Cord M's Experience

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Experience description:   

At the age of eighteen I, for some reason unknown to me, became terrified with the thought of air travel. This seemed silly to me due to the fact that I had practically grown up in and around airplanes. At the time (and even now) I could not find any reason to justify my then sudden fear of flight.

Moving forward to the age of twenty four, with my fear of flight still firmly intact, I began to experience random events of sleep paralysis. The paralysis normally occurred just upon waking or sometimes just as I was drifting off to sleep. Each time I felt the paralysis was about to begin, I would automatically try to subvert the process through moving (usually without success) some part of my body.

On one particular occasion instead of resisting the paralysis I completely gave in to it. Immediately, the pressure substantially lessened, followed by the loudest noise I have ever heard in my life. It sounded like a 747 was landing in my room! However, this noise or roaring, was in my head. At this point I was able to pull out of the paralysis state and was extremely shaken by this event.

Over the course of the next two years I searched for answers to what was happening to me with very little success. I continued to battle with the paralysis through this period.

At the age of twenty six, I had worked myself into a new career which I was very happy with. Until the day my boss informed me that I would be flying up to Canada on a business trip. I did not tell my boss about my fear of flying and nodded my head in acceptance. However I was terrified inside! As the day of departure drew near I was becoming a basket case. With just a few days left to go I decided that I would feign illness which would probably result in the end of my career. However, something then very interesting happened. I had this feeling or more of a conviction that if I were to confront and conquer my fear of the sleep paralysis I would also be conquering my fear of flight! I don't know where this thought came from or why this connection made sense to me. But it did!

That same night as I was waking up from a dream I felt the sleep paralysis begin to take hold. At that moment I thought about the connection I had made earlier that day and completely gave into the paralysis. I then experienced my first conscious OBE. I essentially sat up astrally, both half in and half out of my body. I remember looking around my room in this state while realizing that I had just succeeded in overcoming my fear of flight!!! I remained conscious for just a few moments more before blacking out and waking up again in my body.

The next day I was giddy with anticipation about my upcoming flight to Canada, which I made without incident!

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 fully conscious and aware of my environment.

Was the experience dream like in any way?   No

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes

At the time I was only half out of my body and did not take the trouble to look at myself physically or astrally.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Extreme elation!

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 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 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?       Yes

Yes! I became aware that I no longer had a fear of flight!

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       No

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

Yes. I am now certain that our consciousness will survive the process of death.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes

The typical reaction was one of "what planet are you from"? I now very rarely talk to others about my experiences.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Elation at being able to fly again!

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The best part is to once again be able to fly without fear. The worst part is the paralysis. I intensely dislike the deep penetrating feeling of the paralysis.

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