It was a road trip with a friend. Started in Minneapolis and ended in California. We lost time when we were having lunch with my friend’s uncle. They had not seen each other for years. We were on a different route than we told his uncle. I woke up in intensive care with my uncle (who I hadn’t seen for three years) from northern California. My brother came as soon as he could. My parents were on their own road trip and were in New York. When I was in intensive care they had pulled all of the tubes out of my body. I could not communicate verbally and tried to communicate to my brother.I knew Rick was in heaven and with his words, he sent me back! He might have wanted to be where he was.During the experience, Rick stopped me with a voice that he only used certain times. He said it wasn’t my time. I hovered over my body and saw my teeth or blood on the road.
Date NDE Occurred: 7/22/1972
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Life threatening event, but not clinical death
A forty five mile per hour head on collision with a semi-truck.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was told I was conscious, but I don't remember anything. But I do know that the semi we ran into was red!
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
I lost time when traveling from Rick's to uncle's house.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No It was my first road trip at nineteen years old.
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Light
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? It was wonderful. I wish I could have stayed where I was.
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
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? No
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 I was told it was not my time.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Conservative/fundamentalist
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I did not use the seat belt that probable saved my life for two years. For about two years, I thought that it had just been a nightmare. I did not go to my church so much afterward.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It was 1972 and I stayed quiet for a few years.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes No more or less than usual until this year.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The loss of my friends and family.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes But not for some time. I was able to relate only when I started hearing others experiences.
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? I was unable to be with my friends and Rick’s family to say good bye!
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? I understand that our experiences are all different. Mine seems to be ‘classic’.
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