Cindy G's Experience
My experiences were frequent, and without control. It always happened when I would first lay down to sleep at night. Not every night. Sometimes I might go a week or two without one, and then some weeks it would happen almost every other night.
I would lay down, and in just a matter of minutes and odd feeling would rush over me and it would feel very heavy. It was like the force of demons were holding me down, I would start to fight against them, trying to get my hands free, trying to speak, but couldn't. I would fight for what felt like several minutes until I broke free.
During these experiences I could see everything in the room, and clearly see that nothing was holding me down. After I would break free, I would jump up, exhausted, scared to lay back down again. Some nights, I could lay back down and go to sleep, other nights, I would lay back down, and immediately experience it again, and again... Up to several times in a row, up to probably 10 times. It completely had me freaked out.
On some occasions, after fighting for control of my body, I would break free, or at least think I did, and sit up, stand up, even walk out of the room, only to at some point turn and see my own body laying in bed. At which time would ultimately freak me out, and I would jump back into my body and immediately begin the fight.
When I first started the experiences, the fighting was longer and more difficult, towards the end of my experiences, the fights were shorter, and I left my body more frequently.
One evening, at my parents house, my mother and I were laying on sofas watching T.V. together when I suddenly found myself going into this state. After fighting for my life to stop it, I jumped up and freaked out, like I always did, and my actions caught the attention of my mother. I explained to my mother what I had just experienced. I was surprised when she accepted my strange experience without question, and simply referred me to speak with my father about this, because he had experienced this in the past.
Of course I immediately went to my father and discovered that when he was a younger man, early 30's, over the course of a couple of years, that he experienced a similar thing. Only he loved them, he said it filled him with knowledge, and he was not frightened in the least by them. Okay, so here is the strangest part about it, at that time we were were living in Detroit. I have always had a vivid memories of believing there was a ghost in the house, because between the age of 4 - 6 I clearly recalled a spirit visiting me in my room at night. The spirit did not have a form, but rather its presence was very strong. I did not speak with anyone about it, because it did not scare me. I was only frightened by it once when it moved a sock and picked it up off the floor and into the air. I recall having a connection with this spirit, as if we could read each others minds.
I always retained this memory, however, had come to think of it as more of a dream. The correlation of this event and my fathers OBE's did not hit me at this time though, but rather later in a conversation with my sister on the phone.
We had stuck up a conversation about when we lived in Detroit, and our home there. When my sister suddenly told me that her strongest memory of the house was the ghost that used to visit us in our room at night. I totally freaked out, because I had no idea that she had this same experience, it was not something that either of us had discussed with another previously. She too did not feel threatened by the spirit.
Then I thought to myself, could the spirit have been my fathers when he had left his body, the time frame was exactly the same. Another experience that was out of the ordinary was when I was falling asleep (day-time nap), next to my boyfriend at that time, only I effortlessly left my body, which had never happened, and I drifted up into the sky, way up, with the planes and the birds and then I looked and my boyfriend was there with me, and I was shocked, and I felt that he was shocked, and I immediately re-entered my body.
Okay, so one would think this was a dream, only when I sat up out of bed, at the same instance, so did he, and at the same time, we recounted to each other the exact same experience.
This happened to us about 4 - 5 times in a row, before we finally took a nap. This experience made him a believer that the experiences I had been recounting to him in the past where real (he was usually the one calming me down at night when I experienced them, thinking that I was a Fruit Loop/Crazy).
The experiences stopped when things in my life settled down. From what I understand, at the time of my fathers experiences, he was stressed out from being a work-a-holic, and myself, I had tons of stress from a relationship that was going down hill. When the relationship was finally over, and I moved on, the experiences stopped completely.
I also think worth noting, is an experience that my daughter had when she was 4 years old. She had to have surgery, a small one, nothing serious. The doctors had to escort her away, and she was wailing and crying, reaching out her arms for me, she was terrified, as would most 4 year olds. When the procedure was over with, that same day, she recounted to me about how she was watching the doctors from a corner on the ceiling and told me words that they had said. My experiences, nor my fathers, where never shared with my daughter. Discussions of supernatural experiences rarely, if ever would come up in our household, so I am confident that she did not make up this experience. Could this ability run in the family???
In some ways I am sad that the experiences have ended, even though they frightened me, because they were also very intriguing.
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? When I was actually out of my body, there was more going on around me then in the physical world. There seemed to be more shadows, a presence about the place and I had a heightened level of hearing.
Was the experience dream like in any way? It seemed very real to me, very different then a dream...
Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body? Yes When I saw my body, it was like I was looking at myself being dead.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? scared to death when leaving my body, but when I actually made it out (unknowingly) I effortlessly get around and like floating, walls were no obstacle, and it all seemed perfectly natural, I was relaxed. Even the heightened sense of presence about me and hearing was peaceful. That is until I would turn and see my body.
Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises? I would hear conversations, only I could never really make out completely what was being said. I remember a bell once, like an alarm, also, knocking, like one would do on a door.
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 meet or see any other beings? Yes see my description above of when I met my boyfriend, who was not dead or anything.
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 unless you count the experience with my boyfriend in the description above
Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different? Yes strong hearing and sight, don't recall any smell, touch or taste though.
Did you have any sense of altered space or time? Uncertain unsure of what question completely means.
Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose? Uncertain I felt peaceful when away from my body, and lots of conversation going on around me. I recall a sort of feeling of knowledge, but not like Einstein or anything. It was a bit different. Hard to put my finger on.
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? Yes it always happened when I saw my body, I immediately wanted back in and away I went. Of course once I got there, I always fought for control of it.
Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience? Uncertain Prior to these experiences, I did have the ability to sense things that will happen, or have happened before I know it has. Those have not been as intriguing for me. Although they where for a friend of mine once, who dragged me down to a race track several times trying to get me to tap into this gift. After several trip, with no visions of the winner, I actually had one, and shared this knowledge with him and he won. This started when I was like 12 years old, with an experience in the mountains. I am the type that loves to hike and explore. I was heading out on a hike with a leader and a group of kids my age. I took one step on the trail and refused to go. I explained that a bad feeling had just come over me, like something awful was going to happen and that as strange as it may sound, I was going to stay at the bottom. I took a lot of slack from my friends, and they traveled down. There was another group staying at the bottom, so I stayed with them. Needless to say, my feelings where correct, and my best friend was stuck at the top when the side of a hill gave away, trapping my friend, and injuring another kid. She had to be rescued by the fire department...it was quite a big event. My friend didn't question my decisions for backing out of things after that.
Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience? Yes I believe that there is life after death, and that your consciousness mind many powers.
How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices? Only been in one relationship since, remarried when I was 28. Don't go to church, believe, but not much into going. My next job, I was at 10 years, different then the 2 year record before.
Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes I didn't have a lot of money then, broke and barely making ends meet. Now, I am very content, happy, and have everything I need.
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes My parents, my husband and a few very close friends.
What emotions did you experience following your experience? depends upon the stage. Leaving, I was scared, away, I was at peace.
What was the best and worst part of your experience? Leaving because it was scary ---- Peacefulness when out of body
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