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Amanda S's Experience

Experience description:   

It was the mid- afternoon, and I had laid down on the couch to relax and watch some TV.  I felt myself dozing off, and decided to get up and get some housework done before I fell fully asleep.  I opened my eyes, and tried to sit up.  I was able to do so, but it was extremely difficult, like my legs weighed a ton.  After sitting up on the edge of the couch, I sat there for a second and focused on what was on the TV (Maury Povich) I was getting ready to stand up, and looked at the end of the couch and saw that my feet were still there, then looked at the other end and saw the rest of me still sleeping.  I noticed some catsup on my sweatshirt that I was wearing that I was not aware of before I laid down.  I immediately got scared and was afraid that I had somehow died in my sleep, and instinctively laid back down.  I laid there for a few moments with my eyes closed, then got up.  My body was no longer on the couch, and I was awake.  It reminded me of being a child, and memories of 'flying' down the stairs and spying on my parents came to mind.  I believe that this is not the first time that this has happened.  After thinking about the incident for a few moments, I was no longer afraid and tried to lay back down, but was unsuccessful.  This has not happened to me since.

Note:  the catsup stain was INDEED there and I realized it after waking, this validated the incident for me.

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?     No      

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No      

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          No      

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           Fully aware

Was the experience dream like in any way?   Not at all

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes    

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Mundane until I realized I was out of body, then afraid.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           no, Just the TV

Did you see a light?           No             

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          Yes     Catsup stain on my sweatshirt that I had not known was there.

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          No      

Did you become aware of future events?       No      

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       Yes    

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?   No      

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     Straightened my belief in life after death

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         No      

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience? No      

Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?               Yes