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Brian G NDE 6286
I was in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and at a "cove-like" beach that (seemingly) was "the" place for serious Brazilian surfers, in fact, this place was almost exclusively for surfers (particularly excellent surfers). This beach is known for large (sometimes "huge") waves and treacherous rip-currents. At the time I was swimming and body-surfing to the point of exhaustion and decided to move away from the surfing area (big wave area) so as not to interfere with the surfers. Any surfer or beach knowledgeable person that is aware of this situation can guess what happened, I got caught in a vicious rip-current.
Well, three things combined to make this a "death-inviting" circumstance: 1) vicious rip-current; 2) exhaustion; 3) my lack of buoyancy (lots of muscle, dense bones, and little fat). I was drowning (I suppose I may have actually drowned, but since I am alive now, this becomes a semantic problem) and I was barely saved by a Brazilian surfer! Regarding my NDE: Excuse my tautology, but to be sure the other realm is the other realm! To me, there are some similarities between this realm and the other realm, yet there are some profound differences (Note: I am of course stating only my own experience and beliefs (interpretation) about the other realm.) I will "editorialize" about this at the end of my writing.
The most evidentiary thing about my NDE was the OBE (out of body experience). I was able to "see" the rescue and a "close-up" view of the water and beach area and, most spectacularly, an extremely accurate hawk-eye view of the cove area. Noteworthy, after the fact, I was able to verify the amazing accuracy of my hawk-eye view of the cove via satellite photos, aerial (plane or helicopter) photos, higher elevation (perch) photos, various boat vantage point photos and beach level photos...wow!
Notwithstanding, my OBE is only the most evidentiary thing to me, my OBE is not the most important thing about my NDE, and moreover, I have no "objective" evidence to prove my OBE or my NDE. If you know Rogerian Psychotherapy, then you will recognize some these characteristics of my NDE: self-acceptance (believe me, this is NOT my natural state in this realm); unconditional positive regard; profound empathy; biophilous energy (I do not know of any other terminology to use for this experience); fearlessness as to death; and, above all, freedom and a marvelous liberating feeling!
Now for my "editorializing" - or contrasting to other NDE (such as Anita Moorjani). Even though I felt a strong connection to "wholesome" reality, I did not feel "cosmic consciousness" (a connection with "everything"). Also, post my NDE, I have a very profound awareness that some evil is not merely a relative or quantitative occurrence, for some evil is a horrifically qualitative reality and some people are actually evil (e.g. Joseph Stalin or Theodore Robert "Ted" Bundy), they are not merely overly defensive or misguided.
Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes I consider myself a rather fine writer, but this "thing" was way beyond words!
At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event? Uncertain Well...I was drowning in a vicious rip-current and barely saved by a Brazilian surfer!
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Time and (to some degree) space was rather indeterminable; however, my guess would be near the middle or end of the NDE.
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 Energy (biophilous energy) and freedom was super! The self-acceptance was very welcome as well!
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.)? I could "see" everything (everything that made a difference) from various distances and perspectives.
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.)? I really did not recall much auditory input until I was "coming back" from my NDE.
Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body? Yes This is described in my "long" story aforementioned.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? This is described in my "long" story aforementioned.
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? No
Did you experience a review of past events in your life? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm This is described in my "long" story aforementioned.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Did you seem to understand everything? Everything about myself or others This is described in my "long" story aforementioned; particularly see my statement about evil!
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Uncertain I really do not recall.
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 regarding earthly life’s meaning or purpose? Uncertain I am heavily into Logotherapy, and thus, this is always (even during my NDE) a factor.
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information/awareness regarding earthly life’s difficulties, challenges, or hardships? No Yes. This is described in my "long" story aforementioned; especially, self-acceptance!
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information/awareness regarding love? Yes This is described in my "long" story aforementioned; especially, self-acceptance!
Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge or purpose? Yes This is described in my "long" story aforementioned.
Discuss any changes that might have occurred in our life after your experience: This is described in my "long" story aforementioned; particularly see my statement about evil!
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 Very vivid and great!
Discuss any changes that might have occurred in your life after your experience? This is described in my "long" story aforementioned; particularly see my statement about evil!
Did you have any changes in your values or beliefs after the experience that occurred as a result of the experience? Yes This is described in my "long" story aforementioned; particularly see my statement about evil!
Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience you did not have prior to the experience? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? This is described in my "long" story aforementioned.
Have you shared this experience with others? No
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I have heard some stuff, but did not care about it until my own NDE!
How did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real Very, very real!
What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time? Experience was definitely real This is described in my "long" story aforementioned.
Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes Much less small talk and much more nature!
Have your religious beliefs/spiritual practices changed specifically as a result of your Experience? Yes This is described in my "long" story aforementioned.
Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience? Yes Because I almost drowned in the ocean you would think I would hate the ocean, but I love the ocean even more and sense some my NDE while at the ocean!
Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience? No!
Did the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Uncertain No words do it justice!