I woke up around 3:00 am and went to the bathroom. When I was back in bed I lay down on my back, felt relaxed, turned my head to the left and fell asleep. Suddenly I was fully conscious and awake and at that same moment I took off from my body and was floating towards the ceiling. It was an awesome, very relaxed and freeing sensation which can be described best as taking a very deep relaxing breath rising up from my throat and chest. It actually was accompanied by what seems to be a sound of many deep breaths taken by a lot of people at the same time.
I knew immediately and exactly what was going on, I was having a OBE and felt very grateful and exited that this "sign" was given to me.
Hovering at the ceiling of the bedroom I turned around and saw my wife and myself asleep in the bed below me. A light on the floor of the bedroom occurred to me and I thought that it must be the light from the lamppost being projected through the window above the bedroom door. In an attempt to "gain some evidence" that this experience really took place I floated towards my wife and wanted to scream, "I'm out!" But no sound came from my mouth. I approached her even closer and wanted to say something more shocking or emotional in another soundless attempt to get her attention. "Let's have sex!" was all I could think of at that moment.
Then the idea came up to write something down that could be verified later on. I wanted to write down: "this is a message from another dimension" but I wasn't able to touch the pen and the notebook at my night table.
I floated back to the
ceiling and watched my hands. They looked grayish-pale and to my surprise they
melted down like candle wax in a hot flame every time I tried to look at it. I
decided to return to my physical body. After I floated back towards the bed I
tried to lay down on my body but returning seemed a little more difficult than I
thought. When I had the feeling to be back in my body I tried to wake up my wife
but I was still unable to wake her up. I tried to touch her hand which felt
strange like the hand of a baby. I noticed she was sleeping somewhat restless as
if she was having a bad dream. Finally I had the feeling to "wake up" and found
myself in the exact same position (on my back and my head turned to the left)
since falling asleep after my bathroom visit that night. I was very refreshed
and very clear. It felt like it all happened in a few minutes but when I looked
on the alarm clock it was 6:30 am. My wife confirmed she had indeed been
dreaming... about hay bales falling down on her.
Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience? No
Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Uncertain It's hard to describe the sensation that I experienced at the moment I left my body.
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 clear and alert
Was the experience dream like in any way? No
Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body? No My physical body was hard to see in detail. The hoodie from my sweatshirt was half covering my face and my head was turned to the left.
When I looked at the
hands of my non physical "being" they looked pale-grayish and my fingers (how
funny) appeared to melt down like candle wax in a hot flame.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? grateful, exited, amazed
Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises? no
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 the bedroom
Did you see a light? Uncertain I saw the light of the, what I thought it was, lamppost on the floor coming through the window above the bedroom door. Later on I realized that we never have any light projection of a light source on the floor, but sometimes on the ceiling...
Did you meet or see any other beings? Yes My wife, sleeping next to me, but no other beings.
Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? Yes
I tried to communicate with my wife but she did not respond. When I approached her she moved her head a little and made some noise as if she was having a scary dream.
Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later? Uncertain My wife confirmed she had a scary dream about big objects like hay bales falling on her.
Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different? No I was very clear and quick thinking, I had a pretty clear vision in spite of the darkness
Did you have any sense of altered space or time? Yes It felt as if the whole OBE took about 3 or 4 minutes. When I woke up it was about 6:30 am while the experience must have started 10 minutes after I returned to bed after going to the bathroom at about 3:00 am
Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose? No
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No
Did you become aware of future events? No
Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body? Yes I decided for myself to return to my body independent of anybody or anything
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 consciousness is not a result of brain function, it is able to survive after physical death and it is very likely that an "afterlife" is awaiting us after this life in the physical dimension. There is a vaster reality behind the limiting world of our physical senses.
How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices? I can't talk about it with everyone. Some influence on the relationship with my wife.
Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience? No
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes some were impressed and very interested, others were a little scared, and a few very skeptic.
What emotions did you experience following your experience? more relaxed about death, life seems to have a purpose and we don't cease to exist after we die. Less moody.
What was the best and worst part of your experience? Best: everything, the sign I needed from "the other side" that there is so much more than we know.