Ever had the experience of life flashing before your eyes?

Have you ever had the experience of ‘life flashing before your eyes’ when in danger? Perhaps in an accident, combat or a life threatening event?

If so I’d love to hear from you for a book I am writing on hallucinations, altered perceptions and how the brain constructs reality.

If so, feel free to drop me a brief email through this webpage as I’d be keen to hear more.

29 Comments

  1. Posted May 1, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    You mean a “life history review” playbacked automatically a rapid speed as a vision?

    • Posted May 1, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

      I do indeed, although the experiences vary so the ‘review’ may not be in order and may include some non-memory-based scenes as well.

      • Shippo
        Posted October 29, 2011 at 2:39 am | Permalink

        I have went through an experience. Im 15, and i had this vision when i was, i dont know mabye 6. This happened to me while i was asleep, or a dream if you would. I wasnt dieing or anything I just woke up and had no memory of having a subconsious before that time. My whole life flashed before me, but unlike most dreams where its third person point of view, it was first person point of view. When I woke up I didnt know who I was nor what I looked like. I’ll never forget that day and the words I said when i woke up. “Wow” and then I walked over to the mirror beside my bed and I said “Damn I’m ugly”. I constantly get dejavoos more then most people and I think because my flash showed me the future as well. I always wonder if anyone else has had this experience.

      • Zlatan
        Posted August 10, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

        yeah i had images in there ( people ) that i had never seen before. I think that the new wife of my dad was in it. They met each other like 5-8 yrs after my experience. I’m not sure tho because i had this like 12-14 yrs ago when i was between 10-12 , now i’m 26.

  2. mark ettinger
    Posted May 2, 2011 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    Very much looking forward to the book as I can guess the general contents from your blog posts. Out of about 40 blogs I follow, this is in my top 3.

  3. Hari
    Posted May 2, 2011 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    Had been in danger. Just saw stars, that too, florescent in color, just like in cartoons. How did they know? Is there any research on that? If so, could you please post? Love your work. Keep going.

  4. Posted May 2, 2011 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    How do I receive updates on your page everyday?

  5. Posted May 2, 2011 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    So is it only vision-based? I.E. A high speed vision of your entire life?

    And does your life necessarily have to be in danger at the time?

    I have had an experience like this, but not when my life was in danger, but at a moment when I realised that my life might change permanently in a very dramatic way.

  6. Posted May 2, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    This is going to be fascinating.

    It would be interesting to compare people in events that resulted in hallucinations with similar events that didn’t, two people in the same event that had different reactions and different cultures. Tribal/shamanic initiations would seem to have a version of life threatening events leading to recalling life events.

  7. Posted May 2, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    Would accounts of “seeing” future events as you would imagine them count?

  8. Emily S
    Posted May 3, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    The link you post doesn’t seem like it’ll get info/e-mail to YOU, so I’m reluctant to pass it along to the one person who’s possibly experienced something along the lines of what you’re looking for/interested in researching.

  9. Posted May 4, 2011 at 2:48 am | Permalink

    For the part 10 years I’ve experienced simulated psychosis
    which includes simulated auditory hallucinations, 24/7. Have even
    had a few tactile and visual “spiritual” experiences that were, not only not real(HA!), they were caused to happen not by my imagination, not by drugs or God, but by the next best thing. A delivery system called the
    Microwave Auditory Effect.

    (And no, I didn’t keep these
    fancy terms handy just to sound
    amusing or to get attention.)

    MAE or “Voice of god” technology
    is not new, not an urban legend,
    has been around long before the registered patent date, is not part of Tea Party paranoia that the “government is out to get me” that used to be an indicator of paranoia and psychosis but has now been relegated to just being something worse, republican.

    No, unfortunately, I’ve gone
    through all the stupid diagnoses,
    many antipsych drugs, all my $,
    read and saw all the articles on
    the internet and YT on mind
    control etc. 1) I don’t talk
    like them and 2)most of those sites including the ones on YT are not as Dr Bell reported, done by psychotics or paranoids.
    They are made by the same ppl
    who do what these sites purport
    and pretend to be exposing.
    Why? Controlling the argument
    from all sides. That comes in
    handy when what your doing is
    illegal.

    I know, that’s crazy and also
    true, but that’s beside the point
    b/c I can’t prove any of it.

  10. Jason Kirin
    Posted May 4, 2011 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Have had multiple. This should be fun.

  11. Victoria
    Posted May 4, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    During my first near-death experience many years ago (a near drowning) I actually expected to experience a life review of some type, but it never came. Before I lost consciousness,my last thought was that I hadn’t expected to die this way. Last December, when I nearly died in childbirth, there were some flashbacks of a sort, rapidly cycling through memories of loved ones and profound regret that I would die without ever seeing my child’s face. I was frightened during the ordeal, but the over-riding emotion was sorrow.

    In both cases, I recall seeing “stars” like another poster mentioned above.

  12. Lauren
    Posted May 5, 2011 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    I often have lucid dreams, that are so mundane, and ordinary. And then within a few days or weeks I experience extreme deja vu, like the dream was a preview. And it’s not simple deja vu, as in one or two things are similar, but word for word conversations, surroundings and other sounds.

  13. john
    Posted May 25, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    most flashbacks/ hallucinations are caused by a dmt fluxuation in the brain reasulting in seeing ur life or a white light or in rare cases some people clame seeing alternet universes. DMT is also what causes u to dream reasulting in those dreams that make no sence. i have never seen my life flash but i have seen reality slow down to microseconds and seen my self falling like i was watching from 20ft away (out of body) all these are chemical reactions from dmt in your brain as well as dreams portraying the future although rare and generally not belived by the public these different reactions caused by circumstances and dmt

  14. brian
    Posted July 23, 2012 at 4:44 am | Permalink

    i was on google when i found this page due to what happend to me a few hours ago on7/22/12. I was with 3 friends in the car driving down 50 (a road in bithlo florida. As we are driving at 60mph we see a car come flying out of the gas station it felt like in less than a second the car was right infront of us head on. This is when i blacked out and saw my entire life (even the smallest things i would never think of any other day) literally flash befor my eyes. it all happend in lest than a second because i still remember the girl who was driving barely miss a pole in the median and still almost go into on comming traffic. the people in the other car were two black males who i was then scolding but they just looked at us and sped off again. Me and the girl in the back seat were not wearing seatbelts so it really did make me realize how lucky i am to still be here right now and this has changed my perspective on many things. i know someone was lookin out for me from up above today.

  15. Robert
    Posted August 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Growing up I lived in a very small town. There wasn’t much to do but drive around and find your friends and just hang out in a parking lot. Well some of us had a very adventurist attitude and were always doing crazy things. Like jumping from one vehicle to another while moving at 50+ miles an hour. When we got older we didn’t have much time to hang out anymore because we had jobs. It was especially hard for me because I had two jobs at the time of the accident. I was working one job in the morning for eight hours then another in the evening for another eight. The day of the accident I called out of work so I could hang out with my friends and girlfriend at the time. The day stared out great but people started to leave and then it was just me and a buddy sitting in my apartment watching TV. We were board until a commercial for Mountain Dew came on with people climbing a Mountain. We knew then what we were going to do next. We have been climbing an old rock quarry for years. It was about 65 ft. high and in a horse shoe shape next to a road. It takes half an hour to get there. I drove and parked the car next to the road. We started climbing opposite sides of the rock quarry. He was almost at the top and I was a little over 45 Ft. There was this big boulder sticking out of the cliff. I thought I would try standing on it to rest awhile. I had my two feet on the boulder but was still hanging on the side of the quarry with my hands. It seemed to hold my weight so I let one hand hold go and then slowly the other. About five seconds after that I heard a noise and then it was like one of the Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner cartoons. I looked down and could see the boulder falling away from me. I know it’s weird but I swear that I hung in the air just like in the cartoons. I don’t know for how long but to me the time seemed significantly long. If I had a sign that said “YIKES!” I would have held it up. Even stranger was what was going on in my head. I started remembering things that I was sure that I had long forgot. I even started having images in my head of my life and it was so crystal clear, almost like I was reliving it, like a movie. I have always heard the saying “Your life flashing before your eyes.”

  16. Eric
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Similar to what Shippo said. Expect I have these dreams frequently and my life flashes backwards starting with most recent events to least recent events in my life. I have also had the near-death life-flashing-experience but to me that was my fears recalling everything i held dear and loved before my life (or so i thought) was going to end… so idk..

  17. sarah
    Posted November 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    R u still writing your book? I’d like to read it if you have finished. I’m searching for occurrences similar to my own. While my life has never flashed before my eyes, other people’s lives do. I’ve always been like this but I rarely speak of it. I’m an average person. I’m married with 2 kids and my family is great. I was raised in a loving home, went on to college, started a business…. I’m very average. I have no history of abuse, mental illness or drug use. Sometimes, when I look into someone’s eyes, I see their life flash in my head in one quick second. The images are usually horrific. Usually, I politely avoid these people. But sometimes, I swear they know what I’ve seen. Have you come across this while writing your book?

  18. mudcreekmark
    Posted December 6, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    I had an accident in the coal mines I worked at probably 25 years ago. A piece of machinery pinned me against the rib(coal wall). The accident happened so fast that my brain must have thought I was going to die because my life flashed before my eyes. I don’t know how long this went on but the next thing I know, my co-worker was backing the piece of machinery off of me. The only thing that was actually hurt was my leg. The machinery had trapped me against the rib and had my leg pinned. So it wasn’t like I was really in any danger of dying. However I think because it happened so fast and my brain didn’t realize what had happened it assumed I was going to die. Anyway, there is no denying that I did see very clearly different pictures of all these different times in my life and events that had happened starting from an early age and up. So I know for a fact that we do have something in us that triggers that affect and it has to have something to do with some kind of chemicals that are released when you think you are dying. I have no idea if this happens right before you actually die or not but I do know it happened to me when my brain evidently thought I was dying.

  19. JJ Bean
    Posted August 5, 2013 at 3:30 am | Permalink

    I experienced this phenomenon when I was a young child, approx 6. I was stepping off a “tall” wood deck. No steps had been built yet. Anyhow, I was just about to step off the deck when I had the experience, it was definately a replay of my life to that point as far as I can recall. I also felt I stopped in mid-stride and set my foot back on the deck rather than stepping down. When I did look down I saw a cat-sized rat, almost dead at my feet and two more in the yard. My dad had put rat poison by the barn and they apparently fled the barn area towards the house as they died. I am curious still about the incident. I am currently 36. :) -JJ

  20. Zlatan
    Posted August 10, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    I almost drowned when my nephew pushed me under water for a long time when i was between 10-12 yrs old. I remember it like yesterday , images flashing before my eyes , even persons that i didn’t know were in it. I agree with the part that your brain doesn’t get enough oxigine and probably starts to tilt but it’s weird none the less right.

  21. Kari
    Posted November 22, 2013 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    I’ve had my life flash before my eyes. It happened when my friend and I were on our way to work at 0400 in the morning. We almost hit one of those cement dividers on the highway. (not sure the real name for those) My friend was driving and dropped her pack of cigarettes by her feet. She leaned over to try to find them an I leaned over to help. As I sat up, all I saw was the cement barrier RIGHT in front of us. Then that’s when it happened. My life flashed before my eyes. I always imagined when I heard this happening to people, that it would start out when you were a baby to present time. Mine went backwards. From then, present time to when I was a baby. It flashed before extremely fast. Like a slide show or one of those viewfinders, clicking it very fast. Even though it went by me really fast, I clearly saw and was able to recognize myself at certain ages and the people who are closest to me. People don’t believe me but it’s an experience I will never forget.

  22. Jennifer
    Posted January 24, 2014 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    Several years ago I was almost hit by a car. In the moments before the surely fatal impact, I was frozen and everything went silent. Time seemed to slow down and images began to flash through my mind. I do not remember any of the images, nor did I feel anything about them…meaning not happy or sad or regret. I was in a panic inside and I yelled out in my mind that I wasn’t ready to die and begged for a second chance. Even though the scene with the car coming at me was still there, it was like a window was opened in front of that scene where I viewed the images and reality continued in slow motion in the background. I instinctively knew those images were my life in review. Suddenly, I felt I was jolted back into the moment and I could hear again. It was chaos. The car came skidding to a halt inches from my knees and I rested my hands on the hood of the car and breathed a huge sigh of relief as I stared into the eyes of the equally terrified driver. Although, I am not particularly religous, I believe I spoke to God that day and I was granted a second chance. It is hard to think any other way about it.

  23. echo
    Posted February 20, 2014 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    When i was a little girl, i can’t remember how old, i had my life flash before my eyes. I was just riding my bike down the road and a car came around the corner a bit faster than it should have been. I just remember everything going silent and seeing flashing images of events that happened throughout my life. In those couple seconds I didn’t have any recollection of the real world, just those images. But I don’t remember feeling judged or seeing any friends or family smiling at me or saying they loved me- just seemed to be me living my life. But then again I can’t seem to remember what I had seen very well, just the experience… Also, I had this experience before I’d even seen the car coming at me, it seems like once I came back to reality I saw the car and they had already stopped so I just carried on with my day not feeling any real sense of danger.

  24. Kat
    Posted July 17, 2014 at 3:21 am | Permalink

    When I was ten years old, I suffered a broken arm. I was alone and while trying to get help I was fighting loosing consciousness. I sat down, attempting to remain alert and suddenly began seeing my life memories flash (as described above in a sort of slide show format). I believe the memories were presented in a 3rd person point of view.

    I never did loose consciousness and was able to walk to seek help. The injury I sustained was a simple fracture to my left wrist.

    As an adult, I’ve become familiar with the near death syndrome that includes “life flashing before your eyes, the white light and/or the idea of family/loved ones interaction.” I’ve always wondered if others had the same type of experience in far less traumatic situations, such as I experienced.

    • Kat
      Posted July 17, 2014 at 3:24 am | Permalink

      edit- *losing and *lose

  25. Kathleen
    Posted September 6, 2014 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    I had life flashes once…saw early childhood to real-time – just before I had a bad injury to my arm…if my skin didn’t hold the blood in I would have bled out. I made a rash choice from those flashes to save two people from getting hurt or killed. If I didn’t do anything they would have died as I also saw in my life flash. Shortly after this, I was like in a semi-coma. I could see with my mind… people around me, hear them talking. I knew what they were wearing and doing. I tried to talk to them but I couldn’t get out of my mind to communicate. I SCREAMED and know one heard me.


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