I had an out of body experience right before the impact. My last thoughts were, 'Well God, hope I make it out alive.'The next thing I know I was in the passenger side of the car looking at myself. The strangest part of it was I knew I was out of my body because I saw myself out of my body in the passenger side and at the same time when out of my body I was thinking, 'This is weird,' looking at myself then looking at my body. I then watched my body come up a couple of inches off the seat leaning forward towards the windshield. Next thing, I was back in my body watching my face hit the glass. The glass cracked but right before my face hit everything looked like gold, that was all I could see, maybe it was because the car was gold? Everything was like in slow motion, it was only a split second but seemed longer than that.
Date NDE Occurred: 7/6/03
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes AccidentDirect head injury 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
Was in a car wreck a T-bone as they call it and almost went completely through windshield face first.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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? Normal consciousness and alertness
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I don't understand the question but I was fully alert during the whole thing.
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
Everything seemed like it was in slow motion.
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. When I saw my out of body self it looked kind of like seeing through it but my out of body self saw myself just fine.
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? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain I saw my out of body self looking at me. Does that count?
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
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Weird feeling.
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? Conservative/fundamentalist none
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain If you're talking about going to church, then I would say no. Or praying every day, I would say no. I believe there is a God but not in a religious way. I don't consider God as being religious or associated with religion but a part of everything not just one thing.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist none
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain If you're talking about going to church, then I would say no. Or praying every day, I would say no. I believe there is a God but not in a religious way. I don't consider God as being religious or associated with religion but a part of everything not just one thing.
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? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain Not from this one.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? 1 Seeing my out of body self.
2 Seeing myself out of body.
3 My out of body self looking at myself.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared it to a lot of people right after it happened. Their reaction was 'You had an out of body experience?' And at that time I would tell them 'No.' Thinking to myself what are they talking about? Not even knowing that is what I told them.
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 knew it was real one hundred percent, told people what happened. Just didn't realize what I was saying at first.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I know the mind can play tricks but this was too real to be a trick because I wouldn't have known how far I came off my seat right before hitting the windshield of the car.
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? This isn't the first time I have had something like this happen.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? A little more detail of what answers you're looking for because I didn't understand some of them fully.
© 2014 NDERF, Jody Long & Jeffrey Long, MD. All Rights Reserved.