Experience Description

I was young. My mother and I went to visit my uncle near his office complex. The complex had a swimming pool, so I went dressed to swim. I was young and very big-headed. I thought I was a great swimmer, though I had never taken swimming lessons or gone swimming in deep water. I took two floaters into the water and was straddling them as I floated. My mother and uncle sat on the concrete and talked. I floated, without realizing it, into the deep end of the pool. Suddenly, I slipped between the wet noodles and fell into the water. Being completely inexperienced in swimming, I sunk straight to the bottom and started inhaling water quickly. I saw a light, and started to thrash and walk toward it. I seemed to move unnaturally slowly and fluidly. I thought the light was a light at the edge of the pool, and I was planning to reach it and pull myself up and out of the water. I almost reached it when my uncle's strong arms gripped me and pulled me up. He had jumped in, in his business suit, to save me. When I talked to my mom much later, she said I hadn't moved from where I had fallen in the water - my conclusion is that my spirit left my body and was moving to the next life. Though the experience was about ten years ago, I still remember it vividly.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Life threatening event, but not clinical death

How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain I didn't look down at myself - I was just walking toward the light.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Very high.

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Not that I can recall.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No

The experience included: Light

Did you see an unearthly light? Yes It was a vertical oval of very bright light.

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Shock and extreme panic at first, as I fell into the water, then calm and focused as I walked toward the light.

God, Spiritual and Religion:

What was your religion prior to your experience? Conservative/fundamentalist Latter-Day Saint (Mormon)

What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Latter-Day Saint (Mormon)

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? No

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The best part was being saved. The worst part was the panic as I slipped between the foam tubes.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes The friend I shared it with was interested, as he is highly intrigued by out of body experiences.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No

Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? I think the questionnaire is overly redundant and has way too many questions. 30 questions is too much for any experience. Try to condense your questions and you might get more responses.