Experience Description

I was riding behind a boat on an inflatable tube. This other girl and I fell off. I remember being underwater, my head hurting, and was afraid I had hit my head on the other girl's hip. My head hurt so bad I knew I didn't want to pass out cause I was under water but all I could think about was the pain in my head. The next thing I remembered was seeing a crane and thinking someone had drowned and they were pulling them out of the water. When I was closer, I saw a beautiful bright light. I looked into the water and could see the body and recognized it was me. I thought I couldn't have drowned because here I was, I looked toward the light and saw an angel and she said it was time to go back. I didn't want too, I felt like I dropped down into my body. I thought the image was close to the top but I had to swim up a long ways.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 1992

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 riding an inflatable tube behind a boat.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I clearly left my body and existed outside it

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 When I was surrounded by the light.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was surrounded by the light.

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 I felt like I was suspended, weightlessness.

Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Things, images, were clearer and brighter.

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. There was no verbal communication.

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? No

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

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes There was an angel. I couldn't really see but felt, she told me it was time to go back.

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 I saw an incredible bright light, it was so soft and when I was surrounded by it there was an angel within.

The experience included: A landscape or city

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

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peaceful, calmness.

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

Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future

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 Baptist

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Liberal non denominational

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No

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? Uncertain I always ask for God to show me a sign. Now I realize that is a sign there is a God.

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? No

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? When I was with the light it was so calm and peaceful.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes It was a long time, no he didn't believe me.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I had heard stories.

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I forgot about the experience initially, and then when I was wanting to get closer to God I started to remember the event.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real The experience was very real.

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