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James B's Experience

Experience description:   

My parents had decided to take us to Lake Jackson, near Houston, during the summer of 1990 (approximately). I was about 10 years old. My mother was driving. My younger brother (8 years) was in the middle-front seat. My father was sitting in the front passenger seat. I think I was sitting in the back-left seat. My younger sister (6 years) was sitting in the back-middle seat. Finally, my older brother (12) was sitting in the back-right seat.  

My older brother, in the back-right seat, had been harassing my younger brother for most of the trip. At one point, my older brother flicked the back of my younger brother's head with a rubber-band. My father became enraged by this and turned around. My dad began to punch my older brother in the face. My mother, who was driving, attempted to intervene and began slapping my dad in the face. My dad then began punching my mother in the face. As soon as I saw my dad punch my mother, I shot out of my body. I was instantly above the car and rising upwards at an incredible rate of speed. I'd say that within a few seconds I was several hundred feet above the car. I could see our yellow Chevrolet cruising down the 2-lane highway. I could see the tiny little cars passing our car in the opposite lane of traffic. I could see the forest on either side of the highway. I was deaf to everything that was occurring in the car while I was experiencing the OBE. At about the time that I REALIZED I was flying and no longer in my body, I suddenly popped back into my body.

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

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

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           Total alertness and consciousness.

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   No.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Uncertain     

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Emotional trauma

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           Complete silence

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Yes            The only sense I was aware of was my sense of sight, and it was functioning normally.

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?   Uncertain      I've always been extraordinarily intuitive. I can feel things before they happen, it seems. I often feel like I can sense spiritual presences, but maybe that's just a mental illness that I'm not aware of.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     I knew there was a way for my consciousness to exist outside of my body, which simply confirmed some of the things I had learned in Sunday School.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       I don't think it has. Of course, how can I be sure?

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Uncertain     

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     I told a few close friends about it, later in life. They all remained silent and for a while and then changed the subject.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Fear and confusion.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The best part was that I was able to experience something that very few people experience. If I'm not mistaken, spontaneous--although it was technically induced--OBE's are a very rare phenomenon.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        I remember it quite vividly to this day.

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     I was able to submit a very thorough report.