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Experience description:   

For some time I was interested in paranormal/spiritual experiences. I've meditated for couple years day-by-day, but stopped due to shortage of free time (studies and work, I'm a software developer).

I've read couple OBE books, mainly Monroe series, even tried shortly some techniques but not too serious, it never worked. Once I had experience when meditating that was a little similar to leaving the body, at least the first phase of it. I felt like I was dragged through the top of my head, similar to diving and then going back to the surface, I'm not sure how to explain it better.

All that was about 10 years ago, in the meantime I stopped meditating and trying OBE techniques. Couple months ago I was sleeping in the evening, slept about 4 hours and then woke up. I was awake for about an hour, then went back to sleep.

I'm not entirely sure what was happening when I was falling asleep, but at the brink of blacking out I felt like my body was slowly getting lower than it was second before. It didn't felt like falling, but rather gradually slipping into the bed. At first I thought that my bed broke, some spring in my mattress or something like that. But at the same time it was not a 'normal' feeling, so based on my previous experience gathered when meditating I remained calm and did not move, curious what will happen next. After some more weird sensations like that I finally decided to sit up and check my mattress. So I did, and my body felt quite weird, sort of like when you sometimes sleep on your arm and it gets really sore and tingly. I checked my surroundings, forgetting about mattress for a moment. It was dark in the room but something was off, I couldn't tell at first but after short time I realized that my bed was at the other side of the room. So was window and door.

Whole room was like a mirror image of itself. I stood up and walked to the center of the room. My thoughts were clear, so was my consciousness and my senses worked normally so I realized that it was not a normal dream, because I was beginning to think it was. I even could think verbally, that never happens when I sleep, even while having lucid dream and I had quite a lot of those.  I'm a IT guy so I got curious and decided to check my computer to see if it worked. To my surprise the moment I thought about doing that I was wide awake, lying in my bed, completely aware in the 'real world'. I forgot to mention that as it was all happening I heard constant loud noise, like an engine on high gear. Just before I woke up it got gradually louder, reaching peak just before I opened my eyes.

That was my first experience with OBE, after it happened I was very excited and read some books on the topic. In the coming weeks/months I had couple more experiences, but all of them were more dreamlike, I don't remember them as clearly as the first

one. One of these was really long and I was aware in it for an extended period of time. I even tried to return to my body to end it but to my surprise I couldn't do it. My whole close family was in it with me and it seemed like we were all there to learn

something, but I can't remember all the details. Last experience happened twelve days ago, after it I lost some steam because of stress at work and personal problems. But now I feel like I'm motivated again and I will try to encourage leaving the body when falling asleep. I'm really curious where all of this will take me.

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

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words?           Yes    

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?          normal consciousness, no more or less vivid than daily life.

Was the experience dream like in any way?  first one was not, following experiences were sometimes like a dream, especially in the later stages.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     My body felt normal and solid, except tingling sensations all over it.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?           excitement

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?          yes, loud  noise, like and engine on high gear

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?    No      

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?         Yes            all of my senses worked normally.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?  Yes     my room was a mirror image of itself.

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?     No      

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

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?  Yes     I now believe, or rather have first hand experience that we are more than physical body.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       no special changes

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     I told my father and my sister but they weren't interested in details.

What emotions did you experience following your experience? excitement

What was the best and worst part of your experience?     best - leaving my body, and sense of freedom associated with it. There wasn't any bad part, I was not afraid of it, I even felt like it was natural.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?       no

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?                     Uncertain      There was more than that, I had more experiences following the first one but I don't remember them as clearly.