Experience Description

I was chasing after some ducks at a lake. Running alongside the shoreline, I then tripped into the water. I was immediately knocked out. After being in this state of floating face down in the water, I noticed a buoy marker at the same water line as I. At this point, I was in a tunnel of extremely bright white light with a man standing to my right of an entrance as I faced him. The entrance was round at the top and flat at the bottom. The man figure was older and wearing a large rimmed hat darker in color, white long sleeve shirt, darker in color tie along with pants and shoes. I did not recognize him. I was not afraid of him as well.

During this time, my sister had pulled my lifeless body from the lake onto the shore and alerted surrounding adults I was in trouble. During the procedures to bring me back to life, I came out of the water and saw my body lying on the ground from an 'rial view surrounded by adults. I could see all the commotion unfold as I watched. I woke up in a hospital bed with cartoons playing on the television. I never saw anything between being transported from the lake to the hospital.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: 1968

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Drowning Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) . Drowning.

How do you consider the content of your experience?

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? Normal consciousness and alertness As above.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? 'A level of consciousness' I never knew this type of thing had a scale or rating system. I'll do the best I can with the Questions. My answer is 'Conscious'.

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 did not exist.

Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid

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? Yes Extremely bright and clean white light. It did not hurt my eyes.

The experience included: Presence of deceased persons

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 No words exchanged. One man figure standing in front, to my right.

The experience included: Void

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 The tunnel was one of light.

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

What emotions did you feel during the experience? I have an issue at hand. I better get on it.

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

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 None

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Moderate

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No

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? Uncertain Nothing special.

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain I have little to no relationship with any family or relatives.

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? Uncertain N/A.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? It was strange.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes After I woke up in the hospital I told my mom. No reaction. Disregarded.

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. Strange.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. Strange. It remains unexplained. Still strange.

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? Do NDE people see things differently than non-NDE people.