I was hit by the car; headlights blinded me as it felt like someone shoved me into the street.
A bird fluttered by, catching my attention. A gray-blue, translucent Raven. I stared at it for a moment, realizing I was floating. I saw to one side of me a great hole, which seemed to absorb all light, a space of pure nothing, and opposite it a hole of pure light, I was between the two. The Raven circled, letting out an unworldly cry, and flew lower. I saw - things. They're hard to describe. It's like catching a glimpse of a monster out of the corner of your eye, and turning to see there's nothing there - seeing someone other than you in the mirror, blinking, and they're gone. They were the beasts that were at all places in space and time, yet we could not see them, and they could not see us. I noticed one, and at the same time, it noticed me. I was scared, and curled up, floating alone as more of those things noticed me. They began to come towards me, almost running, making terrible sounds. I held my arm out for some reason; it just seemed the right thing to do. The Raven landed on my arm, and gave off a loud caw, which seemed to chase the beasts off. I woke up in a hospital bed.
For days after that I noticed glimmers of disturbing things like the things.
Date NDE Occurred: 11/23/91
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Accident Hit by car Life threatening event, but not clinical death Was hit by a car.
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 lost awareness of my body
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 I felt and knew all there was to feel and know in that instant, and then it was gone.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When the raven landed on my arm.
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 Two bits of Space Time were clearly overlapping where they should've been.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? I could see things that normal people couldn't see.
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? Uncertain It could've been a tunnel; all I could see was the White, Black, and Grey of the Lights.
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 They were clearly sinister in intent charging at me, and the raven was protecting me. I used to read Poe's 'The Raven' a lot, and had a pet raven at one point, but not like this one. The raven had a single feather pointing up and back at the back of his head.
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? Yes Two large Lights, one good, one evil.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy
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? Moderate None
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate None
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? Yes I lost it, as the raven left contact with me.
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? Yes I could see certain things for a little while afterward - I still get glimpses.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? No
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 had no choice but to believe. It was all I had.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I still believe.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No