Jeanette H Experience
When I was five years old, I went to the hospital for a noninvasive surgery, in which I was anesthetized with ether. After the surgery, I was returned to my hospital room to recover and regain consciousness. Well prior to regaining consciousness, at least in the physical body, I had an out-of-body experience in which I suddenly found myself floating on the ceiling. My bed ran alongside a wall with the head-end up against a corner. Apparently, my spirit-body floated up into that corner and then about five feet along the ceiling of the opposite wall that came out from that same corner. That's where I was when I became aware of my presence up there.
I was facing up towards the ceiling and became aware that I was enclosed in what could best be described as an abundantly illuminated, white and puffy cloud. However, it wasn't just white. It was imbued throughout with a soft shade of pink. It was so comfortable and comforting. I realized after awhile that the cloud was actually my own essence. I guess you could call it my spirit-body, but it was actually me, my own disembodied essence; although, I didn't realize that I was disembodied, nor was I the least bit concerned about it. In fact, on the contrary. I did have a specific orientation in space, however, that correlated with my physical body, in the sense that I actually became aware of my head, neck, and shoulders, but they seemed to be more subtle than my physical body and were embedded within my pink/white cloudlike essence.
It's amazing how intact my personality was because immediately my childlike curiosity and sense of adventure was spurred, just like it would have been in my physical body. I was a very active and energetic child, always on the go and that didn't change a bit in this state. So the first thing I wanted to know was if I could see the boy who was in the next bed from a birds-eye point of view. He was about my age and his bed ran alongside the same wall as my bed with the head end of his bed beginning where the foot end of my bed ended. However, they were separated by a curtain that hung down from a curtain rod that came out from the wall between the beds with about a foot between the ceiling and the top of the curtain rod. At the moment, the curtain was drawn closed between our beds. In total childlike enthusiasm, I decided to answer my question of whether or not I could see him from the ceiling, so like a frog maneuvering itself in water from it's hind legs, I turned myself in two different directions.
I turned myself face down first because that was the only way I'd be able to look down on him, and then I turned my head in the opposite direction and headed back towards the corner and then turned the corner along the opposite wall. Now I was passing over my own bed but didn't think to look down, mainly because it didn't occur to me that there might be a body to look at down there because I felt fully and completely intact. So I passed over my own bed and headed toward the curtain and pulled myself over the top between the rod and the ceiling and then stopped and looked down. And sure enough, there he was, lying face-up in his bed, neatly tucked under white sheets with the rolling meal cart pulled across his bed with his eyeglasses sitting on it. Once I accomplished this feat, I must have returned to my physical body because that was the end of my adventure.
Greetings. Yesterday I submitted
my account on your website about my OBE experience from when I was five years
old that included my looking down on the bed of the little boy next to me. There
is one section of the story, however, that I'm ambivalent about and would like
to edit if that's still possible. It's the part about my identifying a
pair of eyeglasses on the meal cart that went across his bed. Well I've thought
about it since I submitted the story, and although I was able to identify
specifically what was on the cart at the time of the event, I have since
forgotten exactly what it was, but for some reason, I keep coming up with the
idea that it was a pair of glasses. However, it may also have been a toy or a
book or something along those lines. The reason I think it's important to
clarify this is that I view it as being a pretty important detail or piece of
evidence that I do not want to misrepresent.
At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event? No
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was fully aware and conscious throughout the entire event.
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. The cloud was brightly illuminated and puffy and imbued with the softest pink. It was like being in the middle of a cumulus cloud.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. There was no sound. It was completely silent.
Did you see or hear any earthly events that were occurring during a time that your consciousness / awareness was apart from your physical / earthly body? Yes Yes, in the sense that I visited the boy who was in the next bed to see if I could view him from the ceiling.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt my normal, enthusiastic and joyful five year old self.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes Yes, I was in it. In fact, I was it and it was me. It was my very essence, my being.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you become aware of past events in your life during your experience? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness suggesting that there either is (or is not) continued existence after earthly life (“life after death”)? Yes Only in the sense that I was clearly separated from my physical body, yet still fully conscious and capable of making decisions.
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that God or a supreme being either does (or does not) exist? No
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that you either did (or did not) exist prior to this lifetime? No
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that a mystical universal connection or unity/oneness either does (or does not) exist? No
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s meaning or purpose? No
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s difficulties, challenges, or hardships? No
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding love? Uncertain Only in the sense that I was being fully cared for in the most comfortable way - softly floating in the warmth of my own sweet essence.
During your experience, did you encounter any other specific information / awareness that you have not shared in other questions that is relevant to living our earthly lives? No
Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge or purpose? No
What occurred during your experience included: Content that was both consistent and not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience Consistent in the sense that I was still me and my personality was intact. Inconsistent in that I didn't expect myself to be floating on the ceiling in a pink/white cloud but I loved it!
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience
My experience directly resulted in: Unknown
Did you have any changes in your values or beliefs after the experience that occurred as a result of the experience? Uncertain I was just a child so my values or beliefs were unformed.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain I have some moderate gifts and abilities.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Yes, it was all absolutely meaningful and significant,
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened: Experience was definitely real
What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time: Experience was definitely real It was very tangible and real.
Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience? No
Have your religious beliefs/spiritual practices changed specifically as a result of your experience? No
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes I have had a couple of out-of-body dreams since then but this experience was real and not a dream.
Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Yes