I was swimming at a friend's house. I dove into the pool and immediately felt a sharp pain in the left side of my neck. I became very nauseated and dizzy. I felt myself struggling in the water. I could not breathe or swim.
I then saw myself in a long narrow room which had walls made of mahogany with a long mahogany bar on the left side of the room. The end of the room had a swinging door with a light around the edges of the door on the other side of the door. I saw myself walking up to the bartender and asked him for a glass of air. He gave me a martini glass filled with water and I drank that and asked for another glass of air. Again, he gave me another glass of water, which I drank. Then I said I really wanted a glass of air and he gave me a glass of air, which I drank. At that moment, two people I was swimming with pulled me up to the surface of the pool.
They said I was under the water for about a minute. I remember struggling to stay afloat and I could not make any sound from my mouth. After pulling me from the pool, I was rushed to the hospital where they said I had a total heart block - no electrical current from the top part of my heart to the bottom. I then had a double bypass and had a pacemaker put in. I remember the bar scene as if it happened five minutes ago.
Date NDE Occurred: April 1, 2000
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Total Heart Block(electrical) Life threatening event, but not clinical death My pulse was down to twenty beats per minute. Pain and tingling in arm - dizzy and nausea.
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 saw myself walking up to the bar and heard myself asking for a glass of air. I was not in my body at the time, but looking down on the scene as if I was floating above in the corner.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Unconscious.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning It was like time was standing still everything in slow motion.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes The bartender was sort of faceless and unknown to me.
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes A light coming from a door at the end of the room around the edges of the door.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peaceful and calm.
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? 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 Unafraid of death.
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
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Everyone believes me and is quite amazed.