Experience Description

I'm at work right now, so I can't in as much detail as I (you) would like. Short story: I was free diving (no diving gear) through lava tubes in Hawaii. I took a wrong turn and got lost/stuck in an underwater cavern. I was under water for around fifteen minutes, pulled out by another diver, and resuscitated by a bystander. Several of my friends and a few strangers witnessed this.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: June 1985

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident drowning Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) . I was trapped under water in a cave 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 Strong instinctual beliefs were present an insight to my future - and a feeling of contentment.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Seems like the entire time - until I (temporarily) blacked out.

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

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 Like looking at a forest of trees from a close distance in a thick fog, and bright white light shining out from behind the forest, creating shadows and beams of light emitting from the forest.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm as described above

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

What emotions did you feel during the experience? After the initial panic and fear, there was euphoria, peace, calmness, contentment, warmth. It was the best experience I have ever had.

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

The experience included: Life review

Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control I also strongly felt that it was not yet my time to go, like I still had something to do here, to complete or finish. I think that may have been having my son six years later.

The experience included: Vision of the future

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? No

What is your religion now? Moderate

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No

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? Yes Just that I still had something to do here and couldn't leave yet.

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain

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? Uncertain

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Yes.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared it within hours.

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.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real.

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? Yes, but I'm at work and rushing through this.