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James M's NDE

My Uncle Carl (who had just returned from the Korean War) was living with us and offered to take us children swimming at Percy Quinn State Park, Pike County, MS.  I was just learning to swim and we were at a beach on the West side of the lake.  My brother Mike (two years younger than me) could not swim and he stepped in a hole under the water - he started yelling for help and I was close by and did not realize there was a hole.  I went to him and as I approached, also stepped in the hole.  Mike had panicked and as I went down he climbed on top of me.  I tried to fight him off but the was pushing me down and I could get free.  At first I saw the bubbles  float before my eyes that must have been wide open. Shortly, I realized that I was going to die.  With that thought and acceptance, everything changed: all the pain of coughing water went away, and I was floating up to a light that seemed to be pulling me; the I seemed to turn and I could see the beach where we had been swimming - there were people there and one was sitting down and I realized it was me;  I was pulled back toward my body but it was like I was but a wisp of smoke drawn to my physical body; as I approached my body, I turned to slide into the body and the pain came back.  

Uncle Carl had pulled us both from the water and I don't think he did anything to revive us other than a slap on the back to expel water.  He told us to not tell our parents for fear that they would be angry at him.  I never talked about the experience with brother Mike and we tried to forget the incident. 

I did not think of or talk about the experience and did not know of anything like near death experience till there was a book published on the subject. 

And I did not experience a tunnel or other people (deceased) so wasn't sure if I had an true NDE.

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No       But I did not talk to anyone about it at the time

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          Yes            Drowning

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?    My mind seemed to be racing to the point that I knew I was going to die.

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal every day consciousness and alertness?    More consciousness and alertness than normal

If your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience was different from your normal every day consciousness and alertness, please explain:            My mind seemed to be racing to the point that I knew I was going to die.

Did your vision differ in any way from your normal, everyday vision (in any aspect, such as clarity, field of vision, colors, brightness, depth perception degree of solidness/transparency of objects, etc.)?  No      

Did your hearing differ in any way from your normal, everyday hearing (in any aspect, such as clarity, ability to recognize source of sound, pitch, loudness, etc.)?

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Peace and no pain

Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure?          Uncertain      I did not feel confined to a tunnel but was being drawn to a light

Did you see a light?           Yes    

Did you meet or see any other beings?           No       At his point in my live, I had not had any close person deceased.

Did you experience a review of past events in your life?    No      

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          No      

Did you see or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or dimensions?           No           

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Yes     Time seem to stand still and I was watching

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?     No      

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No      

Did you become aware of future events?       No           

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience you did not have prior to the experience?     No      

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     My brother and I never talked about what happened.  Years later (1980's), My wife was reading a book on NDE and related part of a story to me - I said that is familiar to what happened to me as a child and I related the story to her.  My story was a bit different in that there was no tunnel and no people.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?    No      

How did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened:            Experience was probably not real         My Uncle tould us to not tell our parents what had happened and we didn't and never talked about it.

Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you?    I do not have a fear of death

How do you currently view the reality of your experience:            Experience was definitely real    I look back with he eyes of an adult and not an 11 year old child.

Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?           Uncertain     

Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?           

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         No                  

Did the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?         Yes