I went swimming when my older sister asked me to go swimming with her. I did not know that I would not be able to reach the bottom of the lake with my feet. The water was too deep. I immediately started to drown. I did not feel any pain, discomfort, nothing. I just remember seeing plants that were at the bottom of the lake and this beautiful light coming from the top down and I had a very unusual feeling of absolute peace and harmony. It was a very pleasant experience. I do not remember being pulled from the lake, but I remember that I was placed on a blanket and I had this out of body strange experience, like it was two of me (one that was fine and one was looking down on the other me).
Date NDE Occurred: 1975
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Accident Other: Drowning,
Probable near drowning.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
Did you feel separated from your body? No
I lost awareness of my body
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? Not sure
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
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? No
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Same
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Same
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Unearthly light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? An unusually bright light
Did you see an unearthly light? Uncertain I saw a beautiful light and I felt interested to follow it.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace, harmony, positive
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? No
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? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Unknown
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Moderately important to me
What is your religion now? Do not know
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was both consistent and not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience I cannot answer this question by using any of the listed options. I was 5.5 and I did not think about those things at that time...
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain I am very much aware of the importance of nature in our lives and I dedicated my life to communicate about its beauty to others. Peace and harmony are very important to me.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? Unknown
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? Unknown
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Unknown
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? Unknown
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? I am uncertain if an afterlife exists No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? Unknown
Do you fear death after your experience? Unknown
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Slightly fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Slightly fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Unknown
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Unknown
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain Uncertain
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience as accurately as other life events that occurred around the time of the experience
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain I seem to have ESP.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I had 3 episodes (near death experiences) in my life. Those significantly affected my life.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes 28 years after it happened.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No I did not have any NDE knowledge (I was a child when all 3 NDEs happened) and I did not share my experience with anyone until recently when I read about other people experiencing something so similar.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was probably real
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably real
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes About 14 years after my last NDE, I had strange episodes where I was living in the different world. The doctors could not diagnose me, despite them observing me for the entire period on an outpatient basis. I had no medication, no alcohol or other influences, and no medical problems. I could only recognize nature. I was able to see the structure of plants and I would have an incredible desire to spend entire days and nights in nature I could not stay in any building. I was able to solve very complex mathematical problems that I cannot solve now. I could not stand to be around people because their presence around me was very hurtful.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? I had 3 NDEs always associated with an incredible sense of nature, harmony and peace.
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