There were about six, maybe seven, of us kids, the oldest maybe thirteen. It was a cool autumn day and after wandering about our little town, we found ourselves at a bridge with a small, shallow creek running underneath. Well, we decided to pass some time target practicing. Target practicing consisted of dropping small pieces of trash off one side of the bridge, waiting for it to appear on the other, and then commencing to throw rocks at it to try to hit the target. The bridge hadn't but a one-foot rail to keep things from falling off, so that made this activity somewhat risky. Now my memory begins to blur. I remember where the sun was in the sky right then, but I do not remember falling. The next thing I do remember is the light, not collapsing, but rather fading much like it does at the end of a 'Looney Tunes' cartoon. All right. It's dark, but before I have a chance to absorb any info, I see myself standing over there in the darkness. I was asking both of my-selves simultaneously, 'What are you doing there? You don't belong there.' It lasted, to me, about two to three seconds. In the next memory, some of the bigger boys are dragging me. As I start to get my feet back underneath me, I have an indescribable sense of elation or maybe it was euphoria? Having regained consciousness, I tell my friends that 'I feel like I just came from home!' Just as quick, I hear someone quip 'That's because the garbage-dump is your home.' (The local community dump was betwixt said bridge and our local community.) And that's it. I've told several people as I grew up. Not sure if they believed me. It matters not. I know what I know and what I don't know.
Date NDE Occurred: 'august 8 , 1976 ?'
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? kids out having fun Otherwise I was healthy
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
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 As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I do not understand the text-content of the word 'consciousness'. I will, however take a stab in the dark, ha-ha, get it? And answer, 'The second the lights went out.'
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
Altered time, no. Unless you are referring to the fact that, to me, this happened within a few seconds, when it really must have been longer.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
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? Yes As stated, much like when a 'Looney Tunes' cartoon ends, that circle that telescopes down: sort of like a tunnel.
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 Myself.
The experience included: Void
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
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I sincerely felt I was in a quandary.
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? Liberal
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain
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? No
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain
After the NDE:
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain I've had, and have, my share of dreams, with a sense of foreboding. Don't you?
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Significant, of course!! I saw myself asking myself a question! That had never happened to me before or since. Meaningful? Yes, I experienced something of a strange or questionable nature. But ultimately it was a peaceful experience that felt good.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes For the last ten years? More than likely I have, and it's usually met with utter disbelief.
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 The constant presence of friends before and after my experience is proof, to me, that something happened because to this day, they, too, remember me falling off that bridge.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I see the event as one that befell one clumsy boy (me) that had gotten a bit too excited in trying to prove himself to those that were older: I fell off the bridge. Does time alter that fact? No. Does time obscure exact efficient recall? I'm sure it must, and yet I really do remember.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? I do not wish it upon anyone else.
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