I was walking around the baby pool. A young boy grabbed me and pushed me under the water. I almost instantly started floating above my body. I saw myself in an aqua one-piece swimsuit lying in the pool floor. I was not scared and remembered wondering how I could be in both places at the same time. I was watching a movie of myself. I was right above my body and began to float higher and higher into the sky. I was not scared, but confused. It was so pretty. I was hovering in a beautiful blue sky and white clouds. It was silent. I was going higher and higher. I began to see my mom jump into the pool and pick me up. Everyone was running to me. The last thing I remember was waking up in my mom's arms in the pool office. It was in slow, slow motion. I didn't remember any of this until about fifteen years ago. I can still see the entire experience now. It was silent and peaceful. It sounded like an air tunnel and I saw no one. I do remember seeing the boy holding my hand. I asked my mom why he was holding my hand. My mom said he was holding my arm down to keep me under the water. I thought the boy was just holding my hand.
Date NDE Occurred: 7/15/1967
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Child held me under water for several minutes 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
I was about four, and an older child pushed me down into the baby pool. I was under water for several minutes. I was confused about what was happening because I was floating above my body and started going higher and higher. My mom saved my life.
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 As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I only remember the hovering and all the detail during the drowning and my mom saving me. I do not remember any other detail. I remember the beginning of the drowning. I just woke up and was beside; above myself, I was very close to myself. I began to float higher and higher.
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
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. My vision was clear and it seemed like I could see miles and miles away. I saw pretty colors that were sharp and white light.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. It sounded like I was in a vacuum. I could hear air rushing around me. I heard nothing else.
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? 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 Everything in the sky was light blue. It was a pure white light that was outlines around all of the area I saw.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Many levels or demensions. it was like seeing everything at once. The higher I went the less I saw my body.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I was not afraid. I was confused about seeing myself, but I just accepted it. I thought it was pretty. It was matter of fact.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
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? Moderate
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I am a Christian and it made me believe even more.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I am a Christian and it made me believe even more.
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? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Uncertain I was young when it happened and thought it might be a dream. It was hard to believe.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I can see angels and feel their presence. I have seen heavenly figures. I saw a angel that was seven feet tall. There was no face and just a body in a robe. The angels are my autistic child's guardian angels. I do not feel them as much as I did. I saw my neighbor outside in her yard - Bertie was dead about a week.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Seeing myself under the water and floating was cool. I knew I was going away and did not care. The memory of the boy holding me down was meaningful. I am not scared to die like a lot of people are.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I told my husband several years ago when we started feeling, seeing, angels. He believes me and supports me.
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 probably real I was so small and cannot remember.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I have had several experiences with heaven. I love the knowledge that I am not scared to die and I look at life in a different way.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? I wish I could remember more and could speak to others who have had the same type of experience.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? No.