I worked a regular work day then met and had dinner with my parents at a restaurant. I traveled the usual path home to my husband and child. That is my last memory prior to the crash. I do not remember the approaching crash intersection and have no memory of the crash at all; no sounds, no sirens, not even a glimpse of flashing police car light. I talked to the emergency and hospital personnel and family upon arrival. I even told the paramedics the emergency contact to call. I recited the phone number. I recall nothing. I felt no pain even though I was horrendously wounded.My first recollection (after two surgeries and weeks) was being told that I had a terrible accident, and of my many injuries.I know that I was 'somewhere else' and that, wherever I was, there was no pain and that, wherever I was it was, going to be, all right; even if I died and wasn't coming back. I did not feel that I needed to return or that I was going to miss out on something. I have a deep understanding that it wasn't my time and that I was 'shown mercy'. I was someone who didn't believe in God and where I was, was going to be ok, but that would have 'been it.' If I now believe in God and his teachings (through Jesus Christ) I will have better than 'ok'. I will have eternal life, my soul/energy will continue after this physical life.I was a person who was a 'control freak', who took everything for granted and who saw the worst in everyone. Now, it's just the opposite.
Date NDE Occurred: 05/11/2011
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'
I was in a horrific Car crash. I was airlifted from the scene. I was in and out of consciousness and suffered traumatic brain injury, numerous broken bones (fractured sternum, pelvis, ribs, facial bones (surgery), arm (plate installed) damaged/bleeding/internal organs (surgeries) and had an astounding recovery (back at work within a month).
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? No
I lost awareness of my body
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
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
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt no longer in conflict with nature
The experience included: Special knowledge or purpose
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? I remembered many past events
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? Not important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Unaffiliated- Agnostic Was "raised" Christian- Reformed. Had knowledge of Biblical teachings, but as an Adult- no affiliation. Furthermore, an Agnostic- believing that we live, we die, and that's it. Believed that "religion" was made up so that "we" as humans, could rationalize our existence.
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- Other Christian I now, do not think that physical death is the end of our beings. I do believe that Jesus Christ was sent here to tell of "the whole picture". I do believe that I was "living one way" and was "not paying attention". I do believe that I was given numerous messages previously and needed to be "knocked upside the head" to pay attention.I believe that I was shown "mercy and grace". There is NO EXPLAINABLE explanation for my survival(and I have pictures and testimony)and recovery...amazing- the "natural order of things...
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 EVERYTHING... I had it- "so wrong".
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? 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? Yes
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? Yes
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? Yes
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife does not exist
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes It is revieled.
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? Yes We are sent to "learn specific lessons"
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? Yes We are on a journey. Good or bad, it is our "lessons to learn". Everything happens for a reason. They are all opportunities.And when they are over our time here will be done. It- wasn't my time...
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Not 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
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes 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? No
Have you ever shared this experience with others? No
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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