I was about eight years old. I was holding my grandfather's hand to cross the road. On the other side of the road, my brother came out from a pastry shop showing a chocolate egg. I was so excited at the idea that I escaped from the hand of my grandfather and ran across the street.A moment later, I was about ten meters above the thread of light which held the street lighting lamp (this thread is about fifteen meters above the road as well). I did not understand where I was, but I felt good and no pain. I was just surprised. I saw only the wire with the lamp. After a while, I began to understand where I was. I looked around and saw from a distance (approximately seventy meters) a figure on the ground at the edge of the pavement. It was my mother who held a baby in her arms. I felt a sudden urge such that I had started down toward the scene. A moment later, I was in the arms of my mother who was crying. They were very concerned since I was hit by a car and shoved to the side of the road. An ambulance arrived and they told me to walk. I discovered that I was limping and felt pain because of my leg. But I was happy and continued to repeat that 'I had flown' but I thought it was because of the accident. I was too naive to think of other explanations. I insisted in the ambulance, repeating that I had flown and I had seen my mother on the ground with me, and I was still excited for the 'flight' and reassured my mother that my pain in my leg was not strong.Only years later I understood the explanation that the incident could not explain why I was 'hanging' a few moments at twenty to thirty meters in height and seeing my mother and me on the ground (the only moment of 'fear' but lasted a fraction of a second).
Date NDE Occurred: 1977
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
Hit by a car.
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
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness
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? 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? No
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? Surprised (after, excited, happy).
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
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
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 I was only a children without religious background
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate One year ago I came back to Christian religion
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? No
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? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? 'I was flying!' I repeated many times these words to my parent immediately after the experience.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Told mother immediately following that I was 'flying'. After that, I never understood the experience and I never told (though I thought about it several times in adolescence). I told my wife (religious) may years later.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No I was only a child.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real
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? Add parameters like experience duration, time slot (morning, evening, night).
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