We were playing at "cops and robbers", some sort of shooting game between four of us (my younger brother - by 1.5 years, and two friends) in our friends' barn.
The hay was stacked up in the barn, up to a fair level ( I would estimate 25-30 feet high, but things were likely different scale as I was smaller, it seemed higher) and we were running around shooting at each other.
It was just us kids having fun in a barn that we had full access to. Running around, hiding behind hay bales and building walls and stuff, pretending to shoot each other.
At the time just before my experience, I was hiding behind a sort of hay bale wall, when I had what I can only explain as a "flashback". I saw that I ran out from behind the hay bales with my brother, ran past a hay chute (that they use to drop the hay down to the cattle floor in the basement) and one of the bales at the side of the chute gave way, and I fell backwards into the chute.
I can still see my brother's face and the scream/yell he gave out as I fell. I remember falling as if in slow motion, and a white flash.
The next thing I remember is that I am back where I was before this "flashback", behind the hay bales.
I thought it weird that this happened, but I had previous minor experiences with what I now know as premonitions as a child. But this was the first I that had when not sleeping, and so close to the actual event.
Thinking back, and trying to remember how I felt at the time is difficult, but I guess that I must have interpreted it as a warning. So our playing continued, and sure enough, my brother and I run out, I step on the same hay bale, it gives way, and I fall backwards into the chute.
This time, I still see my brothers face and hear the same scream/yell, but as I am falling, it is not in slow motion, and I have my arms and legs out like what I would imagine a cat falling on its back must be like, and catch myself at the floor of the barn, about 10 feet above the concrete floor.
Now here is the silly part, and I am typing it this way because I do see the humor in it now, and it is pretty much the way it happened from what I can recall...
Here I am, hanging partway through the floor of the barn by my hands and feet above the concrete, and our friends' dad, tending the cattle, asks what I think I'm doing.
He helped me down, told us to be careful, and went back to work.
And we went back to playing.... end of story.
reason I am submitting this is that I experienced another close call today due
to a driver who was not paying attention to road conditions, and almost ended
At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event? No
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes How do you explain to people (especially kids, your brother who witnessed it and adults as a kid) what you experienced without disbelief or ridicule?)
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I would have to say that my highest level of consciousness was during the "flashback" and the alertness when the hay bale actually gave way.
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Similar. Explained it above.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. No difference that I can recall.
Did you see or hear any earthly events that were occurring during a time that your consciousness / awareness was apart from your physical / earthly body? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? During the "flashback", nothing that I can recall. During the event, no panic, just reaction.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No Not that I can recall.
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes Just the flash at the end of the "flashback". Intensity is answered in #17
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? 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
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you become aware of past events in your life during your experience? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Time seemed to go faster or slower than usual
During the event, speed changed. I can only assume the "flashback" was instantaneous.
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness suggesting that there either is (or is not) continued existence after earthly life (“life after death”)? No
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that God or a supreme being either does (or does not) exist? No
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that you either did (or did not) exist prior to this lifetime? No
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that a mystical universal connection or unity/oneness either does (or does not) exist? No
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s meaning or purpose? No
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s difficulties, challenges, or hardships? No
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding love? Uncertain It was so long ago, but looking back it felt as if somebody was looking out for me and giving a warning.
During your experience, did you encounter any other specific information / awareness that you have not shared in other questions that is relevant to living our earthly lives? No
Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge or purpose? No
What occurred during your experience included: Content that was entirely not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience
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
My experience directly resulted in: No changes in my life
Did you have any changes in your values or beliefs after the experience that occurred as a result of the experience? Yes I would say that I have become more aware of forces (supernatural) in the world around us.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? That I am still here is enough.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I told my brother after it happened, he didn't believe me.
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 It has never stood out. It happened. It's a part of my life.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time: Experience was definitely real It saved my life, no question.
Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience? Uncertain As it happened so long ago, and I have not shared it, there has been no impact.
Have your religious beliefs/spiritual practices changed specifically as a result of your experience? No
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? It is not the first time I experienced premonitions. Had them since I could remember. Not as frequently now that I am older. Cannot remember my last one, although I still have lucid dreams.
Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Yes