Suddenly I was back and I saw some people on the road by the side of the river being busy (they were trying to get the water out of my lungs). That is it.
Date NDE Occurred: 1956
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident I just slipped and fell into the water Other nearly drown I fell into the water; the shock made me take a deep breath (twice); my lungs filled with (salt) water.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I clearly left my body and existed outside it
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 When I stood there hand in hand with the person of light.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I stood there hand in hand with the person of light.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning There was no time; there was only eternity.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. A child of two years old has no vision of himself. There I had an extreme vision of ‘existing’.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I heard a ‘sound’ that I cannot describe. It was no voice or music but just a heavenly sound.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes See above; it was more like a spiral that took me up.
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes A person in light.
The experience included: Light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes First there was a light that I went up to. It appeared to be a person in light.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm It was all in all beautiful. For me it just felt like being home –> the place where I came from –> the place where I wanted to stay.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? It felt ‘normal’.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
The experience included: Special Knowledge
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
The experience included: Vision of the future
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world’s future
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes I was forced to go back.
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
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Liberal I was too young for any of this
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal none
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? 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 see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes I was send back to fulfill a task (but I was not told what it was).
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Especially after reading ACiM (‘A Course in Miracles’) – the love that is written in that book comes close to the experience.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes I was too young to tell; when I began to realize what I had experienced (I was seventeen or eighteen). I first thought it was just ‘something wrong in my head’. Now it is difficult to talk about it because there are no words to describe. This world has no language to give words to the feeling/experience that you have.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes This experience is strong but at my age (two or three years old) it is easily integrated in life. Most of the paranormal things that happened where ‘normal’ for me. It took a long time to realize that ‘my world’ was totally different from the world of other people around me. I sometimes feel like Harry Potter; a wizard in a world of muggels (I don’t know if that is the correct word – in Dutch it’s ‘deuzels’).
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Yes, I was very sad to be told to go back to where I came from. I did not want to leave.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes The first one I told was my wife; about twenty-five years after the event. She reacted very well. My children know about it. One colleague knows about it. Yes, they are influenced by it. They judge my statements as a prediction and use it, as ‘well if he says so – then it will be so’. That makes me cautious in what to say or what to hold back.
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 now? Experience was definitely real I try to doubt my experience because sometimes it would make life today much easier; but I can’t. It is part of me and I have to move on.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? It is something I would not have missed (it is my treasure); and at the same time I sometimes wish it did not happen because it makes you an ‘outsider’ in this world.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Thank you for reading this story.