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Silvia's Experience

Experience description:   

It was the 1st April – a long holiday – the Catholic Easter. We went with my daughters to the city of Necochea. We were on the beach. It was a cloudy day, with hardly anyone. Me and my youngest daughter decided to go into the sea. The water almost came up to our waists, and suddenly something happened beneath my feet. The sand or the sea floor, dissappeared. I was in a whirlpool that prevented me from swimming out of it, I was moving away from the coast more and more. Up to this moment my daughter had tried to grab an arm to help me get out.

All of a sudden I could see the cover of a newspaper saying: "The sea has taken the two last victims of the season" immediately I jumped up and started to see the coast very far away, the sea was carrying me offshore. I can't say exactly but I know that I saw water and sky. I decided to stop trying to swim and to relax. At this very moment something happened because everything seemed to stop, as if time had been paused, and like on a cinema screen, my life passed from before to the future, but it wasn't just pictures, I could feel what it was that others had experienced, I felt their pain, their sorrow, their happiness.

A thought came into my head, and I said in an almost happy voice "Ahhh... it is going to be like this" referring to my death. Then all the water went...and then everything was totally white, everything was light – not blinding – but clear and a feeling of absolute love like I had never felt. The pleasure, the enjoyment or happiness was imeasureable. If I had to choose a word, it would be ecstasy or an eternal orgasm...

The cries of my daughter: "Why have you left me!" brought me back all of a sudden, and someone said to me in the ear: "You can swim or I am knocking" he put his hand on my waist and carried me to the beach, it was the lifeguard that had finished his contract the previous day, but for some reason knew that he had to stay until the end of the holiday accordinf to his own words.

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

Was the experience difficult to express in words?  Yes
     Because to describe feelings in the same way as colours, escapes the vocabulary that I have. I don't know if the words even exist that can describe or explain this, in the end all I could say was: it seemed similar to...

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?   At the beginning when the accident first happened.

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   It was more because I was conscious of that which happened.

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.
   Before the experinece it was a normal sense, the observation of the things that were happening in the place were everyday things, enjoying a quiet day on the beach.

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.

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?

What emotions did you feel during the experience?   I felt the emotions that other people had when they showed me my life. I felt sorrow, pain, anguish. But the most outstanding thing in spite of being able to feel them was an overflowing love.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel?   No

Did you see an unearthly light?  
Yes   I don't know if it was supernatural, I know it was total light, totally white.

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?

Did you become aware of past events in your life during your experience?  
Yes   Yes everything that he showed me about my life from before, were things that later happened.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world?
   A clearly mystical or unearthly realm
I don't know whether to call it a mystical ralm, or an unknown home, it was a place where I have never been. A place where what I felt was a love that overwhelmed me.

Did time seem to speed up or slow down?   Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Without doubt time stopped. People who had been previously on the beach were as if paralysed, the images had stopped.

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything?
   Everything about the universe
It was a sensation of knowing I am part of everything.

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?   No

Did you come to a border or point of no return?
   I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will

Did scenes from the future come to you?

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   because I have the certainty that something exists after we leave our body.

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that God or a supreme being either does (or does not) exist?   Yes
   through the feeling of LOVE. It is very difficult to describe these feeling with words.

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?   Yes
   Because I could feel that which others had felt.

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s meaning or purpose?   Yes

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
    I felt that others are part of me.

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?  
Yes   I learnt what is known as mercy, that the suffering of another also is part of me.

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

I always had the capacity to be very respectful towards all the religious beliefs, although I never practise any.

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.
  It is always here. It is something that has changed my life.

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

One of the changes that I consider important was the sensitivity that remained, I call this sensitivity empathy, to feel that which others feel. Hearing changed: it was impossible to go to the supermarket because I could hear all the voices at the same time. Hearing the thoughts of others would destabilise me. After many years, sometimes I am able to do it other times no. I have improved on these and other things.

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?  
   I try to be a better person every day.

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience?
Yes   As a child it was common to have premonitory dreams, and this frightened me a lot. I believe I denied this, I cancelled it, or whatever you want to call growing up. After the experience it was as if a door had opened to bring me back more intensely. Dreams, hearing, empathy, telepathy.

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

Have you ever shared this experience with others?  

On coming home. They reacted badly, they understood the accident as a tragedy and I felt full of love and happiness.

Some listened, others thought I was crazy believing in these things.

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
   Because it remains present to this day.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time:   Experience was definitely real
   Because from this point my life changed.

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  I believe in something higher, you could call it God, nature, the universe.

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?

I can't affirm if it is an exhaustive and precise description, the description of this experience is very difficult.

What could a national organization with an interest in near death experience (NDE) do that would be of interest to you?  Spreading the knowledge.

Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience?

Nothing more occurs to me. I think it is complete.



Era el 1 de Abril -feriado extenso- por las Pascuas Católicas y fuimos con mis hijas a la ciudad de Necochea. Estábamos en la playa. Era un día nublado, casi no había gente. Con mi hija menor decidimos entrar al mar. El agua nos llegaba apenas a la cintura y de pronto algo pasó debajo de mis pies. La arena -o el piso- desapareció. Me encontré en un remolino que no me permitía nadar para salir, me alejaba más y más de la costa. Hasta ese momento mi hija había intentado tironearme de un brazo para ayudarme a salir.

De golpe pude ver la portada de un periódico que decía: 'El mar se cobró las dos últimas víctimas de la temporada' inmediatamente la solté y comencé a ver la orilla muy lejos, estaba yéndome mar adentro. No puedo precisar exactamente pero sé que veía agua y cielo. Decidí dejar de intentar nadar y relajarme. Algo sucedió en ese instante porque todo quedó como detenido, como si el tiempo hubiese tenido una pausa y como en una pantalla de cine pasaba mi vida de atrás hacia delante, pero no eran sólo imágenes, podía sentir qué era lo que había experimentado la gente, sentí su dolor, su tristeza, su alegría.

Un pensamiento apareció en mi cabeza y casi feliz me dije: 'Ahhh... esto iba a ser así' refiriéndome a la muerte. Luego fue todo agua... y luego todo blanco, todo luz -no enceguecedora- sino claridad y una sensación absolutamente de amor me desbordó, un amor como el que nunca había sentido. El placer, gozo o felicidad era inconmensurable. Si tuviera que elegir una palabra, diría éxtasis o un orgasmo eterno...

Los gritos de mi hija: '¡Por qué me soltaste!' me trajeron de vuelta, y alguien que me dijo al oído: 'podés nadar o te noqueo', pasó su mano por mi cintura y me llevó hasta la playa, era el guardavidas que había terminado su contrato el día anterior, pero que por alguna razón sabía tenía que quedarse hasta el fin del feriado, según sus palabras.

¿En el momento de su experiencia hubo algún evento asociado que amenazara su vida?    No     

¿Fue la experiencia difícil de explicar en palabras?        Porque el describir sensaciones al igual que colores, escapa al vocabulario que tengo. Desconozco si existen palabras que puedan describir o explicar, a lo sumo puedo decir: parecido a, similar a..

¿En qué momento durante la experiencia tuvo su mayor nivel de estados de consciencia y alerta?    Más Consciente y alerta de lo normal     A principios de que comenzó el accidente.    Fue mayor porque estaba consciente de lo que sucedía.

Por favor compare su sentido de la visión durante la experiencia con el sentido de visión cotidiano que tenía inmediatamente antes de la experiencia.    Anterior a la experiencia era un sentido normal, la observación de lo que estaba sucediendo en el lugar como hechos cotidianos, disfrutando de un día de playa tranquilo.

Por favor compare su sentido de audición durante la experiencia con el sentido de audición cotidiano que tenía inmediatamente antes de la experiencia.    Normal.

¿Vio o escuchó algún evento terrenal que estuviera ocurriendo en el mismo momento en que su consciencia / conocimiento estaba separado de su cuerpo físico / terrenal?    No     

¿Qué emociones sintió durante la experiencia?    Sentí las emociones que tuvieron otras personas cuando me era mostrada mi vida. Sentí tristeza, dolor, angustia. Pero lo más destacado que a pesar de que podía sentirlas el amor era desbordante.  

¿Entró o atravesó un túnel?    No     

¿Vio usted una luz sobrenatural?        No sé si era sobrenatural, sé que era todo luz, todo blanco.

¿Vio usted o se encontró con un ser místico o presencia? ¿O escuchó una voz inidentificable?     No     

¿Se encontró usted o estaba Consciente de algún ser fallecido (o vivo)?    No     

¿Se hizo usted Consciente de eventos pasados en su vida durante la experiencia?         Todo lo que se me mostró de mi vida hacia atrás fueron hechos sucedidos.

¿Le pareció que ingresó a algún otro mundo sobrenatural?     Un reino claramente místico o sobrenatural    No sé si llamar reino místico o lugar desconocido, era un lugar donde nunca estuve. Un lugar donde lo que sentí fue un amor que me desbordaba.

¿Pareció que el tiempo se aceleraba o enlentecía?     Parecía que todo pasaba al mismo tiempo; el tiempo se detuvo o perdió todo sentido    Sin lugar a dudas el tiempo se detuvo. La gente que anteriormente estaba en la playa quedó como paralizada, la imagen quedó detenida.

¿Pareció que usted repentinamente entendía todo?    Todo sobre el Universo     Fue una sensación de saberme parte de Todo.

¿Alcanzó usted una frontera o estructura física limitante?    No     

¿Llegaron a usted escenas del futuro?    No     

¿Tuvo la sensación de saber algún conocimiento especial o propósito (***sólo de la experiencia)?    No     

Por favor, describa cualquier cambio que pudo haber ocurrido en su vida después de su experiencia:   Uno de los cambios que considero importante fue la sensibilidad que quedé. Llamo sensibilidad a la empatía, el sentir lo que otros siente. La audición cambió: era imposible ir a un supermercado porque podía escuchar todas las voces al mismo tiempo. Escuchar pensamientos y eso me desestabilizaba. Después de muchos años, a veces logro que no suceda, otras no. Adelantarme a hechos y todas esas cosas.

¿Tuvo usted algún cambio en sus valores y creencias después de su experiencia y que hayan ocurrido como resultado de la experiencia?        Intento ser mejor persona cada día.

¿Tuvo usted algún don físico, fuera de lo ordinario o especial después de su experiencia que no haya tenido antes de la experiencia?        De pequeña era común tener sueños premonitorios y eso me asustaba mucho. Eso creo que lo negué, cancelé o como quiera llamarse al ir creciendo. Después de la experiencia fue como si una compuerta se abriese para que regresara más intensificado. Sueños, audición, empatía, telepatía.

¿Usted a compartido esta experiencia con otros?         Al regresar a mi hogar. Reaccionaron mal, tomaban el accidente como una tragedia y yo me sentía plena de felicidad y amor.

Algunos escucharon, otros pensaron que estaba loca que creía en esas cosas.

¿Tenía usted algún conocimiento de experiencias cercanas a la muerte (ECM) previamente a su experiencia?    No     

¿Qué pensó usted de la realidad de su experiencia poco después (días a semanas) después de que sucedió?    La experiencia fue definitivamente real     Porque sigue tan presente hasta el hoy.

¿Qué piensa actualmente usted de la realidad de su experiencia?    La experiencia fue definitivamente real     Porque a partir de ella mi vida cambió definitivamente.

¿Sus relaciones han cambiado específicamente como resultado de su experiencia?    No     

¿Ha cambiado la práctica de sus creencias religiosas/espirituales como resultado de su experiencia?        Creo en algo superior, llámese Dios, naturaleza, universo.

En cualquier momento de su vida, ¿Hay algo que alguna vez lo haya hecho reproducir alguna parte de su experiencia?    No   

¿Las preguntas realizadas y la información provista por usted describen precisa y exhaustivamente su experiencia?     Incierto    No puedo calificar si la describen en forma precisa y exhaustiva, es muy difícil la descripción de esa experiencia

¿Hay alguna otra pregunta que podría ayudarle a comunicar su experiencia?    No se me ocurre ninguna más. Es muy completo.

¿Hay alguna o varias partes de su experiencia que sean especialmente significativas para usted?    Todas