We were heading to school (and Momma to work) one icy, winter day. Momma was driving; we were half-way between home and school. We lived in a very rural area. As we approached a bend in the road, Momma hit a patch of ice and our huge 'land-yacht' of a car went spinning. It all happened so fast, yet in slow motion, if that makes sense. I raised my head, and the next thing I saw, we were headed for a huge old oak tree. Somehow, I knew we were going to hit it head on. Cars at that time had a 'shelf,' if you will, where we laid our books. As the schoolbooks flew from behind our heads, I threw my arm over my baby brother's chest, trying to save him. The next thing I saw was me, looking down over us all. I was floating over the whole scene. I silently yelled out to God, 'please save us!' Our huge car had wedged itself between a huge, old, concrete cattle trough, and the huge oak tree. Our car came to a stop, and I was once again in my body. Everyone was okay, and Momma was able to back out of the ditch, we headed on to school and work, and acted as if nothing ever happened. She went on to work; we went on to school, and never spoke of it again. But I will NEVER forget floating above my body, the peace I felt, or the sense I needed to protect my brother sitting next to me. Interestingly enough, Momma found a fence nail on the hood of her car, when she went to break for lunch, it landed there after the wreck. I attribute it to God, as I do believe in Him and Jesus, and I truly believe He saved our lives that day! No one understands how we didn't wrap that car around the tree, or hit that concrete cattle trough. We somehow wedged between the two. The car and we came out unscathed. I've never told anyone about this, until now. I have had many experiences from a young age, all throughout my life, and still do. I truly believe we are all intuitive, some more than others. I believe we have guardian angels that protect us, and there is more to this world beyond our Earthly life. I have witnessed too much to not believe. Thank you for reading my story.
Date NDE Occurred: Fall 1976?
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Life threatening event, but not clinical death.
Momma having a wreck and we were headed for a large oak tree.
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 was totally aware that a bad wreck was happening, but somehow knew we would all be okay, and that my prayers would be answered.
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
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Right after we skidded off the road: I was totally there in the moment, I knew what was happening, but I was at peace. I felt all aware and all knowing!
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
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 like all-knowing, all feeling, but heightened awareness, unlike 'regular' life.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. My hearing has always been heightened, so am not sure if it changed during this.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
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: 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? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Strangely enough: extreme peace.
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 or purpose
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? Greatly important to me
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- Catholic
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? No
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 It was almost an unspoken 'voice', saying we would all be okay.
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? Uncertain
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Yes
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? Yes
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? Uncertain
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? Uncertain
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife definitely exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I moderately feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Slightly fearful in living my earthly life
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? Greatly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Slight changes in my life Slight changes in my life.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes Difficult, because not many understand or think I am nuts.
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? No I was born psychic, sensitivity, if you will: always able to connect with the other side.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I just know now, that I am 51 that a 12-13 year old girl cannot make up this stuff. I KNOW what I experienced, it was REAL, and one I won't deny any more.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I think I told my now-deceased dear friend, and oldest brother, we could connect on a higher level than most, he was psychic, too!
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Uncertain
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
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Uncertain
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