When I decided to give up trying to reach the shore and just let myself drown, suddenly everything seemed to stand totally still. I could clearly feel/see that the wind still blew, the water still lapped around me, the sun continued to shine bright and strong. I could feel these elements but they did not affect the void time/space that was created around me.
Then I heard a voice directly in my mind. I clearly perceived that it came to me from above-left side. This being I did not perceive as being 'more' than myself. It was more like a 'similar' to myself. A telepathic dialogue took place in which certain questions were asked and I was compelled to answer truthfully. At the end, I made a decision and at that point, the 'void' stopped and, with difficulty, I made it back to the shore.
Date NDE Occurred: 'August 8th, 2008'
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes swimming 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
I was swimming when forces of the sea pinned me.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
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 Throughout.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Throughout.
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
Time stood still. Space stood still.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
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? No
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 This 'being' communicated telepathically with me from above North-West. A dialogue took place between us. I was asked to answer a series of questions concerning my life leading me to take awareness of my real desires. Can't say I knew the being. Can't say the opposite either.
The experience included: Void
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? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I was in this dimension but totally out of it. Natual elements, water, air, fire and earth surrounded me, I could feel them with my body, but they had no effect, physical or other, at all on me or my body.
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
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control I did review my life from an emotional point of view.
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 non-denominational faith
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal non-denominational faith
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
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? No
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Today I walk directly on my path.
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? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? What I really want in life. Where I stand. Where I am going.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes With very, very few people. Only those who noticed a difference in my behavior. Can't say they are interested over much.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes As psychotherapist, I work on past/future-life track and other types of Spiritual work with daily contact with 'others'.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real My answers explained my true goal in life. Hence I review my life from that day on.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real The answers were such that they changed my daily life.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes With the kind of work I do, this happens on a daily basis.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? Some outcomes are so personal and yet concern 'everyone' that it can become difficult to explain in just a few sentences.