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Chip R's Experience

Experience description:   

This event happened some 30 years ago. I passed out toward the end of a 5K race in very hot weather. I was pushing too hard to catch up to a friend of mine. I had not hydrated properly. I remember seeing the finish line ahead of me, and suddenly seeing the pavement coming up at me as I fell. I was taken, unconscious, to a local hospital. When I awakened, I was aware that I was in a hospital... lying in bed. Suddenly, I levitated toward the ceiling and was able to look down upon myself and the scene in the hospital room. I asked if I was dead. A nurse said that I had suffered heat exhaustion during Al's Run and I was packed in ice with a high body temperature. I was hyperventilating... and I needed to get my heart rate down. I could remember my name, my birth date, and the names of my siblings, but could not remember where I lived, nor the names of my wife and daughters. I 'came back down' and started counting the holes in the ceiling tiles while consciously slowing my breathing rate down. Eventually, my memory returned. But, while I was lying there, another man was brought in. Same story. A few minutes later, he asked if he was dead. Then, suddenly, I heard beeping and frenzied activity. Later, before I was discharged, I asked about the other man, and was told that he had suffered a heart attack.

While briefly wondering if I had died, I was not afraid, but felt very sad that I had not had the opportunity to say goodbye to the people I loved. For awhile, I realized that the experience had provided an opportunity to look at my life and loved ones in a different light... so in the short term, it changed me. Eventually, I came to realize, however, that my life had changed back to what it was before the incident. I thought that it might be good to write about the transitions that I went through--before, during, immediately after, and then the regression to my former self. Never did.

I forgot about this 'lifetime experience,' until I watched a program about out of body and near-death experiences, which renewed my interest in learning more about them.

I should mention that when I was in my early 20's I had another out of body experience, while smoking pot with a group of people. My memories are not as vivid--probably, because of my mental state-- but I do recall levitating and looking down at all of us, in a circle... some, rocking slowly, back and forth, and thinking how stupid it was....

So, in retrospect, I wonder if certain people are more susceptible to these types of experiences, and why... perhaps, due to physical or metaphysical make-up. If any experts can comment on this, I'd be very interested.

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? Uncertain I was admitted to a hospital, unconscious, after passing out during a race (Al's Run) in very hot weather.

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience? Dreamlike, but I was conscious.

Was the experience dream like in any way? Yes

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body? Yes See write-up

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Sadness, in an impersonal kind of way

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises? No

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? 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? Yes One of the doctors was a friend of my cousin's.

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different? Yes

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

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience? Yes The realization that I should be thankful for my family and friends.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices? Detailed above

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes, but over time the effect waned.

Have you shared this experience with others? Yes Most, were interested. Maybe, they thought I'm flakey!

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience? I'd like to hear about similar experiences, and/or the explanations for them

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