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Rhonda R's Experience

Experience description:   

I was driving on a road near my home. Nearing a stoplight but still driving, my life "flashed before my eyes" so to speak.  

It seemed that I saw a thousand or more images of my past within a very short period of time. It was as if someone was shooting pictures into my brain with a high-powered rifle. The images were still (not moving), each represented a day of my early life and each advanced rapidly --as a still picture would advance on a screen. I saw scenes from my childhood that flashed by in chronological order, each frame seeming less than a sixteenth of a second or less in length. They were all pictures that I recognized but had never recalled on my own up until that point or since. 

The experience was frightening because it was out of my control. I couldn't will the episode to stop, for example. Also, my regular vision was not affected so I was trying to navigate through traffic while having this experience. 

During the episode, I wanted the pictures to slow down so that I could look at them and fully appreciate the moment that was represented. They were mostly of me as a child.

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes     The rapidity of the images.

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          No      

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?    I would say, mid-way through.

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal every day consciousness and alertness?    More consciousness and alertness than normal

If your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience was different from your normal every day consciousness and alertness, please explain:            I would say, mid-way through.

Did your vision differ in any way from your normal, everyday vision (in any aspect, such as clarity, field of vision, colors, brightness, depth perception degree of solidness/transparency of objects, etc.)?  No      

Did your hearing differ in any way from your normal, everyday hearing (in any aspect, such as clarity, ability to recognize source of sound, pitch, loudness, etc.)?

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Uncertain

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Panic along with a yearning to slow the experience down.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure?          No      

Did you see a light?           No      

Did you meet or see any other beings?           No      

Did you experience a review of past events in your life?    Yes     See above.

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          No      

Did you see or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or dimensions?           No           

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   No      

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           

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience you did not have prior to the experience?     No      

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     I shared it with my boyfriend that day and several times since. He simply listened.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?    Yes    

How did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened:            Experience was definitely real    Because it happened while driving vs. lying in bed on the verge of sleep.

Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you?   

How do you currently view the reality of your experience:            Experience was definitely real    I'm still dismayed by the experience. I've heard that people sometimes view past scenes of their life when they are close to death. And so I simply wonder if I was having some sort of mild stroke. I've never met or heard of anyone experiencing something similar to this.

Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?           No      

Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?           

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         No                

Did the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?         Yes