Anne M NDE
had been riding with friends and we had crossed a main boulevard and were
approaching a gravel side road. I recall riding down the gravel road and
looking up to see a large beautiful tree with a brilliant light behind it. I
remember being amazed at the beauty of the tree and turned to my friends and
shouted "Look at that tree!", but then saw my friends had stopped and were
leaning over someone on the ground. I told myself to go back, that someone had
been hurt. After this, I can only recall waking up in an ambulance. I later
asked my friends if they had seen the tree, as I wondered if I'd seen it just as
I had been hit, but they hadn't. At the time, I thought that there had been a
tree up ahead and the sun behind it had made it appear so radiant. I did return
to that area, but no such tree could be found. I also realized that I had been
heading east, the sun, in the early evening would have been behind me. That day
had also been very overcast, not sunny at all.
Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No
At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event? Yes hit by a car and thrown from a bicycle onto a gravel road.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I felt fully conscious of my actions, riding the bicycle, and viewing and admiring the tree and light. I have no recollection of the actual accident. I have no memory of anything that happened after telling myself to go back.
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal every day consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal
If your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience was different from your normal every day consciousness and alertness, please explain: I felt fully conscious of my actions, riding the bicycle, and viewing and admiring the tree and light. I have no recollection of the actual accident. I have no memory of anything that happened after telling myself to go back.
Did your vision differ in any way from your normal, everyday vision (in any aspect, such as clarity, field of vision, colors, brightness, depth perception degree of solidness/transparency of objects, etc.)? Yes I recall clearly seeing the details of the tree's leaves, and the colors of the leaves appeared quite brilliant. The markings of the trunk were also very clear.
Did your hearing differ in any way from your normal, everyday hearing (in any aspect, such as clarity, ability to recognize source of sound, pitch, loudness, etc.)? No
Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I remember feeling exhilarated by the sight and wanted my friends to see it too.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure? No
Did you see a light? Yes though the light was behind the tree, it was an important detail.
Did you meet or see any other beings? No
Did you experience a review of past events in your life? No
Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later? No
Did you see or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or dimensions? No
Did you have any sense of altered space or time? No
Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose? No
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No
Did you become aware of future events? No
Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience you did not have prior to the experience? No
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes I did ask my friends about the vision, and we assumed it was something I had seen prior to getting hit. I later told friends, perhaps 15 years later, who felt it was definitely a near death experience. One friend said it gave her "goosebumps".
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
How did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened: Experience was probably not real I had never heard of near death experiences, and although it definitely felt real, I felt that it could not have possibly happened.
Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you? At the time, I did not realize what the experience may have been, and did not attach any significance or meaning to it.
How do you currently view the reality of your experience: Experience was probably real I now feel that what I experienced may have been real, I still remember it quite clearly. I recall it as though it was something I actually did and was not a dream. I've had vivid dreams in the past, and none of them feel as thought they really happened.
Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience? No
Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your experience? No
Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience? No
Did the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Yes It was a very straight forward experience.