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Experience description:   

I was trying to (for lack of better word) meditate. Then suddenly I saw myself rising up out of my body. My view then switched to seeing myself lying on my bed with my eyes closed. I floated up towards the ceiling and stayed suspended there for what seemed like several minutes. All the while gazing at myself feeling not ecstatic, but elated that I seemed so peaceful. After a short period, I drifted down to my body. I blinked my eyes and reached over to turn off the light. Then went to sleep and was very rested the next morning.

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 was very aware and noted how wondrous things looked from this different perspective.

           
Was the experience dream like in any way?   Not at all. I have always kept this experience vividly in my mind through the years.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     I just seemed to be a presence in the room, not a physical being.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Calm but alert. A feeling of joy that my body looked so peaceful.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           I heard no sounds 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?           No      

Did you meet or see any other beings?           No      

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      I had sight, but had no sense of weight or form.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Yes     It was as if I was in between what we consider time.

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    No           

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             Yes     It was as if I was tethered some way to the room. I didn't want to explore because I was pleased to be where I was.

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      At times I seem to be able to "know" when something is going to happen. I might not know what will happen, but I feel something IS going to happen soon.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   No      

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       Maybe because of my age, but I felt more empathy with family and friends. I felt I could understand them more. This was not always a good thing.

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?        I felt calm and peaceful.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      At the time, it was all good. Nothing bad came from it.

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     For the most part, yes. It might be possible to express more, though I'm not certain.

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    I can think of none.