I was at the beach with some of my siblings and my stepfather. It was closer to sundown or a very cloudy day I think. The beach was close to deserted I think. My father had gotten a black rubber tire tube with a rope attached for us to use in the water - none of us could swim, father included, very irresponsible when you look back on it but par for the course.I got a turn on the tire. My sister was begging me to get off for a turn. I finally conceded and got off. I hadn't realized how much I had drifted. I was in too deep and my feet didn't touch the ground. I continued to be sucked out further by waves. I began to panic. I knew no one could swim, I hadn't seen other swimmers around. There were no cell phones in the 1970s, my father was deaf and could not call for help.I knew I was going to drown, I remember choking on water, getting tired keeping myself up, the cold water, the waves, and the taste of salt.See below for in between experience.Finally I felt an arm around my waist, I slammed back into my body forcefully, felt the cold, salt, and motion of the water again. He was a powerful swimmer. I was deposited onto the beach blanket trying to process what just happened everyone asking me if I was okay. To this day, I don't know where he came from. I did not need mouth to mouth.On the way home. I asked to pull over and I vomited tons and tons of water. (No he didn't take me to the hospital - once again very irresponsible.)
Date NDE Occurred: 1976
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Accident 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death' unsure if stopped breathing
Death by drowning. If you mean prior to this incident. My entire life up until drowning at nine years old was traumatic and remained so until my early twenties.
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 As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I would say I felt very much alert and conscious of things around me.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
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. Everything was kind of white boiling cloudlike then most communication occurred by mind. I had led a very internal life prior to this even at nine years old.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Heard inside my head. Heard loud you must go back your mission in life is not over.
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? Yes I didn't see them. They felt both unfamiliar yet felt like I knew them somehow. I didn't know anybody who had already died.
I had many questions after my initial panic had subsided.
I wanted to know how the world worked, was made, what was our purpose in life, why we are on this earth, how did we come to be here, what was the right religion.
They tried to slow me down. They said they couldn't answer everything for me at this time, they said to try to explain would be difficult, beyond us, because what we humans think is only an ant-like piece of what it all is and means.
They did answer the religion question. They said there is no right or wrong religion. It is what is in your heart that counts.
They also said that our purpose on this earth is to love.
After my review, they told me I had to go back my mission in life was not complete. I had to be convinced and reassured I would come back someday. I did not want to return to my awful life.
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? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Time felt different..I know it was only minutes in the water but it felt like a lifetime.
felt like there was levels.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt panic at first. I had questions about how this would impact my siblings, my father going home to tell my mother she had one less child, worried for my disabled twin sisters who have autism to name a few disabilities, knowing I'd be leaving them to fend for themselves, I was a big protector of them in my chaotic dysfunctional home.
I was reassured telepathically of sorts that they will be fine. Everything has a purpose; it was only after that that I could move on to my curiosity - Followed by immense peace, warmth, and calmness.
Then resentment at having to go back, resignation at my fate.
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 did have some things pass by. I had only lived nine years. I don't remember what I was shown. I wish I did because I think it was important. It was not so much what I was shown but how I felt about what I was shown that was important.
I learned that love is the purpose on earth (but sometimes hard to do).
I hope I am fulfilling my mission in life, I feel that they told me what it is but I don't remember and I think they wanted it that way.
Although I may fear the method of my death I know that fear is only temporary, I am not fearful of death itself, and don't wish to die at this time but know it will be a pleasant experience and more awaits us.
The experience included: Vision of the future
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No
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? Liberal None. Had just begun catholic school at the time. was told I was sent more for the discipline of the nuns than religion.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal no preference. I don't really practice religion. Spiritual in my own way
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
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
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It is hard to describe the feeling of overwhelming peace. Earthly words don't cover it.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes Have had both psychic experiences when someone will die (they did), is pregnant, (they were) the baby's sex, (correct) the baby's name, (correct) and when he will die (remains to be seen). Intuition with relative's health issues (right on).
Body scanning for illness in others, some verified, some were strangers who I did not verify with. Have also had shared visions with two others of a spiritual nature.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Well I felt better having the answer about religion. I don't have to struggle to see which one is correct.
The purpose of life seems really simple on the surface.
Good to know death is not the end. I am grateful for this pretty standout experience.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes It's funny I don't remember who the man was who saved me from the beach, how he came to be there, due to the trauma of my childhood itself I do not remember a lot of things.
I don't remember if I told anyone about my experience right after. I feel I did somewhat to my siblings and got weird reactions so I shut 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 Don't remember right after. I probably got flack for losing the tire.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real It is very clear and stands out in my mind as a significant life experience. No matter what I hear about brain releasing chemicals/endorphins in the death process. I don't believe it. It's real and those who have been through it know that too. I cannot be convinced otherwise.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes Have had trauma based OBE.
© 2014 NDERF, Jody Long & Jeffrey Long, MD. All Rights Reserved.