Experience Description

We were in an indoor pool. I kept getting pushed under the water. Every time I came up for air, I was sucked down into the water. I was fighting very hard to get air, then after so many breaths of water, my body just went down and my spirit just snapped out of my body (I felt a definite jolt out). Then I was on my way out drifting upwards at a forty-five degree angle and I felt that I was wearing a long pale blue robe/dress, so long it covered my feet. The next thing I knew I was at the poolside coughing and hacking and my mother was freaking out.

For the brief time I left, I didn't have any thoughts of lifetimes or whom I was leaving behind, just me leaving. Until then I considered myself agnostic. I grew up Catholic, but a reluctant one. It didn't make me religious or anything, but it did make me believe that there really is something after death.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: summer 1971

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes i was in a swimming pool and 2 'friends' kept pushing me under Clinical death drowningDrowning.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? Yes As above -- still female -- dressed in long pale blue robe, still long blond hair.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? In pain from not breathing, but the pain stopped as I sunk.

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning Altered space as in not being in a body.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No I never had a chance to leave the room, they revived me.

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No

God, Spiritual and Religion:

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Just that I believed for sure in body and spirit being separate after death.

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? No

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Best: just having the experience. No worst.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Just a story -- most don't really believe in this I think.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No