I had gone on vacation, at the invitation of a young married couple, to Monterrey, Nuevo León, in Mexico. It's a place where there are extremes of climate. It was about 1978. When I was in this beautiful State in Mexico, my friend's wife, who is also a friend of mine, invited me to go for a walk in the countryside, as she knew that I love to be in contact with nature, and so about eight of us, in all, set out together.
After some hours we were all feeling the strength of the hot weather, when we spotted a 'bordo' (a little space where there is water), and we approached it, and I remarked that the Father had shown himself, to give us refreshment. I proceeded to take off my clothes, to get in the water, and urged the others, my friends, to get in too. But they declined, as they were concerned there might be mud and entangling branches in the deep water and we could hurt ourselves or get stuck, suffering a major accident. As I couldn't convince them, I went in and the first thing I did was look for mud and branches, so that they could join me as long as I did not find any.
I was dragging my feet along searching for these things, when suddenly I got my right leg caught and couldn't get free. Calmly, without getting desperate and without fear, I thought, 'I'll go and tell them that there are branches and mud, that I'm stuck, and someone needs to come and help me.' I have no idea how much time passed, but I came out of my body (something I have known about from the age of 8). Exiting, I rose up and saw my friends on the bank, worried and making remarks like, 'He has been a long time coming back up, maybe something has happened to him?' or 'That crazy Fausto, why didn't he tell us he could hold his breath this long?' or again, 'Has something happened, he has been a long time!' I could hear them clearly. I was right beside them. I remember saying, 'Yes, I am stuck, could someone come and help me!'
They went on in a state of desperation and anxiety but they did not get in the water. They couldn't hear me. After shouting at them and receiving no response, I resigned myself, thinking, 'OK, there is no way out, I'll go back to my body and wait for my death.' I went back under water, saw my entangled body floating with arms outstretched, and I went back into my body, peaceably awaiting death, eyes shut and starting to be bothered by the water. Then suddenly I felt a hand under my right armpit, another on my stomach, another in my left armpit, and one more on my back around the area of my waist. I thought to myself, 'My friends have come down to rescue me.'
As I had my eyes shut, my idea was to give them a fright, pretending to be dead, and then slowly open my eyes to see who was there. I looked to the right, what a surprise I had. It was a being completely covered in a white sheet, and I asked myself, 'Who or what is this being?' Then, slowly turning to the left, I saw another similar being to the first, and I wondered again, 'Who or what are these beings, what kind of strange prank is this?' I had no fear, I was calm and not desperate, thinking about what I could see.
Then, I felt other hands taking hold of my legs, so slowly, very slowly. I bent or inclined my head a bit forwards, to look down, my eyes half-open, and saw a third being, the same as the other two, who were holding my body up (armpits, stomach and back). This third being moved my entangled foot, freeing it, while the other two started to move upwards and get me out of the water, at which point I felt the pressure of the hand on my stomach, and that on my back, making me regurgitate the water I had swallowed. They kept on lifting me and left me on the bank of the pond taking in air, right near to my friends, who were really worried. While they were telling me off for my behavior, seeing them so anxious and alarmed that I could not reply, I did my best to signal them to calm down, and then asked them if they had not seen the beings who rescued me? When they all answered that they had seen nothing, I asked them to leave me to recover, after which I got dressed and we went back home without further discussion.
I went on with my life as normal, and only 34 years later did these happenings provide the key for me to understand and accept a knowledge, which is ABSOLUTE, THE TRUTH, GNOSIS.
Date NDE Occurred: 1978
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
I was stuck underwater and drowning.
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 Throughout.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Throughout.
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
Since I didn't know how long I was under, for me, time did not count. According to my friends, it was between 5 and 8 minutes.
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. I have realized that my sense of vision was more acute, since at first I could see nothing because of the murky water.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. At first I heard nothing then I could hear the movement of the water.
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 Seemingly human beings wearing close-fitting white robes, which appeared there. I did not know them and they said nothing to me, they just saved me and looked at me with an expression, which transmitted peace. I could perceive this even through the covering fabric.
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? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Just amazement at what was happening.
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? Moderate
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I know God does exist. I am conscious that I am, that there is a divinity, consciousness, creator or great light from which we all come and to which we all return. I am conscious that life is life.
What is your religion now? Liberal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I know God does exist. I am conscious that I am, that there is a divinity, consciousness, creator or great light from which we all come and to which we all return. I am conscious that life is life.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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? Yes Because of the beings of light.
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? The presence of the beings of light was significant.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? No
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes In 1976 I had a motorbike accident and relatives took me for dead. Telling about the experience does not affect it, on the contrary, it helps me to understand what happened, and come to terms with it more easily.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real Experience was definitely real, as I realized, much later in my search for the truth.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Experience was definitely real, for my search for the truth, my experiences, observations and experiments made during that search.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes Events during my search which reproduced my experiences near death and many other things.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? Nothing.