Experience Description

I remember falling to the ground. The next memory I had is I was under water looking up out of the water at a boat. The boat had a person in it with a bright light behind them, it was like when you are in a pool, you look up from under the water, and you can see the sunshine. I think it was a man. He was reaching out to me as I swam towards the surface. His hand was extended reaching towards me right before we made contact, I felt like I was not going to make it like I was drowning. That is when I was revived via CPR by my step-mother, and I vomited all over her.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: Don't really know exact date

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes seizure Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) .

How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? No

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Never, I was dead.

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 Things seemed to move in slow motion.

Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid

Did your vision differ in any way from normal? I am not really sure how to answer this.

Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? There was no sound.

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 The person was in a boat, it seemed like they were trying to help me.

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 It was behind the person in the boat.

The experience included: A landscape or city

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I was under water in a place I have never seen bofore

What emotions did you feel during the experience? I was scared, I thought I was drowning.

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

Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future

The experience included: Boundary

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No I awoke right before I broke the surface of the water.

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 I grew up Lutheran, but only attended as a child did not attend around that time

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Moderate I still believe in God, I always have

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? No

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes My step-mother and I became very close after she saved my life.

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes The person I had seen I have never seen prior to this experience.

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes It took a few days to tell my step mother and then years to tell some of my friends.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I was a teenager I really didn't care or believe in these things.

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real. I had the feeling of drowning and when I came to immediately after I vomited like a drowning victim would.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. It just seemed so real.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No