Ann N's Experience
1973 event. I was setting in a circle of friends that attended college. They were discussing the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps. I was very involved and suddenly felt as if I had fallen out of my chair. When I look up All I could see was a black void. But as soon as I realized that I was in this void I stopped traveling and saw an intense light. When I looked down, all the chairs were filled. I could not figure out where I was. This is why I related it dying. I thought that since my chair was filled I must be going to die. When I had that thought I immediately was back in my chair. Thought the sensation of just about to take off stay with me for months, and that was scary.
1982 or 83 event was in Austin. I was sleeping in a very dark room at someone else's house. I awoke to a noise during the night, I was looking for the digital clock to see what time it was and realized that I was looking down at it from the ceiling. This was not a scary happening. In fact I felt at one or at peace with everything. I haven't forgotten that feeling.
Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience? No
Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes At first I related it to dying and thought that I was going to die and was preparing myself for it mentally. I began reading books on the subject. I first read Seth speaks, because there were no or very little information on this subject that I could find.
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? The first one, fear. and confusion, but hyper-alert. the second one peace, and hyper-alert.
Was the experience dream like in any way? no. Very real, like setting here writing you.
Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body? Yes
What emotions did you feel during the experience? see question #5
Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises? the second one, but could not say what it was, some sound awoke me.
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? Yes First experience I saw a very blinding white light at end of a black tunnel.
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 notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different? Yes 1st. 1973 experience, fear and confusion. 2nd. 1983 peace, wholeness with everything
Did you have any sense of altered space or time? Yes 1973, I felt disoriented and confused. 1983 I felt only peace and sense of being apart of everything.
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No No I stop short in the first experience of going any further than the light. The second experience I left bodiless.
Did you become aware of future events? No that would have been fun, or scary.
Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body? No I just was me again. pow!
Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience? Yes some have developed, but in my early 20's I mainly ignored them, because I thought I was imaging things. In the years since both occurrences I have accepted that my intuitions are real. In the past 15 years I have channels, 3 people who have passed into non-body forms. This happened quite unexpectedly, but It did not scare me. The energies of the non-human beings never are in front of me, they are always behind me. I have helped three people feel realized about someone they still love, but cannot communicate with.
Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience? Yes A revolution of thoughts, ideas, and learning. The first experience happed when I lived in Longview Texas and the acceptance of such ideas where insane, so I talked to very few people about it. But I worked at a book store and read, everything I could find, which was little, about what could have happened to me.
How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices? I have had vast knowledge, but in times of stressful life situation, forgotten to use them, until I am almost dead from stress and then remember that I have gained tools to use to get through these stressful times. I am much better at resorting to mediation for problem solving that before.
Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes Since I moved to Austin, this environment encourages free talk and discussion. Though still there is, especially in academia, a certain unspoken are you crazy attitude about out of the body experiences. But the good news is that Austin is teeming with those that do experience, and believe.
What emotions did you experience following your experience? fear of the unknown, for quite a number of years.
What was the best and worst part of your experience? Reading, learning, not fearing death. Knowing that I am not along in my experiences.
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? Yes Pot. Smoking calms me at time to point that I drift around in reality. Thought I have to admit that I can drift with it.
Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Yes These two event where concrete for me. I have other experience with feeling of dis-association, but they have been subtle. These two out of the body experiences were powerful enough to get my whole attention.
Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire. at this time no.