Angie V's Experience

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I have had two experiences of what is called OBE. Both of the experiences have exactly the same characteristics. I woke up in the middle of the night with a feeling similar to somebody pushing me against the bed. I felt that my body was heavy, mostly in the area of my chest. Suddenly, I began to feel that the heaviness was going out and, contrary to the first sensation I began to feel as if something was pulling me up. At the moment this happened I began to hear a very strange sound (which I cannot describe since is very surreal and different from any sound I know). At this point, in both cases I got really really scared and woke up to the "real world", to my typical sensation when I wake up.

Something that caught my attention the second time that I had this experience was that my dog (who was sleeping with me) growled exactly at the moment I was experiencing these strange sensations.

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words?  Yes.  The sensation of my body at the moment of the experience is hard to explain

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?  I think it was very high. At the beginning I doubted about being really awaken, but I know that I related it to sleep because of the surreality of the experience.

Was the experience dream like in any way?  As I said before, the experience could be compared to a dream because it is very surreal, very different to the experiences and sensations of our everyday world.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?  I know that I did not completely separated from my body, but began the process of separation. I think that since I got scared I stopped the process and came back to my body.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?  In both occasions I got very excited at the beginning (I had heard about these experiences before), but when I realized that I could actually separate from my body, that it was really happening I got scared and asked in my mind to stop it.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises? Yes, I heard a very unusual sound. It is very hard to explain because there is nothing I could compare it to. It was more like many sounds of the same type. Maybe is not the correct perception but I felt as if I was surrounded by beings or spirits that produced this strange sound.

Did you meet or see any other beings?  As I said before I heard a very strange sound that made me thought about the possible presence of strange beings. But I did not see anything.

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?  Yes.  The sensation of my body was very strange. I think that I could actually feel my soul. Also, I felt that my audition was very sensible, capable of perceiving sounds different from those of everyday life.

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? I think that I reached the boundary but felt scared about crossing it. I knew from what I had heard about OBE before, that I was probably going to separate from my body and I decided to go back.

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?  No response.  Yes, I was definitely conscious about that and deliberately decided to go back.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices etc.? Career choices?  It has not affected anything at all. I believe in this things and think that everybody is capable of having them. I was probably very relaxed at that moment and I know that I was strongly in contact with my spirituality. I have always been sensible about my inner life and have always searched for peace and balance of my soul. 

Have you shared this experience with others?  Yes.  Most people reacted with incredulity except for my mom who also believes in this experiences.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  I felt excited about having this experience and the possibility of feeling my soul and assuring myself that I am composed by a body and a really powerful inner energy. I also felt sorry about not letting my soul free to travel and see things that are beyond our consciousness.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?  The best was what I felt after the experience. The sensation that I am capable of feeling my soul and have different experiences with it.

The worst was the fear that I felt when listening to those sounds that I could not identify.

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

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.  Are there any other questions we could ask to help you communicate your experience?  I do not think so