I was at the beach with my family one summer. It was a small and crowded beach, one section of this beach, on the west side, was closed due to a 'drop off.' My mother had instructed me NOT to go near this side because of the drop and the fact that I did not know how to swim. When no one was looking, I decided the beach was much too populated and proceeded to the closed section. I remember deliberately testing the water beneath my feet, inching as close to the drop off as I possible could. Somehow, someway (I cannot remember) I went past the drop off and this is when my drowning experience began.
I remember thrashing and going under the water, I was panicking at first, but suddenly I felt peaceful. I was out of my body, watching myself as I tumbled around and around. I did not experience a tunnel, however, I did experience an intense ray of light that wrapped itself around me, and it felt so incredibly warm and comforting. I remember Jesus (or a higher power) speaking to me, I had a conversation with a voice; however, I did not see anyone but my own body. I cannot remember the entire conversation but I remember speaking of our purpose (love) and being told it was not my time (I felt very sad about this because the feelings I had were so comforting and incredible I did not want to go back). When I came to, my mother had pulled me out of the water (she had seen someone drowning but at that time had no idea it was me) I felt such a loss. All I could think of was regain the feelings I had and I wanted to go back into the water.
I cannot even begin to express the emotions I experienced so many years ago.
Date NDE Occurred: 1975
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident drowning 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death' . I did not know how to swim and was drowning.
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 It was emotionally charged, as if all my senses were on overload.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I believe once my initial panic subsided and I was out of body, having a conversation with 'GOD' and feeling almost cradled in such warmth and peace.
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
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? Although it was many years ago, I cannot completely remember the clarity but I can 'feel' the clarity (if that makes ANY sense at all).
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? Please see above.
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 There was no tunnel however there was a ray of light.
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 believe it was God, I did not see a physical person however I heard their voice. I cannot remember clearly the entire conversation however I believe we discussed 'love' and I definitely remember being told it was not my time and that I would be returning.
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 A ray of light that was filled with warmth.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Love, joy, 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
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 I cannot remember experiencing a past review.
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 'none - I believe in a higher power, however, am uncertain of the traditional religions'
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist 'none - I believe in a higher power, however, am uncertain of the traditional religions'
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
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? Uncertain I believe I shared a conversation about our purpose which was love.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain I am uncertain because I was so young at the time, I do not know how it affected me thereafter (however, I was always a very empathetic, caring child).
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Uncertain Emotionally charged. Extremely settled, amazing and wonderful experience. Am unable to express the joy and peace I experienced.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain I was much more empathetic and experienced abilities to 'sense' things, I would get 'butterflies' in my tummy when I would sense things. I also had a few visions; however, this has slowed down considerably over the years.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? All of it was.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I believe I shared my experience immediately with my family.
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.
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