It was late that night when my friend called her mom to come pick us up from the movie theater. I remember waving goodbye to my friends as we were pulling away. My friend's mom told me to put on my seat belt. Prior to that night, I had hardly worn my seatbelt. That is the last thing I remember before my accident occurred. I only know now about my accident from what I heard from my parents about what happened when they arrived at the scene. It was about a block away from my house. I was riding in the back seat when my friend's mom made an illegal U-turn at a four way stop. The car that hit us had run a red light and was going about 60 miles an hour. His car hit the backside of the car where I was sitting. I do not remember the wreck whatsoever. I do remember being in a beautiful and comforting place. But I didn't know how I got there. There was a nice pool there where I was looking at myself in physical form, but I was separate from my body. I saw myself when I was about 8 years old and having fun jumping into the pool. After this, it wasn't as if I was talking. It was more telepathic when my soul (or whatever I was in that moment) asked, 'Where am I?' I knew someone was beside me, although I couldn't see him or her physically. They responded, 'You're in heaven now, you can do whatever you want.' I remember looking at myself at the pool, and perhaps I reconnected into my body in a short moment. But I was in the pool when all of the sudden the monkeys from the movie 'Jumanji' started attacking my legs or moving them, but I had no fear. I was at peace. It was very peaceful there. There aren't really words to describe the feeling other than I didn't have a worry in the world. I had another instance that happened after that and I think it happened when I was in a coma, but I can't be sure. I was riding on a school bus that resembled the magic school bus from an old cartoon. The first scene was a wide shot of the bus driving like an establishing shot in a movie. The view then cut to me inside the bus with Jesus. There were many animals inside the bus with us. We were travelling to California to go fight forest fires. (I don't remember him telling me that or how I knew that's what we were doing), but I just knew. I remember seeing Jesus in the bus sitting down in a seat and I was looking at him. My parents tell me that I woke up from my coma and told them that we were on our way to California to fight forest fires, and that they kind of giggled. I fell back into a coma and three days later, California had caught on fire in all of the places in California that I told my parents, to which we were travelling. This is my near death experience. I'm hoping I will be able to get some help working through what happened and help with maybe some clarity.
Date NDE Occurred: 2005
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident. Direct head injury. Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function)
When I had the experience, I had been in a car accident and was pronounced dead at the scene for around 5 to 7 minutes.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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 My consciousness just was, not worried. It was just normal.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? It has been 11 years ago now, but I believe my highest level of alertness was when I saw myself by the pool and asked where I was.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Were your senses more vivid than usual? More vivid than usual
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I cannot explain this greatly, but I guess I was seeing the same way I do now. Everything was distinct in color though, and I saw myself at a younger age than I was when the accident happened.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I cannot recall my hearing during the experience
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
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
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: Unearthly 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? Uncertain I don't remember this extremely well, but I do remember some kind of colored light that was beside me when I had asked the question about where I was.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? Some unfamiliar and strange place It didn't seem too unearthly to be honest; there was green grass and an underground pool in which I was playing. There were pool toys around; I use to swim a lot when I was younger, so maybe it was the most comforting thing for me to see. I think I had a slushy in my hand too.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? It wasn't like feeling, not as feelings are on earth. It is more of just a confidence or... no feelings at all, but peaceful. It is hard to explain. But just imagine not having any worry or stress in your mind or body. No pain, no worries. Just in the moment.
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
The experience included: Special knowledge or purpose
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
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? Not important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Unaffiliated- Nothing in particular- Religious unaffiliated I was young at the time, so I wasn't religious I didn't ever have a lit of thought about it before my accident
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 Christian would be the closest religion but I am more spiritual and just know there is a power greater that loves me and wants us to love
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I was so young it is hard to say, but from the experience that happened 11 years ago, I am finally trying to unravel it.
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 The voice and I were speaking telepathically. I wasn't in a physical sense and neither was the voice that spoke to me. We were just there, but not physically.
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
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.)? Yes I saw Jesus on the school bus that I was in when we were on our way to fight the forest fires in California.
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? God definitely exists
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? I was uncertain if an afterlife exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife probably exists No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? Unknown
Do you fear death after your experience? I moderately fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Unknown
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Slightly 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? No
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
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain I am sure that they have, I am sure I wouldn't be the same person without that experience.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes Sometimes I feel disconnected from the experience. When it happened, I was 13 and when I woke up from my coma, I was injured very badly. I broke all of the bones on the right side of my body; my right eye had exploded from the impact of the car. I have short and long-term memory loss, but what I remember from my NDE is pretty clear, clearer than most memories are. But, after my accident, I never really dealt with what I saw. I was in a lot of pain and so many things were going through my head about what had happened and what my life was going to be like.
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? Yes I am more intuitive.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared what happened, to my parents. I think we were all uncertain still at the time of what it could have been. Rather like, 'it couldn't have been that'.
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 probably real I detached from the experience I think. My life after the accident was a mess; I fell into addictions to eating disorders and alcohol. I am just now starting to try and understand what happened during my near death experience. I have always been able to talk about it, but lately I am becoming more curious about it. I think it is because I am getting closer to God and connected to him.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I know that it was real, it still seems almost unreal, even though I know what happened.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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