I ran across an icy street, slipped, and fell in the middle of the street. A car, which was driving down the hill, either hit me in the street or dragged me by the hood of my coat. I saw paramedics from above assess me. They were panicking because they thought I was deceased. From above I saw them quickly cut me out of my coat. My spirit or consciousness then departed and travelled to 'heaven' or a place where a being told me 'It's not your time yet, you have to go back and do something important'. I begrudgingly returned while in the ambulance and felt a whole body pain like I've never felt before. I was screaming and crying when the ambulance turned the corner into the emergency room driveway. The only medical problem I had was a fractured right thumb.
Date NDE Occurred: Winter 1969
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident. Direct head injury Other: 'Unknown, either clinical death or life-threatening event'
I ran across an icy street, slipped, and fell in the middle of the street. I was hit or dragged by a car.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Both pleasant AND distressing
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I was watching the paramedics work on me.
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal Alert to more details of the physical realm and the emotional states of the paramedics.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When my body was being examined on the street by the paramedics.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Time lost meaning - no sense of past, present or future.
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. Brighter colors.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Not affected.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
The experience included: Tunnel
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes A combination of faint lights and darkness.
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Void
The experience included: Darkness
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? Yes
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Scared at first and then really peaceful.
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? No
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
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes The being was at the end of the tunnel.
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 The being made the decision for me. I was ready to enter this realm but was sent back against my will.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Greatly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Other Christian
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I view my close friends and family without superficiality.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Moderately important to me
What is your religion now? Other or several faiths Buddhist and new age
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 Consistent with the idea of angels. Not consistent with having to go back to fulfill a purpose.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes My own belief system was open to interpretation at a very young age. I believe this experience was significant in maturing me way beyond the age group I was in, thereby classifying me as 'weird'.
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 At the end of the tunnel there was a being.
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
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? God definitely exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? Yes Awareness of a being, probably of a feminine nature. I perceived "her" to be a guardian angel, who has kept watch over me several times after this experience.
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? I am uncertain if God exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are probably meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? Yes I was sent back because I was supposed to do something "important"
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife definitely exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? I am uncertain if an afterlife exists. No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? Unknown
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Moderately 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 I felt unconditionally loved in this realm
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 questioned the validity of what I was taught at Sunday school and church. I questioned blindly following people and institutions - I had a sixth sense about the accuracy of their truths.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It was years before I was able to fully express this experience. I was afraid that someone might think I was 'crazy' if I told this story.
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 I was only 6 years old, consequently there were many lost memories; this one has stayed with me my entire life.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain I have always been a very intuitive person and probably was before the accident.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The message that I had to come back to do something important has haunted me most of my life. I also remember, at that time, being very angry about having to come back and being in excruciating pain. I've rarely felt as peaceful as I did once I temporarily left my body.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I told people shortly after but, because of my age, they probably thought I was making up a story. I was not believed or taken seriously. I don't know if I influenced anybody other than their opinions that I was an odd little girl.
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 was in a daze for weeks, between the pain of my fracture and not feeling like I belonged on the planet anymore. I really felt disconnected from my worldly existence.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I believe that seeing the paramedics working on me from above was proof that my soul separated from my body. The last time the voice of the being returned to me 'she' saved me from being majorly injured in a car accident (5 years ago).
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes Other moderately major accidents, but not with the same detail as the original experience.
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