Anna S's Experience
I was lying on my back with my hands crossed over my chest, half conscious, when I started feeling how my body and especially my jaw started to go stiff. A mild feeling of cramp started to spread all over my body. I think I had just fallen asleep, but then got half awake again. But it's hard to say for sure.
At the same time, I began to feel that my body, or maybe a part of the body became light (the spirit part?) It sort of detached from the rest of the body. At first, it felt like I was sinking down, but soon I instead started slowly "floating" forward and up. I remember how I was thinking about if this could be an "out of body experience", that I had heard of some time long ago. In a way I felt like I wanted to go through with the experience and see what happened. But at the same time, I was afraid that my leaving the body meant I was about to die. It came to me that if I didn't fight it, I would never wake up again. I wasn't really afraid then, but I decided that I would go back to the body in any case, because I didn't want to die. It felt like I was at first pressuring myself back down, but then it went on automatically. The moment I was back, I woke up. The body was stiff and felt a bit weird. It tingled a little, especially in the legs. When I was back and fully conscious, I was a bit frightened by the experience.
Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience: No
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
At the time of the experience, was there an associated life threatening event? No
What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience? Half conscious. Closer to a waking state than a dream state. Had bodily sensations for instance, which I've never had in a dream.
Was the experience dream like in any way? I didn't feel fully conscious. Didn't have the kind of visionary impressions you have in a waking state.
Did you experience a separation of consciousness from your body? Yes
Describe your appearance or form apart from your body: I never got so far as to look down on my self. It just felt like I knew that a part of me was still lying in bed. Maybe because I'd heard that that is what happens in an "out of body experience". Don't know if I had felt that I was floating otherwise.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Hard to answer. A bit afraid that what I experienced meant I was about to die.
Were you involved in or aware of a decision to return to the body? Yes
Describe: I decided that I would try to go back, because I thought that I might die if I didn't.
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes
What emotions did you experience following your experience? Fear.
Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Yes