Michelle B's Experience

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Experience description:   

It was rainy outside in the late summer of 1980. I was 12 years old. My family and I had gone to the river. The rain quit but it was still cloudy and a bit chilly. We were all swimming in an inlet of the river that was about 20 feet wide by about 15 feet in towards the bank. It was only about 5-6 feet deep in the deepest area.

I was swimming across and was caught in an undertow. I was under the water for sometime, I was trying to make my way to the surface and I could feel myself dying. I saw a very bright light appear in my eyesight. I was warmed and I felt comfortable. Then a large hand reached down through the light and pulled me up out of the water. That happen to be my older sister. She told me she couldn't find me and was searching the water with her hand and all of a sudden I was there. I know I felt very sad. I looked for the sun in the sky but it wasn't there. I was confused by this.

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?     No

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          Yes

I was drowning

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           I believe full

Was the experience dream like in any way?   not at all

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     No

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            fearful yet calm.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           no I heard nothingness.

Did you see a light?           Yes

a VERY bright light

Did you meet or see any other beings?           No

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         No

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   No

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       It hasn't

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         No

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes

They had no reaction in most cases, others didn't believe me. None were influenced.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  I was confused and Sad to be here.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The best was knowing that things don't end here. The worst was coming back and the confusion it caused me.

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         No

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