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Claudette S's Experience

Experience description:   

I was either fourteen or fifteen years old at the time and spending the summer with my mother. My parents divorced when I was twelve. I had taken a walk to explore the town that my mother lived in. When I arrived back at her place, the house was empty. I assume she was either at work or just out at the moment. I remember sitting down in a chair and listening to music playing in the background. I felt a bit tired from the walk but other than that I felt good. It was beginning to get dark outside, but I did not get up to turn on a light. I just continued to sit in the chair.

My body felt very relaxed and I began to feel as if I was floating. I found myself in space. I remember thinking that this was impossible. I felt very alone and what I remember most was how vast space felt. It felt empty as if no other life was around. Mostly it just felt incomprehensibly huge. I found myself looking through a window of a spacecraft, perhaps a shuttle. I don't know what they call it. Inside were several astronauts. I focused on one man in particular. He was smiling and then he stopped. I sensed he was ill. The next second I found myself back in my body.  I was sitting in the chair and my mother was standing over me asking if I was high - on drugs, etc. Needless to say, I was not. I did not use drugs of any kind. It was the seventies and I guess my mother assumed all teens were druggies or something. I told her no, I was just sitting listening to music. Later that night it was on TV about an astronaut sick in space. Anyway, the question I asked myself then and now is: Did he see me too?

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 was extremely aware of everything that was happening.

Was the experience dream like in any way?   No, not really.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     No      

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Disbelief, curious and totally overwhelmed by the sheer vastness of space.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           No. None that I remember.

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     An unknown, unnamed astronaut. Other than me watching him become ill, nothing was communicated.

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?     Uncertain      Later that night it was on the TV news about a sick astronaut.

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          No            Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   No      

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?       Yes     My mother 'shocked' me back by speaking/yelling to/at me.

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?  Yes     As a very small child, about age four, I knew who was calling on the phone before it was answered. I also saw in my mind a family friend die in an automobile. It actually felt like I was in the car with her. As a teen, I had a few other experiences. None as an adult.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   No      

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       I don't know.

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

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     My family always knew.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Amazement over the out of body one. Fear whenever I saw death (people dying or were already dead). Mostly I feel a bit ridiculous about all of it and strangely I feel a sense of loss when my abilities (if you want to call it that) went away.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      Having it and losing it.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        No.

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