Leaving my boyfriend's house (at the time,) I was driving too fast down a country road that I was not familiar with, in a 1971 Volkswagen bug. There were no lights, reflectors, etc. Approximately four feet from the end of road, I was still going forty-five mph and could not stop in time. To me, as soon as I hit, I opened the door and stepped onto the road, no pain, holding my face. I stood under what I thought was a street lamp. Three women came and said they heard the crash. They laid me down and one kneeled at my hip level, the other at about knee level, and the third at my feet facing me. At some point, one of the women told me she was going to go get a pillow and another woman was going to call for help. I'm not sure what happened to the other woman. I came to, on the ground, my boyfriend screaming my name. I vaguely remember the ambulance showing up and the forty-five minute ride to the hospital. I had bent the steering wheel in half with my face, and knocked the windshield out with the back of my head. The impact of the crash had buckled the back half of the car. I remember being wheeled through the emergency room and the medics and doctors talking around me. One saying he didn't know how I was not dead. I'm not sure how many days had passed since the accident, but when I told my version of what happened, no one knew what I was talking about or who the ladies were. My mother said I was late for curfew that night and she just didn't feel right. She called my boyfriend's home and he and his grandmother went looking, and found me approximately a mile from their home, out cold on the ground.Immediately after the accident, I became very paranoid and in doctors terms began 'hallucinating'. I was immediately put on medication for possible schizophrenia. I am not however, schizophrenic. I had dealt with depression a bit at that point, but that is all. Since then, I have had too many experiences, as far as knowing things that were going to happen, of people I had not met yet, and more.
Date NDE Occurred: 'June 5, 1995'
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident. Direct head injury 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
Head on car accident into rock and grass embankment at forty-five mph.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain
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 Immediately after impact.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Immediately after impact.
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
As soon as I hit, everything started happening, when there was actually approximately forty-five minutes of 'lost' time.
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
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 Three unknown women.
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 I thought it was a bright street light. (Incident happened on a dark road with no form of lighting, whatsoever.)
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm The whole experience was oddly beautiful.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace. Grateful these women were there to help me.
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
The experience included: Special Knowledge
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 Ninety-five percent.
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? Liberal none
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes It's not all black and white, and is definitely not organized.
What is your religion now? Liberal none
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes It's not all black and white, and is definitely not organized.
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? Yes Just a feeling of knowing there were many things I had not known.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes My family treats me like I am a bit off.
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? Yes Mostly about other people's lives.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The woman at hip level and the street light that was not actually there.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes A few months. They teased me, blew me off as 'odd', or mental health issues.
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 thought everything had happened the way I saw it. I had no reason not to.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I know what happened. Even though I have been told what happened from other sides of the 'story'.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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