I do not remember having a problem with the water, or breathing, or any panic. I just 'all of a sudden' was in a great bright, cloudy, very blue skies, area and I was standing on what one might call an escalator and it was going up. It was very pretty and I was as calm as you can be. There was no sound. Nothing was moving, I did not see any other persons, but the area was huge like standing in the middle of a desert except that it was white clouds and blue background.
I have forgotten much about the period before I went swimming, and remember little about the immediate afterward except that once the water came out of me and I regained consciousness I was surrounded by aunts all hugging and kissing. They were all terrified. I had no idea what had happened except that it was nice.
Date NDE Occurred: 1945
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes 'I was a non-swimmer in a river with my cousins. We were under the supervision of aunts. I am told that I was bobbing up and down and my aunt came in and pulled me out. Apparently, I was drowning but there was no pain. I do not remember the swimming pa 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
I was 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 As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Going up the escalator. It was not a mechanical thing; it was just me going up without walking.
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
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Well it seemed like I could see for miles, and it was all white clouds and blue. No buildings, no animals, no people, nothing except me moving upward.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. No sounds at all.
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
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 Not a point light. But everything was incredibly bright and light.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Calmness, high interest in the event.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
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 Hey, I was only six!
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 I was six. I do not believe I knew anything other than God is good.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist 'Lapsed Catholic. I believe strongly in the ten commandments, but little else of the church's ''extra rules.'''
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? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No But of course, it was the view of a six year old.
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 Immediately I told my family. I do not think I told anyone else for several decades, but I have never forgotten those few minutes.
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 Dreams are dreams, but this was way too real to be a dream.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Small point, we all have dreams, but I doubt that anyone remembers specific dreams that occurred when they were six sixty-five years later.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No