Mark D's NDE 3382
There was a long traffic jam in both directions from a road crossing at lunchtime on a bright summer day. I'd just visited a friend's flat in the Oxo Tower on the south bank of the Thames as a lunchtime break from my job at the Venice Simplon Orient Express warehouse on Union Street in south London. I attempted to cross the road just before the crossing as there was no road sound and parents pushing children across the crossing. I felt quite sure that this was a safe course of action as there was no sound on the street due to the standstill traffic, maybe except for the sound of bird's twirping in the adjacent park.
I poked my head around the corner of a white van and upon turning right to look around it saw a motorbike rapidly approaching, just a few meters away from a collision and coming alongside the van using the centre of the road. There was no sound so the rider must have been riding the clutch or slowly braking across a long distance with no gas on. The bike's rider tried to steer away sharply as I entered the middle of the road but he only succeeded in hitting me with his handlebars full on into my right ribcage. This span me around 180 degrees and then the bike's wheels continued into my right upper leg and buttock. I felt the wheel rotating on my legs and a burning sensation as I was lifted into the air.
Now facing the crossing my perceptual field elevated a little to the buildings disappearing into the horizon far down the street. Then my vision blacked out as my eyes seemed to turn off. This was just a second or two after the impact of the collision and once I had blacked out there was no more physical sensation coming from my body.
A couple of drops of urine passed and I attempted to hold them in, but then remembering that I had heard that in the immediate moments before death, the bowels are released (due to the civilization process man holds fluid in the urinary tract rather than walking around releasing wherever and whenever) I realized that I may be at my end; so I let go and allowed a few more drops out. If I had just been knocked unconscious and not killed upon impact, I didn't know then and still don't know now if this phenomenon would occur.
An image of an artwork that I had created in my early teens for a school project entered my mind and replaced the last visual image that I had seen (of the street)... this was of a perspective exercise that I had drawn, with long, tall buildings diminishing into the distance. In this exercise I had covered each panel of each building with cutouts from magazines and one panel in the centre left stood out. There I had replaced the quadrilateral shape of the building with a picture that of a young baby girl's face.
I remember thinking and saying to myself, "So that's it? I never got to have the beautiful, blonde, baby daughter that I always thought I would...???". Then I paused in thought for a moment and after taking in the oddity of the image appearing after last seeing the street said to myself, "What the f?". That was my last recollection after the impact.
All in all, from being hit, rotating by the force, being catapulted, blacking out, trapping the urine, seeing the image, reacting, cogitating and exclaiming - all of these moments must have added up to much longer than I was in mid air... maybe 10 or 15 seconds as opposed to the few seconds I was flying down the street. I landed maybe 10 or 20 meters down the street, actually on top of the crossing.
Some time later I very slightly came back to consciousness. I was lying on the road crossing with my body face up as if I was lying on top of bed. As my eyes opened I realized that I was staring skywards, directly into the midday sun. I could see a circle of heads looking down at me, and to look away from the direct sunlight caught a few faces which were full of tears.
I titled my face to the right and put my right cheek on the cold dark tarmac. I coughed and spluttered a lot and could feel I massive pain in my right chest. I was temporarily paralyzed and decided it best just to close my eyes slightly and take in what had happened. Lying on the street I could see the crowd of people were standing in a circle all around me, maybe two, three or four people deep in places, but none were closer than 2 or 3 meters from me. Maybe 50 or 75 people in all. There were the same children's buggies in front of their mum's feet that I had seen before the accident. There was total silence. It was really hard to breathe.
I remember seeing one pair of legs dashing off in the opposite direction, bending down to street level and picking up my brown baseball hat... this was another 10 meters down the road. The man came running up to me and said, "Here's your hat mate - thought you might need it!". I said "Cheers" or "Thanks" and used it around my hand to lean on.
Speaking really hurt me so I pulled up my t shirt and investigated my ribcage... there was a broad, 2 inch long, red mark just below my right nipple on the edge of my ribs, so I tried to take some massive breaths and investigate the extent of any damage. I was just about able to take a few deep breaths so I decided that my lungs were ok and lay my face down again.
A long period of time elapsed (maybe 5 or 10 minutes) and then sensation began to return to my legs. I realized that there was a heavy weight on my legs and tilting to my left to look, saw that a 1250cc maroon Kawasaki motorbike was on top of me as well as its' overweight rider. I briefly glimpsed at the rider (who had been overtaking on a crossing and with whom I really resented for breaking the law and hitting me). I couldn't look at him in the eyes but noticed that the bike was spewing out oil or petrol. I told the crowd and they immediately lifted to the bike back to its' normal position and wheeled it to the roadside.
I still couldn't move
much so another 10 minutes later I asked the people in the crowd to drag me to
the side of the road, so that the traffic could move on. Hardly anyone uttered
a word during the whole episode - I can't imagine how harrowing it would have
been to witness this accident. Another ten or twenty minutes later I struggled
to my feet. I noticed that the rider was a courier, and decided that if I took
his details he might lose his job, so instead just remembered that his bike was
a 'G' registration (a circa 1990 bike). I struggled to get back the mile to the
office, where they bandaged me up. I spent the next two weeks in bed trying to
recover regular breathing through the pain and recounting the entire experience.
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 Motorbike hit me on the road and sent me catapulting down!
the street, maybe 10
or 20 meters down the road and lying face up to the sky.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Apart from the cessation of physical senses, I was equally alert throughout the experience.
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal every day consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness
Apart from the cessation of physical senses, I was equally alert throughout the experience.
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 As described above, after the impact my vision darkened before I blacked out, and, my depth perception flew deep into the distance.
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.)?
Yes I felt that immediately before the experience maybe my hearing had been switched off in some way, but decided that the motorbike must have been coasting towards the pedestrian crossing. After the impact there was no auditory sense at all.
Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body? Yes
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Brief shock, disappointment, resigned, bizarreness, anger
Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure? No
Did you see a light? No
Did you meet or see any other beings? No
Did you experience a review of past events in your life? Yes I remember seeing an image of an artwork that I had created in my early teens for a school project entered my mind and replaced the last visual image that I had seen (of the street)... this was of a perspective exercise!
that I had drawn, with long, tall buildings diminishing into the distance. In this exercise I had covered each panel of each building with cutouts from magazines and one panel in the centre left stood out. There I had replaced the quadrilateral shape of the building with a picture that of a young baby girl's face. I remember thinking and saying to myself, "So that's it? I never got to have the beautiful, blonde, baby daughter that I always thought I would...???".
This struck me as quite significant, as it had always been latent in the back of my mind, but was suddenly front-of-mind.
After the experience I
have had many 'gifts' come and go, e.g. Acute Seismic Sensitivity, prophetic
experiences, etc. - but have seen and found what a medium called my guardian
angel who I call "Little Eva" - she's a spirit or ghost of about 8-10 years in
appearance and who is beautiful and with long straight blonde hair. The
appearance of a guardian angel in 2002/03 and feeling it on my left shoulder in
2004 has been subdued in terms of shock value by the NDE content.
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? Yes Time certainly seemed to stand still as outlined in answer 3. The immediate aftermath maybe took 15 seconds of nil physical sensation to play out, in which time I had landed on my back and head, a bike had landed on top of me, and a motorcyclist too. There was no sensation of space during the experience - just a void.
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? Yes As described in answer!
When I was 21, I
have seen ghosts, apparitions, spirits and apparitions (between 2002 and 2004),
I also had the gift of Acute Seismic Sensitivity for many years (2002 through
2006), I have had visions, a 9-11 prophecy (back in 1999), premonitions come
true, I've seen my own ghost (as if aged 21 as if some part of my spirit left me
when the NDE occurred), etc.
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes I have only started to mention my NDE in passing to several people, as a way of explaining the paranormal gifts and special gifts I have had since 1996.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Uncertain I had a vague understanding from a medical sense from an education into civilization processes (biologically and sociologically) which I mentioned apropos of urinary tract functions in my detailed description of the event in answer 3.
Other than that, my
only knowledge's were pertaining to the recollection of your life's events in
the moments before death, but, for me it was just one visual thought upon seeing
the perspective effect of the street from an elevated angle.
How did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened: Experience was definitely real There was no flashing history of life events, no tunnel, no white light, etc. none of the 'classic' events really - just a tragic accident with some strange ramifications and consequences afterwards really.
Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you? As can be seen from the detail I have gone into, all of the experience has had a massive impact upon my life - it's only now, a full decade afterwards that I can start to probe in terms of meaningfulness and in relation to the gifts I've had afterwards.
How do you currently view the reality of your experience: Experience was definitely real I'm just unsure nowadays as to whether this was a near death experience, or just being knocked unconscious in a road traffic accident. I've always felt profoundly affected by the event however, falling as it did be!