Experience Description

I was swimming in a pool, with a friend. We had a large raft in the pool with us; we were playing like we were scuba divers. He left to use the bathroom and I kept on swimming. I went under water, my face mask came off and the chlorine was burning my eyes so I shut my eyes and came up for air. When I thought I was out of the water I gasped for air not knowing the raft was above me. I breathed in all water because the raft held me under when I took my breath. I freaked out and was thrashing around for air. My strength vanished quickly from all the thrashing around under the raft. I sank to the bottom of the pool with no strength left.

My body was convulsing trying to get oxygen then after a bit, my body went still. All I could see was black all I could hear was my heart beating slower and slower. I remember praying, 'I don't want to die. Please God I don't want to die.' I started to cry, I know I was crying because the tears were warmer than the water. I could no longer hear my heart. Then I saw these things like huge bubbles, but they were not bubbles, they kept getting closer and closer. They hit me with extreme force and each time one would hit I would see a moment from my past when I was being mean or rude to someone but I saw it through their eyes and I could feel how I was making them feel. It was awful. One after another, they wouldn't stop, each bubble seemed to last forever and felt worse and worse.

It was like watching a virtual reality video and feeling every emotion and physical pain. Then I saw my funeral and all my loved ones and how they felt from me being dead. I started to pray and had an understanding of some sort of what was going on. It was almost like a mini judgment of my life up to that point. Everything that I had said or done to hurt anyone was coming upon me.

I continued to pray then all of a sudden this feeling of love came over me and I knew everything was going to be all right. God gave me the strength to lift up my arm and my friend grabbed it, pulled me out, and revived me.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: June 1987

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Life threatening event, but not clinical death 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 Energy floating in darkness.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Wide awake. Very alert.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain Through visions of past events.

The experience included: Darkness

Did you see an unearthly light? Uncertain

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm My past and a little of the future.

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Every emotion.

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe Everything came together not something you can say something you just feel when I was in the presence of death.

The experience included: Life review

Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control Still learning.

The experience included: Vision of the future

God, Spiritual and Religion:

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Do onto others as you would have done to you.

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 OBE every now and then and nightmares.

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