Hit by car
Type of Spiritual Experience
This woman was told that she had suffered a ‘nasty concussion and a hematoma that was a third as big again as her head’ . This was an epidural hematoma – one caused by bleeding from a ruptured artery lying between the lining of the brain and the skull.
A description of the experience
I was on my way to a dental appointment and I was rushing and it had been raining. I was having to catch a bus and I crossed a pedestrian cross walk but it did not have traffic lights …. I was walking across and a man yelled at me and I wheeled around to see what he was saying – apparently he was trying to warn me – and I was struck from behind by a black car … that’s the last thing I remember until I was above the whole scene viewing the accident.
I was very detached. This was the amazing thing about it to me …. I don’t remember hearing anything. I don’t remember anybody saying anything. I was just viewing things. It was just like I floated up there, up to the roof top or maybe a little higher, very detached.
I think the thing that impressed me the most was that I was devoid of emotion. It was as though I was pure intellect. I wasn’t frightened. You know, it was very pleasant and obviously emotionally detached from the whole situation. I remember seeing my shoe, which was crushed under the car. I remember seeing the earring which was smashed. I remember wearing a new dress and I was wearing it for the second time – at that time I made all my clothes – and I thought: Oh no. My new dress is ruined. And I wasn’t even thinking about my body being possibly ruined too. This is an odd thing in that I don’t think really that the seriousness of the situation dawned on me. I don’t think I really had the realisation at the time that: Oh my God, I’m outside my body. What’s happening to me?
The next thing I saw was the woman [the driver of the car] crying. She was standing by the car and the car was stopped right where everything had happened. I remember seeing the car being dented. And I saw my body.
My attention was called to my body when the attendants put it on the stretcher. I saw myself in profile. I was actually towards the front and side of the car, viewing all of this. The ambulance was actually at the back of the car
The source of the experienceOrdinary person
Concepts, symbols and science items
Activities and commonsteps
Recollections of death – Dr Michael Sabon