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Haitham H's Experience

Experience description:   

I was 5 years old. At Lake Khaled Park, I was with my family; my dad, my mum, and my baby sister. The park was a small area going around the lake. You could see the lake while sitting on the ground. On the other side lied the main street where cars moved. Just by the side of the lake, there was a fence and a narrow way, where people could walk on and see the lake. 

We were about to eat a pizza we had, when my mum wanted to go to the bathroom. As mum had no idea where it is, my dad led her to it. It was near. They set off with mum carrying my one-year-old sister leaving me alone, sitting on a blanket on the grass, with the pizza in front of me.  

On their way back, unfortunately, they forgotten where I'd been. They searched for me for hours, but couldn't find me. I was sitting as I was, and didn't move at all. Ironically, I didn't notice how long they left me alone.  

All of a sudden, my first and only OOBE started; I saw my mum - carrying my sister - walking through the whole park looking for me. She was crying, and people stopped her and asked her what was wrong. I couldn't hear anything, though I saw all the details; my mum, my sister, the road, the people, the fence, and the lake. The viewing angle changed for a few times; close-up, far, from the back..etc 

Furthermore, I saw mum sit down on the side of the road, cry more, then she took off her high-heel shoes. She then got up, and restarted the search, walking barefoot. The experience stopped at that part, and I felt my body again, sitting in the same place on the grass. 

Remember that I was a kid, so that experience was ultimately confusing to me. I was anxious and worried. After a few minutes, I saw mum running toward me. She hugged and kissed me, and she cried. She found me at last. I was speechless, as even I wasn't certain why I saw her walking & crying like that, not until they told me what happened. My dad caught up very soon afterwards. 

Mum told me what had happened, and that she - and dad - thought I got lost from them forever. She told me exactly what I had seen beforehand in my OOBE. I was astonished, but never told them about my strange experience. My dad told me that he'd called the police and was searching with them for me. 

That's it. Why I didn't have a glimpse of dad in that experience I don't know. But overall, that was a very strange experience that I count as helpless, not helpful. I'd rather not have such experience again. As a kid, I gained nothing from seeing my mum in such terrible condition. I was totally unable to make any positive move. 

I want to add too that the distance between me and my mum was very small, not more than 2 miles apart.  That happened in 1992, Asia - United Arab Emirates - Sharjah - Lake Khaled Park.

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?          Uncertain      I was about to get lost, may be forever, from my parents. As a 5-year kid, It's uncertain what my destiny would've been. In most cases, it would have been very dangerous.

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           Wide awake - In a crowded place

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   Yes. Though I could see all the details, and from numerous angles, I 'felt' that there was something spiritual/dream-like about it. I felt I couldn't communicate with my mum. That's also something that's similar to dreams, where you can see a lot, but cannot comment nor communicate.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     Yes, I couldn't feel my body at all.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Grieved - anxious - helpless - confused

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           I didn't hear any sounds, even the sounds of the crowd, and my mum crying. It was a totally muted experience.

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Yes     The crowd; normal people; men, women and kids who were walking down the street.

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

I saw my mum, carrying my baby sister, and was crying -- what I saw has been told about to me by my mum.

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          Yes     The whole experience could be verified.

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Yes     I couldn't feel my body at all. In my OOBE, I could see but not hear events.

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             No       No, I didn't have any senses about that.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Uncertain      I became uncertain about the nature of soul.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       It didn't affect me in terms of these.

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

Have you shared this experience with others?         No      

What emotions did you experience following your experience?        confusion - anxiety

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      Best: seeing what was happening to my mum

Worst: I couldn't help her, or tell here that I was safe!

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?               Yes    

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    I think many questions do have quite the same meaning.