I was standing on top of the hood of the car but did not sense a wreck. I noticed traffic backed up for miles in each direction. I thought it was odd how I could see the sweat on the bus driver's face three blocks away like he was up close. I saw two of my schoolmates on their bike on the far corner watching something in my direction. I waved and shouted to them 'Hey, Chuckie! Here I am!' but they did not hear or see me. That's when I started to sink. I sank down into the car and awoke still pinned under the dash. I had lost a lot of blood. Blood was over an inch deep on the floorboard. At that point, I still had eyesight. After I was put on a gurney and on my way to the ambulance, I looked over to the far corner of the intersection just to see if my two friends from school were really there. They were!
I woke again in the hospital and was now temporarily blind, but I did not know that yet. I went to the bathroom down the hall of the hospital. I wanted to know why the one nurse wore blue and the other nurses wore white. I could not find any mirror in my hospital room. Slowly I realized that I was blind.
I regained my eyesight in a matter of weeks. I played pool blind, I went to school blind just a week after the wreck. I bled all over my desk a few times. I got seventy-five stitches in my forehead. The doctors said they could see the front of my brain when I was first admitted. To this day little pieces of glass comes out of my forehead.
Date NDE Occurred: February 5, 1972
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes AccidentDirect head injury head on collision no seatbelt 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
I was pinned under a crushed dashboard after my face was thrown through windshield, unconscious at first.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
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 During unconsciousness pinned under the dash bleeding to death.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? During unconsciousness pinned under the dash bleeding to death.
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
The bus driver's face was sweating because he wanted to go home but traffic was backed up, it was like he was right up close to me.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I was temporarily blind after they sewed me up but I knew where everything was. I did not walk into walls, just like I had my eyesight.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. My hearing was tested and they were surprised I could hear a few tones that most people don't but I was tested as an adult.
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 saw the people that were really there at the intersection.
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
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I could see there was something happening around me but I could not figure it out until I awoke.
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 Oh yes, since the wreck my dreams have been filled with future events I remember the dream with dΘjα vu as the corresponding real event unfolds.
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? Conservative/fundamentalist Baptist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist protestant
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 discovered I had a wandering soul.
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? Yes I became a true dreamscaper and scenes of the future came to me about the world and personal futures not just one of them. And real time also.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The view - I was looking down on everybody. Like I was floating or standing on top of the wreck, awesome view.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes My friends were astonished right away as I beat them in pool games completely blind. And yes there were so many experiences to list and most people I told thought I was not truthful or they felt I had brain damage or something.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I knew about out of body travel having lived in Virginia Beach, Virginia where Edgar Cayce used to live. I had the dream gift as a child but the wreck made it where I retained it for life.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real When it happened I was unconscious when I was awake and on the gurney I looked on purpose to see if my friends were on that far corner like I was verifying to myself that what I just experienced was in fact just what I thought it was. Even to this day my view of it has never changed because I was originally correct in my early view of it.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I was on my way out. Not gone yet because I was a part of me still. But very soon I would have broken free of that attachment like letting go of a string attached to a balloon. What caused me to sink was found out as I awoke; a man was pulling a cloth away from my face. He stopped or slowed my bleeding.
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? Of course I have attempted in my life to harness this ability of second sight that was caused by the experience. To add to the ability I study things like psychology, ancestry, the physical brain, genetic memory, etc.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Don't drink and drive always wear your seat belt, the safety message.