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Rami's Experience

Experience description:   

I was 16, went with 4 friends to a water park. After that we went swimming in this big lake in Israel right outside of the water park.

All us guys saw in a distance, like 300 meters away in the lake this floating buoy and agreed to swim toward it and rest on it once we get there, since it was quite far. I wasn't really in shape compared to my friends but we all made it to the floating buoy, and once we all tried to rest on it after this long swim we realized it cant support our weight and is sinking with even the slightest weight we put on it. I kind of got worried, but my friends didn't seem to worry much. They all started swimming back to shore and I was last, struggling with this buoy just to give my muscles and body some rest before I swim back to shore like my friends. I realized the struggling with the buoy is being really helpful, since it kept sinking once I tried to hold it and float with it, so I started swimming back to shore. Middle way I already felt my muscles are way too tired to keep on with the swimming, and there were mild waves who made it harder for me to swim.

I saw all my friends from far, already drying themselves on the shore and tried shouting for them to come help me. I was so exhausted that I could barely shout properly and could see none of my friends are looking toward me or hearing me.

I was so tired and started to panic, gave it a last push but it was too far.

In some point my memory went blank, couldn't remember anything, and at a point it came back in an instant and I found myself on the shore with the rest of my friends. I was completely shocked yet thankful I wasn't dead for some reason I could not remember or explain. I looked at my friends acting all normal like nothing happened and it even amazed me more. I never talked to them about this since I didn't know how they will react, was worried they will look at me like an hallucinating crazy fool in my sub conscious I guess.

That's all.

At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event?   Yes 

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 regained consciousness at the shore.

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness?      Less consciousness and alertness than normal   No consciousness, no memory what so ever.

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.
   No vision

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.
   No hearing

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?   None  

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?   No

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?   No

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 

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  

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   Once I realized I'm alive, made me appreciate life 1000 times more. Felt complete joy for existing.

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

What occurred during your experience included:   Content that was entirely not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience   Was sure I'm going to drown to death. Then memory was lost and found myself on the shore. Couldn't believe this kind of thing can happen.

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   I remember only the event. In relative to the days before or after, I cant remember anything but the event.

Discuss any changes that might have occurred in your life after your experience:   Nothing radical. I was young, was just shocked and couldn't explain to myself how I stayed alive. Guess sub consciously was thanking god, was both shocked yet with this enormous happiness and joy I'm alive. Right after digesting I'm alive just got my self together and kept going on with my teenaged life.

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  

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience?   Uncertain   Had a handful weird vivid dreams in the 18 years after. two of them gave me details about the future. Wasn't aware of that until things happened that I realized I dreamt about.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you?    
The whole thing is. Proved to me that there are things we are not aware of and cant explain.

Have you ever shared this experience with others?  
Yes  13 years.

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   My only explanation to myself was some intervention of a higher power. Few minutes of the event went missing in my memory, and I found myself alive once I was sure it was my end.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time:   Experience was definitely real   I'm even more sure something outside of my comprehension has happened.

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?   Yes   A motorcycle accident. I hit a car at high speed. Flew up and forward a few meters and escaped only with really nasty scratches on my back and arm.

Was disproportionate to the intensity and impact of the accident. Was sure I'm going to be much more messed up or even worst.

Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience?   No I guess.

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

What could a national organization with an interest in near death experience (NDE) do that would be of interest to you?       Spread the message I guess. Maybe and hopefully it will make this world a better place.