When I was just three years old I drowned in a pool behind my house. When my mother found me, I was floating face down in the water. My father who said that a voice told him to hold me upside down to get the water out resuscitated me. This worked and I began to breathe again. I spent a little time at a hospital and later told my father of the events.I first told him that I wanted to go to the church, the church that was being built. I said it wasn't finished yet. After questioning me some more, I told him that two angels held my arms and took me up into the sky. I told him that there were people building a church out of gold bricks and that they were waving at me. I turned and saw two thrones with two beings sitting in them. Their faces were clouded but one of them told me that 'it wasn't my time yet'. I insisted that I wanted to stay and he told me that I had to go back to my mom and dad. Then I told him that I saw a little girl (which was me) and then it was over. I apparently went back into my body. I remember all of these details to this day.
Date NDE Occurred: 1981
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident drowning Life threatening event, but not clinical death
Fell into pool while unattended and drowned.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes Explained above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? One hundred percent conscious.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
I was in a completely different dimension.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Heaven seemed to be without sound and full of emotion. The only voice I heard was that of God or Jesus.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes The men and women building the church who waved to me.
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes Unbelievably bright warm yellow light.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Explained above.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Joy, happiness, belonging.
The experience included: Special Knowledge
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe I felt that I was in the company of kindness that I did not want to leave, even if it meant leaving my parents.
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
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 I was told by God or Jesus that I had to go back to my parents, I had no choice in the matter regardless of my protest.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I knew that there was a heaven because I had seen it with my own eyes. I have a strong belief in God.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes Dreams that come true the next day and knowing information about strangers.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The best part was that I had the experience of meeting God and Jesus but the worst part of it was that my mother suffered emotional trauma because she felt responsible for my drowning.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes There was a general feeling of disbelief when I was younger yet when I got a little older people were amazed and believed in me.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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