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Benjamin O's Experience

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EXPERIENCE DESCRIPTION

I was at my girlfriends house and was feeling sick.  I have had a severe case of IBS for several years at this point, and was experiencing a lot of pain and had ,to use the restroom.  In the restroom, I was praying and asking God to take the pain away as he had done many times before due to the severity and not being in a comfortable place to feel like this.  The next thing I knew, I was over my body at the ceiling looking down on myself with my head in my hands.  At about the time I was thinking "what in the world", I started floating uncontrollably into the sky.  I went through the roof of the house and could see the traffic on the highway nearby moving and could see cars at the nearby shopping strip driving in the parking lot.   I continued to float higher in the sky seeing all of the details one would see being in the air high above everything.  I continued into space seeing the stars pass by me, and at this point I noticed that I felt no pain.  I noticed then that I felt as if there were no negative emotions/sensations in my spirit (I didn't see a body nor feel as if I had one, but just felt there if that makes any sense).  The feeling I felt was amazing.  It was the best feeling I had ever felt in my life leading up to this point and ever since.  I felt no pain, no suffering, no anger, no sadness, It was almost as if losing all of emotional senses except for a feeling of pure joy.  After traveling past the stars, it just got pitch-black for a moment. 

Then all of a sudden, it was pure white...it was so white that I couldn't see anything.  The wonderful sensation remained the same, and I heard a voice say, "now you know your way home".  Immediately, I started back down the way I had come.  Immediately I felt panicky, not wanting to leave.  Then it was like my life was being handed back to me, and I didn't want it.  Over and over it was being handed to me and I tried to reject it.  I had a sense that I was being told that my life would be happy and okay.  I saw images of my family and just felt as if I was being told it was going to be just fine in the future;  that I would be happy later in life.  I still tried to refuse the whole way back.  I still felt the same during this though;  I was not frustrated or angry as I refused...its hard to explain.  I just didn't want my life back, I wanted to stay where I had gone.  I stopped just above my body still sitting in the same position with my head in my hands, and I heard the voice again "never forget this". 

I was back.  I lifted my head and felt confused.  Had this just really happened?!?  I came out of the bathroom clearly shaken by the experience to my girlfriend, who is now my wife, and when she asked what was wrong, I told her what had just happened.  I didn't feel the same as I did during the experience, but the pain I had been feeling prior to entering the restroom was gone.

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


Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes     It is difficult to describe how wonderful I felt during the experience...never felt that good before the experience or since

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 same as when I am awake

           
Was the experience dream like in any way?   no

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     No      

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            only joy, all other emotions were gone as if I could no longer experience them

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           not unusual per say, but a voice

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    

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Uncertain      never saw them, just heard one

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?          No      

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?          No      

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    No      

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             No      

Did you become aware of future events?       Uncertain      no particular event, just a sense that my future life would be happy

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       Yes     I was aware that I was returning and didn't want to go

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         Uncertain      Ii is as if I can feel peoples emotions that are close to me.  I can feel their sadness, frustration, happiness, etc.  more so and in a different way than before

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     I am not as concerned about things of this world, I am thinking more about heaven and wanting to be there.  I care more about people than I did before.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       not really

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

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     reactions were positive.  I was then told that my mother, grandfather on her side, and great grandmother on her side had all had experiences but not the same as mine

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  confused, happy, just felt better all around

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      best part was the sensation on pure joy, there were no negative aspects of the experience

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