In 1960, I was 6 years old and drowning. I saw the events of my life passing rapidly. I had the impression of going through a tunnel and then I saw a light. In the morning of November 14, 2013, I was at my mother's house. I have to specify that on November 13th, around 6:00 pm, I left my mother who was at the end of her life in a hospital. After telling her that I would be back next morning, I asked my brother to call me if her state got worse. Between 6:00-6:45 am, I was lying awake in my mother's house. I started to feel a beneficial presence approaching rapidly. I sensed great serenity and joy, with a touch of solemn-ness. At that moment, I perceived that this as a very singular experience, without making any link with my mother. A few minutes after this experience, I got a phone call from my brother at the hospital. He told me that mother had died. My brother fell asleep in the chair at the side of my mother's bed. He woke up at the moment she exhaled her last breath. He couldn't inform me about my mother's state, to allow me to come and be with her. Strangely, on the morning of November 14th, at the hospital, I recalled my drowning at the age of 6 years. What I experienced at that moment came back to my memory.
Date NDE Occurred: 1960 et 2013
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Drowning. Other: En 1960 Lors d'une noyade - Évènement mettant la vie en danger mais sans mort clinique
En 2013 Lors du décès de ma mère
In 1960 my life was at risk. (Probable NDE) In 2013 my life wasn't at risk at all. (ADC)
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? In 1960, while drowning. In 2013, at my mother's moment of death.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Time seemed to go faster or slower than usual
Were your senses more vivid than usual? More vivid than usual
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Clear and precise.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. No auditory experience
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
The experience included: Tunnel
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes In 1960, I had the feeling going through a tunnel.
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? An unusually bright light
Did you see an unearthly light? Uncertain In 1960, I believe. In 2013, the sensation of luminosity during the approach of the presence.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? In 1960, a sensation of panic and astonishment. In 2013, a feeling of great serenity and joy.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? I remembered many past events In 2013 the reminiscence of the event I experienced in 1960.
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Moderately important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Catholic J'étais de religion chrétienne catholique lors de de l'évènement de 1960.
Lors de de l'évènement de 2013 je ne pratiquais plus ma religion depuis de nombreuses années et j'étais assez septique, désillusionné concernant une vie après la mort. En toute honnêteté, j'étais pragmatique et d'esprit scientifique ayant de sérieux doutes à l'égard d'une vie après la mort.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I'm convinced of a life after death.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Moderately important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Catholic Suite à l'évènement de novembre 2013 je suis persuadé qu'il y a une vie après la mort.
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was both consistent and not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience Lors de de l'évènement de 2013 je ne pratiquais plus ma religion depuis de nombreuses années et j'étais assez septique, désillusionné concernant une après-vie. En toute honnêteté, j'étais pragmatique et d'esprit scientifique ayant de sérieux doutes à l'égard d'une vie après la mort.
Pour faire suite à cette expérience, hors de tout sentiment religieux, j'ai la certitude d'un ailleurs après la mort, d'une conscience plus aigüe de l'importance d'une vie d'amour, de compréhension et de compassion.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I have the certainty of a beyond after death, a sharper awareness of the importance of a life of love, of understanding and compassion.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
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
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God probably exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? Uncertain Je suis persuadé qu'il y a un niveau de conscience qui me transcende.
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God probably exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are probably meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? Yes J'ai maintenant la conviction que l'amour est ce qui donne un sens à notre existence.
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife probably does not exist
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife probably exists Uncertain Suite à l'expérience du mois de novembre 2013, j'ai le sentiment qu'il y a un ailleurs après la mort et que là où est ma mère elle est heureuse.
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I did not fear death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Slightly fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are probably meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? Yes Être sensible et bienveillant à l'égard d'autrui.
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes L'amour est l'essence de la vie.
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Moderate changes in my life Moderate changes in my life
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I'm more thoughtful towards others and feel more compassion. The more resentments that I felt and sustained, during many years, towards people that hurt me, have practically disappeared.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
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 I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes On the evening of November 14th, my aunt and my brother didn't react specifically about the event I experienced.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes No knowledge at all in 1960, when I was 6 years old. In 2013, yes.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes The strange thing is that following the experience of last 14th November, the buried memory of the NDE at the age of 6 years resurfaced.
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