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.
the kind of experience difficult to express in words?
Yes The rapidity of the images.
the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?
what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness
I would say, mid-way through.
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
your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience was
different from your normal every day consciousness and alertness, please
I would say, mid-way through.
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.)?
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,
you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?
What emotions did you feel during the experience?
Panic along with a yearning to slow the experience down.
you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure?
you see a light?
you meet or see any other beings?
you experience a review of past events in your life?
Yes See above.
you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience
that could be verified later?
you see or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or
you have any sense of altered space or time?
you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?
you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?
you become aware of future events?
you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience
you did not have prior to the experience?
Have you shared this experience with others?
Yes I shared it with my boyfriend that day and several times since. He
you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?
did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it
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?
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
Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your
Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life,
medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?
the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and
comprehensively describe your experience?