Glenda I's Experience

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Experience description:   

On an ordinary working day, without any fear of being late or during which I had any stress at all, I boarded an Underground Train at the Jubilee line station known as Kilburn.  It was not a crowded platform and I was not tired nor anxious at all.  I entered the train and stood in the central space.  The rows of facing seats were adjacent to me on either side but I chose to stand in the area that facilitates standing where it is you enter the train.

Though the platform was not full the train was relatively so.  I was not cramped but was standing inside a group of other standing passengers.  As the train left the platform I began to notice "I" was above myself looking down!  From where I discovered myself (or herein after known as "my conscious self") I could see the top of my head.  I remember being quite surprised at the sight of myself amongst so many other people.  There were gaps between us all standing in the space and I remember noticing the parting of my hair from so high above my actual body.  I also remember such minute detail of all those others standing around me.  The view of a group of people itself from such a vertical viewpoint was really a revalation.  I remember noting dandruff and the length of peoples hair. 

Then the sensation of how high I had gotten really hit me and I realized I was above the feasible height of the trains roof.  I recall remaining there just looking down at myself and enjoying the experience of doing so but equally I remember the point at which I DECIDE I must "go down now."  And so I recall descending and the feeling of rightness as I did so.

I am left with some confusion however - as the whole experience was so acceptable to me that I can not (even now) understand how it is I have not had life changing effects as a result.

So - "ordinary" was this experience in its seemingly rightful way - that I did not tell anyone it had happened for 2 weeks afterwards.  Not out of fear, or shame or any other emotion - just that although I was totally aware of it happening it was so "right" that it was as ordinary as my having got up, and say, brushed my teeth that morning.

Did I experience near death on that day I wonder?  To this day I have never questioned this - it somehow just seemed so ... right...

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

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

But it felt so "ordinary" that I ommitted to even mention in for 2 weeks after it occurred.

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?           Totally conscious.  Unreally accepting of something so unique.

Was the experience dream like in any way?   No - very very real and somehow tangible.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes

No appearance as such.  Truly a spiritual form.  No shape, just a consciousness

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Total calm.  Total rightness.  No dramatic effect before, during or afterwards.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           Not now.  Although as a child I did have some very unusual connections with two other children that my family called my "imaginery friends."  Since this was childhood and therefore I can not validate the experiences with Adult rational I wouldn't say they bare a real comparison to the out of body experience I had.

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

I was raised without religious input and so I have no semi conscious connections on which I might have unwittingly drawn on.

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 could never have noticed that type of detail I saw from that height via my physical body.  I am 5 feet tall and have never been taller than any other adult in a public arena.  The detail I saw of peoples posture, they're grooming and their perspective from above was totally impossible for me to have seen any other way or time.

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?          No

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Yes

In that I chose the time - how long to stay aloaf when to return etc.  The motion of the train continued below me - people rocking and holding tight to the railings whilst I remained siren and still.

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    Yes

Then and since really.  A knowing that it was "ordinary" "right" - some how "whole".

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

Yes, the return was totally my decision.

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         Yes

Not long after that time I encountered a woman at a friends house who seemed very determined in her ascent of the staircase I was descending.  As it turned out she could never have been on those stairs.  She never came back down them and she was not on the upper level when we went to investigate her whereabouts.  I have no doubt she was there - I spoke to her, despite her not answering me.

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

Again, this seemed so right that I didn't even tell many people it had happened.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       Not at all. I have no fear of spirits or of the unknown.  I guess, if anything, its given me confidence around such things.  But this is the thing that has struck me the most - these two experiences, when I am a realist in many other ways, seemed so ordinary.  It is the ease of acceptance that I have to say unnerves me a little.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         No

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes, But not as a priority.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Calm

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      Nothing - just absolute acceptance.  I would say the out of body experience was the most pleasurable but the sighting of the young woman was a little unnerving in that she was so real, young, contemporary to myself - unyet totally impossible in having been able to be where I met her.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        I would like to know if other people experience the out of body experiences outside of "near death".  Did I brush close to death on that occasion or have people been - like me, fit and well at the times of their experiences.

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