Experience Description

It happened at the beach. I didn't know how to swim. The water came up to my feet when I lost my footing, slipped, and fell back, because the beach where I went is like a wave. When I lost my footing, I sank. I later tried to get out but the waves kept pushing me down. I felt tired and sleepy but I could see under the water. I don't know at what moment I started going toward a white light. I felt peace and the tranquility was beautiful. As I got closer and closer, I was afraid. I knew I was dying and I heard a voice that told me to go back. I then returned rapidly and felt a blow to my chest and at that moment, I started feeling pain. I felt that I was drowning once again and I later saw some legs by my side that I grabbed onto to get out of the water. Those legs took me out but according to my friends I got out by myself, it was incredible that nobody got me out.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: 1988

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident ahogamiento Other ahogamiento. Drowning.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful

Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
I lost awareness of my body

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal Greater.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I could still see the bottom of the sea.

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

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? Yes It was a tunnel of light.

Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No

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

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No no

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace and tranquility.

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 I have no fear of death.

Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future Things that can happen, I know do happen.

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

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Liberal

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 I feel more at peace about death.

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes People who hurt me or do something bad to me have it happen to them.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Nobody saw the person who took me out of the water but I know somebody did it.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes They believe it is of God.

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. I was fearful.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I'm still afraid because I don't know how to explain it because it happened to me.

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