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Glenn C's Experience

Experience description:   

On stage.

It was the second role for me and the director was taking a chance on me.  I studied very hard to be the best I could be.  It was only one scene I was in but I was central to that scene.  It was on the second performance (I believe) that I walked onto stage, the theater (Riverside Community Players) is performed "in the round."  As I entered I began to feel strange but I continued with the scene.  During the action I drifted to the center of the stage as a consciousness, not physically.  I could watch myself performing and interacting with the other actors on stage.  I began to direct myself, telling myself what to do next as I continued the performance.  As the scene ended I began to exit the stage as I did my conscious self melted back into my physical self. I went straight to my dressing room, sat stunned in front of the mirror trying to understand what happened.  After a moment the director came and me, "Glenn, what happened out there.  You entered the stage as someone learning to act, by the time you left the stage you were a polished actor.  I watched years of growth in a matter of minutes.  What happened?"  I told him, "I don't know Ben, I just don't know." 

I began to study what is called out of body and self hypnosis.  One night when laying down preparing to sleep I began my self hypnosis.  As I progress from my toes to my head I began to hear my blood flow through my body, then I could hear my heart beat, pulse pound and gurgling.  Very soon I felt my consciousness floating out of my body.  I couldn't have been higher than a couple of inches when I panicked and rapidly returned.  It scared the hell out of me.  I have tried to repeat the experience without success.  I scared myself to well.

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

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

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?           Both times I was very alert.

Was the experience dream like in any way?   On stage it didn't seem real.  I kept directing myself and questions myself as to what was happening.  I had three conversations going on at the same time.  As the phisical actor I was interacting with the other performers.  As the spirit (for no better term to use) I was conversing with my physical self.  And as the spirit I was asking what the heck was going on.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     See above statements.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            confusion during the first occurrence, fear on the second.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           On the second occurrence I could hear all my bodies functions.

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?           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?          Yes     When Ben asked what happened out there, he saw that someting was going on.  This convinced me it really happened.

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Yes     I was able to hear, communicate with myself and see my surroundings the other actors, the audiance members, the stage set, etc.

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?             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     On the first time, no.  I just melted back into myself as I left the stage.  On the second time I said to myself something like, knock this off, get back.

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     I found out there is much more to life than the physical, we are more that physical.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       No

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes     Acceptance of a greater experience to come at the moment of death.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     At first no I didn't.  Later I did.  Some accept, some don't.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Wonderment

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      Learning was the best, fear was the worst.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        I would like it to happen again.

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