One of my earliest memories 'Drowning' (Washington):
When I was about five years of age, my oldest sister Cherline took my younger sister Lori and I to a local swimming hole in Pasco, Washington. Lori wanted Cherline (about age sixteen). Lori was going to go out into the Columbia River and get her. Lori was only about three. I remember telling her, 'You're too young! You'll drown!'
I said, 'I'll go get her.'
I walked out into the water, walking toward my sister and cousin, Cheri. I hit a drop-off. I was bobbing up and down, drowning. I heard Cheri say, 'Isn't that your brother?'
Now I was floating above the water, looking down at my body lying on the beach, a lifeguard was bending over me, giving me mouth to mouth, I assume. The next thing I knew, I was back in my body, I spit up, sat up, he asked me if I was okay, and I said, 'Yeah.'
When I was young, I was always afraid of the water, but didn't understand why. I had this memory, but I didn't know if it was a dream from my childhood or not. In my late twenties, I asked my older sister about this. She was shocked I remembered the incident - she told me it happened. This was my first out of body experience and the beginning of a very strange life.
Date NDE Occurred: about 1966
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Life threatening event, but not clinical death . I drowned.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
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 See above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? While floating above my body, I can remember a calmness. I'm assuming because the body is the bed of emotions, I don't know. All I remember is 'peace'.
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
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? 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? No
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? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Absolutely no emotion. Maybe because I was so young, I don't know.
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 At that time, no. But I am a seer. Been a seer my whole life.
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 'Well, my father is a minister. I was too young to have any ''beliefs''.'
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain I was so young. My father is a Non-denominational Minister. My personal beliefs can change daily. All I want is truth.
What is your religion now? Liberal This is a very long and complicated answer. Let's just say I'm a searcher who came out of very conservative values.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain I was so young. My father is a Non-denominational Minister. My personal beliefs can change daily. All I want is truth.
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 I would say no, but just the knowing there is life outside the body is something I came to know at a young age.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain To an extent, I'd say anyone who has left their body and tried to convey it to others will change your relationship with them. Noticeably or not.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Uncertain I was very young during my NDE. I've had many OBE's since.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain Many gifts and strange events throughout my life. Did it begin then, at my drowning or not, I don't know.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I'm a poet, songwriter. I started writing things about my life about ten years ago. I think everything I've ever written is somehow influenced by these events.
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 probably real. I just tucked it away in my five year old mind.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. My life has been littered with unexplainable things. What IS reality anyway?
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Uncertain Yes if you mean by 'reproduced' as meaning leaving your body again. Mostly in a dream state.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? All my life I've felt more like an observer than a participant of this life. I kind of think it began here.