I was over at my cousin's house for a pool party; I remember everything that happened so vividly. First my older cousins and everyone else that was swimming left, until it was just me and my five or six year old cousin left in the pool. The nannies were off to the side talking. I was in the shallow end. Next thing you know, I look up and my cousin was holding onto a large bouncy ball in the deep end. At the time, I was a good swimmer, but I had zero lifeguarding skills. The nannies didn't know how to swim, so I swam over to him. He let go of the ball and climbed on to my back and I started swimming to the edge. It was really hard because he was being frantic and jumping up and down on my back. The whole time I kept thinking, 'I have to get to the edge.' I heard no noise. I was focused, but he kept jumping and I kept going under. I made it to the edge but by then I was sinking. I felt a weight lifted off my back. It was the nanny picking up my cousin but she couldn't get me and she didn't know how to swim.
I felt like the whole world stood still. I didn't feel hard of breath, I felt calm. Next thing I know, I feel my spirit lifted from by body - more specifically by my shoulders. I looked up and the whole ceiling (the pool was indoors) was this gorgeous white light, as if a portal, I felt drawn to it in a way. At the time, I was looking down and could see my cousin standing and the nannies frantically talking. 'What should we do?' they said in Hindi but I understood it (I don't speak Hindi). At the time it felt weird I could see down at them but at the same time, I could see the tiles and the water around me in the pool as if they were all one. I remember looking down and having my whole life explained, to feeling the love of the people in my life, and most of all feeling like I had a choice to live. The light was hypnotic, persuading you to enter but the feeling of love felt stronger. I said no word but I felt and the feeling of someone holding me by the shoulders was gone, it felt like a hand letting go, dropping me.
At that precise moment, the nanny holding onto the guardrail jumped in and grabbed me by the hair pulling me, I felt no pain - I felt still in a surreal state. Next thing I know, I'm on the floor breathing, looking up at the sky, and seeing it go from white and back to normal. I remember that feeling when I first got out of the water and I felt my heart beat or start beating. It's a feeling that I can't explain, but I really do feel I had a second chance and whenever I get mad at my parents or the people around me I remember that day and I remember that feeling of how they felt about me, and I just can't stay mad. True story. No embellishments I promise.
Date NDE Occurred: I can't remember
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain I drowned trying to save my cousin life ( which I did ) Other I'm not sure but I know for a fact I stopped breathing.
I drowned I wasn't breathing, my heart stopped and when I woke up outside the pool I felt it restarting again, it was in one word, strange.
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 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 floating in the air.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was floating in the air.
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
I can't it's hard but everything felt lighter and I could see people moving but for me time stood still.
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. Well I have 20/20 but my vision was strange I could almost see the feeling of the people in the room that is something I can't explain.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I heard nothing but strangely I knew what everyone was saying.
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? Yes Ghostly no, but only the people on the ground and I don't know if this counts, I didn't see any ghosts but I felt angels lifting me by my shoulders.
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 Well the light was so beautiful it consumed the whole ceiling and overflowed slightly towards the corners, drawing me in.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt at peace.
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 I felt love, my parents travel a lot and I never knew them that well, I didn't know how they felt about me but after that day I felt like I knew them and I felt their love I know it sounds gushy but it's the truth.
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future I never remembering knowing what would happen but when it did I knew as if by déjà vu, I can't explain it. I would have dreams that I know I had but can't remember then something would happen and I'd feel I would remember seeing what I saw knowing what people around me would say before they said it, it's in one word, strange. I hope that make's sense to you.
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 I became a lot more liberal I know what I believe and no one can change that I'm more open, and a lot more liberal to things.
What is your religion now? Liberal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I became a lot more liberal I know what I believe and no one can change that I'm more open, and a lot more liberal to things.
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 Knowledge about myself and things that make no sense but knowledge.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I was a child so my mind changed I re-evaluated quickly changing the way I saw things and felt about people ever since that day I could feel people what they were truly feeling even if I was a thousand miles away.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Uncertain I've told a few friends, but most of them seem to be very close minded and the feelings during the experience are very hard to put out in words they were surreal.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I could sense if a spirit was around me, I wouldn't necessarily see it but I could feel it and if I concentrated I would see the spirit but not all partials in a way.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The part where I felt nothing, it came before the peace, and the nothing to me was a lot more peaceful than the comforting feeling of peace. It sounds weird but the nothing came just before the rising, before the light, but not by much. It was a second of nothing, no memories, no pain, and no nothing.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Depends, some stories years, others weeks, but they never seemed to believe, they either laughed or gave me that you're crazy look. For a while I didn't believe what happened till I read it happened to someone else that everything started unraveling.
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 don't know you go back to your normal routine things stop plus I felt like I couldn't tell anyone because my aunt said if I told my parents they'd never let me swim again and I knew she was right so I didn't say anything. It passed till I remembered once again as if it was yesterday burned into my memory every second.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Because I know it happened to someone else. I've met people like me, so I know now.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Uncertain I don't know I don't use meds so I can't tell.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? In a hectic life like mine remembering that day always calms me down makes me feel at peace and a lot more clear headed like I can handle any problem and make it better.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Umm, I can't think of anything sorry.