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Carolina R's Experience

Experience description:   

I was laying in my bed, it was extremely hot and I was having a regular day, nothing out of the extraordinary. I had my phone with me, and I decided to start listening to some songs and sing along in my head while I fell asleep. Then I had an idea to make a mental list of all the things I liked and I was grateful for in my life, like foods, family, events...anything at I enjoyed having in my life. Than I started to include things and events that weren't specifically helpful in my life such as family tragedies, problems, etc. I then started to see the connection in all of these. I would take an awful event, see what good came out of it, and how that. One event led to other events that brought me to the happy stage I was in at the time when I was listening to the songs. I laid in bed with my arms and legs extended because it gave me a feeling of freedom. Then, at some point I felt a bit frightened, I believe of being alone in my room (I have a history of being scared of the dark) but I was able to convince myself that everything was okay, and I remained with my arms and legs spread to prove myself that I was not scared.  

The next thing I remember is waking up in a corner in y room and staring at myself sleep. For a few moments it didn't seem strange, until I realized I was staring at my own body, still listening to music,  laying in bed still. This caused me to panic because I thought I had died. I looked at my hands, so I could pinch myself or touch my skin...anything, but I had no hands. Feet or any physical body. I was like a small sphere of light without any weight that was floating in a corner in my room. As a sphere, I could not move very well, as if I didn't control it fully, not because I couldn't but because I was not used to it. I panicked even more and then somehow I woke up in my real physical body. 

At this point I could not feel anything, as if I were severely drugged or I had a really heavy body. It took me a while to regain any movement. I started trying to move my index finger, from y right had, but even that was a challenge. I also felt a combination of dizziness and a headache. I was aware that I had just seen myself, laying there and that somehow I had returned to my body. I was scared, and wanted to gain mobility as soon as possible so I could get up, go to the living room and turn on all the lights there (during the entire OBE, the lights were on in my room, which is how I could see myself sleeping). Finally after some time I recuperated movement in my body and I immediately covered myself with some bed sheets. I went back to sleep very frightened and mentioned the experience to everyone I knew in hopes that I could find some answers.

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

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes     I had no idea what had happened. I thought I was dead when I came back to my body because I could not move, my body would not respond for some time. When I was out of my body, I didn't feel "attached" to my body, I felt like a floating sphere that didn't weigh anything, I tried looking at my hands or feet but I had none, and my vision was not limited, I could see things in the far left corners of my eyes without any trouble. Waking up can be described as anesthesia wearing off. Its slow and you lose track of time.

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?           High, I was aware my "consciousness" was not in my body, but at the time I had never heard of an OBE.

Was the experience dream like in any way?   No, it was VERY real

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     I was a floating, weightless sphere of light that had a vision range different from humans. I could see things in a 360 degree manner, I was not confined in that sense.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Confused, panicky and frightened

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           None, I just heard the music still playing from my headphones as I watched myself sleep.

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     I was the light, in shape of a sphere without any weight.

Did you meet or see any other beings?           No      

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?         My sense of hearing was normal, I heard music playing from my headphones as I watched myself sleep, but my eyesight or my vision was extraordinary. I could see things that were behind me.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Uncertain      I couldn't tell how much time was passing by

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?       No      

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       Uncertain      I panicked, and I remember thinking I didn't want to die and I just wanted to be back in my body.

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

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     After I met friends who introduced me to the law of attraction, I met my husband who taught me that we were all one, I began meditating, I was able to have lucid dreams.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       I am no longer religious, I am a spiritualist. I believe we are all one, I believe we are here to experience what we want, and to create what we want. There is no hell, the universe is always contracting and expanding. I believe in reincarnation, past lives, etc. I wanted to be a surgeon, now I want to learn holistic practices.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Uncertain      I am raising my child knowing about OBEs, my husband and I try to induce them constantly.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     Close friends of mine have been wanting to do regressions to past lives, one of the people I mentioned this to gave me a book about astral projections and told me I was very lucky.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  I was frightened at first but now I want to experience it again and play around with it, perhaps visit other places, see other people, etc.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The best was watching myself from another point of view, so to speak. The worst was not knowing what had happened.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        If I had known of OBEs before, I probably would not have been scared.

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    

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    You could ask us if we had any knowledge of the. Existence of out of body experiences at the time of the event. This influences our feelings about the entire experience.