I experienced a life review moments before a car that I was driving smashed into a telephone pole. By luck, the driver's side door flipped open and I was thrown out of the car. It seemed at the time that my mind was preparing itself for death. In an instant, I saw major milestones in my life from being a baby until the present. I do not remember if I saw a white light at the end of the life review but I remember thinking that I was not prepared to die - too young.
From that time on, I have always been very aware of how one's life on earth can quickly be gone. I feel that I have since that day been living on 'borrowed time' and have strove to enjoy each and every day.
Date NDE Occurred: 1967
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Life threatening event, but not clinical death . Thrown from a car about to crash.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain I lost awareness of my body
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 It was more focused and intense, almost stopped in time.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? During the life review.
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 Time seemed to stop during the life review. The life review was instantaneous and rapid.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? My mind took over and forced the images in my life review. During that instant I was not using my vision per se.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? I don't recall hearing anything during the life review.
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? Uncertain I believe that I saw a white light at the end of the life review, just before I was thrown from the car. It was not important at the time.
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
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? Uncertain I believe that I saw a white light at the end of the life review, just before I was thrown from the car. It was not important at the time.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Neutral at first, as an observer, then at the end when I felt that my mind was preparing for death, I was perhaps remorseful that my life would end so soon.
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 I saw images that summarized my life to date, baby, young boy, older boy, etc. Maybe saw immediate family, it's been a long time since the incident.
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 Presbyterian
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate Presbyterian
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
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 I felt that death was a reality. I was not and am not afraid of death; however, at that point in time, I was not prepared for death. Death did not seem scary.
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? Uncertain I have a greater appreciation of life and understand the futility of seeking peace, happiness, and fulfillment in material objects.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Yes, the fact that I didn't die - very meaningful. :)
I believe that a life review is perhaps a common experience that people have when they are about to die. Knowing that this is perhaps, the manner in which we leave the physical body may make it less scary, at least in my mind, there is nothing to be fearful of.
I know that I will die, I just don't know when. However, I believe that we can control when to some extent; and, as ironical as it may seem, while I realize that death can occur when we least expect it, I personally believe that I will live to be at least ninety-seven years old. Check back with me in forty-two years and we will see if it is just a fantasy or if I have some sort of internal clock or can simply will such to be the case.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared the experience immediately with the person riding in the car with me - moments after the accident, then with my girlfriend later that night and with my mother even later in the evening. It was an eerie/supernatural, or least uncommon experience.
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. It happened.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. It happened.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? No suggestions. I briefly heard a representative from your organization on a late night radio show and thought that I would share my experience, hope it helps.