Late spring thaw caused Elkhorn River to overflow its banks. I went down the river in a row boat with a friend and his two older brothers. We wore no life vests. River current forced boat into a tree limb. Limb threw me to the rear of boat. The boat then tipped and took on water. I panicked and jumped away from the sinking boat. Not knowing how to swim, I went under water and submerged three times. I stayed under for approximately twelve minutes. While under I, at first, saw many dazzling colors. I also remember seeing angels and darkness. The darkness was very scary and it seemed as though it lasted forever. Then I was in a dark tunnel, and I began to see a dim light at the end of the tunnel. As I traveled closer to the light, it became brighter end brighter. Finally, the light became the most brilliant white one could ever imagine. The white then began to take the form of Jesus. I don't remember if words were exchanged, but I did get the urge to stay with him. I wanted to stay. But he sent me back, and the next thing I knew my head was bouncing off a tree limb, which was part of a downed yet stable tree in the water. A hand then came down under the water and took my submerged arm lifting me up from the river and placing me on top of the tree trunk. I was saved. Before this experience, I had never before been inside a church. I only knew Jesus through pictures - I was saved by my friend's big brother.
Date NDE Occurred: 'JUNE, 1962'
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Accident Life threatening event, but not clinical death .
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain 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? More consciousness and alertness than normal I'd like to say at the time of the light.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I'd like to say at the time of the light.
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? It's hard to see under water. But, I learned that certain senses can be visual aids.
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 The tunnel was square and very dark.
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 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 Dim to bright to fantastic white.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Fear, terror, calmness, peace, wanting.
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
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 I believed in God before the experience, and I now believe in God. I now attend church on a regular basis, but I don't attend just because of my experience.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain I believed in God before the experience, and I now believe in God. I now attend church on a regular basis, but I don't attend just because of my experience.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It happened so long ago. I'd like to remember more of the experience.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The spiritual meeting with Jesus. It was as if I was facing the greatest being in the entire universe.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Approximately twenty years. Experience shared with my wife. I don't think she believes me.
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. The reality of the experience is that it happened, and I'm glad it happened.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. Nothing has changed.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No