I was on a road trip to see my oldest daughter. After driving over 2 hours and almost at the end of the trip, I became lifeless. I was driving, and then I was above my body, aware of my car swerving off and back on the interstate highway. I was where the top of the car was, but there was no ceiling in my way. I laughed and was a bit embarrassed because I was not driving right. 'What am I doing off the road'? I was saying. I also heard tires squealing to the right of me. The time length is weird here. Not sure if it happened slower or faster than I was aware. I was aware of the car heading towards the concrete median. Then I felt airborne, and said, 'well, I've wrecked my life'. I knew or saw that my body was going either to be damaged, dead or very messed up. I felt lifted upward. I did not look at my body during this event. I was aware of what was happening. When I became conscious, it was as if waking up from a sleep. People were already outside of the car, and the rescue team had already been called. I do not know how long I was not awake. I was in the Trauma Unit, then in the hospital. I was given scans and tests. No one could tell me what happened. The instant I woke up I KNEW that I should be dead; even though I had no clue what my injuries were. I KNEW that God had kept me alive.
Date NDE Occurred: 'August 15, 2009'
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
I became lifeless while driving. My car wrecked and flipped over, skidded 100 feet on the top. My scalp was partially removed.
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? Yes There were cars near my car during my ordeal. Witnesses said my car came very close to others. My car flipped up and over. There is the sound of breaks that I heard; and the car flipped up: I felt myself lifted upward.
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 Before the violence of the wreck, I was aware of the events that were around me, and that were going to happen.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? The first part of my being out
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
I seemed to be in a different air, dimension, or level or layer. Not in normal reality. I was aware and watching the event. I was not in a body. I thought out loud.
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. I was aware of what was happening. I could see, and was more aware.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I could hear myself thinking. I could hear tires squeal. I did not see any other car. I was laughing about my car swerving: aware of the car going to crash. NOT AFRAID. I was just aware. I was raised away, upward.
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? Embarrassed, laughed. I realized with some concern that I would be dead or badly injured.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? No
Did you have a feeling of joy? No
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? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
The experience included: Awareness of the future
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? Christian- Protestant I grew up in a Minister's home. My parents, grandparents, etc. were Christians.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
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 entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience I knew immediately that GOD had kept me alive.
I had no clude what my injuries were when I awoke. When I awoke I did not lose conciousness again.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Not spending time being negative. I am not afraid of death. Being dead means eternity begins.
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? Yes I was above my body in a different demension. I was aware. But not groggy like a dream. I was not closed in, the roof of the car had no place in this different part of the world that I was in. Nothing material was in my way.
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? 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? Yes The knowing that: I, my earthly body, was going to be badly hurt. I was not afraid. I just was aware.
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 definitely exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I moderately 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? Not 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? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Large changes in my life I am not afraid to die. I see life different. I am happy more. I do not like to do things that are a waste of time. I tell others of the experience. I tell others to do things they want to do. Do not fight or fuss with others. I feel we are here for OTHERS.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Yes People are inspired after hearing of my experience.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes In the hospital, under a lot of medication, I had difficulty talking about the experience. It was weeks later that I told a few people about it.
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 I have thought about the event many times. Every detail. I remember what I saw and experienced. I was such a COOL thing to 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? Yes When I was a young adult I heard a woman tell her story of being dead for 30 minutes before coming back to life. My experience was not like hers. I did not follow a light or see heaven.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I could hear the sounds and relive the experience in my mind.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I can still remember the experience: the details.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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