During this drowning episode, I was dizzy and disoriented, and this grew and I think allowed me to leave the body more easily. Around the time that I was leaving the body I started to remember another life, where I was also drowning, and had a vivid memory of this drowning incident in a hurricane in 1860, remembering I was a woman on the way to Jamaica to visit family or some business thing. I distinctly remembered my big crinolines, which caused me to be unable to swim, as I was tossed off the ship along with many of us who were hanging on. This was so strong that I almost went into it totally. Then as I was leaving my body in this life, I began to hear this huge sound. The sound was growing and finally realized it was me. I was actually a rocket and was on my way home, not knowing quite how to get there, but I knew I knew the way. As this sound was beginning to take me up, a voice came to me and said, ‘You are drowning in the wrong life.’ At that point or shortly afterwards, I found myself on my feet in three feet of water.
Very tired, but ok. I went back to the beach and rested until the men got back and they said that the water was very bad and they were glad I didn't go all the way out there. I believe this voice came from the teacher I found later in life and at this time have fairly good recall of many of my past lives going back to when I had my exit from the void. My early life was very hard and was raised by atheists who were quite abusive, so this gave me an entire new outlook on life and have had hundreds or even thousands of paranormal and even miraculous evens since this happened.
Date NDE Occurred: July 1967
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes 'drowning, left body, but was made to come back' 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death' I was going out to scuba dive, by myself, and for the first time. The men had gone on because I was taking too much time to get ready. On the way out, I stumbled over something under the water, and did not have my mask on yet, as I wasn't expecting any trouble. I was hit by several waves and lost my footing and balance. I couldn't get air, or the surface of the water, and started to swallow water. Shortly after that I realized I was drowning, and let go of the body, so easy.
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
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Perfect.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? A great rushing sound which turned into a rocket as if you were sitting next to something going off at Cape Canaveral.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes No, Now I am on a sound yoga path. But nothing I had ever heard of at that time.
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes Only in my other-life part of the experience. The voice stayed as a voice.
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes It was there but not the prominent feature.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt the speed of the experience, but mostly it was a larger field of emotion.
The experience included: Special Knowledge
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe Only in sensing a higher and more powerful me.
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? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No I was definitely brought back while I was trying to leave.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist
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? Yes My whole past life experience opened up, access that I never had or even thought of prior to that experience.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The tremendous sound and knowing my way home were the best. The bad part was the fatigue and irritation about being left on the beach to fend for myself, but as it turned out it was for the best.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Mostly there is just a stunned silence.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Uncertain The initial list at the beginning of your survey was pretty limited.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? I have no suggestions at this time.