I had slipped and fallen into the deep end of a swimming pool. I sank to the bottom and remained there, undetected for a while, until a man saw me. My experience included a journey and a purpose. I clearly remember a tunnel and a vacuum sucking me back when it was time to return. I wanted to fight it and continue the journey, but was unable to do so. I spiraled and was sucked back into my body; back to the discomfort, pain and fear, which had been non-existent for quite a while. I was later told that I had no pulse for ‘some time’ and the man who found me spent a while with me, refusing to give up. I was badly bruised and damaged as he had beaten my chest with some force to revive me. I experienced anger and sadness at having to return to this life. My mother became over-protective of me and I turned into a very nervous child. I returned from my near death experience (NDE) with heightened sensitivity on many levels. I was able to remote view and had acquired extra-sensory perception (ESP). My IQ soared and I was tested at school frequently, to the point where I began to wonder if there was something seriously wrong with me. I was especially nervous when some men in suits came to our home to try to convince my parents to allow me to go to their academy. I was worried about being taken away. My parents would not allow it.As the years went by, I came to accept my extra sensory abilities with the help of some psychics and clairvoyants. They were the only ones I could comfortably turn to without judgment or apprehension. They tried to convince me to ‘develop’ the gifts I had to help others. I decided I could not deal with that kind of thing emotionally and chose not to pursue it. I wanted to have as much of a ‘normal’ life as I could with my family and friends.
Date NDE Occurred: 1966
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
Drowning in a swimming pool.
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I do not remember. Time did not exist there.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
I sensed it but had no desire to understand it or comprehend any of it. I felt total acceptance for a while.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I do not remember this.
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? Yes It was like a huge vacuum cleaner. A feeling of spiraling and swirling in slow motion until I realized I had to return. Then the vacuum became intense and fast. I returned quickly and directly into the upper part of my chest area. I felt the pain immediately.
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 There was no other people or beings, or Jesus, or God there. But I knew that they would be coming eventually.
The experience included: Light
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? Yes I was not immediately surrounded by it but felt drawn towards it. I knew without a doubt that I was supposed to go there.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Quickly went from black gray to beautiful colors which continued to intensify.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Extreme joy in the experience of the journey, and purpose (whatever it was to be), but nothing when I returned to witness the event from another place. Nothing in the reality of the physical incident mattered to me in any way, with the exception of a brief moment, when I saw my mother's frantic reaction after being pulled out of the water.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
The experience included: Special Knowledge
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 I do not remember.
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes There was a sudden realization that I could not continue on the journey. I was quickly forced into a reverse vacuum tunnel without time to think about it. I knew I was returning to my body. I did not question it, but became angry when the pain started; I just wanted to go back.
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? Conservative/fundamentalist None
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I am unable to answer this specifically. I would say I am more ‘spiritual’. I also believe there is a reason and purpose for everything.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist 'Not sure...spiritual I suppose. I do believe in God, a higher power that has ultimate control over everything.'
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I am unable to answer this specifically. I would say I am more ‘spiritual’. I also believe there is a reason and purpose for everything.
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? Yes I cannot explain.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No I have a loving and understanding family.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Uncertain It depends on who I choose to talk to about it.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I did not want to return and was angry when I could feel the pain and I could not complete the journey. I will never fear physical death.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes My parents who were very worried. My wife and children learned to accept my strange abilities. I have always been careful with whom I share anything and have kept it mostly to myself. People cannot deal with it.
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 Even at a young age, I realized the significance of the experience and was changed as a person forever by it.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real It was not until later in life when I came to a realization that the NDE was responsible for all the other strange things I have experienced and endured throughout my life. I truly believe it is all connected. I returned with heightened sensitivity and purpose.
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? I have a complete understanding of a few aspects of life and the afterlife. But many other questions which I am sure will not be answered in this life. I try not to dwell on it all too much. But there are phases when certain events become a little overwhelming, so I seek the advice and company of a psychic / clairvoyant, and talk with my wife.
Seven years after this happened; at around age 11, I developed an extremely and abnormally high IQ. I was 'tested' many times by the school and other organizations that were called in. Men came to our home two times to try to convince my parents to take me to an 'academy' in Baltimore for research. My mother had told me later in life that it had something to do with remote viewing. My parents would not allow it and wanted nothing to do with it, although they enrolled me in accelerated classes at the school, but it created a serious worry to me that I was going to be taken away. I developed a nervous condition due to this. I began to move objects without touching them. This went on for about four months until I shared this with a friend who stayed overnight. I scared him so bad that his mother had to come and take him home. I then shared it with my mother and totally disturbed her. Against my wishes, she told my father. Shortly thereafter, I was enrolled in many social activities. They were advised to create activities and distractions for me. Then the telekinesis activities ceased, and I was never able to do it again. I had quite a few experiences throughout my life regarding seeing spirits, and also 'psychically' connecting with people. I consulted two psychics during my late 20s in an attempt to find an understanding. It was not until the past couple of years that I came to understand, on my own, that it was emotional energy, which was responsible for all this. It was not until recently that I am realizing a possible connection with all the lifelong experiences and my near death experience. I have spent my entire life searching for some kind of explanation.
Date NDE Occurred: summer 1960
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident drowning in a hotel swimming pool 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
I slipped while running and fell into a swimming pool at a hotel and drowned. I lay at the bottom of pool for a time until a man found me and revived me.
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? I do not remember this. I clearly remember the wonderful bliss as I moved in a vortex toward a very bright light and looked down from above the water and saw myself laying spread on the floor of the pool as I turned around and went back to the color blobs and through the tunnel toward the beautiful light. I believe that after a while there was an abrupt feeling of being sucked back. And the pain and misery set in as I was being jumped on and slapped by a man who was trying to revive me. I wanted to go back. I was so young but the few conscious memories I have are still vivid in my mind like it happened yesterday.
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
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I looked down at my body lying at the bottom of the pool.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes I was entering into a tunnel, a kind of vortex toward a wonderful light.
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm flashing blobs of colors during the trip toward the light.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I do not remember. I only remember extreme pleasure and bliss beyond words.
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Unsure
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes Several years later when strange things began to occur in my life.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
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
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Not until a few years ago. Then I realized the connections associated with the experience and later strange personal experiences.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Thankfully I have a tolerant and understanding wife and children. I have only shared these experiences with them and 2 psychics, and my mother through my life.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was probably real I was too young to seriously think about it. It came clear to me later in life. But it seriously affected my entire life and I now realize this.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I recently began to read a couple of books that my son purchased and after all these years, I finally can associate the connections. It all makes sense to me now.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? ? Not being able to completely open up to anyone about the experience for many years is the most difficult aspect of it. Only someone who has experienced it can relate; and I have never met another person who has. But I have not seriously looked for anyone. Perhaps I am now by finding this site.
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