David O's Experience


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I had been spending some time in prayer at the end of the day mostly because it felt very relaxing and almost meditative.  I would lay in bed and calm my breathing and lower my heart rate.  I found that many times I would fall asleep or get so lost in my own head that I could no longer feel my legs or arms.

This decided to experiment.  I would lay completely still.  I would not move my lips or twitch my appendages.  I found that I could deliberately create the situation where I could no longer feel my legs or arms or torso.  Not so much that I could not feel them but was completely unaware that they existed.  Then I found that my breathing and heartbeat seemed considerably loud.  Getting my mind to not notice these two physical aspects took great concentration. 

The first time I tuned out my heartbeat and breathing I felt myself start to rise and when I did the realization made me aware again of my body and it felt like I slammed back into my frame.

Then I thought this was very cool and over a period of time could get to the last phase of this meditation quickly.  Finally I was able to allow myself to rise out of my body and not get frightened and stay focused in my concentration.  At this point I could float out of my body.  See myself on the bed and was hovering at the ceiling of my room.  I could turn my focus to look at anything in the room but it felt slow.  I was conscious enough to make a decision to look at specific things and rise up and down as if floating. 

I once decided I should try to go down the hall.  I went right through the closed door and when I looked back I was in the hall.  As the door was physically shut I could not see through it to see my body lying on the bed.  I looked down the hall and had a feeling that if I left my body I may be in effect be causing my own death by abandonment.  At the moment I had that thought I went slamming back into my body. 

The process took many weeks to master and a lot of quiet time and a very relaxed frame of mind.  I have not done it in many years but feel like I could any time I had the inclination.

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?           Very alert, very conscious

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   Only in that I could not move myself very fast.  I seemed to be moving at a speed between normal and slow motion.

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

I could see myself but I did not focus on details of my face or hands or anything.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            It was a very new experience so I guess exhilaration, and some I guess anxiety.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           no

Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? Yes

I once decided I should try to go down the hall.  I went right through the closed door and when I looked back I was in the hall.  As the door was physically shut I could not see through it to see my body lying on the bed.

I looked down the hall and had a feeling that if I left my body I may be in effect be causing my own death by abandonment.  At the moment I had that thought I went slamming back into my body

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?          Yes

Just sight.  Sight seemed normal, touch was odd, only in that I seemed to be weightless.  For instance when I first left my body I floated right up to the ceiling.

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?             Yes

I was confined to my room unless I made a decision to leave it.  when I left it I went straight through a closed door without opening it or even thinking I should even try to open it.  When I went through I could not see through the walls of the hallway or the door.  So my sight was limited to what I would see when in my physical body.

Did you become aware of future events?       No

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       I decided to return or something about the experience frightened me such that I became "physically conscious" of my current state.

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

I guess I believed more in the power of the human brain.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       Not much, I guess it makes me more open to possibilities.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes

Only in that I believe in the power we have and I am less skeptical when I hear about such things.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes

Many seemed to say "Wow" but not really believe me for what I was telling them.  My brother, however, was jealous.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Exhilaration, energy

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      Worst part was not having someone who also experienced it to share with.  Best part was the energy the meditation left me with and knowing that I had such control over my own body and mind.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        I wish my life was calm enough now to do it regularly again.  Kids, job, yard work, not enough time to focus.

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