I was walking down a path in an obvious direction away from a starting point. To my left and up about shoulder height were people and scenes I recognized from events that had happened in my life prior to where I was at the time - when I reached the point of the accident that spawned this coma. When I reached the point of the accident, I turned and walked back past the events I had just witnessed. When I reached the last event I entered a stone cottage and in the cottage were two very old beings, they reminded me of 'Yoda' in the movie 'Star Wars'. These beings were to my right and in front of me was a big picture window or opening. I could see a large green meadow and there was a church down at the bottom of a hill. I wanted to go out into it but the two beings said I could not. When I asked why they said 'You are not ready.' I walked back down the path to the accident. This experience stays fresh in my mind while I can't remember anything else. I suffered a traumatic brain injury and have a really bad memory. I am no longer afraid of dying I am sure there is more for us after this life.
Date NDE Occurred: 6/11/81
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes AccidentDirect head injury 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
It happened while I was in a coma.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? No
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness In the cottage.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? In the cottage.
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
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? Yes The enclosure was that cottage.
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 The two old beings I told of above.
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
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm that field was beautiful
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Curiosity, a longing to go into the field, I really wanted to go down to that church.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
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 the events that happened while growing up. Yes I have a very good feeling about life and after I die.
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
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
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? No
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I have this feeling I know more about life than others.
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? No
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I never spoke of it for years.
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 knew it was real no doubt in my mind.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I just have this strong feeling that it is real. I can't explain why I just know it.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No