Though it was many years ago (1994), I normally dream about the accident once or twice a year. I don't fully remember everything in its entirety. After not having much sleep the night before, I decided to drive first shift, beginning at 4:30 A M. Close to 6:00 A M, my boyfriend and other friend drifted off to sleep, leaving me to keep myself awake. The sun was rising because I reached for my sunglasses. Within 10 minutes, maybe less, I hit an open trailer without construction equipment and upon impact, I passed out as we flipped and rolled and slid. The same truck, I had previously passed going 70 MPH, but the trucker told us he saw me decline in speed and run off the road. I over-corrected, and that's when we hit him. The next thing I remember was a feeling of floating and peace. I'm certain there was a lot of noise from the car crashing, but I didn't hear any of it. It seemed as though I was in a peaceful, dark tunnel. Upon the SUV stopping, I laid upside-down with my seat belt still on. When I came 'back to life', my boyfriend was screaming my name! That's when we realized the SUV had landed on my hand. Thank God, we landed on grass, or my left hand could have been gone. The emergency medical technicians used the Jaws of Life to free me and then take me to the hospital. We were released that day. I've had daily pain ever since, but the emergency room doctors couldn't understand how we weren't dead. The wrecker/tow truck man told me that I'd better be on my knees TONIGHT because God had a bigger plan for me. I should have most definitely died. Wow, I've never forgotten it. Physically, I have a lot of pain every day, but I work and manage as I can. Spiritually, I see, hear, and experience things like I never have before. Some call it a gift, but most days it's relentless. I'm not certain if that day I met God, Jesus, or angels, but as I flowed through the tunnel or whatever it was, it was the most calm and peaceful I'd been in my existence. I'm much closer to God now than ever, as daily prayer helps to bring me back to that place of peacefulness.
Date NDE Occurred: March 1994
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
We had a major car accident. The SUV flipped, rolling several times and eventually sliding into a guard rail that stopped us from going into on-coming traffic on the other side of the interstate.
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'm not 100% certain if I did or did not.
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? During and after the accident, my alertness was different than it had been before. I perceived life differently. Yes, it's hard to explain but maybe more alert?
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 though I was gone years.
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. That's interesting. I have constant Auras now because of extreme migraines, and it's hard to think of my vision before the accident. Perception is more alert and vivid, but my actually vision has lessened since the accident.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. My hearing is the opposite effect. It's completely intensified to where I laugh and say: I have the hearing of a dog!
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, but the facts have not been checked out
The experience included: Tunnel
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes I passed through a tunnel.
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: Darkness
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? An unusually bright light
Did you see an unearthly light? No I can't fully remember, but I don't believe I did.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I didn't have any emotions except complete peace and happiness.
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 myself or others
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? I remembered many past events
Did scenes from the future come to you? No Not during the accident itself.
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes I came to as I was still inside the tunnel.
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? Moderately important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Protestant I was an active spiritual Christian but also a selfish 23 year old. Not as close to God as I am now.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes Closer in my faith and God.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Protestant
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 It was very intense. Everytime I dream about it, I relive all over again.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes My faith is stronger!
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I heard a voice I could not identify I'm not sure what I heard.
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? Uncertain I didn't feel alone but I'm not sure if I met God.
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
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? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife probably existsÂ
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Uncertain
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? Not 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 not 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? Uncertain
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 Large changes in my life. Many, many changes have happened in my life, since the accident. I'm not certain I have enough time to explain.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Yes I'm very cautious of people and with whom I spend my time. I have to trust people before I tell them this side of my life.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes So many things happened at once, and I had only passed out for 20 minutes. I felt like I had been gone for many years. It's very strange to try to explain.
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 Before my accident, I inherited from my mother: intuition, premonitions, and a slight '6th sense'. Since the accident and most recently in the last 3-5 years, I've seen, spoken to, and prayed away many unknown entities. These are the many 'changes' I spoke of in the previous questions. Though I have Auras, my peripheral vision has greatly intensified, and I see 'out of the corner of my eyes' very well which is creepy most days.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Not really. I'd say the entire experience was incredible.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I've only begun sharing this with close friends in the last 5 years. My younger sister was the only one I told until then.
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 more I dream about it, the more real it becomes.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes Long road trips: I almost become paranoid, and sometimes, it's better if I drive alone. Then I know all responsibility is on me to stay alert!
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? There is, but I could write for days and bore everyone.
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