I was 8 years old and I was attending a pool party for my brother's baseball team. I was very impressed that the owners of the home had a pool because not a lot of people had private pools where I lived. I was very excited to get into the pool but knew that I could not swim. So, I asked the girl who lived next door, when she was getting out of the pool, if the water was over my head. She said, "no" and I jumped in. As an adult I realize that this girl was 4 years older than I and much taller, and she didn't realize that the water was too deep for a non swimmer. Anyway, I jumped in and sank to the bottom of the pool. I pushed off with my feet to reach the surface but only the top of my head could reach the top. Then I remembered that the cartoons showed someone drowning and they would but up fingers for each time they surfaced. By the third finger someone always rescued them. So, I tried this over three times and of course no one came to my aid. By this time my lungs were burning and I felt total panic! With this I took a big gulp of water and that is when I heard the most wonderful music! Peace surrounded me and the panic resolved. I was so excited because I thought the people who owned the pool had hired an orchestra to play at the pool side. This probably happened over seconds but seemed more like minutes as I listened to the music. It flooded my soul with it's beauty and I have never heard anything as beautiful again in my lifetime. After some time a voice spoke to me. I now know that it was through telepathy. It was a loving, wonderful kind voice and it said, "You cannot swim on top of the water but you know how to swim underneath. Why don't you swim up where you can touch?"
I rejoiced in this moment because I realized the voice was correct. So, I swam to the shallow end and was finally able to reach the surface of the water and crawled up steps out of the pool. I was coughing and choking up water for a bit and all the parents and kids had surrounded me. When I finally was able to speak I asked where the orchestra was. My mom at this time freaked out because she said drowning people here music.
This experience has been with me through out my life. I married an alcoholic and had a son and we divorced. I had two other children and failed marriages. However, no matter what I have experienced in life I always knew that God saved me at the bottom of the swimming pool for a reason. No matter how many mistakes I had made it did not matter. He still loved me and had a plan for my life.
finally returned to college in my 30's and began my nursing career. I believe
God called me into my profession. He keeps showing me how much people need to be
At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Yes, when I began to hear the music
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
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Vision was more blurry due to the water in my eyes.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Hearing was very vivid. I no longer heard the other children playing in the pool. I had heightened awareness of peace and the music was wonderful.
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? Uncertain
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace, love and excitement.
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 encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin
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.)? Uncertain I believe I heard the voice of God.
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
Time stopped and had no meaning.
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”)? Yes God's voice and the music from heaven.
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that God or a supreme being either does (or does not) exist? Yes He spoke to me.
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? Yes God's love is real and enduring.
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 I am not sure that I had developed a belief system about God at this time. However, I went on to have a strong desire to go to church. I wanted to be in His house. I wanted to give Him my life.
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
My experience directly resulted in: Large 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? Yes I knew God was not just in the bible stories that my mom had read to me. He was real!
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? Yes I told my mom but then didn't share it again until I was an adult.
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
What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time: Experience was definitely real
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 Strong belief in God. I feel blessed to have had the experience because I know He is real.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Yes