Experience Description

My uncle jumped into the pool as I was coming up from the bottom to the surface.

Just as I was about to surface, the force of him jumping beside me pulled me down under. I ran out of air and took a big breath of water. For about a half minutes, people realized that I was drowning and take me from the pool. I remember it like it was yesterday I was above the pool about five -six feet up. I remember saying aloud to myself I am all right. I felt amazing, a feeling of total joy. There was no pain. I was looking down and could see people around somebody on the sidewalk beside the pool. I did not know who any one was. It was I looking down but what I saw was not Bob. I did not even know Bob, but I was still me as I was before I drowned. I do not know how to explain this any other way. I believe that our bodies die but we do live on. I could see and hear everything. How is that possible? The whole thing lasted about six or seven minutes. Just before I came back into my body, there was a lot of pain, but somehow I knew that it was just the pain of life. I never told anyone about this until my father was diagnosed with lung cancer. I don't think he really believed me. It’s one of those things you have to experience to believe. I don't know what to make of it.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: 1966

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death' I was drowning. I passed out.

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? I was unconscious.

Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? Just the people freaking out.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I could see and hear.

What emotions did you feel during the experience? It was a really good feeling.

God, Spiritual and Religion:

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes

After the NDE:

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Coming back into my body. It really hurt.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Only my father and my wife. I use to think that people were nuts when they said things that were out there.

Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Uncertain