I was in Paris, France. In February 2008, during a motorcycle accident a car hit my stomach fracturing my liver, spleen and solar plexus. The fire brigade arrived and took me to the hospital. I suffered for three hours before they made an x-ray of my lungs. The nurse wanted me to stand upright for the x-ray. At the time, it was impossible for me to speak because I was exhausted and short of breath. I refused as I couldn't move. The Nurse insisted I cooperate. So I tried to get up, but when I I got to the front of the machine she asked me, 'Sir? Are you okay?' In the time it took to answer 'No!' I was gone.
I was far away in a white, luminous, infinite, and peaceful immensity. It was as if I were floating. I was serene and omniscient. I never felt as happy as during that moment!
I don't know how long this interlude took. It finished with an old nurse on top of my body who was slapping me, saying 'Sir, wake up!' She was above me with a deep concern that you could see on her face.
The return to 'reality' has been a nasty disappointment. I was better of over there. I'm reconnecting trying to reconcile the accident, the pain, my parents, and my job trying to find out what's wrong with me.
On my return, my breathing had become normal again. I wasn't trembling anymore. I didn't feel an inner coldness anymore. I no longer felt like I was in a state of shock.
I returned to the serenity that for me it remained until not long ago.
Recently, this summer with friends we talked about our misadventures and motorcycle accidents. I told them my story in detail with the bad and happy memories that this experience left me with.
Dumbfounded, they finally asked me if I knew about NDEs and their symptoms. I answered 'no' and am myself dumbfounded to discover what I finally experienced.
But I do think that my NDE was very light and short, as I do not have all the details described in more incredible stories.
The memory of this moment that I passed 'somewhere else' is still hyper- present and significant in my daily life.
Since that time, I sense 'things' that didn't manifest before like sensations, intuitions, and a little interior voice to which I tend to easier listen to.
Furthermore I lost three people that have been particularly dear to me, and today I have the feeling to have them permanently very close near me.
I don't take drugs; I don't consult psychics or esoteric gurus. I don't read the horoscope of the 'Parisien' (newspaper).
But since some time I have the feeling, even the conviction, tainted with some fear of a 'dimension' concerning 'the afterwards'.
Date NDE Occurred: 28 février 2008
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Life threatening event, but not clinical death.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
Did you feel separated from your body? No.
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. The sensation of having an infinite knowledge: philosophical, scientific, and wisdom.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I don't understand the question.
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.
Impossible to define 'the quantity of time' passing in this space.
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. A white and luminous immensity, but it was empty with nothing; no elements and no persons were there.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. No acoustic sensations.
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
The experience included: Unearthly light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? An unusually bright light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm. An empty white immensity that was infinite.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt serenity, happiness, plenitude, joy, wisdom, and full of life.
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? Everything about the universe
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? Moderately important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Unaffiliated- Agnostic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I believe in an 'afterwards'.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? I felt that there is something
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. I had no specific beliefs before.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes A secondary dimension
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? 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? 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? No
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? I was uncertain if an afterlife exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes I didn't 'discover' it the afterlife, but rather it is a conviction that implanted itself, that the existence persists.
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I moderately feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I slightly 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? Moderately fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are probably 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? Moderately compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Slight changes in my life. The feeling of being surrounded by guardian angels.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Uncertain. A form of sensual delight of a 'communion with a great whole'.
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? No
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes
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. A new fact, but an unheard of and rare new 'normality'.
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? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? I wish I could re-experience this experience!
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