I was deep sea diving with my brother James, 17 years old, and the diving teacher. For some reason he took us on a boat, and decided to dive to 240 feet (which is only for professionals). The bottom, which was of sand, looked flat but wasn't, so we kept going deeper. At one point, I saw an enormous amber shell planted in the sand. I was happy so decided to bring it up; it was about 1 meter tall, in the shape of a mussel. I grabbed it and swung with all my might, it hardly budged. I had sucked all my oxygen doing that, and we were all bingeing. I asked for air from my brother, who played with his mouthpiece and me. After three tries, I figured he'd never realize I was really out of air. I had my reserve, but with bingeing, I had no thought of just pulling it! As I was dying, I could feel that soon I would take my mask and mouthpiece out, and my brain was telling me, 'You're under water, very deep, not logical, you'll die.' But you know you're going to do it anyway! I decided to use my last energy to join the teacher who was pretty far away, swam to him and grabbed his arm strongly. The two decided to bring me to the surface. They didn't give me air from 240 feet it took 45 minutes! Suddenly I came out of my physical body, looked at the scene, came closer to see and recognize myself, big shock! Then I popped into a marvelous Light, so bright and yet non- blinding, pure love, all knowing. I had a choice, stay (which you really want) or go back. I thought I'm 19 years old, my parents, brothers, friends will be sad (although I had no idea of what happy or sad meant). I thought that I don't want to be born again. At that second, my body surfaced and my other body slapped back into my physical body with great force. It was 45 minutes later.
Date NDE Occurred: 1964
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
Lack of oxygen while scuba diving.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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 I just knew and saw all.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? In the Light, seeing everywhere, knowing all.
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 didn't exist anymore.
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. No comparison.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Don't remember, except the sort of silent voice telling me I could choose to stay or live but I had a limited time. Although I didn't know how long I was there.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Unearthly 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? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Well yes, read above.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Just total bliss.
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 or purpose
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe All knowing.
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
The experience included: Awareness of the future
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Not important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Unaffiliated- Atheist Was raised in Catholic schools.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Not important to me
What is your religion now? Do not know I just pray to something.
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? Yes I always knew of my past death since a child.
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Yes It just does.
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? Unknown
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? Unknown
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes It's just a certitude. I've always felt that since childhood.
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? Yes Earth is the planet to learn about duality, that’s why we have to have a duality, Earth adapted suit, which is the physical body.
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife definitely exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes It’s just a certitude.
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I moderately feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Slightly fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Large changes in my life I changed my name. I'm not afraid of death and hope I'm conscious enough to see the passage. Large changes in my life.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Yes
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes Shape-shifting, seeing Earth alive, stones too.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I always knew of my past death since a child. It has enabled me to help several dying people.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I share it with everyone; some ask me to stop because it scares them.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes
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
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? It was AWESOME!
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