Experience Description

I was swimming in a pool and removed my life jacket. I then was trying to find the edge of the deep end when I slipped and went under the water. I tried to grab a woman's swimsuit; she felt it but seen nothing. I blacked out. When I come to, I am floating above the pool with a spirit or ghost beside me. I ask it why no one is helping me (I can see everyone around my body and hear everything they are saying, still thirty-two years later like it happened today)? The being floating with me tells me without moving its mouth or saying anything that, 'The world is not as loving as you think.' I was not given CPR or mouth to mouth. I remember getting angry because they were not helping me. Suddenly I felt myself go back into my body; I come to coughing and crying. I tell them to get away from me, ride my bike home, and tell my mother what happened. She took me to the hospital where they find nothing wrong with me.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: 1977

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Accident Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)

How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed

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 Floating above the pool.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Floating above the pool.

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

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. Transparency, brightness.

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Better clarity.

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? Yes Floating beside me, didn't know them, answers I asked.

The experience included: Darkness

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

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Anger, wonderful.

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

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? Moderate

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Moderate

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No

The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings

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? No

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes See places before I go there sometimes, also can feel spirits.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? No.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes My mom, then six years later with people, they were always skeptical.

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 Better view of people years after.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Have witnesses of me being at the bottom of the pool.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No