The 'kiddie pool' was full of bugs and I wanted to swim, my mother told me I could go in the big pool as long as I stayed on the edge. My older brother was swimming in the big pool and was playing with a toy boat. The boat drifted to deeper end of the pool, and I decided to try to retrieve it. As I made my attempt to swim to the boat, I soon discovered that I was unable to stay on top of the water. I felt myself move below the surface, and suddenly saw myself outside of my body, and watched as my little self was slowly sinking to the bottom of the pool.
The most incredible feeling of calm was very present. I felt myself drift gently away from my body and there was no fear, and no pain. A blanket of warmth was with me.
I saw my father take his shirt off and dive into the water.
I do not remember being pulled from the water, the next thing I knew, I was lying on the cement beside the pool and being resuscitated. I am not one hundred percent positive if this was 'death', but I am certain that I was not afraid.
In the years to follow, I would show my defiance of the teachings of the Jehovah's Witness' and embark on my own spiritual path. I retain a strong measure of the peace that I experienced that day. I long for home, and for the many joys that await us as we continue our eternal journey.
Date NDE Occurred: july 1972
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Life threatening event, but not clinical death I was in the process of drowning.
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 appeared exactly as I was.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Strong for my age.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning In retrospect, time felt as if it didn't exist.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Conservative/fundamentalist I was being raised as a Jehovah's Witness
What is your religion now? Liberal lean toward the teachings of the Unity church, but do not regularly attend services
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes Difficult to describe the 'feeling'.
Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Uncertain