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Candy A's Experience

Experience description:   

As I was falling asleep I had a lot on my mind, but I was so tired that it didn't take me long to start dreaming.  I remember the beginning of my dream was irritating as it was too similar to my conscience life, so while in my sub conscience state, I made a conscience decision to leave my dream.  From there a experienced a brief moment of darkness followed by a soft glow that allowed me to see familiar images in my bedroom. 

I still had the feeling of being in my body much the same as I do when I'm awake, but I was aware I was lying in bed asleep next to my husband.  The feeling I had was like a floating or hovering feeling as I could move slowly, but I was mostly looking down.  Just as I realized I was looking down on my husband and myself sleeping on our bedroom I heard the washer play the music indicating the cycle was finished, and my daughters clothes were ready to be switched into the dryer. 

With my attention on my daughter I went into her room to check on her as I often do.  She was sleeping.  I no longer was looking down from above but was beside her bed watching her as if I had walked into the room.  I put my hand to her head to brush her damp hair out to dry, but had no sense of feeling of touch in my hand.  It frustrated me that even though I wanted to move her hair I could not, so I decided to leave her room and explore.   

At this time I realized I could allow myself to float up, and allowed myself to travel outside my house.  Once outside I was looking down on my house, the backyard and noted everything was in place, the play yard, trampoline, travel trailer and the dumb dog snoring.  Feeling content I allowed myself to explore, observing the city from above.  Visiting my friends houses, looking down from above, but not going inside.  Then I had the overwhelming feeling to lift myself higher and higher until I reached the clouds.

Still I wanted to go higher above the clouds, but I don't like losing sight of the area below and what's familiar to me.  I wanted to go higher, but I don't like not being able to see through the clouds into nothingness, as though I'm scared of getting lost if I lose visual sight of what I know.  I feel comfortable traveling.  In past experiences I've traveled to Utah where I was born, but I always traveled above the roads I normally drove on.  I feel comfortable traveling to places I've been before, but don't like to go too far.  I have gone above the clouds before, and enjoyed seeing all the stars at night, or clear blue sky during the day, but the higher I go the harder it seems to get back down.  It's almost as if I want to go up as far as I can, but I know if I do that I won't want to leave and return home.  There are times I want to explore places I've never been before, but unless I know specific directions I won't go for fear of getting lost.  I can see other people down below but they can't see me.  I can hear them if I get close enough, but they can't hear me.  Much like being in a hot air balloon, I can hear dogs from above when they bark.  Usually the feeling is peaceful yet exhilarating like being in a hot air balloon, except no balloon or other people being with me.   

I guess at some point I decided it was time to return home.

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

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No      

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?           I think it's between sub conscience and conscious.  I'm aware of everything but don't have full use of my body.  I can't communicate with other people.

Was the experience dream like in any way?   Yes, in a way because I know I'm resting in bed.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Uncertain      My appearance was the same as my physical body, except without feeling of touch and knowing I could hear but not be heard.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            I like the experience(s) but I always have the same fear of getting lost or going too high and not wanted to return home.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           All the sounds close to the ground were normal everyday sounds.  People talking, cars starting, car doors closing, wheels screeching, etc.  But if I'm not so close to other people and higher up above I can usually only hear dogs when they bark.

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?            Yes     Just familiar locations, no Heaven or Hell, etc.  But I do have a strong feeling to what is far above as being a good place that I want to go to, but scared I won't want to come home or won't be able to return home if I go there.

Did you see a light?           No      

Did you meet or see any other beings?                    Only once a few years ago during an experience where I was exploring during the day, and I met another young man who was also moving from rooftop to rooftop of the buildings.  We could communicate with each other.  I remember being startled someone else was there doing what I was doing.  He told me he has done a lot of traveling and seen things he wouldn't be able to do otherwise.  He talked of others he met in his travels, but said it was usually just him.

Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? Yes    

I did visit the homes of friends and family, but I did not go inside.  I never attempted to move objects, because it frustrates me when I can't.  Like when I tried to move my daughters hair.

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          Yes     Once years ago during junior high when I went exploring too far in areas unfamiliar I knew the San Francisco earthquake was going to happen and saw all the people on the bridge that was going to collapse.  I don't know how I knew before it happened, but I did and it startled me awake.  When I was back with my parents (my physical body) my mom was staring at me, and told me I lifted my head off her lap and opened my eyes and calmly said there's going to be an earthquake.  The she said I closed my eyes and laid my head back down.  She thought it was some strange form of sleepwalking.  She had just told me what I did when a special news report came on the TV about the massive earthquake that had just hit San Francisco.

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Yes     I can hear and see, but I can't be heard and I can't move things by touch, and I don't know that I can smell?

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Uncertain      Other than it being day or night, I'm not really aware of what time it is.

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    No            Other than the earthquake no, not really.   

Did you become aware of future events?       Yes     Only the earthquake.

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       Yes     I'm always concerned about returning.

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         No response           

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     I'm aware people have souls that do not die when their physical body expires.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       Doesn't really affect them except when they happen I'd like to share them, but most of my life has been accepting that I'm different from the normal/average person.     

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     A close friend, and my husband.  My mom remembers what happened years ago regarding the earthquake, but the subject matter scares her.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Exhilarating and a zest for seeing things in a different perspective by observing when people don't know you're there.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      Freedom is the best part, the worst is seeing how disrespectful people can be when they think they're alone.  

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    I'd like to know if other people have the same fears about traveling?