On my way to a camping trip in the Smokey Mountains I had a severe front tire blow out. The car was going around a curve at the top of the mountain and the only barrier was a guard rail. This was the only thing between the vehicle and CERTAIN death. My best friend was in the passenger seat as I was driver. She is a devout catholic; I am not. Not even catholic. The blowout was loud and violent as we rounded the curve. I lost control of the vehicle immediately as we hit loose gravel. I knew this was it. The end. Certain death. I looked at my friend, as she was busy with the Hail Mary's and turned back to the road to see how many seconds I had left to live. I judged two maybe three at the most. As I looked at the edge of the mountain, I was slammed out of my body. It was instant and it was real. The next thing I knew I was standing in what seemed to be a circular room with MASSIVE movie screens at a complete 360 degree view. All time seemed to stop. However, my life review seemed to take mere seconds. Everything I had ever done, good or bad. Everyone I had ever known no matter how important or trivial. All my life experiences played out in a matter of fleeting seconds. In my mind, I heard or felt a voice. A Godly voice. A Holy voice. I felt the kindness and it was explained to me that judgment of my life was up to me. There would be no retribution. I was responsible for my life as I was for my judgment of my life. I'd been up to that a point a pretty good soul. Never hurt anyone or anything, always trying to help, to be the best person I could be. The review was surprising as it was pleasant. I remember smiling during this review for the most part. It passed so quickly but I felt all emotions as I had originally felt them only in light speed. It was almost like watching a movie on fast forward.
As quickly as it had begun, I was slammed back into my body. Time returned exactly where I stepped out. Three seconds, two seconds, and then the most amazing thing happened. The car came to a complete stop. I couldn't understand. We were skidding on gravel. FAST. But it just stopped. I poured out of the car barely breathing on my hands and knees. I looked at the edge. The tires were less than two inches from the edge. Something stopped to that car but it wasn't me.
Date NDE Occurred: 1979
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Life threatening event, but not clinical death .
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 Much more intense.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? At all times.
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 had no meaning.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? Lots of colors in a circular format.
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? Uncertain
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 Lights of the review.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Awe and wonder.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
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 won't fear death ever again.
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? Yes I no longer fear God.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I no longer fear God.
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 Knowledge of a loving God.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes Much more intuitive. Maybe a little bit of a psychic.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? All of it was amazing.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Just this year actually.
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 felt at peace.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I still feel at peace about it.
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? You covered it pretty well I think :) Good luck in your research.