Andy A's Experience

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This is the first time I have recounted this experience in any detail. I am now 54 and the experience, or I should say experiences, occurred when I was about 12, so I’ve been quiet for a long time. Probably because I was embarrassed, as it sounds a bit off the wall and unbelievable, except it was very real to me at the time.

            I used to walk two and a half miles to school every day and return in the evening. Like most boys in school I would walk to school slowly and return home with a run. It was summer. I remember that because we were doing athletics in school and we only did athletics in summer. I never liked athletics, but we were forced to pick a field event and practice it, so I picked what I thought was the easiest. The event I picked was a hop, skip and a jump and you have to see how far you can go. I always thought it was something the school had invented, so was quite surprised when I discovered it was an actual Olympic event.

            Anyway, it quickly became second nature to practice this hop, skip and a jump on my run home and that is where I had my experiences. I lived in a row house and there was a road at the end of each row, so I would run and stop at each road. I also did my hops, skips and jumps in between the roads and tried to extend my jump as far as possible. One day it seemed as if I had gone a huge distance on the jump and when I looked back I had. I did this again on several different days and the same thing happened, until I realized that I could maintain the jump for as long as I wished. I was floating through the air. – Please, remember that I was a 12 year old boy in school. No drugs; not even a cigarette. No booze either; that came later.

            I never told anyone about this at the time, as I thought I would be laughed at. However, I did repeat it, and for most of the summer I could ‘float’ the full length of the row (about 100 yards) and even go up and down to roof level. These experiences happened most of the summer and I enjoyed them. Whenever I ‘landed’ I could look behind me and I had traveled the right distance. All I can believe is that I was either still running or walking during this period, but my mind certainly was not with my body. It was somewhere above my head and my legs were not moving. I am absolutely confident that I was not physically flying and had proof of that one day.

It so happened that an old lady I knew was sat outside her house enjoying the afternoon sun and looked straight at me while I was airborne. I even remember thinking that something was wrong because she did not appear surprised at seeing someone float down the street. I also noticed she had hairs on her chin, something I could not have seen from across the street, unless my senses were a lot more acute than usual. Nothing bizarre happened while floating, if floating itself is not considered bizarre, and I can only surmise that this was some sort of extreme runner’s high brought on by endorphins. I say this because it normally occurred toward the end of my run home, but it felt much more than that. Another significant fact is that I could only float up to roof level and that was as far as I could see with my physical body. It was as if I was still attached to my body, but no longer in it.

            I am not sure if this counts as an out of body experience or just a boy daydreaming, but it was very real to me and thought it might interest you.

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

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes, Embarrassment.

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?           Extremely high.

Was the experience dream like in any way?   Absolutely

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

I was never aware of my appearance. I was just there.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Curiosity. Comfort.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           No. In fact, now that I think about it, very quiet or maybe wind like noises.

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?    Yes, I was on the street I lived on.

Did you see a light?           No

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Yes

Mentioned in account. I knew the old lady. She was alive and lived at the house.

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Yes, Extremely acute.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Yes

Little conception of time.

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    Yes, I felt it was a special knowledge for me.

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             Yes

Road at the end of the row houses. I would always land.

Did you become aware of future events?       No

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

It was time to land, because of the road.

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         Uncertain

I've often had times when my senses were heightened, and when younger, and rock climbing I would often do some extremely hard climb and have little recollection of the climb. It was as if someone else had done it.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   No

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       Probably helped me lean toward the 'mystic' religion of Taoism and away from the concept of one God, as in Christianity.

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

Have you shared this experience with others?         No

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Enjoyed it.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      Starting and ending.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the 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

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

I'm not even sure if this was what you would call an out of body experience. It just felt like one for me and your questions helped clarify it.

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    If you think of any let me know.