Experience Description

These may not qualify as NDE's as I was not the person dying.

In the first experience, I was at a summer camp experience with my friend, Bunny, and her family. We decided to go swimming in the lake early evening. She didn't like to feel the mud on her feet so she wore tennis shoes. She dived off the diving board; I was still on shore and could see she was having a very hard time surfacing. At that moment, it was instantaneous thought, I could see a long dark tunnel and Bunny was going down it. I knew she was going to die.

I remember saying 'No,' and going into the water to save her. It felt like a tremendous fight between light and dark. It felt like I was fighting light and dark. I was finally able to get her to shallow water so she could stand up. She thanked me profusely and made me promise never to tell anyone of what happened - I didn't. This is the first time I have ever told anyone about that experience.

The second experience, again, may not qualify as a NDE. My grandmother was in a nursing home, she was ninety-eight with Alzheimer's. She was from the 'old country', Ukraine, and spoke very little English even though she was in America as a young girl. I had gone to visit her the previous weekend. Nothing out of the ordinary, but the next weekend, late Friday evening/Saturday morning (12:20 am) I have a vision of her in stars like a rocket ship ascending into the skies. Spirits who tell me I must stay where I am - it is a very beautiful sight - dark blue with silver and gold shooting stars, they surround grandma and she is smiling. I wake gasping for breath and, with the vision in my head. I know grandma has died. I call my parents and they tell me grandma died last night, I tell them I know. They tell me she died at 12:20 am. I tell them what I experienced.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: two experiences 1962 and 1990

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes AccidentIllness Other 1. My friend was drowning 2. my grandmother died. My friend was drowning. My grandmother died.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
I lost awareness of my body

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 It was like processing many thoughts all at the same time and all very distinct, the energy level around me was rushing by, but my actions seemed to be very slow within this energy field. All my thinking was very fast and very precise. It was like I was moving and thinking at one speed yet that was not the real speed as everything else around me was rushing by. I can still remember every detail of each experience.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? While I was in the midst of the experience. How I got there and back is not as intense as being in the middle of it and experiencing that incredible light and darkness.

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 Both experiences felt out of time.

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? Uncertain I had a profound sense of enclosure by darkness so dark it enveloped me - and the light was also a very bright distinct entity.

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 In my experience with my grandmother I met spirits. They were celebrating and laughing as my grandmother traveled up through the silver and gold stars - they also told me I had to go back, it couldn't go any farther.

The experience included: Void

The experience included: Darkness

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? Yes

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Wonder and amazement.

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

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

The experience included: Boundary

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Uncertain When the spirits communicated to me I couldn't go any farther I believe I had reached a boundary, the light was greater than the darkness.

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? No

What is your religion now? Liberal

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? Yes It took place in what felt like another dimension that no words can describe.

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No I have always been very psychic.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The dying process is very beautiful. There is some existence after death, in what form I'm not sure - maybe those spirits were friends and family welcoming her.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes One, no - the first experience with my friend. One yes, with my mother and father. My mother was very psychic and just nodded her head like yes, I understand. My father didn't really pay attention. It was his mother who had just died.

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. Matter of factly.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I know there are many dimensions of existence - these experiences were there. So close, as if just walking over a threshold.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No