As a teenager, I often spent time with my friends at a public outdoor pool. Naturally, we were thinking about crazy things to do and have fun with. One day, one of us had an idea. Who originally conceived of it, I don’t remember. The idea itself was simple. You had to cross your arms across your chest and another person grabbed both hands from behind, thereby providing resistance. Then you had to hold your breath for 5-10 seconds, and a third person pushed against your chest. This inevitably led to unconsciousness. Since every participant quickly regained consciousness, I decided to try it.I don’t know what or how it happened. Suddenly I was above the pool at the height of the 10 meter (30 feet) dive board, although I was far away from the board, in mid-air. In this moment, I felt a single feeling best described as a feeling of complete contentment and joy. The best feeling I have experienced in my entire life. I looked around and saw the leaves swaying in the wind, birds were flying through the air, and I saw the sky above and the many people below.I noticed there were some people that were kneeling around a person on the ground. That person on the ground was me. As strangely as it may sound, I had no association with that body even though I recognized it as mine. I did not feel bad or fearful. I watched my brother with great interest, because he was smacking my face repeatedly. Before I realized what happened, I opened my eyes and was looking into the sun. I knew I was lying on the ground and feelings arose, especially pain from the being smacked in the face. I was surprised how fast my perspective had changed as it had gone from looking down from above to looking up from the ground.Confused by the experience but still filled with a sublime feeling I spoke to my worried brother. He was relieved that I had come around. He estimated that I had been unconscious for only a few minutes. I myself thought it had been even briefer. Since neither, my brother nor my two best friends had any answers regarding my experience I never spoke of it again. In addition, my experience did not match those of others because those usually involve making contact with beings or something like that. Furthermore, I view this as a very personal experience and some people might think of it as mental weakness. One may think of me as they wish, I myself am looking forward to continue this experience and to once again experience that wonderful feeling.
Date NDE Occurred: 1990
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain 'Kindliches Spiel die Luft anzuhalten und von anderen einen anhaltenden Druck auf die Brust zu erhalten, mit dem Ziel für kurze Zeit Ohnmächtig zu werden. Hat funktioniert.' Other Keine klinische Aufnahme/Feststellung.
We were playing a childish game where you had to hold your breath while another person pushed your chest with the goal to briefly lose consciousness. It worked. I do not know whether this causes a life-threatening situation or not.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
I clearly left my body and existed outside it
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Throughout
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Unfortunately, today I am unable to say for sure but I think there was no difference in the perception of the people or leaves.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
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? Everything about the universe
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future
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
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Liberal
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes The precise explanation of the feeling.
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 Immediately after I shared it with my brother and my two best friends. Their reactions differed. My brother and one of my friends took a very rational approach and blamed it on oxygen deprivation or something like that. My other friend had had some paranormal experiences, which he subsequently shared with me.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real Everything I experienced happened the way I saw it, even events that I wouldn’t have been able to perceive lying on the ground. I have no doubt about the reality of the experience, and it was no different from any other experienced reality.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I do not doubt nor have I ever doubted that the experience was real; it was no different than any other experience.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? This was the only experience of this kind I ever had. Not long ago, however, I saw a boy standing beside the road in front of a memorial cross and looking at me, but when I looked into the rearview mirror after just passing him, he had vanished.
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