The last thing I remember was the driver yelling, ‘hang on!’ Then, boom. I was out. I want to say I looked at myself alone on the dirt road as the driver ran for help. I don't think I recognized myself or cared to go back to my body. Then I was instantly flying. I was a bird, or felt like I was a bird. I could feel the air on my face while flying. I felt free and at peace. Then I heard a voice. It said, ‘Mona, you need to go back.’ I remember thinking, ‘no,’ and then before you know it, I was gasping in a big breath of air.
Date NDE Occurred: 1994
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Direct head injury Other: CPR, was not breathing. Airway was clogged with dirt, no heartbeat, responders responded, cleared airway, did CPR.
I was in a four-wheeler accident.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Neither pleasant NOR distressing
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I think I remember looking at myself, but I’m not as sure of that part as I am of the feeling of peace and freedom, and the sadness I felt when I knew I had to go back.
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 Everything seemed clearer in my thoughts or feelings.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was flying.
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. Vision was not as wide. There was not as much peripheral vision in the experience.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Hearing was clearer.
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? Some unfamiliar and strange place A green valley I flew through.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt peace.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
Did you have a feeling of joy? No
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? Moderately important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Do not know I believe in the lord, and jesus, but do not feel one has to go to church everyday or make a big spectical to pray and talk with god.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Moderately important to me
What is your religion now? Do not know I believe in the lord, and jesus, but do not feel one has to go to church everyday or make a big spectical to pray and talk with god.
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was both consistent and not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience
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? I heard a voice I could not identify I heard a voice telling me I had to come back. All I thought was, ‘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? 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? 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? I am uncertain if an afterlife exists No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I greatly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I moderately 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 possibly 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? Slightly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? No changes in my life
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No 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 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? Uncertain I was almost killed in a car accident about seven years later. I fell asleep at the wheel and was the only person in the car. I swerved in the other lane where a semi was coming. I heard the same voice say, ‘Mary!’ very loudly and it woke me up. I lost control of the vehicle but somehow got control and pulled to the side of the road. The person in the car behind me said I was sure you were swerving off the road down the hill; I don't know how you made it. I was sure I was watching you die. I just said, ‘I don't know.’
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes After a few years.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Uncertain I think I heard about it. When I was a child, I had an out of body experience while I was sleeping. I woke up to my face hitting the wall and heard the same voice. It said, ‘if you don't go back someone else will go in.’ The voice was talking about my body. I pushed as hard as I could on the ceiling and landed back in my body. I woke up and started to cry. My mom came to check on me and I had a fever.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely 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
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