James K's Experience

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At the time of this experience, I lived outside of the city of Wilmington, NC. It was very dark at night. when I turned off the light in my bedroom it was totally dark. on this particular night, I awoke out of sleep, I knew I was awake, and not dreaming, and I was floating about three feet above my bed. I could not see because it was dark, but I knew I was floating above the bed. There was a floating sensation as if on an airplane. At the time, I could not say if I was out of my body or physically floating.

In the corner of the bedroom, a small flame the size of a candle flame was burning. It looked just like a small candle flame. Then I heard a male voice that seemed to come from behind the flame not from within the flame. I saw no one.  And it said, "I am the way, the truth, and the light, follow me." Then vanished.

Then slowly, I seemed to float downward. There was a sensation of re-entering my body, which is why I say it was an OBE, though I couldn't tell in the darkness.  I recognized the words as a scripture quotation attributed to Christ. But, there was no indication that the voice was Christ. Only that it had a supernatural quality.

As a Pentecostal minister, I am accustomed to supernatural things, and stories, however, I have only recently began to think of these things in a more paranormal light rather than religious.

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?           Fully awake and conscious.

Was the experience dream like in any way?   No.

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

I felt as if I were floating above my body, but couldn't see in the darkness.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            There was no real explainable emotion associated with the experience.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           Just a Voice that had a supernatural quality.

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, A candle like flame.

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Yes

The voice came from behind the flame that was in the corner of the room. There was a Bible scripture quoted. "I am the way, the truth, and the light. Follow Me." The scripture is attributed to Christ, but there was no indication that it was Christ. This is because, in my faith angels some time speak for god in the first person, so, a person could assume it was god speaking instead it would only be an angelic messenger.

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, Everything seemed normal except the floating sensation.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Uncertain

I felt that I was about three feet above my bed, Though there is no reason to think three feet since it was totally dark. That was just what I thought at the time.

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    Yes, I felt as if I was being given a command.

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?         Uncertain

I have had many psychic, or paranormal experience before and after. So it would be hard to tell. However, these experiences have seem to diminish with age.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes

My attitude changed (this is hard to explain). It's as if this experience was to give some Authority to my life's purpose so that I know I am to follow Christ, not say, Buddha, or some teaching that might cast doubt upon the person of Christ. Though, I integrate the teachings of many religions into my belief system, even Buddha's teachings, if something seems contrary to the teaching of Christ, I feel the need to reject it not based on empirical evidence but on the fact that I was commanded to follow Christ. By command I don't mean like I don't have a choice but it's more like persuasive Guidance.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       In some way it keeps on a straight path. As mentioned above. I don't mean like a high moral path, but a straight path.

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

This experience seemed to have added validity to my life as a spiritual teacher.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes, I have mentioned this as illustration material in sermons, but there has been no evidence that any one has been changed but me.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  No real emotions, except maybe a wonderment at the experience itself.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      It was all good and positive. No worst part.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        I believe this experience has helped to avoid many mistakes in life.

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         Uncertain

I've had many experiences, but no medication or substance.

Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?               Yes, it seems a simple experience. but some of the questions seemed repetitive.

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    It seems to address the issues well.