Jennifer A's Experience


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My first obe happened one sunny afternoon about two years ago. I decided to take a nap but found it difficult to fall asleep. As I lay there, I felt myself slipping into darkness, unable to breathe and move. I struggled trying to fight against the darkness and tried to wake myself but I couldn't open my eyes. My whole body felt so heavy I couldn't move. I thought that if I could force myself to sit up I would be able to open my eyes. I tried to move with all my might. It felt like my body was as heavy as lead and I was moving in slow motion. After what seemed like several minutes I was able to lift the upper part of my body but I then realized that I was holding it up without using my hands for support which is physically impossible. It was then I realized that I was floating and I got scared.

I turned my head to look at the place where I had been lying down for confirmation and I saw my body lying on my side with my hair covering my face. At that moment I thought I was dead. I tried to brush my hair away but my hands were translucent and just passed through my head. I tried to shake my physical self to make myself wake up but I couldn't hold my body. I looked around and I saw my husband working at the computer. I tried calling out to him but I couldn't speak. I saw him turn off the computer and leave the room I wanted to tell him to wake me up but I couldn't. I followed him to the living room and I saw him tell my daughter they were going to the grocery and then I saw the leave the house. I got really scared because now no one would disturb me and I might not be able to wake up. I thought of my family coming home and finding me dead. I went back to my body and tried to return but I couldn't. I tried to fit myself inside but I could just see my translucent self overlap with my solid body.

I really felt separate from my body and couldn't connect with it. I thought, "NO, I CAN'T LEAVE YET. MY DAUGHTER NEEDS ME. I WON'T LEAVE HER."  I prayed and begged God to let me return. I prayed over and over for a long time until I felt I was one with my body again. Waking up I took a great breath like when emerging from under water.

After that I've had some more OBEs but only brief ones and at the moment I feel myself separate from my body I immediately try to return. My latest (7th) OBE is this afternoon. All except two of them are like the first one.

In one OBE I felt myself leave my body but as I looked around I was somewhere else and it felt like it was another time. I was in an old house (old now but not to myself that was in it). I felt the sheets of my bed and the feel of the wood floor on my bare feet. I also heard a man calling me from down stairs whom I knew was my husband. It felt so real but I can't bring myself to think that it is.

The other one is really scary. I am always scared of my OBE but this was even more so. This was different. This time I felt myself being forced out of my body by something that felt really evil. I felt a cold wash over me from the top of my head and as I struggled to keep myself awake (it was very difficult to keep my eyes open) I saw him leering down at me. He was black and he was like a shadow and he had menacing eyes that glowed. It felt like I was battling him with my will, like he was trying to push me out of my body. I prayed to god to help me and I repeated the Our Father in my head over and over until it stopped.

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 am awake everytime and very conscious of everything happening to me and everything around me

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   just that its hard to believe that its real but it doesn't feel like a dream

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

I look like myself except I am translucent

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Really scared

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           sometimes I hear a continuous buzzing sound before it happens

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Uncertain

I saw him leering down at me. He was black and he was like a shadow and he had menacing eyes that glowed. It felt like I was battling him with my will, like he was trying to push me out of my body.

One time it felt like I was in the past. I was moving in a different place in time and I was myself at that point in time. I never imagined being someone else before or ever existing in the past but as I was there I just knew that it was me in a different life. I have never seen this house before but I saw it in perfect detail and I felt the walls and the floors and I didn't see the person calling me but I knew he was my husband (the same person who is my husband today but he belonged in that time) and I felt very content but I knew I did not belong there. That was not my time, I had to go back to my own time where my husband is now.

Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? Yes

I saw my body lying on my side with my hair covering my face. I tried to brush my hair away but my hands were translucent and just passed through my head. I observed my husband working at the computer and later he and my daughter left the house. When I had awakened I related to my husband what I saw and he confirmed it.

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          Yes

I observed my husband working at the computer and later he and my daughter left the house. When I had awakened I related to my husband what I observed and he confirmed it.

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Yes

I could not speak or feel anything but I could see and hear perfectly

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

One time where it felt like I was in the past. I was moving in a different place in time and I was myself at that point in time. I never imagined being someone else before or ever existing in the past but as I was there I just knew that it was me in a different life

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    Uncertain

One time it felt like I was in the past. I was moving in a different place in time and I was myself at that point in time. I never imagined being someone else before or ever existing in the past but as I was there I just knew that it was me in a different life. I have never seen this house before but I saw it in perfect detail and I felt the walls and the floors and I didn't see the person calling me but I knew he was my husband (the same person who is my husband today but he belonged in that time) and I felt very content but I knew I did not belong there. That was not my time, I had to go back to my own time where my husband is now.

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             Uncertain

at that one time where I felt I was in the past I was first in my room (not the room that I have now but an old bedroom in a house I've never been to before) I went into the hall to the top of the stairs but I didn't go down, the person whom I somehow knew was my husband was down the stairs waiting for me but I felt I didn't belong there and so I turned back and willed myself to return to where I was lying in my real room.

Did you become aware of future events?       No

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       Yes

Every time I spend most or all of the time during the OBE trying to return to my body

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

It makes me think that we indeed have a soul and our consciousness doesn't really reside in our brain but in our soul and that our souls go through one life after another.

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

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes

My mom thinks I'm hallucinating. I think my husband believes that it truly happened since I could describe to him exactly what he did during my first OBE when he went to our living room to get our daughter while I was in bed and couldn't have seen them. I don't tell other people about it I am afraid they would think I'm crazy or a freak.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Scared

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      Worst during the first time was thinking I was dead and unable to return to my body. Even worst was when I experienced another near OBE which felt like an evil being was trying to push me out of my body and having to stare at his eyes.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        All my experiences seemed terribly real but It seems so far fetched even to me. Am I hallucinating or imagining it like my mom thinks?

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