My parents took us to the beach for the weekend. I went out in the water by myself, further than I should have. I tried swimming back to shore but was exhausted. I felt myself slipping beneath the water. I struggled to stay on top. But I was simply too weak. I felt myself slip deep into the water. I remember swallowing a lot of water. I still struggled to get to the surface. After a few moments, I 'knew' that I was going to die. I surrendered myself to my fate.
Suddenly a great feeling of total love and peace engulfed me. The next thing I noticed was that I was traveling through a dark tunnel. I had a perspective of being pulled through it. I was being pulled by my chest so fast that my arms and legs were trailing behind me. All the while, I had that feeling of complete love and peace. I knew no fear. I saw a super bright light as I approached the end of the tunnel. There was a silhouette of a being. The silhouette was of Jesus Christ. I felt the love and peace was radiating from Him. I was told that it was not my time yet. I didn't want to return. I wasn't given an opportunity to argue.
The next thing I knew I was back in the water but I was close enough to shore that I could walk. I spit up a lot of water and briefly contemplated on what had just happened to me. But like any other eleven year old boy, I went ahead and had a good time for the remainder of our stay at the beach. I told no one of my experience until I was in my thirties. When I found this site I felt compelled to share my NDE.
Date NDE Occurred: June, 1962
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Nearly drowned Life threatening event, but not clinical death Almost drowned.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
Did you feel separated from your body? No
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Total awareness.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No I almost passed through the tunnel but wasn't allowed to pass.
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes I didn't get to actually 'see' Jesus. But I knew it was Him. I was told that it wasn't my time yet and to go back.
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes I saw a bright beautiful light.
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
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 I was told I had to go back.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Conservative/fundamentalist
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes God and Jesus aren't being represented correctly by most religions.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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 I have been warned of personal danger on three occasions by angels.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The worst part was almost drowning. The best part was the feeling of love and peace.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes They believe me.
Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Uncertain