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Betty's Experience

Experience description:   

I was 12 and I was playing with my friends outside that day. One friend was pulling another in a wagon and myself and another friend were running side by side chasing the wagon down a sidewalk. I tripped and started to fall. The second I hit the ground I saw myself from about 150ft in the air looking down. I could see everything looking straight down...the tops of the trees, the top of my house, myself and friend running - all in a freeze frame. It felt like I was looking down on everything for about 5-7 solid seconds. It was like looking at a photo...no fear of being high in the sky, just a freeze frame as if time stopped, but I could still feel it was a good period of 5-7 seconds that I was looking down.

As soon as it was over I felt myself on the ground and looked forward thinking my friends were further ahead because of the time lapse. In fact, the person running next to me still right next to me and the wagon and friends were only a couple of steps ahead. It was almost as if the looking down part never fit in there in the time it felt like it did. I was surprised and just stood up very confused. I looked over at my parents who were outside talking to neighbors to see if they witnessed what I did and they noticed nothing other than myself tripping and falling. I didn't hit my head or anything like that, I simply fell to my hands and knees. I remember telling my friends about it and I think they thought I was crazy. I clearly remember this because it frightened me as such a strange thing! What does this mean?

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


Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Uncertain     

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?           Totally alert

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   somewhat by how time froze and I was so high in the sky so quickly...it was just a quick view and back to normal.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     I fell and then had this immediate freeze shot of this image of looking down on myself

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            confused

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           when I was up in the air, i couldn't hear anything. It was as if time stopped

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?          Yes     Time froze. I could only see this freeze shot. i heard nothing.  

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     I wonder if we really are souls in a body.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       Not too much

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

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     I got a laugh from most. One friend asked if I had some gold cord connecting me to my body, but I didn't. She seemed to understand that it was real.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  confusion

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      worst...not understanding it

best...not understanding it

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         No