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Gary B's Experience

Experience description:   

On a night in the fall of 1977, when I was 9 years old and attending the 4th grade in a catholic school, where my family were also members of the church parish, after going to sleep at my usual time of 9 o'clock, I noticed at some point that my eyes seemed to be open and I was staring very closely at the patterns in the popcorn ceiling.  Something about the perspective seemed odd - I noticed I was so close to the surface of the ceiling, and I noticed this my perception turned over to look down at my bed where I saw myself asleep under the covers.  I didn't have any particular feeling about seeing myself there, kind of of how you might feel if you were looking down at your feet and focused on your big toe.  Yep, there it is. 

I floated backward from the perspective of looking down at myself up through the ceiling and through the roof of the house.  I then was looking down upon the cedar shingles of the roof.  I continued to move sideways and up noticing my mother through the large bay window in my parents 2nd floor bedroom.  She was sitting on the bed doing the crossword and watching Johnny Carson.  Again there was no particular emotion as I continued to float upwards, now soaring a few hundred feet above the house and surrounding fields.  I could still see the light from the window of my parents room and then I turned my focus to going places. 

I remember thinking about the mountains.  Snow-covered mountains.  There was a blur for a moment then I knew that I was now in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.  I saw a mountain home in the snow with a covering of snow on the roof.  I moved toward it and then went into the side of the cabin-style home.  I saw a woman walking from the kitchen carrying two mugs of coffee towards a man sitting on a sofa.  She sat down as I passed by and then out the other side of the house.  I moved all about the mountains.  Through the trees, inside of the trees, inside of the cells of the tree.  Over the mountains, through the mountains, into the rock, through the caves and underground water pockets. 

I thought of the ocean and then there was a blur and I was at the beach moving again all over the sand, from up high from seemingly inches away from the sand and then into the sand and under the dunes and then into the ocean and down through the sea.  At some point it occurred to me to go under the ocean down into the floor of the earth at the bottom. 

I went under the ocean and down into the center of the earth and through the earth.  When I was in areas where there was no real light, like at the bottom of the ocean, I was still able to see, but it was a more subtle kind of vision.  I probably was seeing in this same way when I was out where there was light, but it wasn't apparent that my vision was different until I went into the cells of the trees and into the rocks and down under the ocean. 

The way I have written this may make it all sound very fast, but there was much exploring into the fine details of things and it was a peaceful and relaxed pace.  It was just that if I thought of something new to focus upon, I was almost instantly transported there. 

At some point I thought of my physical body and then with a blur I was there above my body in my room and then I moved into it and it felt like putting on a glove and as I shifted back into it I noticed a definite "CLICK!".

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?           My mind was very quiet during the experience.  There wasn't a lot of mental chatter going on.  I was feeling very peaceful and serene.  I was curious and I was freely observing what I was seeing, but without much of any judgmental thoughts about what I was seeing.  I was seeing and perceiving with my whole being what I was experiencing and strangely enough it didn't seem strange to me to be doing what I was doing and going these places and seeing these things.

Was the experience dream like in any way?   No.  It was not like any dream I had ever had before or since.  My general take is that what I experienced was not a dream.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     It seemed like I had a form, but it was more of a clear energy body and I noted more of a shimmery outline where the edges of my form would have been.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Curiosity. Joy. Exhilaration. Serenity. Peace.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           None other than a sort of clicking sound that I noted upon rejoining with my physical body at the end of the experience.

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?           Yes     I saw my mother reading the paper on her bed as I left the house.  Later in the experience I had saw a couple sitting down for coffee at a couch in a cabin in snow-covered mountains.  I briefly noted them as I moved through the cabin from one end to the other and continued on my way.

Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? Yes    

The closest thing to an experiment came when I thought to go into and then under the ocean, down into the floor of the earth beneath the ocean.  From there I was inspired to move through and to experience and explore the molten core of the earth.

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?          Yes            Sight was not limited by the normal degree of vision, feeling was not isolated to what what you normally could hold in your hand.  You could, for instance, feel the whole side of a mountain, or a stretch of beach.  All the senses were expanded in this way.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Yes     The sense of space was very different from normal, because all I had to do was think of a location, no matter how distant and their was a slight sense of a blur and then I was there.  I don't think it would have mattered if I had focused on the other side of the world or one of the moons of Saturn.  It didn't really seem to take any time to get anywhere that I focused upon.

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    Yes     I noticed a sense of feeling connected to everything else.  I understood that connection in a much deeper way than philosophical.  I was experiencing it.

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     There was no real sense of emotion about returning to my body at all.  It was similar to the way that I had focused on other things that I had seen.  When I focused back on my body, I returned to it, briefly just outside of it then slipping back in, clicking into place.

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         Uncertain      I can't say whether my gifts of perception were initiated by this event, though I doubt it.  However, most of my what would be called exceptional perception experiences did occur after this time, though I do recall some earlier experiences.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     A sense of being more than my body.  More than just this personality.  The sense of time and space being an illusory perception.  The sense that there is life and consciousness beyond our experiences in these physical bodies.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       I am sure that this experience and others like it, have influenced my spiritual sense of connection to the universe.  I studied art and I am a lifelong student of consciousness.  It has helped me to see that there is more to life than the rat race.  We are bigger than all of that.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes     It was a powerful experience that has always been there since informing my perspective on things, decisions etc.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     Some are fascinated. I think it has inspired some others to look more deeply into such things - read a book, try some exercises, etc.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Excitement, happiness, and joy.  I was very curious to learn more by further exploration.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The sense of freedom was thrilling.  Perception was wider, not limited by the usual physical organs of sense, and traveling under the earth, through the oceans, under the ocean bed itself and through the center of the planet itself was probably the best part of the experience.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        It was interesting to me that during the travels into areas where it would normally be too dark to see with physical eye, there was no real problem seeing things.  Even when I was within the very rock of a mountain, it was as if there was some additional alterations of time/space, in that size, whether fantastically large or extremely small I would be able focus there and see whatever there was to see.  I could have entered an atom or an apple had I decided to go there, and when I was in the areas that would have been devoid of light, I became aware of another more subtle level of light emitted from the matter itself.

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         Yes     I went on to study meditation for many years and I learned how to achieve more than I would have imagined possible even after this initial experience.

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