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Amy K's Experience

Experience description:   

I was standing at the counter in my kitchen making myself a cup of coffee. It was around 9pm (yes I drink coffee that late) and my 16 yr old son came into the room and poured himself a drink. I reminded him to take his melatonin (no, I do not take melatonin myself) and he put his cup down on the counter beside my coffee cup. He took the melatonin and walked out of the room forgetting his drink. I called after him and told him not to forget his drink. As soon as he rounded the corner.

I saw him out of my peripheral vision, and I mean as soon as, instantly "I" was standing behind myself about 2 feet and could see everything from an outsider's perspective. On my right was my 16 yr old son grabbing his cup and taking a sip of his drink and at the same time (like a double exposure on a film) I saw him at 3 or so years old hanging onto my left leg and me handing him a sippy-cup. The 16 yr old him said "Thanks Mom" in unison with the 3 yr old him saying "Dank you Mommy". As soon as the 16 yr old walked out of the room, and again instantly, I was staring down at my cup of coffee, stirring the creamer and sugar with my spoon and I was a little dizzy. The entire event from start to finish couldn't have been any longer than 10 seconds, but I had an overwhelming desire to run after him to his room and hug him. I didn't do it because that would have weirded him out, but I was just so baffled and almost immediately afterward I started questioning whether it really happened at all. But it had to happen because now that he's 16 I had almost forgotten what he looked and sounded like at 3, and now I remember specifically, right down to how the light would dance on his bouncy, brown curly hair and how he used to pronounce "th" as "d".

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

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Uncertain      It happened suddenly, ended suddenly and just didn't make sense to me.

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?           I was very awake although growing tired because it was the end of the day.

Was the experience dream like in any way?   Not at all. "I" was another person in the room watching both events happen.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes            Absolutely, my body was on auto-pilot if you will and my "consciousness" was the observer from a distance.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Surprise, confusion and LOVE looking at my 3 yr old son.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           No, everything else was otherwise "normal" in my house on a Sunday evening.

LOCATION DESCRIPTION:  Did you recognize any familiar locations or any locations from familiar religious teachings or encounter any locations inhabited by incredible or amazing creatures?    No      

Did you see a light?           No      

Did you meet or see any other beings?           No      

Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? 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?   Yes     I was seeing 2 completely different time frames happening simultaneously, it was shocking really.

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?            Uncertain      Maybe universal order upon reflection of the event?!

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             No      

Did you become aware of future events?       No      

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       No       Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         Uncertain      Too soon to tell.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     All I can say is... WOW, this kind of thing really does happen, and it happened to me!

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       Too soon to tell.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         No       Not yet aside from now knowing that OBEs are very real.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     I shared with my husband right after it happened and his response was "Maybe you're dying?" He was baffled as well, but we haven't talked about it since, most likely we won't either. I posted it on a forum I am a member of in their "Paranormal Studies" section (one poeter's response led me here) and so far not too much reaction except asking if I take melatonin too, which I don't and a few who believe me but don't know what to make of it.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Fear, confusion, sadness, joy, shock.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The best part was seeing my son as a toddler again. The worst was just not understanding what was happening or why.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        Nothing really to add. Very thorough questionnaire you have here.

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     As I said, very thorough questionnaire.