Donna A's Experience
About one hour after I prepared dinner, about 8:00, I went to bed to go to sleep. I had been having trouble sleeping ever since my grandmother passed away. Finally about 8:30 I felt myself going into a deep sleep. Then it seemed like instantly I awoke. My eyes opened. I looked around. I was talking to myself the whole time. I was saying stuff like, there is my chair, there is the bird cage, there is my husbands pants on the chair, I can hear the TV, and I can hear my husband in the living room. I was totally aware of my surroundings, but yet something was very strange. Only my mind was aware of what was going on. It was like I did not have a body at all. I never once acknowledged that I was a person or had a body, just mind. I was totally aware of my surroundings and that was all. I had an overall different feeling than ever before. I had no pain and I was totally free from everything, but yet I knew something was wrong.
When I suddenly realized something unexplainable was happening to me, I came to the conclusion that I was dead or dying. I realized my body at that time, I couldn't feel it or even move and realized I was not breathing, but yet I was still alive and aware of all my surroundings, then in my mind I started to panic. When I stared to panic it was like my mind screaming and I had no control of my mind connecting to my body. Anyway, suddenly like a tremendous heavy thump I felt this pressure on my heart like never before, and my heart starting beating out of my body.
Suddenly, and faintly, I screamed for my husband to come and help me. I felt like I left my body and then came back into it. My husband called 911 and when they arrived, I could not even sit up in the bed. I was so weak, and pale, and even talking was difficult for me to do. I just knew I was having a heart-attack. I was taken to the hospital, but before arriving there the paramedic said I was doing just fine. That they thought it was stress related. This was the same answer the doctor at the hospital told me. I have experienced all kinds of sleep disturbances and I have experienced sleep paralysis, but this was like nothing I have ever witnessed or experienced in my life. When I talk about it to my family, I shake all over like I am cold. It scares me to death to talk about it. The reason for calling 911 was because of experiencing what I did, not because of the results I felt afterwards. For about 2 or 3 days following this experience I was very weak and pale. What do you think happened to me?
Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience: No
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes
What was it about the experience that makes it hard to communicate? Not finding the exact words to describe what happened to me. This has never happened to me and it was very difficult explaining it.
At the time of the experience, was there an associated life threatening event? No
What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience? Complete consciousness and alert to all my surroundings
Was the experience dream like in any way? Not at all!
Did you experience a separation of consciousness from your body? Yes
Describe your appearance or form apart from your body: It was if my mind separated from my body, and I just had a mind and no body!
What emotions did you feel during the experience? At first I felt fine. I was not scared, I was at peace, and had no pain. Then when I suddenly realized something unexplainable was happening to me, then, at that moment I began to panic.
Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises? NO
Did you see a light? No
Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later? No
Did you have any sense of altered space or time? No
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No
Were you involved in or aware of a decision to return to the body? Uncertain
Describe: I only remember praying to Jesus, and telling him that I did not want to die yet! Please don't let me die yet.
Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience you did not have prior to the experience? No
Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience? Yes
Describe: I believe God was trying to tell me something. There is life after death, and when my grandmother died, she actually left her body like I did, and has no pain. and is now free..
Has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices etc.? Career choices? It has just happened to me, so i am still trying to re-cooperate. I don't feel as afraid of death as I did before.
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes
Describe: My husband, and he don't want to hear me talk about it anymore. I think it scares him. I have shared it with two of my sisters, and they believe me and they think it is God also giving me a sign or something about my grandmother. I just wish I knew for sure what happened to me.
What emotions did you experience following your experience? At first I was terrified, then very weak for days. Crying daily, and depressed. Then when I look back on the event, I start remembering bits and pieces, and I remember that when this happened to me, I was absolutely fine and at peace and had no pain or fear. It was my mind which brought me my fear and panic, not the experience.
What was the best and worst part of your experience? The worst part is looking back at the experience and not realizing what was happening to me, because it scared me to death. The best part of my experience is realizing now that I had to of had and OBE considering all the events that surrounded me and how my mind was thinking and how I feeling disconnected from my body.
Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience? I believe in God and live after death. I honestly believe that I was out of my body (for a short time) when I had this experience. I truly think God was talking to me in some way for form.
Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience? No
Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience? No
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