My friend and I were pool hopping on a hot summer day. I did not know how to swim, but that did not deter me from wanting to cool off in the ninety-degree heat. My oldest brother had worked as a lifeguard at this motel swimming pool, located a few blocks from the house I grew up in. The lifeguard on duty was not my brother, but an underling of his; and he did not like me, nor my brother. It started innocently enough; the lifeguard - after a short chase - grabbed me and got me in a leg lock; forcing me to try and tread water with my upper torso. The lifeguard's friend was busy chasing my friend around the pool, which had many guests' sun tanning and reading books. There were even others in the pool, swimming around while I was enduring a hell. More and more, the lifeguard dunked me, and, held me under water, until I could not hold my breath any longer.
I felt that valve open - you know - that feeling when you're trying to swim up from the bottom of the pool and you think you won't make it? My throat started to buckle, and open, allowing water to rush in. I wasn't swimming up from the bottom of the pool; a Lifeguard (of all people) was drowning me. I slowly sank to the bottom of the pool, where I stayed for five or more minutes with a water filled body. After a short while, I sensed Angels gathering around me; it was peaceful. Then, I was maybe twenty to thirty feet above the pool, looking down at my friend diving into the pool to save me.
The Angels took me up to a gathering of clouds. There were a few Romanesque pillars with green ivy, and an archway in the back. I had seven Angels holding me up and four in front of me on the landing. Three were very animated and discussing what to do with me, the fourth angel kept me company. I looked around and saw very large Pure Love Orbs with silhouettes of human souls - like a chalk outline of a dead body. I looked down at our earth and it was brown and moving, and alive with all of the souls it takes to make our planet whole; our earth is Alive, as you are. I saw Heaven, a little to my left behind the pillars. It has Gold Wrought Iron Fencing with spikes on top. I saw the pearly gates. My three angels, still perplexed as to how to get me back to my body - did not like my response of, 'I don't want to go back down there; it is painful.' 'You Must! Your Mission is Not Yet Complete!' We communicated telepathically; no lips or mouth movements; all thoughts. Moment by moment you discover how quickly you are gaining knowledge; and how easy it is to accept. My three Angels sought permission from above to show me something. 'The clouds above their heads lit up as everyone cringed in fear. 'Show Him!' was the response.
The Angels flew me over to the right of these pillars - to what looked like a HUGE Four Feet Thick Book, of LIFE. MY Life. Just as my life had passed before my eyes when I was being drowned. I was now being shown my future life, with as much info as I could remember. Imagine a deck of cards - each card has a scene/event from your life - now, flip those cards in front of your face - try to remember anything you can from any card you see. That is what I saw with my Book of Life. I gather that Life is Written; LITERALLY. The Angels, The Book and God showed me several scenes of my life - I am now an inventor of animal products - but, I never invented anything - My Book of Life had these inventions - and, I just remembered them. God's Honest truth. I will not, and cannot take credit for God's Work. HE is the Creator. I was raised Catholic and now consider myself a Christian based on my experience.
The Angels finally convinced me to go back to my body. A few adults from the motel rescued me - they picked my very heavy water logged body from the bottom of the pool, pumped my stomach of a pinkish gooey blood type of liquid. I recovered there, on the concrete on the side of the pool for an hour or two. The lifeguard bent down to say, 'sorry' to me. 'Fu#$ you,' was the only response I could mutter. He again had pure evil in his eyes and I tell you that if there were no witnesses, I'd not be here right now writing this. After gaining enough strength to stand up and walk home, with my friend's help - we encountered my father, who told me I deserved to be drowned.
Date NDE Occurred: 1977
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Criminal attack 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal When I was up with the Angels.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was up with the Angels.
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
God's Time is SO MUCH FASTER Than Our Time.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I 'Heard' the Angels talking to me - they never moved their lips, nor did I - communicated telepathically.
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
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 I was with Angels. Seven lifted me out of my body. One of them was a deceased relative (grandfather). At God's landing - I had another four Angels - three were trying to get me back to my body; the fourth kept me company.
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
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Gods' Landing, The Book of Life, and Heaven.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Frustration, Guilt, Shame.
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
The experience included: Special Knowledge
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control When I was drowning, my life passed before my eyes - these were ordinary, important and inane events and moments in my life, i.e. there were moments when I saw myself watching TV and I wondered, 'Why am I wasting time watching myself watch TV?' I thought all of these scenes would have been important events in my life - they were not - or, certainly not all of them. Mundane events also pass before your eyes. When I was with the Angels reviewing my future book of life, the same thing - the book of life had important scenes for me to view, as well as the mundane, and seemingly unimportant. LIFE IS WRITTEN LITERALLY.
The experience included: Vision of the future
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future VERY ACCURATE.
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? Liberal
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes Raised Catholic, NOW A CHRISTIAN.
What is your religion now? Liberal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Raised Catholic, NOW A CHRISTIAN.
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? Yes I saw Pure Love Orbs, Heaven, Angels, The Book of Life.
I came to realize that Life is a Gift from God, no matter what you experience down there, here it is all a gift that we need to realize, and we need to live in joy and happiness rather than pain and shame.
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? Yes Better ESP abilities and an occasional out of body experience.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? It was ALL a Great Gift. I spend more time thanking God for it than I do anything else. I am not mad at the lifeguard; my life has had too much negativity and I will not entertain being a continued negative force in our nature.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I first shared it with my friend who walked me home from the pool where I was drowned. And then, years later, with good friends, and therapists.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I had an out of body experience at age six which was corroborated.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I went through emotions of 'it wasn't real' to 'it was'. And, I have way more proof to explain that it was real, than vice versa.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real At age forty-four, I know that much more of the world, and spirituality. God has a plan, and we are it.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? Be Kind.