Harrelle F's Experience

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Experience description:   

As I lay upon the operating table, the doctor placed a mask over my mouth and nose and told me to count backwards from one hundred.  I don't remember getting to the count of 95.  The next thing I was aware of was as if I was looking up, and through, what appeared to be a spinning rib-cage.  On the other side of the ribs was a blood-red background.  My next sensation was of being suspended above, and behind, a group of people looking down at something, or someone, on the table.  I couldn't see the object, or person, on the table but I felt I knew who it was.  It was me.  I looked about the room.  I saw a big round object, dark on my side, but focusing light upon the group from the other side. (This object was of sufficient size as to entirely block the table from my sight.  There were five people (all Caucasian) dressed in white (3 men, and 2 women).  One of the men was doing something on the table while the others stood closely by, sometimes watching and sometimes passing objects from one to the other.  My perspective of looking down on the scene never changed.  I was curious, but not inquisitive.  My next memory is of the following day waking to see my mother's smiling face.  Until very recently, I've shared this experience with no one--not even my mother.

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?     Uncertain

It occurred while under sedation (ether)

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 have no way of knowing, in that I was 10 years-old at the time.

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           I was physically sedated, but during the experience I was fully alert to the experience.

Was the experience dream like in any way?   It felt perfectly natural.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     From my current vantage point I'd say yes, but it never occurred to me at the time.  On some level I was aware that I was separate from my physical body, but it seemed unimportant at the time.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            mild wonderment, peacefulness, secure, ....

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           None at all.

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?           Yes     just the light sufficient to see my surroundings. (nothing unearthly or unexplainable)

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Yes     Just the people who were at the operating table.

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?            Uncertain      My only sense was that of sight.  I experienced no sounds, tastes, pressures, or smells.

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?            Uncertain      I felt no fear or uncertainness.  I had no questions.  It all felt perfectly natural.

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

Have you shared this experience with others?  Yes     A friend told me of someone she knew who claimed to have had an out-of-body experience.  She was undecided if she believed what she was told.  I, then, shared my early-childhood experience with her.  I believe she took me seriously.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  None.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      Neutral.  I was 10 years-old.  I had no way of knowing that it was unusual.  I decided, at that time, that it was something that happened when you were operated on.

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.      None.