sitting at a table in my apartment studying. All of a sudden I felt like I was
up on the ceiling looking down at myself just sitting there. It seemed as though
the person at the table was motionless, and I, the person on the ceiling was a
neutral observer. My consciousness had switched from being oriented in the
person at the table to the neutral observer. I wasn't aware of having any
emotions. It was as if I was standing there checking myself out with my arms
folded across my chest, just thinking "Hmmm". Then I remember switching
positions to another part of the room. I remember thinking at one point that it
was odd that I was up there.... I got up from the table and went to study myself
in the mirror for some reason. The "consciousness" on the ceiling moved around
the room and I remember looking at myself in the mirror and then I was back
inside my body. Time seemed to stop during the above. I have no explanation for
the above. I WOULD say that I am an especially sensitive person--very artistic
and musical and interested in philosophy, which I was studying at the time. One
major interest that I have is in graphology/handwriting analysis, which I have
been studying since I was a child. I am very good at it, and have been accused
of being psychic by some psychologists, since I can describe people and explain
them with great accuracy very fast....Don't know if I believe their assessment
experience has made me very interested in religion, philosophy, holistic
medicine, psychology, etc. My opinion, based on the described experience, is
that consciousness is a separate thing from the body. This is quite clear to me.
I think that there is some sort of universal intelligence that goes in and out
of people. There may be just one such intelligent entity or there may be
innumerable such entities, but whatever the case may be, it (the conscious
observer/intelligence) does not need the body, it just uses it.
associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the
the kind of experience difficult to express in words?
experience was "seamless" and seemed so natural, that it seemed perfectly
normal, so it didn't even seem remarkable at the time. I didn't know what it
was. It is only in looking back at it that it seems clear that it was unusual.
It has never happened since. Now we have a label for it (an OBE), which I didn't
know at the time. But I still remember it even after more than 30 years...
was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?
just aware of the experience. It happened fast, I believe, and I didn't have
much time to analyze it.
experience dream like in any way?
you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?
didn't have a form. I was just an "awareness."
emotions did you feel during the experience?
you hear any unusual sounds or noises?
you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they
Uncertain I appeared to see from my position on the ceiling, so I was
aware of my position, and of seeing myself.
you have any sense of altered space or time?
No I was
unaware of time. Space was no object. I could move without moving etc., from one
place to another instantaneously.
has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices?
I don't believe
that "death" in the traditional sense exists. The body is just a shell. It has
made me think about things, and I am perhaps more aware than I would have been.
I was able to help my father die, I believe, because I told him about my
experience when he was really sick and dying. I have told few people about the
experience, since many people would think that I was disturbed I am sure. It did
your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?
you shared this experience with others?
Yes I have
been very careful to select carefully those with whom I have shared the
experience. I have a friend that I have discussed it with--she is very open
about all of this. She is a healing touch practitioner who can have OBEs at
will. She once went to Vanderbilt, had an MRI there, during which she decided to
not deal with it by having an OBE. They couldn't pick her up on the MRI, and
they had to do the whole thing over....I loved this story!
emotions did you experience following your experience?
I didn't have
any. It seemed so normal that I didn't even question it at the time, which is
was the best and worst part of your experience?
It is that I am
aware that there is a lot more to life than meets the eye.......
Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life,
medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?