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Donn D's Experience

Experience description:   

I had heard about astral projection since I was about 13 or 14 and always wanted to try it but it wasn't until I was about 25 that I did more research on the subject and began to experiment with meditation techniques.  I read 'Adventures Beyond the Body' by William Buhlman and 'Leaving the Body' by Micheal Rogo after hearing several radio programs on OOBEs on 'Coast to Coast with Art Bell'.  Even though I had experience in meditation, it still took about a month before I really was able to intentionally leave my body and sustain a "trip".  For many nights, I tried to achieve a state of absolute calmness and stillness in my mind and body while concentrating on lifting my spirit body out of my physical body.  Each time I did this, I would get a little closer to separating myself from myself.   I think I was trying too hard. 

My dreams became more lucid during this time and I learn to control the dream experience.  I recorded the dreams when I awoke and night after night I got better at becoming 'aware' in the dream.  Then one night it happened, after meditating for what I guess was about and hour, I separated from my body, rose up and floated out of my bedroom.  I could see the night sky above me and the apartments below.  I flew toward the city for a while, just looking around. I was in a state of awe!  At one point I found myself dodging a large commercial jet taking off from SeaTac airport! 

I knew from my readings that directing thoughts can control the experience so I tried 'transporting' myself to my parents home in Texas. I flew up above the atmosphere and traveled across the country to where they lived, found their house, and wandered around in amazement at what I was doing.  I was moving throughout the house looking at different rooms.  no one was there, although I did not go into there bedroom.  I don't remember going back to my physical body, but suddenly I snapped back, disappointedly, and came out of the experience.   After this experience, I became very involved in work and never repeated it, but I would like do it again.  I would like to go 'deeper', explore more and get better at controlling my spirit body...  

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

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No      

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           highly alert, very aware

Was the experience dream like in any way?   no, my dreams tend to have a certain randomness to them, changing environments, difficultly in remembering  where I was or what I was doing. this was definitely NOT a dream.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     I could not see myself, it was like being pure consciousness without form.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            uncertainty and a little anxiety at first, then elation when I realized what was happening.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           low humming

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? Yes     I visited my parents house in Texas.

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       Yes    

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?
   Yes     intuition seems to be stronger.  I tend to trust it more now.

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

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     My wife listen to me, but I don't know if she believed me at the time. I told a few co-workers and received a few raised eyebrows of disbelief.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      best was flying, worst was coming back without consent or desire.

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         No