I was 9 years old. As almost every summer day, I went to the open-air pool. The stone plates were not just wet, as usual, but they were partly somehow quite slippery. Especially in front of the shower place, where we were cooling before using the pool. I was running excitedly behind my friends in exactly the direction of this shower place, slipped and fell. I noticing the fall itself, and then lost consciousness. Then I suddenly started to fly. I wanted to fly farther, over the wood and towards the grain field that I loved so much. ‘Just flying once over to see everything from above,’ I said to myself. I have never flown in dreams, not before and not after this event. At the time, I thought that this was a dream. The pool attendant carried me to the emergency room. I was lying on a stretcher and pulled away from my amazing flight. I woke up when I was asked to tell my phone number. I was talking very slowly. Sometime later, I forgot all the time what I was told several times. Today I believe that it could have been an OBE, as the flight followed immediately after the fall, and as I never fly in dreams. At the most about falling, or not getting down of a tree.
Date NDE Occurred: August 1973
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Accident. Direct head injury. Other: Bewusstlosigkeit
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? It was immediately after the fall, when I was flying. Everything was so easy and beautiful. Considerably more clear and more real than a dream.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
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. It was so magnificent. As there was summer anyway, it appeared to me even more summery. I was also very disappointed and almost angry, that I was not allowed to continue flying. When I'm usually disturbed in my dreams, (for instance the alarm clock), then I accept it quickly, but there I was after all quite mad.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Same as usual. Maybe everything was also more vibrant.
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? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Magnificently inspired to fly over something that I normally only could see at ground level.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
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? No
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? Not important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? No comment
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No Much later, three years ago I was rebuilding my view of the world by autodidactic studies of border experiences about quantum physics, errors about evolution
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Other or several faiths Pantheistin (Gott ist überall und in Allem)
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 Für mich war es in dem Moment die realste Sache überhaupt. Das Fliegen war so seobstverständlich.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
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? God definitely 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? Unknown
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 No
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? Moderately fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Slightly 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? 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? Ever since I could foresee things: for instance that my cat Minka must have died, which was confirmed to me immediately after, I often could see in advance where I was going to live, on what day and month my children would be born. Ever since I could foresee things: for instance that my cat Minka must have died, which was confirmed to me immediately after, I often could see in advance where I was going to live, on what day and month my children would be born.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
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 do not know how my remembrance of the experience compares to my remembrance of other life events at time I do not know how my remembrance of the experience compares to my remembrance of other life events at time
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes Rather in later years.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes About 2-3 years, but only with 2-3 people until now.
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 Because I usually never fly in my dreams, but there it was so real.
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? Flying was so natural.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? What I always wanted to know is, if somebody could have an OBE, and this would be done with eyes bandaged and somebody would draw objects or something else on a board and present it to him, and then the OBE experiencer would later confirm those drawings. Could this be possible?
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