I was drowning and it was horrible, water was everywhere and I was desperately trying to breathe while at the same time grab onto the other child who had fallen into the swimming pool when our little raft overturned. I remember this whole scene was very ugly but at a certain point, it became beautiful with many beautiful colors. After the many different colors, there was something that I have not been able to recall.But I do remember perfectly the following, there was someone close by, I can't say who it was, and I was fascinated by the 'sun' that I saw shining overhead, it drew me towards it, it was irresistible, I wanted to go to the 'sun' but someone telepathically told me I couldn't. I thought that I was awake and that my body was still in this world, so I stopped for a moment and wondered why the 'sun' attracted me so, and why I couldn't go towards it. But at the same time I knew 'I don't know how' that I wasn't allowed to go to the 'sun'. So I decided to disobey that voice inside of me that told me I couldn't because the attraction was really too great. Then in a fraction of a second as I was attempting to go towards that light I was projected into my body and I heard some people who were telling me to throw up the water. As soon as I opened my eyes, I turned to search for the sun while I asked myself how in the world I had managed to open my eyes before since it was only at this time that I was seeing again. Suddenly the sun seemed so small and colorless; there was no comparison to what I had just seen before I returned to consciousness. This experience was so beautiful and I will carry it in my heart until I die. About ten years later I knew that other people have seen the same thing.<
Date NDE Occurred: 25.03.1963
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Rischio d'annegamento. 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? No
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? During the experience I knew that I was still me with the same thoughts and desires that I would normally have while being in the physical body. I wasn't more intelligent or different in any way. And it was just for this reason that I didn't realize I was out of my body.
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 didn't even know I was in another dimension until the moment when I opened my eyes. It was only then that I understood and I also thought, even at six years of age, that there's another world here with us and another dimension.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I was so drawn to that 'sun' that I didn't even see who was near me.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I didn't hear a voice it was more an awareness. I knew I couldn't go to the light.
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? Uncertain I didn't see the tunnel.
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes The light wasn't around me but above me. There was someone to my right but I don't know who. I didn't look at him.
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 As I already said a light so beautiful so intense but above all so fascinating that the real sun upon coming back to this world seemed insignificant and pale.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm
What emotions did you feel during the experience? A beautiful feeling, an unbelievably strong desire to join the light, it was indescribably the attraction that emanated from that 'sun'.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy
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
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
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? Conservative/fundamentalist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes My Christian beliefs have grown after this experience and there is no room for doubt inside of me.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes My Christian beliefs have grown after this experience and there is no room for doubt inside of me.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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? Uncertain
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I try to love everybody.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain Certainly the gift to believe in God a hundred percent.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Everything.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I only began speaking about this after I knew that others also have been there. At first I kept it as a secret that I would never forget.
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
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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