Went body surfing with buddies. I was caught in a current and started to go under the pounding surf. I was having a hard time breathing. I started choking, water rushing in my nose and mouth. DROWNING! I'M GOING TO DIE! After fighting to get air instead of salt water, I began to relax and feel at peace. Slowly sinking so peaceful. Then I looked down and saw myself below. I wanted to close my eyes and sleep.
Please try one more time Pat, one more time. Something was making or forcing me up, UP!
When I hit the surface, water, choking water, exploded from my nose and mouth. Right next to me, I saw this boy with blue dark blue eyes. Can you help me get back? I'm so tired. He looked at me. Put your hand on my shoulder. I ended up on the beach on all fours coughing my guts out. Looking around all I could see were my friends pointing at me. I wanted to thank blue eyes but I couldn't find him. After talking with my friends, they said I swam in alone. I went back a couple of times after that. I never saw the kid again.
Date NDE Occurred: 1962
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Bodysurfing. Other Near Drowning. I was drowning.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
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 Yes.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Yes.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning Putting my arm on the kid's shoulder and next I'm on the beach gagging up salt water.
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? 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 That blue eyed kid at the surface.
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? Uncertain I remember brightness while looking at my body below me.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Lightness, relaxing, peaceful complete.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
The experience included: Special Knowledge
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? Moderate Catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain
What is your religion now? Liberal agnostic
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain
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? Uncertain Dolphins are sacred.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes The peace and calm I felt after fighting to stay afloat.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain Swimming with dolphins in my dreams.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Peace, harmony, no pain, FREE!
Have you ever shared this experience with others? No
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 wanted to communicate with dolphins.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. Sacred.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes At a hotel Christmas party. I had this feeling to go outside.