I was driving home from work, alone in my car. I had come to a place near the water that I love. I remember thinking that it was a beautiful place to be. I was then in outer space and could 'see' (not with my eyes but with another sense) the stars and all the heavenly bodies forming and stretching across the sky from the beginning of time to eternity very quickly. At the same time, I was aware of all things from the smallest organism to the biggest happenings of outer space.
I had a 'knowing' of everything and anything. Above my head and to my right a bright light (not blinding but brighter than any light I have known) flowed quickly towards and over me engulfing me and all the other souls in the universe and down on earth (which I was fully aware of entirely). Simultaneously, the light was also this complete LOVE. It was a type of love that cannot be described as it is not like anything I have ever known. The love came with the light. It was received and given at the same time. It spread from what I instantly knew was God to encompass everything in the universe and beyond. The love was like bliss and so complete that there was no room for anything else. (No room for evil.)
I had a strong message (no words were spoken) that what I was doing was the right thing to do, and that I didn't need to do anything other than what I did. During the experience, I had no sensation of a body at all. I felt one with the universe. Next, I was back in my body and still driving my car at the very same spot that I had been before the experience began. The experience seemed like it could have lasted about ten minutes, but there was no sense of time really. I have felt that I was 'shown' more than I can remember. Also, I feel that where I was, was home, and that I am only visiting earth for a purpose. I feel that I know the purpose but that I just cannot remember it.
Since this experience, I have no interest in earthly possessions, I am not afraid to die, I love everyone and do not know how to hate. Forgiveness is easy and right-ness is a must. Peace in the world is possible if only everyone could have a similar experience to see this kind of love. No words can describe it. I find I cannot explain it to my friends and family. Each person must have the experience themselves.
Date NDE Occurred: Sometime about 2003 or 2004
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Just driving home from a day at work Other 'Strangely, I was driving. No known illness. No drugs. Possibly tired after work.'. Never, in fact I felt like I was being 'told' that all I was doing was the right thing to do.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes 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 Another sense.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I cannot answer this question because I felt conscious the whole time. I was either conscious of being in the car or conscious of being in space, or in the light or in the love or back in the car and on earth again.
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 There seemed to be no time. Everything happened at once.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? I didn't see anything with my eyes. I didn't feel anything. I didn't hear anything. It was like I had another sense.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? No hearing with my ears. I didn't have a body.
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 I felt other beings everywhere. We were all part of each other and the light and the love. It is too hard to describe in words.
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 The light came down and flooded me then the rest of everything until there was no room for anything else. The light and the love where the same thing.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Another dimension in outer space.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Love. Bliss.
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
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control I felt I was being shown the universe and the world from the beginning of time to eternity. I learnt that I knew why I was here on earth.
The experience included: Vision of the future
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future Just a general awareness of the universal future. I don't remember it except that it was happening as it should.
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 (anti religion)
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I understand all religions, good and bad.
What is your religion now? Liberal I believe in a universal god
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I understand all religions, good and bad.
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 I feel like I was shown everything there is to know. Or even that I already knew everything that there is to know but that I had forgotten it.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I am more tolerant, more understanding, more humble, more forgiving, more loving.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes No words can fully describe it. Nothing was seen, heard, or felt. It was a 'knowing'.
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? Everything was right.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Only two people. A friend and my sister who didn't say much. It took me about a year to tell anyone. At first, I decided it was personal and too hard to describe. I still think that it is.
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 just accepted it as something that happened to me. I didn't realize how widespread it was until I tried to research it. It didn't occur to me that it was so similar to a near death experience for three years.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. The whole experience was so foreign to my senses that I could not have dreamt it.
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? Has anyone else had the experience without a near death?