head but it was the feeling of love and warmth that seemed to be the main focus.
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? Moderate
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate
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
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The Love and warmth of the light. There seems to be a place to go when you die. And the lack of fear from death.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? No
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 Very real, three days, or thirty years, it still is with me.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Still the same!
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? The experience left me with the knowledge that if I die there is something waiting for me.