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David T's Experience

Experience description:   

My experience happened on a normal week night.  I came home from work, ate, sat in front of the TV until bed time.  I went to bed at the normal time.  I do not recall any dreams before the experience, and have no knowledge of when the experience started.

My first memory has me looking down and viewing my body from above sleeping on the bed. I did not sense a thread of connection, just like someone was watching me sleep, and that person was me!  I remember being elated at this sense of freedom I felt, and a sense of peace that I had never felt before. Involuntarily, I was floating ever so slowly higher. I was worried my body lying on the bed might not survive while i floated outside it, but noticed how peaceful I appeared, and began to then bring my awareness to my surroundings.

The next memory has me outside my apartment, floating just above the pine trees that grace the front yard.  I began to sense how vibrant my surroundings were, but was not yet aware of a connection to anything. I was who I usually was, yet felt different.

I noticed a couple walking past the apartment with their dog, and yelled out to them hello. To my surprise and shock they stopped and looked up to where I was. I could sense their fear, and as I did they took off. They ran down to the next intersection, turned right, ran up to the next street, turned right and went up to the third house and ran inside it and slammed the door. I remember watching this whole thing happen and at the same time laughing at what I was seeing. I also remember thinking since their backyard and ours almost met, what were they going to think when they saw me again in my backyard. This for some reason made me laugh even harder.

After that episode I was higher in the sky now, I kept turning around to have a glimpse of my body, and every time I did it was like my body was still right beside me, yet since I was now floating several thousand feet in the air, I could not understand how this was occurring, but was comforted nonetheless by the fact that my body felt close to me.

The higher I went, I noticed more clarity, everything was vibrating, the colors more beautiful, I could sense a common connection. The air seemed to be without pollution and was crystal clean. I marveled at the clarity of my sight. As I was floating slowly higher, I began to notice events happening below me. I noticed a couple smooching on a park bench. As I looked at them, I became part of them and sensed their love and sensed that they are doing what they should be doing at this point, which was being in the park and doing exactly what they were doing. Uncanny.

My thoughts left the couple and heard a dog barking. In that instant i became a witness to the dog, and his partner having fun in an alley. I could sense the feelings and thoughts of the dog.

I remember thinking if I could do this, I always wondered what a tree sensed. The next thought had me being a tree and feeling what a tree felt. My next thought was of a blade of grass, and I was now sensing what a blade of grass felt. It was indescribable. Every emotion I wanted to feel, I felt. Every think I wanted to sense an emotion from, I did. I could not believe how easy it was to do. The higher I got, the better the connection. I recall looking at the beauty of the stars, and how they too were part of connection with everything.

I was now high enough that I could see forever. Everything came into focus.

I remember looking down at the streets and seeing cars driving down the road, their headlights leading the way, similar to how it is viewed from an airplane.

From time to time I would bring my body back into focus and turn around, and it felt like I was still 2 feet above my body back in my apartment.

I approached a boundary between where the earths atmosphere and space began, and worried myself whether I could still breathe if I floated into space.

I remember feeling the notion of continuing into space, and was prepared to let go of that insecurity. I decided to look back at my body one more time for reassurance, and noticed that my body was no longer close, but now was a distant spec and I was connected to it by a purple thread. I remember looking at that thread and became very worried that it would break in the wind (which was calm) but worried that the wind would pick up and then i could not get back.

I began to fight to get back closer, but not into, my body for I wanted the experience to continue, but wanted my body closer.

As I began to fight, I sensed a thought. I can not discern whether someone talked to me, but it felt like a conversation, without words being spoken.  I was told that I can come home, IF I WISH, for my mission is complete.  All my thoughts flooded to my mother, whom I could not leave. Since my sisters passing, if I were to pass on as well, she would be alone.  I remember communicating that to the voice(?), and was told(?) not to worry, that she will have lots of love and support.  I could not come to leave her alone and communicated that.

In that instant of thought, I was bolt upright in my bed, covered in sweat, and fighting to re-fill my lungs with oxygen. I hyperventilated for several minutes while my breath came back to me.  I remember getting up and felt exhilaration and sadness at the same time.  I was back. The clock radio beside my bed read 2:47 am.  I went to bed at 11pm.  I have no idea how long the experience lasted.

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes     nothing to compare it to. The experience is very difficult to recreate using mere words

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          Uncertain            Happened at home during sleep, but when I came out of the experience, my body was completely covered with sweat, my bedding soaked. I awoke and was out of breath literally fighting for breath and feeling that I just got punched in the stomach.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?    at ther point where the earth atmosphere met space, which was a boundary which I sensed if I crossed, I would not be allowed to return.

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal every day consciousness and alertness?    More consciousness and alertness than normal

If your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience was different from your normal every day consciousness and alertness, please explain:            It was like I had crystal clarity, My senses were heightened, my perceptions were enlarged, I could sense feelings, events as they occurred and sense the feelings associated with the events. The connection with everything became more heightened as I floated higher. It is if I became one with everything, and experienced everything at the same time that others were. It was like I became one with them and felt what they felt, but on a large scale (see...hard to describe...)this perception not only connected me with humans, but with dogs, trees...etc. It was like if I wanted to sense their emotion, all I needed to do was think tree, and i felt what a tree feels. Same with the dogs, same with the couple necking on the park bench.

Did your vision differ in any way from your normal, everyday vision (in any aspect, such as clarity, field of vision, colors, brightness, depth perception degree of solidness/transparency of objects, etc.)?  Yes     The higher I floated, the more clarity of my vision, the colors were more vibrant and displayed a beauty that I do not notice now. It was like the colors had a energy to them. Again very hard to describe.

Did your hearing differ in any way from your normal, everyday hearing (in any aspect, such as clarity, ability to recognize source of sound, pitch, loudness, etc.)?
            No       Hearing was not an important sense during my experience. I could hear, but there was incredible sense of peace and tranquility where hearing was not important.

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

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            love, freedom, fear, anxiety

Did you meet or see any other beings?           No       no angelic beings, just human beings as they were experiencing life

Did you experience a review of past events in your life?    No      

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          Yes     In the beginning of my experience, when I was floating just outside my apartment, I was feeling invigorated. I noticed a couple walking their dog past my apartment. I yelled out to them not thinking that they could hear me. I was shocked when they both turned and looked up at me, and then took off light a bat out of hell down the street. I could sense the fear, and for some reason laughed at the event. The dog though was not fearful, he just looked up at me, tilted his head then ran after his owners.

At other times during my experience, I noticed events that were happening around me, like a couple kissing on a park bench, 2 dogs getting it on in an alley, a lone walker walking down an unknown street, cars driving down streets. It was like these events were happening and I was witness to them all, along with the connection to everything and how everything was related, and happening as it should be happening. Events were occurring as they should be occurring (hope that makes sense)

Did you see or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or dimensions?           Yes            I attained a dimension where I could sense the connection with everything and everybody. The blade of grass, the tree, the rock on the ground, the couple kissing in the park all shared a connection.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Yes     No sense of time, no perception of time

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?     Uncertain            I just have a direct sense during my experience that all things that are happening are meant to happen. The couple on the park bench smooching, were supposed to be on the park bench smooching. The dogs in the alley were supposed to be in the alley. It was like the events in everybody's life were happening as they are supposed to be happening. It is like all is well, and happening as it should be happening.

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes     Did not cross the boundary. When I reached the point where the earths atmosphere meets space I turned around and saw the thread that was connected to my body lying in bed was now so small, I was fearful that it would break in the wind. I became frightened and wanted to get closer to my body. That is when I was told that I had a choice to either return or continue.

Did you become aware of future events?       No           

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience you did not have prior to the experience?     Yes     My sense in how I feel what others feel remains. I can sense emotions in certain people, and on numerous times since have been approached by other strangers who "sense" they need to talk to me. I can see through their human masks, and sense their deeper hidden emotions.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     To a very few, and only once. I tell them about what I experienced, then wait for them to ask 1questions. None have done so.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?    Uncertain            I had some knowledge of OBE, but it was not until months after my experience that I became aware that I had possible NDE.

How did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened:            Experience was definitely real    Still incorporating the experience. Since it is very difficult for me to describe because I have no reference to help me explain it. It is through discussing it and reading other accounts that I can say, YES...that is it, that is what I felt.

Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you?            The whole experience was significant to me. It totally changed who I am.

How do you currently view the reality of your experience:            Experience was definitely real            can't

Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?           Yes     It changed the entire fabric of who I was and currently am. Friends have noticed my change, some have left my life, new ones have entered. My family relationships have also changed. Before I was a pariah to the family, and to a certain extent still am, but now I feel ok with that idea which is totally different from what I used to feel.

Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?           
Yes            started searching for religion that mirrored my new understanding. I have investigated many religions, and while all have benefits as well as pitfalls, don't have a personal favorite, although shamanism, and their belief in the connection with all, mirrors what I sensed during my experience.

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 so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?         Yes     lack of questions concerning perception. In my experience I perceived events as they were occurring in real time.