Experience Description

I was at the beach with my family, and we were jumping the waves. I got caught in the undertow and at first tried to break through the surface. As my lungs began to feel like they would burst, I remember breathing in water and feeling so much better.

At this point, I saw gill slits in the sides of my throat while my mind was thinking: 1. I was a mermaid, one of my favorite dreams; 2. I was a fish; 3. I told myself not to be silly, I was drowning.

I was completely relaxed and felt total love. I could see shadows of people on both sides of me who knew me, but I didn't know them…but they were family. I heard the most beautiful music and was moving through a tunnel towards a light that I knew to be God.

I was warm and glad to be going…then all of a sudden, the light exploded, and I awoke on the beach with people around me who had found me washed up. Everything was so loud and bright, and it hurt really badly, but I was ok. The funny part about this is I wanted to go back in the ocean because I knew God wouldn't let me drown, but my parents wouldn't let me (of course). To this day, I have no fear of water; I love to swim and go to the beach.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 1962

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Accident drowningI drowned.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? No

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

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning I knew I was no longer in Earth time.

Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? Beautiful music.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes I was on my way up the tunnel to see God, the light.

The experience included: Presence of deceased persons

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes The people on both sides of me lining the tunnel to God.

The experience included: Darkness

The experience included: Light

Did you see an unearthly light? Yes Very bright, but not far away.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Love, love, love.

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe That God is love, death is not to be feared, and we are all one.

Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control

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 was your religion prior to your experience? Conservative/fundamentalist Christian science

What is your religion now? Liberal None

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain Since I was young, I'm not sure. I had many beliefs set in concrete that could change.

The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes I heard music and also the emotional feelings.

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 dreams that come true and premonitions.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Best…the music, warmth, love, and knowing about God. The worst was how I hurt when I woke up on the beach.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Many think I'm kind of nutty, anyway, so it falls in with their beliefs not mine. Those who understand have had a similar experience or know someone they love who had the same experience.

Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? I practice loving kindness every day to all of god's creations: animals, minerals, vegetables and all of Mother Earth

Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Uncertain