I had a NDE when I had a bad car accident six years ago. My right front tire blew out at about eighty mph and I left the road almost instantly and rolled several times. The most bizarre thing was that I have NO MEMORY of the accident at all - just memory of the blowout. Next thing was that I watched the emergency medical technicians try to revive me right after. It took the fire and rescue men almost an hour to extract me from my car.
I was hovering overhead! In this time, I felt no pain, no fear at all. I remember actually being over my body in the ambulance as they took me to the hospital! A male emergency medical technician gave me CPR and I remember the tattoo he had on his upper forearm. I could draw it! I don't remember his face or name at all. I 'followed' myself from the ambulance down the hospital corridor with the emergency medical technician still trying to revive me. I was covered with blood! They had cut my tee shirt and jeans off me. I was in one of those neck brace things. I had a broken pelvis, ribs and both legs. The left side of my head bashed the door column, ripped my ear off and gave me brain lacerations from the impact. My small intestines were ripped into due to an adhesion I had since I was four years old when I had an appendectomy. Blood kept coming out of my mouth and nose. I watched as I had a seizure!
Now I was backing away as if a camera lens was backing off from a close-up to a wide-angle shot. I had the most unbelievable happiness and elation that really can't be put into words! The vividness and small details of this experience match nothing that has ever happened to me before! I seemed to be backing away through a very long (infinitely long) tunnel you hear described in NDEs. This tunnel was rings that had very bright dotted lights on each ring. I seemed to go on for hours. The feeling of peace and happiness was unbelievable. The vividness and detail, I could go on and on about it! Everything that had happened in my life seemed to be like a movie on a monstrous screen. I reached the point of my accident and all ended!
I awoke from a drug-induced coma after about two days. It was as if I was home from a very long vacation. Both my sisters were there when I came to. I was told by one of the doctors that my heart had stopped due to blood loss. I had been given seven or eight units of blood! I was in the hospital for twenty-one days. It took me almost three months to walk again.
Date NDE Occurred: 'March 21, 2003'
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes AccidentDirect head injury Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
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 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 During the life review.
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? 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? 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. It was as if things were much more detailed.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I could hear everybody talking that was around me.
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 It was rings that I passed through. A tunnel made of rings that were not attached to one another. There were lights on the rings in concentric patterns and not once were they alike from one to the other, every one was different.
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: 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? Uncertain I didn't, to my knowledge, make it to see the light that they describe as very bright but painless. One seemed to be in the distance but was in the direction I was going FROM.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Happiness and a high sense of adventure!
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 It was like a movie without a screen. Very, very detailed.
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? Liberal
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain I am agnostic, and still am, but the feeling of complete peace makes me believe that there is life after death for sure.
What is your religion now? Liberal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain I am agnostic, and still am, but the feeling of complete peace makes me believe that there is life after death for sure.
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 My sisters have become aware of the effect of NDEs.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes Some of it is! Other stuff I could go on and on about but some of it was like a dream you have sometimes that can't be described in words.
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? It was like nothing I had ever experienced before. I believe in NDE, OBEs etc. before I had the accident, but when I experienced one it was like a gift!
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Very few people.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I believed it for what it was.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real A gift.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes I dream of it a lot.