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Harold C's Experience

Experience description:   

At ten years of age I went to my first sleep-way summer camp at "Camp Classen" in the Arbuckle mountains about 60 miles from my home in Moore Oklahoma. I was very happy to go but after about 2 days into my 2 week stay I became VERY homesick.  We were sleeping in large tent/cabins with wooden frames covered in canvas. There were 8 kids to a cabin on 4 bunk beds. At night I was laying in bed crying and feeling that I wanted to go home so VERY much. I don't remember the separation even but suddenly I found myself outside the cabin looking around the camp at the other buildings in the moonlight. I was about 10 feet above the ground and found myself floating up. I was not scared and found that I could direct my floating or flying so I went up higher till I could see the road that led from the camp to HW 35, a major north/south artery. I followed the highway at an altitude that, looking back, seems about 2000 feet. I remember seeing light traffic below going both directions.  The countryside below seemed well lit by what I assume was a bright moon. I knew that if I followed HW 35 north it would take me near my home.  I don't recall sensing much passage of time other than taking time to enjoy the view from above. Soon I saw a landmark I recognized, the three red lit broadcasting towers of WKY radio station.  These towers were located less than a mile from my house so I descended and found Western Ave (not sure how I recognized it except for the landmarks) and followed it north to the big stone gates that marked our driveway. I descended to about 10 feet and "flew" up the drive between the tall cedar trees. I came around the corner where I could see my house and three cars parked out front. Two cars I recognized as ours but the third was unfamiliar. The big living room windows glowed with light and I floated up to the windows and looked inside to see my family talking and watching TV. I paused a moment looking at my parents and brothers and then was somehow satisfied.  I floated higher, took one last look at the cars and decided to go back to camp. The return trip is not nearly as clear as the outward journey. It also seemed to take just a moment compared to the 20 or 30 minutes of the first leg. I have no memory of going back into the cabin or my body but awoke the next morning with my homesickness gone.  When I returned home my father told me that an uncle had come by a couple of nights after I left for camp to show off his new car, the very car I had seen in my OBE.

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?          No      

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           I felt conscious and alert during the experience

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   It felt real and unlike dreams, I have remembered it in detail for over 40 years

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Uncertain      I do not remember the actual separation or rejoining of my consciousness nor do I recall that I had a physical form during the OBE.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            I was curious about the flying and enjoyed the challenge of finding my way home by following the highways. I was happy to see my family.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           No

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?    Yes            I recognized familiar locations of the camp, highway, landmarks, and my home.

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

I went home to see my family and "saw" a new car that my uncle had bought after I went away to camp. I din not try to communicate with anyone nor affect my environment.

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          Yes     I "saw" an unfamiliar car in the family driveway that was later confirmed to be a new car my uncle purchased while I was away at camp.

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Yes     I only remember the sense of sight. Even though it was nighttime the countryside looked bright as if illuminated by a very full moon.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     I was no longer homesick after the event

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       It has not - except that I an accept that such things do occur.

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

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     Most believe and relate similar episodes.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Peace

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      Best: the feeling of accomplishment at finding my way home by following landmarks from the air and the sense of peace at seeing my family 

Worst: nothing

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?         Uncertain      12 years later at 22, while walking to the grocery at night I experienced what I thought was a "vision" of a previous life. Just a "glimpse" of what may have been me in December 1941.

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.    None