I was a life guard in New Jersey. Every day before the pool opened, I would hyperventilate dive in and swim the fifty-meter pool under water. That day I decided to take it a little farther. I would swim the fifty meters turn and swim another ten strokes then surface. I swam the fifty meters then counted three more strokes as I swam those strokes I looked to my left and saw the deeper blue of the diving area (eleven to twelve feet deep). Next thing I was aware of: I was lying face down on the hot concrete while another life guard, Jeff, was giving me back pressure arm lift - a then current method of artificial respiration. What I remembered of the experience was that I was inside something and looking out, what was outside was moving very fast. At the time I correlated it to being inside a railroad car and watching the scenery go by. It was not scenery just the sensation of rapid movement.
Last year I ran across Dr. Melvin Morse's websites, he had two in one of them the opening image is a person very small moving through a tunnel - that was my experience.
That happened to me between my junior and senior year in high school - the pool manager was so mad at me I wasn't asked back to work a second summer.
Date NDE Occurred: Early July 1964
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes passed out underwater due to hypoxia - Hypoxia was due to deliberately swimming underwater while holding my breath. Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
If I hadn't been pulled from the water I would have been dead.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? No
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? See three.
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
I certainly was not in an earthly space and time was moving fast.
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? Yes What I remembered of the experience was that I was inside something and looking out, what was outside was moving very fast. At the time I correlated it to being inside a railroad car and watching the scenery go by. It was not scenery just the sensation of rapid movement.
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: Darkness
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? Not much just wondered what was going on.
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 I principally ignored what I had been taught around religion
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate Esoteric Buddhist - Not the book learned type the one who experiences what the religions talk about
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? No
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
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? Yes However there was time delay. I learned I was clairvoyant in 1993 while attending the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. I may have become clairvoyant while working as a commercial diver for nine years - trying to see in the dark. Also in 1993 I found out I was very psychic and all the things that encompass the entire new age movement came to me very easily. Lots more details on www.healingwithgrace.com. However only about twenty percent of what I do is talked about on the website.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I told my mom that evening - she wasn't that interested she was too busy playing bridge. I have talked about it freely since then when the occasion comes up.
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 I always believe my experiences are real - some may not correlate very well to this reality - so what, they are still real.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real As above.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes Last summer I went back to the same pool and stood in the same spot where I was resuscitated on approximately the same day during the summer - this time I had a temporary Kundalini rising (I have found very rare accurate information on these experiences and understood the mechanism). According to Joan Harrigan NDEs yield a stable rising of the Kundalini to the fifth chakra (throat), of course that is not always true, also some NDErs deny the experience for long periods or indefinite periods of time which would prevent that higher consciousness.