I was traveling home from work in the fog in a car driven by my workmate Mark. I was sitting in the back seat of the car without a seatbelt when a car appeared out of the fog and struck us head on. I was thrown violently through the car and impacted the door which burst open and I landed on the road face down. It all happened in slow motion and I do not remember any pain at the time. I remember feeling the ice cold stones on the road sticking to my face and I remember just standing up and immediately thinking what a wonderful feeling of no cold air and the temperature was exactly the same as my body. I remember looking down because I couldn't feel the road below my feet and yet I was standing there. I looked at the body face down and did not know that it was me. I had no fear and concern about this person and yet I was starting to wonder what was going on as people were running around a car accident. I tried to ask a person if there was anyone hurt and they ignored me. They placed a blanket completely over the body on the road. I remember wondering why I had a droopy sort of monk shirt on. As I walked forward, I moved through the car body in front of me. I wondered that something was very peculiar about what I had just done but could not put my finger on it.
I then felt a magnetic drawing on my face and had no power to stop it dragging me into the body under the blanket. I felt sudden pain, as the road stuck to my bleeding face was so cold. I again stood up and this time asked about the person under the blanket. Again, no one was seeing or hearing me and I was now becoming frightened. I walked without feeling the road over to the person lying in the grass at the side of the road. It was Mark and I was asking if he was all right? I looked around and saw the Morris' steering wheel lying down the embankment.
A voice from my next door neighbor who was still alive at the time was in my right ear. He said do not look at the light. I could feel what I thought was the sun behind me but knew instinctively not to look at it. The pull of the light was great and at that time, the same old magnetic pull on my face and upper body was throwing me back into the person under the blanket. Again, the pain and cold from the reality of the road and this time I heard a voice saying, 'He's not dead take the blanket off him.' I was put into the ambulance and after a couple of days, I was considered medically all okay but very bruised. I saw Mark in hospital and we talked about what had happened. He said that they cleaned up the wreck but could not find the steering wheel that he had ripped off on impact. I told him where it was lying and he laughed saying that he heard that I was thought to be dead and covered up. I then told him my story and later we went back to the crash site and I went straight to the place where the steering wheel was. It was there.
Date NDE Occurred: 1985
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Accident Life threatening event, but not clinical death . The event in itself that allowed the NDE was life threatening.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain 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? Normal consciousness and alertness The first time I left my body.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? The first time I left my body.
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 Everything was slowed slightly.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? It seemed that I was more in tune with the inner voice we hear every day and that this voice was guiding 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? 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
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? Yes Felt its presence.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Incredible comfort and peace.
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? Conservative/fundamentalist Uniting Church
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I know there is a God. I know that I am on this earth to develop and return with a better understanding of love.
What is your religion now? Liberal None
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I know there is a God. I know that I am on this earth to develop and return with a better understanding of love.
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 The power of the light and that somehow I had been in this situation before.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I work harder at relationships.
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 Many wonderful connections with my wife who passed over and other events.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Traveling through material objects and the incredible temperature and floating feeling.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes It seems that I am always in situations with people who share the same experiences. This is uncanny.
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 became more elated and withholding of the event as I realized what had actually happened.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. As I seek answers I am more reminded of what actually happens during death and have had this happen to me many times in the past. I know of things that are embedded in my deep consciousness and that are slowly being released.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No