Experience Description

When I was nine, I went with my parents and some family members to the beach. Everything was just as usual; I went in the sea with my cousin and kept going until the waves were reaching up to my neck. My cousin had stayed behind me. At this point, I felt that I was going under, I had fallen down a hollow and in my desperate state I dragged on my cousin and we were both started to drown. In my instinct for survival, I was climbing on his back to breathe, and he was doing the same thing. Exhausted from all my efforts to get out, I gave up and was swallowing water, when suddenly I saw something like a video of my life, every moment was seen. Just then, it was a wonderful thing, and after seeing this video I regained consciousness, and my cousin, who had already managed to get out, said to me: 'Crawl!' I crouched and crawled, which is how I was able to get out onto the sand. I felt heavy after swallowing a lot of water.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: Verano 2002

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Ahogado 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death' Drowning.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful

Did you feel separated from your body? No 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? Normal consciousness and alertness I could not describe it.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I could not describe it.

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 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? No

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? No

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

The experience included: Life review

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

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? Moderate

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain This experience makes me believe in something after death, but at the moment I have my doubts on the existence of God.

What is your religion now? Moderate

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain This experience makes me believe in something after death, but at the moment I have my doubts on the existence of God.

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? No

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Some years later, I would say five years.

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 Inexplicable, I did not tell anyone, for fear of being told off for going out of my depth, but a year ago I did share it.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I remember it perfectly, it was something 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 wonderful, I hope people read it. Bye!

Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Please, I suggest you reduce the number of questions.