I was swimming in the lake on a very hot summer day (I was not a good swimmer then nor am I now) and I got tired and thought I was close enough to shore that I could stand up but unknown to me there was a very deep drop off. My feet did not touch bottom and I kept going down and down and I began to struggle to get back up to the surface and soon realized I was not going to make it. I stopped struggling and I looked up and noticed that I was looking at a light through the far end of a tunnel and then I began to have a sense of peace and there was absolutely no pain nor discomfort. I have never felt that feeling before or since the drowning. The closer that I got to the tunnel the darker it became and then there was absolutely no light, only an absence of it as I passed through. It was at this moment I realized what David was describing in the 23rd Psalm. I felt no fear as I was heading toward the most intense white light that I have ever seen. It did not burn nor did it blind me.
I finally reached the light after what felt like hours of traveling through that tunnel. I stopped before the light and we began to have a conversation not verbally but through some form of telepathy. I also noticed that we seemed to be surrounded in some void because the light was the only thing I could see and I realized the light was Jesus Christ. We began to review my life before the drowning. It was very similar to one of those old slide projectors where a scene would appear and then we would discuss it and then another scene would appear and we would discuss that one.
I remember when I stood before my biologic father for getting into some mischief. I had a sense of dread and fear because I knew the circumstance was going to earn me a spanking. But this review with the light never once did I have this same sense of fear, it was as though I was being shown what happened in that scene and then what the outcome was. The Light then began to show me what was going to happen in my future in the same manner as the time before my drowning. I knew that I was going to have to return to my present life and if it had been left to me, I would have stayed.
Then in a fraction of a second, I was being pulled from the water and I was back in this dimension perfectly fine with no side effects from the drowning, it was as if nothing had happened to my body. My life has never been the same. It took several years of reflection to understand what happened and how my life seems very different from other folks. I have no fear of death and I look forward to the day that I get to return to the light and once again enjoy that peace and comfort. I also seem to have a gift of knowledge that I can answer someone's question about a subject that I have never studied nor knew anything about.
I don't know if this is common among people who have had this experience. I am just beginning to explore this event but then, maybe it's that I was given prior knowledge of events before they happen. I knew two weeks prior to the bombing that there was going to be mass casualties in Oklahoma City but I did not seem to know exactly what it was going to be. There are so many other things that have taken place within my mind, body and spirit that I seem to have more questions than answers and I am not sure where to seek this knowledge
Date NDE Occurred: Aug 1967
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Drowning '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
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? In the Tunnel
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
No sense of time
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. Once again all my sense were functioning at greater than 100%.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. We spoke through telepathy not verbally.
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? Yes
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
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? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Joy, peace and no pain or discomfort.
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
The experience included: Vision of the future
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future
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 Cumberland Presbyterian
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I have issues with organized religions. They are good for people that need structure but they miss the real joy of understanding that our creator lives within us and that he wants to be in involved in all aspects of our life.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist None
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I have issues with organized religions. They are good for people that need structure but they miss the real joy of understanding that our creator lives within us and that he wants to be in involved in all aspects of our life.
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 have knowledge of things that I have neither studied nor prior knowledge of.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain I don't seem to have that need for individual attention. I feel more of a need to be connected with the entire world.
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? Uncertain I have a gift of knowledge and I have not fully explored everything that happens to me.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The knowledge that I was being sent back to help others and knowing that when my time is done in this dimension the next one will be more meaningful that words can describe.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes 8 years later. They were amazed and they seem to want to learn more about that dimension and the light I spoke with.
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 I do not really know how to explain it.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Even now most of my life I have felt detached as though I am here but part of my mind is somewhere else. It is as though I am connected to two places at once.
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? I learned that we can live in peace with each other no matter what our race or religion. That in the near future we will be able to cure all diseases and with the knowledge we are gaining, we will be able to stop global warming. We must realize that the world is trying to make adjustments now for its survival. The greed of the world leaders is the greatest deterrence to peace and harmony in this world. Our children being born in this generation have more abilities with ESP and other gifts of the mind. That our creator will not allow races from other universes come to this planet until we do reach peace among all men.