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Joey's Experience 2904

Experience description:   

As a pre-teen, My father had taken my sister and I to a local college football game.  It was deathly cold, but my father was not one to leave a football game before the final seconds tick off.  When I got home, I remember being so chilled that I dressed for bed wearing several layers including gloves, socks and several extra blankets on the bed.  Somewhere between consciousness and sleep, I feel the acoustic bumps of the ceiling being right at the tip of my nose. Opening my eyes, I find that I am, in fact, an inch from the ceiling of my bedroom.  I turned my head, to see myself laying in bed, eyes closed.  At that split second, I awoke with a start and a gulp of breath, sitting straight up in bed, shocked, but curious. 

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?   Somewhere between consciousness and sleep

Was the experience dream like in any way?   No, was surprisingly real.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?   Yes   I felt I floated straight up from the chest of my body; my entire body lifting equally and level

What emotions did you feel during the experience?    I was calm until seeing myself in bed, I was surprised, perhaps frightened

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?    no, I don't remember hearing anything at all, I never actually considered this question before...interesting.

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?    No   

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?    No   

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

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?    Uncertain   

Did you become aware of future events?    No   

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

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?    No   

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes    I believe in a soul (As a Christian) but I found a new belief in ghosts as I grew to understand (as I was older) what I had actually experienced.  I feel as though I were a ghost for a brief moment and that my spirit had left my body.  Why wouldn't this happen at death?

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?    My belief in ghosts and great interest in the paranormal are the only real changes.

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

Have you shared this experience with others?    Yes    co-workers, friends, family. I'm not sure it changed them in any way, but they were very interested and intrigued by my experience.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?   The best part - was having the experience in the first place, I have since tried to recreate the experience with limited success.  I have read before that having been frightened by the first or early experience makes it difficult to recreate.

The worst part - it just wasn't long enough   

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?    Uncertain           I have read book on the subject of OBE's and have tried to purposefully leave my body with very limited success though I haven't tried in years.

Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?    Yes