Edward B NDE
Edited for clarity by Judy Shea 10/6/12
I was diving/snorkeling at Monastery Beach. I was standing in somewhat shallow water when the spear gun I was carrying went off and the spear went right through the front part of one of the flippers I was wearing on my feet. I fell down and my foot was pinned to the sea floor so I couldn't get up. The water was just deep enough to keep lapping over my face and I kept swallowing and breathing water as I struggled.
At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes. I was drowning.
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes. It is very difficult to talk to people about it.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? After drowning.
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 saw the light and I felt a whole wavelength of universal flow.
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. It simply was all. Everything.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I heard the distressed people who were around me. Spiritually or simply trying to convey everything was OK.
Did you see or hear any earthly events that were occurring during a time that your consciousness / awareness was apart from your physical / earthly body? Yes. I saw everything that was happening around me.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Bliss.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes. Night seemed to encompass me.
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes. The light is the light. I'm not sure if it isn't part of the Earth on some level. I mean, the Earth is part of the Universe (although it may not exist one day.)
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No.
I saw a grandmotherly woman beckoning me to come. She was waving to me the way grandmothers do at the back door with a plate of cookies.
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you become aware of past events in your life during your experience? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? Yes, a clearly mystical, unearthly realm.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe.
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness suggesting that there either is (or is not) continued existence after earthly life (“life after death”)? Yes
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that God or a supreme being either does (or does not) exist? Yes
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that you either did (or did not) exist prior to this lifetime? Uncertain. I simply was all with the all.
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that a mystical universal connection or unity/oneness either does (or does not) exist? Yes. see # 34
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s meaning or purpose? Yes
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s difficulties, challenges, or hardships? No
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding love? Yes. All is love and everything is love.
During your experience, did you encounter any other specific information / awareness that you have not shared in other questions that is relevant to living our earthly lives? Yes
Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge or purpose? Uncertain
What occurred during your experience included: Content that was both consistent and not consistent with the beliefs I had at the time of my experience
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience
My experience directly resulted in: Large changes in my life
Did you have any changes in your values or beliefs after the experience that occurred as a result of the experience? Yes
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes. Most people believe there is scientific explanation for the experience.
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. I WAS THERE.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time: Experience was definitely real. But over the years you bury the experience so as to blend in with others and appear normal like everyone else. It becomes adaptive behavior, you know. Getting along.
Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes. This is a very complicated question to answer.
Have your religious beliefs/spiritual practices changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes. See # 57
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes. When I trust someone, I can pass the energy along so they can feel the light.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? Not sure.
Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Uncertain. Somewhat. I need to reevaluate my life experience at this time.
What could a national organization with an interest in near death experience (NDE) do that would be of interest to you? If you live with integrity, then you can help many people with fear.