I was taking an
afternoon nap. I was sleeping but becoming conscious. I opened my eyes and found
what I saw to be extremely disorienting.
It was as if the room
had flipped up on end; the wall directly across from me with a dresser and
mirror had somehow become the floor, and all the other walls and ceiling had
adjusted accordingly, i.e., the ceiling was now a wall directly in front of me
and the other walls were all standing on end except for the wall behind my head
which was now the ceiling. In other words I found myself looking down at what
had been the wall directly across from the foot of the bed. What had formerly
been the floor was now a vertical wall behind my head.
I raised my head and
gazed at this peculiar scene for a moment but could find no logical way to
resolve this alteration of my perception and sense of direction. I decided to
simply lie back down, close my eyes and start over, hoping things would simply
be normal again when I opened my eyes.
But as I gave myself
the command to rest my head back on the pillow I noticed my head did not feel as
it normally does during the lowering back down procedure. Instead my head felt
very distinctly as if it were floating or wafting slowly down towards the
pillow. It was a feeling of weightlessness. I felt as though I had no actual
muscular control of the process.
It was then I realized
I was out of my body and instantly understood that my detached condition also
accounted for the skewed perspective of my surroundings.
At that moment I began
to feel a very pronounced fear. The moment I felt fear my "astral" head
retracted very rapidly back into my physical head, as did my "astral" back and
chest, literally slamming me back into my physical body.
believe my eyes were closed and probably had been during the entire experience.
I laid there for about 15 minutes allowing the fear to subside and trying to
collect myself even as the emotional impact of the experience continued to wash
over me. The fear was gradually replaced by awe. I regretted my panic and wished
I could have remained calm and done a bit of exploring.
associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the
the kind of experience difficult to express in words?
the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening
What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?
Normal as a day at the park.
Was the experience dream like in any way?
really. It was just like I was awake but my physical perception was extremely
you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?
Yes I did not see myself, but I could definitely feel myself just like we
all do normally, or so it seemed. I could feel my "astral" body and didn't even
suspect anything was different at first, until the movement felt distinctly
What emotions did you feel during the experience?
Fear, stupefying awe. I was stunned.
you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience
that could be verified later?
you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they
Yes Unusual visual orientation, though no loss of clarity. Movement
felt very different.
you have any sense of altered space or time?
Yes Apparently I had lost my normal sense of direction, and couldn't
perceive objects as having their ordinary positions relative to the earth.
you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or
you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?
you become aware of future events?
Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the
Yes Involved in, but not privy to the actual situation, though my "will" was
followed by my "astral" form, only in a different way. What I thought was simply
lying back down as one normally does was actually a return to the body.
you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience
that you did not have prior to the experience?
you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?
Yes Felt I had gained some verification of the independence of the
personality from the physical bio-mechanism.
has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices?
have shared the experience with certain friends in order to give them some
possible relief from the fear of personal extinction.
your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?
Yes No longer afraid of personal extinction. I now know I will continue
beyond the destruction of my physical vehicle in some form.
Have you shared this experience with others?
Yes Some have appreciated it. Some just aren't ready to open their minds to
What emotions did you experience following your experience?
Gratitude, inasmuch as I felt I had been assisted in this experience by
"helpers" who had loaned me the energy and alertness to perceive this situation,
which I believe we all have every night, but just don't have the conscious
energy to retain the memory in most cases.
What was the best and worst part of your experience?
was grasping the enormity of the experience for its amazing implications about
our existence. Worst was the fear and subsequent regret at not being able to
explore it more. Though I had another OBE later in life that was much more calm
there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?
Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life,
medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?
No I had another OBE later in life that was much more calm and
illuminating. It began, again, simply as a recovery of my self-conscious, linear
mind during a trip through the vastness of space. I thought of myself
consciously, and using the actual words, as "pure awareness". I perceived myself
as a golden orb that was traveling very rapidly through unimaginable distances.
I then came to a house and dropped through the roof to see a young couple in
partial shadow asleep on a bed. I could observe the street below through their
window as it was well lit by a streetlamp. I did not recognize the two on the
bed, but as I began to sink slowly towards the male I remembered it was me! The
return to the physical was not nearly so jolting as the first experience.
the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively
describe your experience?
Yes The questionnaire is very thorough.
Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.
and, I think, none.