It was like any other day. I woke up around 10 or 11 o'clock in the morning and got myself ready for the day. Then, I drove over to my boyfriend's house. My boyfriend and I would drive to work together because we worked in the same place. We spent a couple hours at his house playing a video game and watching a TV show called 'The Walking Dead' since we didn't have to be at work until 4:30 p.m. We left the house at 4:20 p.m. to go the Restaurant where we were working at the time. It was raining and there was a lot of traffic because high school and middle school just ended for the day. We were driving about 55 mph in a 50 mph zone. On the left hand side of the road, there was a bunch of tall palm trees in the median in the middle of the street. I remember we lit a cigarette and were laughing but I don't remember what why we were laughing. The car in the right lane behind us decided that it wanted to get into another lane. When the driver hit us from behind, the driver's car pushed my car like it was hydro gliding toward oncoming traffic. I remember going blank, like I was conscious but I wasn't. Everything went silent. While the car was hydro gliding, I remember looking to my right and seeing a tree and thinking that this is it; I'm going to die. At that second, everything flashed before my eyes. I remembered everything that happened to me in my life, like flash backs in fast forward motion. But at the same time, I remember looking at my boyfriend and then being in a very observant state, I guess you would call it. Then everything went blank again. Instead of hitting the tree on the right of us, my car hit the median and then went airborne, hitting the tree in front of that one. Then the car flipped several times. It was as if I was in a deep sleep. I felt peaceful and I wasn't scared. It’s weird because I remember the accident as if I was awake the whole time. I remember the street and the left side of my car hitting the ground. I remember the look on my boyfriend's face when we were flipping. His face looked emotionless, but calm. I remember the tea bottle floating around in my car. I remember when the accident was over and we were still in the car upside down. I felt as if I saw the outside of my car before I actually saw it. Like I saw the smoke coming out of the car, what my car looked like, and the people who were in their cars that were around us. I couldn't hear anything or smell anything. It was as if time stopped. Then all of a sudden for a second I heard my boyfriend telling me to get out of the car, but then I went back into this blank state again. Then, I was on my feet and out of the car. I don't remember unbuckling my seatbelt and crawling out. At the same time, I do remember feeling my seatbelt around me and the release button. I remember feeling around my door but not being able to open it. I remember the feeling of broken glass poking and scraping the palms of my hands but I don't remember getting out of the car. When I got out and came back to my senses, I felt the chaos. Everyone got out of their cars and trucks to see if we were o.k. My car was beyond totaled. Luckily, my boyfriend walked away without a scratch. I had a big lump on my head and days later, I had two black and blue eyes. The car that hit us ran and no one had information on the car and didn't even see the car had hit us. My car? All my windows beside the passengers and drivers sides were gone. My front windshield caved inward and my sunroof caved in as well. I really can't believe that we are alive, especially later when my mom's friend got into a similar accident and lost his life.
Date NDE Occurred: Sept 23, 2016
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident. Life threatening event, but not clinical death
How do you consider the content of your experience? Neither pleasant NOR distressing
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes During my event, I felt as if I saw the people in their cars while I was still in the car.
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? Normal consciousness and alertness. It's hard to explain.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? hard to explain
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.
It felt as if time either stopped or was moving in slow motion.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? No
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I was more observant but at the same time, I couldn't see anything.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. It was silent the whole time.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, but the facts have not been checked out
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? I sensed their presence
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Darkness
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? I felt calm but peaceful at the same time
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? No
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? No
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about myself or others. I felt as if in that moment, it seemed as if everything was like meant to be.
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control. My mind replayed every important life moment that happened to me from beginning to now.
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Slightly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Other Christian
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Other Christian
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was both consistent and not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience. I didn't believe that flashbacks happen but they do. I always believed in an out of body experience. I just didn't think it would have me think it happen to me.
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? No
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I sensed their presence
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? I was uncertain if God exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? Unknown
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are not meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife definitely exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Uncertain. I don't really understand what happened to me.
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I greatly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I moderately fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Greatly fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes That I wouldn't want to go through this with anyone else but my boyfriend. Although this was a tramatic event, I'm glad that he took care of me through it all. Also during my flashbacks, I saw him.
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Large changes in my life. I have more questions about what happens after you die, if I had an OBE, and if this is what happens when it does happen.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It is hard to express my feelings and perception during the event and my physical
state of awareness.
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience.
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? Yes, my flashbacks, my boyfriend's face as we were flipping, and how I saw the tree before we hit one.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes. When I first told someone my experience it was a month afterwards. Some people were interested and some thought I was crazy.
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 know my experience was definitely real, I just don't know how to put my views in words.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I don't know what to believe
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Uncertain. I don't understand the question
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