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Babs' Experience

Experience description:   

I was participating in a function for a Masonic associated group known as Rainbow for Girls.  More accurately, I was invited to a pool party and preparing for the Grand Assembly, a big Rainbow Girls meeting, where every group in the state gathers.

I can't swim, but we were playing a game where we would slide down a slide and land in a raft below it.  I had slipped off and ended up in the deep end of the pool.

It was ethereal, very dreamlike, once I realized what was happening.  I don't remember if water ever got in my lungs, it was just funny.  I was very afraid and scared, and then I opened my eyes: I could see and breathe underwater, and that shouldn't happen.  I remember both pleasant surprise from this, but also deep concern that I might not make it out of the pool.

So I started walking, almost with no thought of what I was doing, to the shallow end.  Eventually, I heard a voice telling me to go for a hand, then one of the other girls pulled me out and rescued me.

I don't remember ever grabbing her hand, though.

At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event?   No  

Was the experience difficult to express in words?....No....

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?....More consciousness and alertness than normal    When I realized I could breathe and see, and walk on the pool's bottom to safety.....It was clearer, sharper, but at the same time, everything looked more abstract.  I could see underwater, and I remember the beautiful sunbeams.

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.    Sharper, more accurate, but at the same time, more abstract.  My field of vision could see all around me, and I remember seeing beautiful sunbeams.

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.    It was about normal, for what you'd expect in a pool, very hushed and quiet.  Except for a voice telling me to go for the girl's hand.

Did you see or hear any earthly events that were occurring during a time that your consciousness / awareness was apart from your physical / earthly body?    No  

What emotions did you feel during the experience?....Confusion, fear, eventually replaced by pleasant calmness.  

Did you pass into or through a tunnel?....No....

Did you see an unearthly light?....No....

Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice?....I heard a voice I could not identify    I simply heard a voice telling me to go for the girl's hand.  I can't place a gender on it, I just remember it telling me to.  Then I was being pulled out and all was well.

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings?....No   

Did you become aware of past events in your life during your experience?....No....

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world?....No....

Did time seem to speed up or slow down?....Time seemed to go faster or slower than usual....It felt like it slowed down for me, enough to give me time to walk towards the shallow end and then the hand.

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything?....No....

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?....No....

Did you come to a border or point of no return?....No....

Did scenes from the future come to you?....No....

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge or purpose?....No....

Discuss any changes that might have occurred in your life after your experience:....Slight changes in my life........

Did you have any changes in your values or beliefs after the experience that occurred as a result of the experience?    No    

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?   No  

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    Surreal, couldn't believe it happened, but kind of had to.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time:....Experience was definitely real....It was definitely real.  I was drowning, I was told to walk towards a hand, and suddenly I'm free.

Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?....No....

Have your religious beliefs/spiritual practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?....No   

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience?....Uncertain    I tried drowning again a few years ago.  I was in my boyfriend's pool with a few of his friends, when I suddenly slipped off the float I was floating on and back into the pool.  I was able to breathe and see again, and walked forward until I saw my boyfriend reach his hand down to grab me, and he swam me to safety.

Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?    Yes   

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you?     The voice