My husband and I were coming home from picking up some propane tanks that we put in the trunk. We use propane to heat a greenhouse. As we were waiting for the stoplight to turn green, I shifted my body sideways to talk to my husband. Then there was a massive impact where everything happened in slow motion. I remember tumbling in my seat and hitting my head. This was my second motor vehicle that left me with a massive concussion. As the bus bumper reached the windshield, I screamed, 'We are going to die!' and started to leave my body. I heard a woman's voice say, 'You will not die'. I thought it was either my deceased mother or mother-in-law. As I went back into my body, I knew the voice I heard was the Virgin Mary. I call her Mother Mary. This is the second time in my life that I heard and knew that this was her voice. As a small child, I heard her voice and felt her presence. By the Grace of God, the propane did not explode. Life has not been the same since. I could not communicate to anyone what happened, no words could describe that a miracle had happened. I am not the same person today as I was in that car almost four years ago.
Date NDE Occurred: 2/2/12
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Direct head injury. Life threatening event, but not clinical death
We were in our small Toyota Camry with my husband driving. We were stopped six feet back, behind a tall, senior transit bus and waiting to turn left. We were rear-ended at 35 miles an hour. My husband's foot came off the brake, and we were pushed under the bus, inches away from being decapitated by the bus's bumper. Then he got his foot back on the brake.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I heard a spiritual voice, very real. Second time in my life.
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 Had spiritual contact, reassurance that I was not going to die.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was almost out of my body and listening to the voice of Mother Mary. Consciousness in another realm.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Time seemed to go faster or slower than usual
Slow motion, entering another realm.
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. The vision that happened during the accident opened up a spiritual portal that has changed my life for the better. To make a very long story short, I was blessed with spiritual gifts of empathy. Compassion and psychic intuition. Never put it all together until the accident. Hope this makes sense.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Hearing has become more focused since the event. Opened a portal, what a great gift. I had this all the time but unable to verbalize.
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? Yes The Virgin Mary
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
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Felt blessed and confirmed that indeed I have always had a spiritual connection.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
The experience included: Special knowledge or purpose
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about myself or others I was able to see things clearly, understand the impact of my life on others, the world and myself.
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? I remembered many past events I remembered many past events
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 Highly spiritual from earliest memories. Deep abiding spiritual faith. Combined with Buddist framework over the years.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes More spiritual, less religious.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Other or several faiths At time of event, active with church attendance. Slowly dropped out of formal religion as a hightened spiritual world opened up.
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 My spirituality is a very private matter that I had shared with only a few. During this experience, I knew in my soul that I had been truly blessed since birth
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I have connected with a more empathic part of my soul. I can sense and know what is going on with people, animals, and plants. I just know. It brings joy and happiness to give love, compassion and empathy.
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 Woman's voice, I attribute to the Virgin Mary
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.)? Yes Second time in my life that I heard, felt the Virgin Mary
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Yes The 'voice' from the higher realm, brought home the truth to me that there is indeed a greater awareness outside our consciousness.
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? Yes Highly spiritual since childhood. Felt protected but could not communicate. The voice I heard confirmed that we are all part of a greater realm.
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? An afterlife definitely exists Yes Confirmed what I know was true, there is a higher presence, this presence has always been with me.
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I greatly 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
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes My marriage has suffered. Husband is not the same man I married. So difficult, I am trying to be patient, kind and compassionate. However, this is about Sherry and how to take care of her first.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes How do you communicate what happened to the doctors, medical personnel. I’ve been processing this event for four years. Finally, I read several books about NDE and I am a textbook case.
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 as accurately as other life events that occurred around the time of the ex The experience remains crystal clear. I think about it daily, gives me strength.,
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes Always had the sense that I had psychic gifts. Not until the event, did I realize the depth of the gifts that have been bestowed. Changed my life. Still confusing and trying to understand. Definitely need some type of guidance.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Hearing the voice of the spirit I call Mother Mary, has confirmed a lifetime of beliefs. This experience opened up a realm that I was unable to reach, did not have the focus.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes A handful of people since the accident. It’s so difficult to communicate. Those that were told were unable to relate. Recently told some of my experience, he told me about his NDE, gave me suggestions on NDE to read. Almost four years after the event.
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 As said many times, I have a deep spiritual core. It’s the second time in my life that I was blessed with the validation that indeed, a spiritual realm exists.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real My life has been forever changed for the better. Have learned to learn from the past, stay in the here and now and let the future unfold as it was meant to be. Learning great patience.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes More spiritual contacts. Yet another story.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? I am waiting patiently, since I know that there are positive life events in store for me that will change my life. They have already started to happen.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? None at this time
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