I was riding home with a friend who just had gotten his license and was driving his dad's car. We were talking and laughing. Then I remember swerving and spinning. Then I was walking on a bridge that was ancient looking with rock and cobblestones. I was aware of everything around me, which was a dark vastness that I knew went on forever. I could see the bridge clearly. At the end of the bridge were an old wooden door and a tall male figure standing by it. He was dressed in what looked like a monk-type robe and hood. I could see that he had long brown hair that was just past his shoulders but I could not see his face. There was a very bright, pure, and beautiful light that I could see coming from underneath the door. It also illuminated from the sides of the door. I felt scared and confused on the bridge but I felt that I knew the figure and was anxious to get to him. I got to the end of the bridge and we talked. I do not remember what was said. He then put his hand on my shoulder and I woke up in a Life-flight helicopter, with a nurse telling me I would be okay.
Date NDE Occurred: 08/25/2010
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident. Life threatening event, but not clinical death.
Violent car accident where two people died. I was torn from the vehicle and found on the road still attached to the seat. I had a cerebral hemorrhage, collapsed lung, 8 multiple broken ribs, three cracked vertebrae and a broken hand.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Both pleasant AND distressing
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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 It was just so clear and real, unlike a dream and unlike reality, hard to explain.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Through the whole experience, I was very awake and aware.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
No concept of time, how long it took or how long we talked.
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. Clearer and I could see all around me.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. It was quiet; I do not remember any noise.
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
The experience included: Void
The experience included: Darkness
The experience included: Unearthly light
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? Yes Around the door was a very bright clear light came out but it did not blind or hurt my eyes. It was beautiful.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Old long bridge made of stone and cobblestones. The space around it seemed endless.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Frightened, confused then 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 no longer in conflict with nature
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
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes The door was closed and I could not pass.
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 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? Unaffiliated- Nothing in particular- Secular unaffiliated
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I now believe in Jesus and that we live on in spirit.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Moderately important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Other Christian
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience I did not believe in life after death now I do and I don't know why.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes That there is something and we need to be mindful of our actions.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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 Tall male figure in a hooded brown robe with a corded belt. Long hair is all I can remember.
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? Uncertain
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Uncertain I don't know what it was, just seemed so real not dreamlike or even earthly. When The figure talked to me I felt better, that I understood.
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God probably does not exist
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? Uncertain
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God probably 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 not meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? Uncertain I felt that our talk ansered questions but don't remember what they were.
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife probably does not exist
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife probably exists Uncertain
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 probably 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? Uncertain As above
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Not compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes I felt that the figure loved me, cared about me.
Were you compassionate after your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes I cannot explain other than above.
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 don't remember the crash or much of the helicopter ride or what happened in the ER but I remember the 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 My mother, after I got out of intensive care.
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 probably real Afterwards, my mother told me about my Grandfather having the same type experience when he died during the war.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably real I don't know, something happened to me and I cannot really explain it.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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