My friend and I were pool hopping on a hot summer day. I did not know how to swim; but, that did not deter me from wanting to cool off in 90 degree heat. My oldest brother had worked as a lifeguard at this motel swimming pool, located a few blocks from the house I grew up in. The lifeguard on duty was not my brother, but an underling of his; and he did not like me, nor my brother. It started innocently enough; the lifeguard - after a short chase - grabbed me and got me in a leg lock; forcing me to try and tread water with my upper torso. The lifeguards' friend was busy chasing my friend around the pool, which had many guests sun tanning and reading books. There were even others in the pool, swimming around while I was enduring a hell. More and more, the lifeguard dunked me, and, held me under water, until I could not hold my breath any longer.
I felt that valve open - you know - that feeling when you're trying to swim up from the bottom of the pool and you think you won't make it and your throat starts to buckle, and open, allowing water to rush in --- well, I went through that - only, I wasn't swimming up from the bottom of the pool; I was being drowned, BY a Lifeguard (of all people)...and, I slowly sank to the bottom of the pool, where I stayed for 5 or more minutes with a water filled body. After a short while, I sensed Angels gathering around me; it was peaceful. Then, I was maybe 20 to 30 feet above the pool, looking down at my friend diving into the pool to save me.
The Angels took me up to a gathering of clouds. There were a few Romanesque pillars with green ivy, and an archway in the back. I had 7 Angels holding me up, and four in front of me on the landing. Three were very animated and discussing what to do with me, the fourth angel kept me company. I looked around and saw very large Pure Love Orbs with silhouettes of human souls - like a chalk outline of a dead body. I looked down at our earth and it was brown and moving, and alive with all of the souls it takes to make our planet whole; Our earth, is Alive, as you are. I saw Heaven, a little to my left behind the pillars. It has Gold Wrought Iron Fencing with spikes on top. I saw the pearly gates. My three angels, still perplexed as to how to get me back to my body - did not like my response of, "I don't want to go back down there; it is painful". "You Must! Your Mission is Not Yet Complete!". We communicated telepathically; no lips or mouth movements; all thoughts. Moment by moment you discover how quickly you are gaining knowledge; and how easy it is to accept. My Three Angels sought permission from above to show me something. "The clouds above their heads lit up as they cringed in fear, as did I. "Show Him!!" Was the response.
The Angels flew me over to the right of these pillars - to what looked like a HUGE 4 Foot Thick Book, of LIFE. MY Life. Just as my life had passed before my eyes when I was being drowned, I was now being shown my future life, with as much info as I could remember. Imagine a deck of cards - each card has a scene/event from your life -- now, flip those cards in front of your face -- try to remember anything you can from any card you see. That is what I saw with my Book of Life. I gather that Life is Written; LITERALLY. The Angels, The Book and God showed me several scenes of my life - I am now an inventor of animal products - but, I never invented anything -- My Book of Life had these inventions - and, I just remembered them. Gods' Honest truth. I will not, and cannot take credit for Gods' Work. HE is the Creator. I was raised catholic and now consider myself a Christian based on my experience.
To wrap this up -- The Angels finally convinced me to go back to my
body -- I was rescued by a few adults from the motel -- they picked my very
heavy water logged body from the bottom of the pool, pumped my stomach of a
pinkish gooey blood type of liquid...I recovered there, on the concrete on the
side of the pool for an hour or two. The lifeguard bent down to say, "sorry" to
me. "Fuck you" was the only response I could mutter. He again had pure evil in
his eyes and I tell you that if there were no witnesses, I'd not be here right
now writing this. After gaining enough strength to stand up and walk home, with
my friends' help - we encountered my father, who told me I deserved to be
Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No
At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event? Yes
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was up with the Angels.
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: When I was up with the Angels.
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.)?
Yes I 'Heard' the Angels talking to me -- they never moved their lips, nor did I -- communicated telepathically.
Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body? Yes
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Frustration, Guilt, Shame
Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure? No
Did you see a light? No
Did you meet or see any other beings? Yes I was with Angels. Seven lifted me out of my body. One of them was a deceased relative (grandfather). At Gods' landing - I had another four Angels -- Three were trying to get me back to my body; the fourth kept me company.
Did you experience a review of past events in your life? Yes When I was drowning, my life passed before my eyes -- these were ordinary, important and inane events and moments in my life -- i.e. - there were moments when I saw myself watching TV - and I wondered, "why am I wasting time watching myself watch TV -- I thought all of these scenes would have been important events in my life -- they were not - or, certainly not all of them. Mundane events also pass before your eyes. When I was with Angels reviewing my future book of life - the same thing -- the book of life - had important scenes for me to view, as well as the mundane, and seemingly unimportant. LIFE IS WRITTEN LITERALLY.
Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later? Yes in 1977 when this happened to me -- after I recovered - and my friend was helping me walk home -- I repeated everything I remembered. I told him I'd be driving an army type of truck called the H2. That was one of many things that has since come true, beyond my control.
Did you see or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or dimensions? Yes Gods' Landing, The Book of Life, and Heaven.
Did you have any sense of altered space or time? Yes Gods' Time is SO MUCH FASTER Than Our Time.
Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose? Yes I saw Pure Love Orbs, Heaven, Angels, The Book of Life.
I came to realize that
Life is a Gift from God - no matter what you experience down there, here -- it
is all a gift that we need to realize - and we need to live in joy and happiness
rather than pain and shame.
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No
Did you become aware of future events? Yes
Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience you did not have prior to the experience? Yes Better ESP abilities....and, an occasional out of body experience.
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes I first shared it with my friend who walked me home from the pool where I was drowned. And then, years later, with good friends, and therapists.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I had an out of body experience at age six which was corroborated.
How did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened: Experience was definitely real I went through emotions of 'it wasn't real' to 'it was'.
And, I have way more
proof to explain that it was real, than vice versa.
Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you? It was ALL a Great Gift. I spend more time thanking God for it than I do anything else. I am not mad at the lifeguard; my life has had too much negativity and I will not entertain being a continued negative force in our nature.
How do you currently view the reality of your experience: Experience was definitely real At age 44, I know that much more of the world, and spirituality.