At age eight my father took me and my two brothers (ages ten and eleven) to go fishing in a river called Rio Guaiba in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
It was a hot day and very sunny. When we got there, my father was setting up camp when we ask him if we could walk up river a little bit.
At first, he said no, but after we begged a little bit he agreed, but told us not to go in the water, he said that a few times.
We started to walk near the water and we got to a bush that was half in the land and half on the water. I don't remember which one of us had the idea to go in the water grabbing the bush to get to the other side.
My brother Marco age ten went first, He took a few steps and I don't remember well how he lost his footing but he did, he went under. Then my older brother Carlon tried to help him and went under. I don't know why but I went after them. Note: we didn't know how to swim.
I stared to panic, I was really scared. I remember trying to breathe but I couldn't, water was going in instead, there was no more oxygen. I remember moving my arms and legs frantically trying to save my life. I remember my body hitting things under water, I don't know what was hitting me but it was painful. That day the river was moving fast from west to east towards the ocean. I don't know how much time went by but I couldn't move any more. I remember just floating under water and I hit the bottom. The water was brown and I couldn't see anything. I knew I was dying and I screamed 'PLEASE GOD HELP ME!' (My mom used to take me to church.) I don't know how but I knew that God was the only one that could help me.
That was when I felt my life fading. Then I heard the most pleasing voice telling me to relax and that everything was going to be okay. I then felt arms embracing me, I knew it was a man and he was very kind and gentle. I was so happy and confused at the same time. We were floating in midair. I then realized that I was not dead, not yet anyway. I sensed we were going up very fast. All my pains were gone and I could breathe again. My body was not solid anymore, I could see right through it, but I could feel me.
Then I saw that we going towards this light, slowly at first. When we got close to the light, the light just engulfed me. It was brighter than the sun but didn't hurt my eyes. The angel that was with me said 'Bye' and faded away. I was floating there for a moment thinking, 'What's happening?' I felt connected to everything and that everything was connected to me. (Hard to explain.) Then I felt I was not alone anymore. I could see this shape of a man coming closer. When he got close enough, I felt the most beautiful feeling of love and belonging; there are no words my human mind can say to describe these feelings (sorry). Imagine yourself in an airplane and the airplane blows up! Then you wake up - just a dream. Kind of like that. I was so happy I wasn't dead for real, but where am I? (That place felt more real than this one.)
This angel (I call them angels) came closer to my right side and spoke to me, but his lips were not moving. He was talking to my mind. I could hear him through mind, being, and my soul. He told me he was there to help me with my questions (and boy did I have questions) but first he started to show me my life like a movie (hard to explain). My life was going backwards. I remember thinking 'How bad can this be? I'm only eight years old.' The first image I saw was something bad that I did (I used a key to scratch a car). I could feel the pain that I caused because of my actions. Then I remember thinking 'Oooh no! I'm in trouble!' My angel surprised me by saying, 'Don't worry, these are just lessons.' I remember thinking 'Oh crap, he can read my mind too.' He heard that too and gave me this lovely, beautiful smile. This movie was showing, second by second, my entire life; everything I saw I could feel the results of it. Everything I did had a life of its own. Like when I felt the feelings and thoughts of the owner of the car, and then he told his wife about it. I could feel her pain too, and on and on and on. (Not a good feeling.)
He didn't show me just the bad things I did; he showed me the things I did out of love too. He showed me the time I took this homeless boy I become friends with. I took him home with me, we showered together, we ate together and I give him some of my clothes too. I could feel how happy I made my angel feel. He told me that those are the things that really matter, those where the things that will make a difference in the world for the better. As my life was going backwards I saw me as a baby inside my mother, then just a molecule of life, really, really small but alive. Today when I see women having an abortion, I want to cry. They don't understand that God give them this child for a reason, and that she was chosen by that life (child). Don't know how I know that, I just do!
Then the movie stopped and he said two words and everything I wanted to know was answered by it. (Like a package deal.) All my questions were answered in an instant. Then I started to miss my life, as I knew it. I started to think about my mother and I could feel her pain when she heard the news that all her sons died. I knew my angel was showing me this because it wasn't my time. My mission wasn't done. What mission? I still don't know. I don't know how long all of this took; I didn't have the sense of time anymore. (But if I try, it will take years to show and tell everything.) Anyway, I was missing my life and I wanted to go back. I had flashbacks about playing soccer with my friend, being hugged by my mom, the sun, the rain, things that made me happy. I also knew my angel did this for a reason because any sane person would not want to go back.
I also realized for the first time how beautiful and fragile Earth really is. I could sense the earth breathing like it was alive. I could see a light around everything that was alive, trees, flowers, grass, animals, volcanoes and humans. I sensed that humans were in control over other living things, I have the word (aura) stamped in my mind ever since. Don't know why but the angel told me not to tell anyone and that time will reveal it itself. I said 'What?' But then I felt a jolt in my soul, a feeling that I was back in my body. Next thing I know, I was being held by another angel. He was pushing me out of the water. It was then that I realized that I was human again. Oh my God, what a feeling! I wish I could make everyone feel that feeling.
Then I felt like I was drunk, the first thing I saw was this beautiful blue sky and I could breathe again. Then I realized, 'Where my brothers?' I looked to my right and there they were, walking out of the water with me! OH MY GOD! THANK-YOU! THANK-YOU! THANK-YOU! I have tear in my eyes thinking about it. Our God and father is so good to us. Then I saw people rushing towards us, some were crying, some were smiling and hugging each other. They felt as happy as I did! Why? Then this police officer was talking on his radio he said, 'I found them, I found the kids!' He told the others to come up river, the other officers were looking for us down river where they thought we were. After a couple of minutes, they got there and said, 'This can't be them! They couldn't survive twenty-two minutes underwater and talk about it!' The medical personal that was there agreed with them, and they all went back down river. I was trying to tell what happened but I couldn't speak. I mean my mouth was moving but no sound. I looked up in the sky and said 'Please give me my voice back, I won't tell anyone!' I got my voice back!
I got a little stutter today but I don't care about that. For all I know they are still looking for us. I don't know which is better, being back here or having the knowledge that we never die. Today, I take things as they come and I try to do everything with love. But that is sometimes really hard because we live in a world of uncertainty. People don't know who God really is. They make it really hard for me to love them as I should, but I forgive them and love them on the inside, even though I don't show them sometimes. God knows what I mean.
My brothers and I never talked about this until Christmas of 2007 (thirty-eight years later).
I ask Marco if he remembered anything, he told me that an angel asked him not to talk about it. A week went by and I asked Carlon what happened. He said that we died and that an angel saved us. He said he also saw the movie. I don't know why but we never got too deep on this conversation. I think we are scared that something would happen, because we were asked not to. If you guys don't hear from me, you know why. As I get older, I have the urge to tell the world that God and heaven is very real. I have to be very responsible when talking about this. I don't feel that I am the one writing this, but my soul.
I pray that one day the human race, the sons and daughters of God will live on Earth with that Love and Peace that I felt, and come to the realization that we are one.
Additional questions and answers:
Greetings! Dr Long.
Thanks for letting me share. You asked me some questions and I'll tell you as best as I can.
I didn't sense the voice I heard it. I was told not to tell anyone. So the best way to answer this I have to put myself back to that day. I saw and felt all the wonders of the universe and how all things were made and how the earth will be one day. I remember knowing all that, but as soon I come back everything went blank. When I got out of the water, I could sense that a piece of that place was still with me. I try to tell people and I couldn't, I wanted to tell my mom one day but when I open my mouth I felt this emptiness inside like my soul left my body but I was in my body and not my soul (just for a second). That was very scary. It was the upset of what I experienced. Imagine a body with no soul! I been living like this ever since. Hiding!
For your second question, I called Marco after work and ask him a few questions and told him about you.
He told me that he saw the light; he saw his review and they told him things too, he had no pain and could breathe, he felt loved and that he told the angels he wanted to come back. The angel told him not to tell anyone.
My brother Carlon says the same things. We all saw the same angel when we got out of the water. He had dark skin, tall and beautiful. But no wings. I tell you more someday. (I hope).
Date NDE Occurred: summer of 1970
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) I was under water for 22 minutes
I was under water for twenty-two minutes.
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
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 Oh YES!
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Oh YES!
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. I feel they didn't show me everything for a reason. What I saw was very real. I mean more real than what I see here. I never felt more alive in my life.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I didn't hear things with my ears; I heard things with my soul. (Hard to explain.)
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? Yes It felt like a tunnel because there was a light in the distance.
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 They told who they were but I can't remember the words, I call them angels. I didn't recognize them, but they knew me! They told me many things. He was on my right side. And I didn't feel he was Jesus.
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 I can cry just thinking about the light. I felt that the light was God. But, I was eight years old.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I saw the lights on living things on Earth.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Love, love, and loved, alive, but I had the feeling that I was not who I thought I was, feelings of belonging, joy, extremely happy. Tell me a good feeling and I had that ten-fold.
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
The experience included: Special Knowledge
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 describe everything above. And yes I had my review.
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 Christian
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes God is alive! He is inside of me. I know is hard to believe but he does.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist 'My mom used to take me to church and I was on bible class when this happen.
When I died, God help me! was the first words out of my mouth.(brain)'
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes God is alive! He is inside of me. I know is hard to believe but he does.
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? Yes When I walked out of the water I sensed and knew I could do something that I couldn't do before, but something was holding me back and I didn't try it. (kind of scared).
Today I go to church and I think I know more than the pastors do. I think only after we die we really understand what the Bible is. (Our manual to get back home.)
The Bible is all about that love I felt there. The only time I really feel alive here is when I'm in love with a girl, but it's very painful when they don't feel the same way. When I'm in love, everything feels alive, music, air, rain, sunshine. I can feel GOD. Again, hard to explain.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I became aware about the need of others.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes To me I find hard to find words to describe the beauty of it all, the sense of peace and the reality of it all.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I became the best goalie in my town. I went professional right before we moved to America. I could see or feel the path of where the ball would end up. I become one of the best limo drivers people ever saw. Once I drove about ten miles with a glass of wine on the roof of my limo. People were telling me to pullover, when I did and saw that I knew I was not alone. Today I have a painting business and people tell me I'm a real artist. I just try to do my best with everything I do.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I don't want to just yet, but one thing I can say is that 'loving one another is the most important thing we can do to save our souls'.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes It took me thirty-six years to feel free to talk about it. My mom was the first. My wife was the second. I told my pastor about it one year ago. I wanted to scream to the world what I went through, but I feel I can't. Can you help?
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 As real as you are viewing this words.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real More real now than ever. When I was in my twenties when doctors told me I could never have a baby. My son is eight years old. Nothing is impossible to God.
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 my little miracle wants to use the computer, sorry. Email me anytime.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Just tell the world!!!