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Donna P's Experience

Experience description:   

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?           Physically - none. I looked down at my body which was motionless sitting in a chair, head turned downward.  I never saw my physical face but I knew I was seeing my body.

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   No

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     Completely.  I didn't see "me" or my appearance apart from my body - I knew and felt me as I hovered and floated above and away from my physical body.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Confusion and an extreme feeling of fear that was immediately replaced with calm, peace, joy (which felt euphoric) serenity, and immense love.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           None that I recalled.

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       No light, but I sensed I was in a mist with visual acuity.

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?          Uncertain      Something strange did happen while I was hovering - I noted seeing one specific man for what seemed like a spit second - someone I'd never consciously noticed previously.  A few days after my experience he was walking through the and when I turned my head in his direction, he was already staring at me and we locked eyes for a moment.  A few days later he walked up to me, introduced himself, offered that he was an attorney who worked on one of the top floors of the building, and asked me for a date.

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Yes            Only 2 - vision and hearing were acute.

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?             Uncertain      I saw and hovered near the actual ceiling within this huge lobby but I have no recollection of trying to cross it - I did float along it for a bit after recognizing my body below.

Did you become aware of future events?       No      

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       No       Returning to it seemed as spontaneous as leaving it.

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         Uncertain      Sometimes I just felt as if I "knew" things, people, events. 

I often felt for the longest time that I had "visitors" while I slept - I felt my hair being stroked, a caress or kiss on the cheek, a feeling that I was being looked after or watched over.  I often sensed feeling as if I had company in a room when I was the only person there - sometimes I heard my name being called out from behind me only to turn and see no one there. 

I noticed that I often knew what people were about to say, before they said it. I noticed that many people looked to me for answers to their personal issues, instinctively.  People I'd never met walked up to me, and once we beyond the normal hellos and such, they shared their problems and walked away from me feeling as if I had in some significant way, helped to heal them. 

I felt overwhelmed at times with a bunch of negativity, I didn't think was my own... often when conversations with people ended, they walked away feeling good and I walked away feeling uneasy.  It became a problem for me because I didn't know why or how to handle it. 

This is very difficult to explain, actually.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Uncertain      I realized that being religious and being a spiritual being are not mutually exclusive.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       Difficult to answer with regard to relationships and daily life.

Much more accepting of various religions and beliefs... "embracing" might better describe that for me.

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

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     For the most part, those that I shared my experience with at the time were mostly unaffected or skeptical.  I rarely shared my experience with others after a while, mostly because a LOT of people confused what could be considered a strange experience with my being strange.  Many years later I chose to share with the following 3 people.  They were supportive, non-judgmental and interested in discourse... 

The first - a friend who was a practicing psychologist with his Ph.D.  He likened my experience to "The Peak Experience" as defined by Abraham Maslow. 

The second - a well known female psychic in Virginia, whom I visited with on 3 or 4 occasions.  She was extremely supportive and shared a great deal of specific details and situations about me, which she couldn't have possibly known. Nothing she offered to me was in a "generalized" way... she was extremely specific and spot-on with her details.  She offered many insights about me, and shared with me what she saw as one of my purposes in life. 

The third - a man who continually claimed to astral project himself at will and wanted to teach me to do the same.  I wasn't interested in "at will" since I was trying to make sense out of "spontaneous."   

I don't know if anyone was particularly influenced by my experience.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Mixed - the 2 biggest emotions were sadness and gratitude.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      Worst - My sense of confusion and especially the heightened fear.

Best - My sense of clarity, love, knowing, peace, and acceptance.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        I think there is usually a before and after story involved with many of these types of experiences.  Mine would take too long to explain or describe in the here and now.

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    

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    none