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Elizabeth C's Experience

Experience description:   

I was riding my bicycle down a gravel road on a detour towards my house which was 5 miles away. The gravel was large and the road had large holes in it; a typical country road. 

My bike began going too fast for me to control, I hit a hole, flipped over the handle bars and the bike landed on top of me. Then I slid down the hill on my left side for a few feet before stopping.   

It caused an open head wound with a rather large 3 corner tear, gravel in the skull, a compression skull fracture, blood loss, shock and severe concussion with vomiting for 3 days after the accident.

I watched the entire accident happen from above my body (to the left) and never felt pain.  It was so strange.  When the bike stopped I was still watching my body lay there, then suddenly I was trying to lift it off me and started walking for help with blood pouring down my face.  I was transported to the hospital, stitched up and sent home, only to suffer the effects of the shock and concussion at home.  I told no-one about the visual experience because I knew they would not believe me.  Then I had my second one.

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?     No      

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No      

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          Yes     I had an open head wound with a compression skull fracture, bone exposed, and I was all alone in the country on a strange road

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           I don't know.  I was very much aware I was going to wreck, then I was watching it all happen.  I was in shock and frightened after the accident while I was trying to find someone to help me. I was not knocked unconscious, but did suffer serious injuries.  I felt no pain, just numbness.

Was the experience dream like in any way?   Only in the fact that I was watching the accident happen instead of actually experiencing it.  Over the years I have wondered at what point I left my body, why I was allowed to watch it happen and what it all meant.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     It seemed like it was me watching my body, but I do not know if it was just my eyes watching it.  I felt like I was floating above it but I never saw my body as I watched it. Later I said it was my soul watching it happen because I could not explain it.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            none...just watched it happen.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           none that I remember

LOCATION DESCRIPTION:  Did you recognize any familiar locations or any locations from familiar religious teachings or encounter any locations inhabited by incredible or amazing creatures?    No           

Did you see a light?           No      

Did you meet or see any other beings?           No      

Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? No      

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          Not at that incident but I did at a later one in life...

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Yes            Visual acuity, but none of the others.  I saw details of the accident; the hole in the road, the way the bicycle was positioned on top of me, where my baby doll went and how I looked after the accident while laying there. Also, I felt as if I floated upward. I noticed the houses and trees around me too.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Yes     I felt as if I was a very far distance away watching it.  I saw the scenery around me, houses, road conditions, trees close by

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    No      

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             No      

Did you become aware of future events?       No      

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       No       Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?   Yes     I have experienced out of body experiences numerous times since that first one, and also have times when I might say I am clairvoyant.  Also, I have a special "hot line" with God since that day and the gift of healing with my hands came to me later in life.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     It was a while before I realized what had happened, and was so amazed that I did a thesis on out of body experiences and near death experiences during college.  I am VERY "GOD CENTERED" and have been aided by angels on occasion too.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       I am tender hearted, went into nursing and was able to talk about death to the dying patient and their families.  My religious beliefs have grown stronger through the years because of my many OOB experiences. (I had one just 2 days ago, in the ocean)

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes     I felt closer to God afterwards.  Wanted to read the Bible more and get some questions answered. Then I worked with the dying, in the emergency room, etc., and was able to talk to patients who experienced it and offer reassurance that it is not unusual, and to feel blessed by it. I still marvel at it and wonder how it happens. And, I still refer to it 47 years after it happened.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     My parents didn't believe me, as a child,  but I told my Bible School teacher and some other professionals and they all believed me.  They brought me to a better understanding of what may have been the reason.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Thoughtfulness, inquisitiveness (remember, I was only 10), then acceptance

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The best was feeling no pain and the worst was watching it and not know how that happened!

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        Just that it is one of the life experiences a person never forgets.  Some people may never understand it, but it is a blessing when it happens.  It is a protection from the actual severity of the event.

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         Yes     I have experienced other out of body experiences and each time I recall the first one in detail. I don't think I will ever forget that first one.

Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?               Yes     I explained what happened to the best of my knowledge.

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    Did you seek professional help after the event, in order to gain answers and acceptance of the changes, if any, or join a support group of any type?