Experience Description

I was with my aunt in the Pacific Ocean. I was on an inner tube and she was pushing me out until the water came to her neck. When she went to turn around and head back to shore, a wave picked up the tube and dumped me to the bottom. She kept reaching for me but couldn't find me. I just sat on the bottom and my short life started going before my eyes. Birthday parties, Christmas - mostly good memories, I don't remember any bad memories at that time. My aunt finally found me and when she touched me, the memories stopped. She pulled me up by my hair and she was crying.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 1947

NDE Elements:

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

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 I could see myself from above and a little behind. So I was looking at the crown of my head and watching my hair float around.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was very alert and conscious the whole time.

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning

Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? I remember a roaring sound, but at the time I thought it was the ocean.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes The tunnel came before me when the memories were coming to an end. At that time, my aunt reached me and I didn't enter the tunnel, but I saw it. By the way, the memories were in chronological sequence, so I knew when they were going to stop because they were getting closer to that day.

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

The experience included: Light

Did you see an unearthly light? Yes The light was in the tunnel and was very bright, warm and inviting.

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

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

The experience included: Special Knowledge

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

Did scenes from the future come to you? No

Did you come to a border or point of no return? No

God, Spiritual and Religion:

What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate

What is your religion now? Moderate

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

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes At the time I was only six and had never experienced or heard of anything like this happening. Everyone around me was upset and frightened and I didn't tell anyone at the time what had happened.

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes