I thought we were going to die in a head-on high-speed collision . I was scared to death. I cried out three times, 'Oh, my God.' Then, I left my body. Next, I was told that I was at the pearly gates. I saw the gates. Then I was thrown back down to earth. I landed next to our car. Then, I got back into my body.
Date NDE Occurred: August 13, 2013
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident. Life threatening event, but not clinical death.
We were hit on the highway and knocked into oncoming traffic going 65 mph.
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? Uncertain. I saw the top of my car when I was coming back to earth. I saw underneath my car when I smashed down next to it before getting back into my body.
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. I felt more alive, fantastic, and vibrant. I want to go back.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was at the pearly gates.
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.
It all seemed to all happen in a snap.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I was in outer space during NDE.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Could not hear, yet I was told.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes The pearly gates were lighted.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm. In outer space outside of closed pearly gates.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Elation. Then I felt wonder as to why I came back so violently.
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 no longer in conflict with nature
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the univers.e I know we are infinite souls.
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? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or 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? Other faiths- New age. Raised strictly Catholic the first 20 years. I consider myself spiritual.
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? Other faiths- 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. So vast; I still didn't see behind the whole veil because I didn't die. I took a quantum leap out of my body. I didn't want to be present in my body for a high-speed head-on collision. I left and then was quickly put back here.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I know we go on.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
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? Yes We are infinite energy. Sometimes sounds exhausting to me.
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 I encountered the pearly gates.
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? Yes We are infinite energy.
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are 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 Yes I now know I am not my body. I am energy.
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I slightly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Slightly 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? Yes We can leave our body before it dies.
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 We are love.
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. Knowing for sure there is more after we die.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Feel more comfortable with all aspects of life. Let it flow.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
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. It is branded into my memory.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes People are much more drawn to me now.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Glad I went to pearly gates.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Took about 3 weeks to remember. I remembered in physical therapy. The therapist was doing acupressure and hit a point and I suddenly remembered. I told people immediately after.
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. First I was traumatized and I didn't remember. Yet, I knew something had happened.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. Nice to know we go on after our body gives out.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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