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Hedy B's Experience

Experience description:   


I was on a high school band trip to the coast where we all decided to go swimming at the beach. 

I had gone too far out into the ocean and the undertow grabbed me and took me under. When I popped up, I screamed to my friends but no one could hear me.  I lived in the desert, rarely ever near an ocean but I knew that the undertow was going to keep pulling me under and I might be in danger. 

While being tossed about underwater, a voice or thoughts came into my head giving me complete instructions on what to do to save myself and get out of the undertow.  I didn't feel afraid, I just went to work. 

It told me to just let go and let the undertow suck me under and when I felt it let go, then quickly come up for air and swim as hard as I could towards land until it grabbed me again, and then repeat the process above.  If I did this and didn't quit, eventually I would make it back to the beach and be ok.  It said that letting go and not fighting the undertow, saving my energy for swimming between waves was critical. I would get tired but if I followed the instructions everything would be fine. (it wasn't a linear sentence type conversation, just there all at once and not in so many words along with a calming confidence feeling). 

So I followed the instructions and over time got out of range of the undertow and found my way back to the beach.  No one noticed me being gone and I don't remember talking about it much. It all was kind of surreal I think.

At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event?   Yes  I was in the undertow in the ocean.

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?    When I was being tossed around in the undertow.

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   I was focused on my mission.

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.   I think it was more of a mixture of internal / external vision. I don't remember if my senses were more vivid I just remember being VERY clear and dedicated.

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.   don't remember.

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?   Fear then calm and strong and I pictured myself walking up on the beach very tired.  

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

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  

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?   Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
I felt in a space all my own. Not sure about time.

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything?   Everything about myself or others
I understood everything about my situation and why I must do what I was told to do.

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 

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness suggesting that there either is (or is not) continued existence after earthly life (“life after death”)?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that God or a supreme being either does (or does not) exist?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that you either did (or did not) exist prior to this lifetime?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that a mystical universal connection or unity/oneness either does (or does not) exist?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s meaning or purpose?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s difficulties, challenges, or hardships?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding love?   No   Just that I never felt alone.

During your experience, did you encounter any other specific information / awareness that you have not shared in other questions that is relevant to living our earthly lives?   No  

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

What occurred during your experience included:   Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience   just less experience, not conflicting.

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   As far as I know it is clear whereas I don't remember much of the trip or much of my teenage year .

Discuss any changes that might have occurred in your life after your experience:   Just that I was being watched over but I also don't think I took in what happened for a very long time.  I felt cared for. and with the next question, I was a kid and didn't analyze what happened. But I always knew there was something with me, someone with me.

My experience directly resulted in:  
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?  
Uncertain   I was young but I think I believed already that someone was close by somehow, just not confident in it all the time.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you?   The good feelings associated with the voice/thoughts that told me what to do.

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?    
The good feelings associated with the voice/thoughts that told me what to do.

Have you ever shared this experience with others?  
Yes  I don't remember sharing it until I grew up and those I told were select people who might appreciate it.  They all thought it was very interesting.

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   it happened and it saved my life.  I had no knowledge of how or what to do in that situation but got expert advice...where did it come from?

What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time:   Experience was definitely real   same as above

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?   Yes   Confirms me and my ideas.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience?   Yes   I have had dreams with instruction and I think experiences as well.

Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience?   no

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