Parachute didn't open
Type of Spiritual Experience
This man [miraculously] survived a fall from an airplane when at 3,500 feet his parachute failed to open. In the course of his fall he had the following experience.
A description of the experience
It's like a picture runs in front of your eyes, like from the time you can remember up to the time, you know, what was happening.... it seems like pictures of your life just flow in front of your eyes, the things you used to do when you were small and stuff; stupid things. Like, you see your parents' faces – it was everything.
And things that I didn't remember that I did. Things that I couldn't remember now, but I remember two years ago or something. It all came back to me, like it refreshed my mind of everything I used to do when I was little. Like, I used to ask my friends 'Remember this, remember that?' And I'd say 'Wow that was a long time ago, I don't even remember that'.
Everything refreshed my mind of everything... It was a nice feeling, it was a real nice feeling.
[He then talked about childhood perceptions when he was four or five years old.]
I tell you, it was like the bad parts were almost cut out. It was good memories. It was like a picture, it was like a movie camera running across your eyes. In a matter of a second or two. Just boom boom [snaps his fingers].
It was as clear as day, clear as day. Very fast and you can see everything. It was like, wow, like someone was feeding a computer or something, like putting a computer in your head and programming you, that's what it was like.
[Any sense of sequence?]
It was like starting in the beginning and working its way up to the end, what was happening. Like clockwise, just going clockwise. One right after another.
The source of the experienceOrdinary person
Concepts, symbols and science items
Activities and commonsteps
From Life at Death – Dr Kenneth Ring