I was four years old and we were at a family reunion at my aunt's house by the lake. I remember being on shore by the dock and looking back in the yard as my family was having a barbeque. I walked to the end of the dock and stood at the edge looking down into the water, next thing I know I'm submerged in the lake sinking to the bottom. I faintly remember starting to panic, but then the area began to get really bright almost animated in a sense. I remember staring at some seaweed that was swaying in front of me and being at ease with my surroundings. The scared feeling went away when I felt like I was no longer alone down there - it was surreal I guess. I didn't exactly SEE a presence, but I DEFINITELY FELT IT. It also felt like time slowed and I was in my own kind of heaven. Next thing I know I'm on my dad's shoulder and he's hitting my back and I'm spitting out water from my lungs. What it taught me was that death isn't painful or something we should fear - I actually respect it now and welcome it - don't get the wrong idea I'm not suicidal by any means.
Date NDE Occurred: 1980
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain drowning. 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
It felt like I 'belonged' in the water.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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? When I was staring at the seaweed feeling the presence of something by me.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Time slowed down.
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. I'm not sure.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I was under water.
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? Uncertain Something was there.
The experience included: Light
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? Uncertain Not a light per se, but it lit up around me.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? All positive emotions.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
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? Everything about the universe
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? Scenes from the world's future
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? Conservative/fundamentalist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist
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? No
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
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? No
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I told everybody.
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
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No