I was in the water with a cousin and a current dragged us inside the sea. My cousin, in her desperation, stepped on my head trying to reach the surface. I lost orientation and didn't know where the bottom or the surface was. I tried to swim but sank further down. I felt pain for a very brief moment; I heard the noise produced by the entering of water into my lungs. I went over details of my life since I was three years old until the moment of my drowning. Next, I saw my body slowly sinking in the water. I felt peace and a feeling of indescribable love, I saw a shining Light, and as I was approaching it (the Light) the sensations were stronger.
Then, suddenly everything changed. I felt as if I was being strongly vacuumed (sucked) and moving away from the light, the pain came back stronger than before, it was the surface air that was coming into my lungs when a lifeguard was trying to pull me out of the water. Because of the pain, I scratched him and he let me go again in the water. I felt peace and started to see the light again. Another sudden movement got me out to the water surface. I lost consciousness and came back to my senses at the shore after vomiting all the salty water I had drank.
Date NDE Occurred: February 1973
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes ahogamiento por inmersion en el agua Life threatening event, but not clinical death Drowning.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I clearly left my body and existed outside it
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal I heard minimal noise. I was sad because I felt I was separating from life. Afterwards I felt peace.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I heard the water coming into my stomach.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning I lost track of time.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? Colors were more intense, low noise was heard louder.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes When I was rescued I felt I was coming back through a tunnel in a violent (or rude) way.
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes A shining light, transparent and deep.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm vi dentro de la luz algo bello , que no lo puedo describir
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Fear, sadness, bravery, love, peace.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control I learned that death is not as bad as it is described.
The experience included: Vision of the future
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future
Did you come to a border or point of no return? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Liberal
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes I felt that we should give out more love than the amount we are accustomed to giving.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I feel the presence of people who are going to die. Last case: Sunday, July 31, 2005, at 3:00 pm I felt a strange presence at home and in spite of the cold weather I felt the warmness of a hug. I asked if it was my father that had died twenty-five years ago. In response, I felt that my hair was being gently pulled up (my hair is long); I felt a breeze in my face. My daughter called at 10:00 am, August 1st, to inform me that her neighbor had passed away. He was a very loving man with the family.
On another occasion, I felt a recurrent presence asking for help. After a week, I was at the Club's swimming pool and almost all the people had gone so I decided to get into the water because it was almost alone. Suddenly I felt a soft blow in my leg and I saw a black stain; I pulled the stain up and it was the head of a man who was drowning. I called my husband and he helped me to get him out of the swimming pool.
Sometimes when I casually touch someone I know [translator note: the author says 'adivinar', which in the context might be translated as mind-reading] the events he/she is going through that he/she has not told anyone about. When someone hurts me and I get resentment, they go through uncomfortable unexpected events. I try to control myself so they do not happen.
Sometimes I have premonitory dreams. The ex-president Fujimori ran for re-election and he was dressed with a Japanese Kimono and he was telling me that he had to go because he was being persecuted. However, he won the elections and took the oath. I thought I was mistaken. However, months after he left the country resigned by fax and took refuge in Japan.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I changed my idea towards death.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? No
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real. I evaluate it as something mystical.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I found a better purpose for life.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? It would be convenient to analyze why events that do not have explanation - such as the ones in my case - keep happening after an experience of this type.