I was young. I met a stranger, a guy at a bar who was giving me a ride home. As we got a few blocks from my house, he slowed down to park in a dark secluded park like area to rape me I figured. I had my big purse and some books with me. As he started to slow down, I quickly threw my things out the opened door and just as I jumped out, he put his foot on the gas pedal and speeded up. I flew out the door and landed very hard in the road hitting my head hard. Instantly, I felt myself rising up into the air and gazing down below at my body. It grossed me out, as I must have been having a seizure. As I was floating above my body, I saw my body contort and my hands were like shaking and wiggling in a spastic way. I immediately felt REVULSION to that body and thought 'how grotesque'. I felt myself going higher up away from my body and I thought to myself, 'Oh no, I don't want to die now - my father and my dog need me.' At that point, I could not feel my body at all - just was viewing it from above. Slowly I felt myself 'coming down' and then I felt pins and needles in my hands and arms up to my elbows.I got up from the road and went to a house across the street and they called the police for me who then took me to the hospital even though I said I felt fine. They said I should be checked out anyway. At the hospital, the doctor took some instrument and scraped it across the bottom of my feet. He said I was unconscious at the point of impact. I insisted that no I was wide-awake. We argued back and forth. I guess my body was unconscious, but my spirit was fully awake. Years later, whenever I began to doubt the existence of the spirit after death, I would think back on this experience and believe again.
Date NDE Occurred: summer 1966
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes AccidentCriminal attackDirect head injury 'Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening'
I was about to get raped and so fled from it, foolishly jumping out the car door.
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal I guess I would say immediately.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I guess I would say immediately.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
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? No
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? I felt overwhelming distaste for this 'ugly gross body'. I felt like I wanted no part of it, yet I knew my dad and my dog needed me.
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? Liberal
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes Gave me more proof that we live after death. Has helped me greatly in life.
What is your religion now? Liberal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Gave me more proof that we live after death. Has helped me greatly in life.
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? Uncertain
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? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I just felt very detached like my body was just a lump of clay that I was using. It was the first time I had proof that I was not 'just' my body. I had believed in spiritual things before this, but this was the first time I had proof.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes It was so long ago I don't remember much, but I doubt I told anyone until many years later and then only a couple friends.
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 just knew it was real because I was a witness to it. Then the doctor saying I was unconscious, I knew I was awake the whole time! I saw it and I felt very detached from my body like, 'What is THIS thing convulsing on the ground? How grotesque,' I thought. I could not feel my hands or body as this was going on, until I had the thought that I didn't want to die, then I felt like I was 'coming down' and I could at first feel pins and needles in my hands, and then I could feel them like I normally would.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Same as above I guess. It was real and I never ever forgot it.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? No.
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