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David S's Experience

Experience description:   

I was sitting with my friend Charles R on the front porch of the apartment building where we both lived on Bay State Road in the Kenmore Square section of Boston.  It was late afternoon.  Suddenly I saw myself sitting next to Charles on the porch but from a viewpoint of approximately 120 feet above where we were sitting.  I could clearly see the two of us sitting below my point of view and as soon as I thought "what am I doing here?" I was back in my body, back on the porch.

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?     No      


Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes     Sense of the eternal, heavy emotional state, images seemed to contain truths inexpressible in language

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?           Normal waking consciousness, then during the experience a very heightened sense of the present moment, and a sense of anxiety.

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   Yes, there were other bits of it that were like a dream...I heard what seemed to me like Navajo or other Native American music and I felt a deep connection to the earth, and the history of North America.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     As I stated above, I clearly saw my body under my point of view from about 120 feet above.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Release and terror.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           As I described above I heard Navajo drums and chanting, or what I believed were Navajo drums and chanting.

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 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?          Yes     While out of my body I felt that I was inhabiting an eternal space and time.

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    Yes     I felt very connected to the earth and sky, the "tree of life" and the creation.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     I felt released from the fear of death somehow, I felt that the eternal exists in each being.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       Too complicated to answer.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes     I have since believed that my mortal life is just one dimension of a larger experience in this world, and occasionally I glimpse other dimensions of that experience, though I don't actively seek those glimpses.

Have you shared this experience with others?         With just a few people.  Most people either related similar experiences or were at least receptive.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Grief, terror, joy, liberation, sadness, euphoria, calm

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      Best....liberation   Worst.....the sense of anxiety produced by the doubt of the reality of my ordinary experience.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        The experience led to a series of events that were quite beyond my ability to express them in this format.  I was drawn to the Canyon de Chelley in the Four Corners region of Arizona where I felt I would acquire some further knowledge about what had happened to me.  There I found the Navajo tribe living in the base of the canyon.

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         Yes     I suffered a brain hemorrhage in 1985 which again produced out of body experiences.  I was in intensive care for 10 days hovering between life and death.  Those experiences again confirmed my belief that my mortal life is just one aspect of a multi-aspected experience which runs from physical birth to physical death.

Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?               Yes    

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    I suppose I would like to somehow formulate my entire experience in words someday.  However I do not have any suggestions for your questionnaire at this time.  I do hope that my responses add to your knowledge base and may help others understand their experiences.  ONE LOVE.