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Juan C's Experience

Experience description:   

This was the first time it happened.  I was laying on the couch about to take a nap when I felt as if I was about to fall, so I quickly reacted and caught myself.  I started to think of what would happen if I just let myself fall and told myself that next time I wasn't going to catch myself.  I started drifting again and once again I began to fall and kept on falling.  I would fall then stop and go up, stop again and fall.  Keep doing that for a little bit and was starting to freak me out.  I then stopped and opened my eyes and found myself in a pitch black room and in front of me there was a dark brown shadow which I automatically knew it was me. 

I started to get a little bit scared and wanted to wake up.  I started moving my arm and then realized that it was not really moving since I had put it under my leg (I was laying belly down with my face to the side).  I then decided to open my eyes, I heard this sounds as if I was standing right under a high voltage wire and everything around me was very bright.  I thought to myself that something had happened to me and that I was dead.  Feeling the calmness all around me I decided to stand up.  I was standing in front of the couch and turned to see my feet. 

I then remember what someone had said about not being able to see you face while dreaming, so I slowly turn to see if this was the case.  I turned and there I was laying.  At this time I was ok with what had happened and felt that I needed to move on.  I stepped through the living room wall and felt as if I was floating outside and watching some kids play around.  I just stood there when all of a sudden I heard a big loud noise and felt as if someone had grabbed me by the shoulders and jerked me back.

I guess during that I had closed my eyes because when I opened them again I was back in the pitch black room looking at my dark brown shadow.  At that time, I really don't know what made me do this but decided to allow my consciousness to fall asleep and within a few seconds I was out and awake.  I learned that if this was to happen again, this was my way out.  At the present time I have learned how to wake myself up without having to fall to sleep and therefore avoiding some nightmares I experienced in the past.  I have done research in the last few year and have read many books about this.  but I really did not believe it all until I proved it to myself.

I will tell this story short and to the point.  I was in college at New York City Tech.  I went to the library to take a nap in between classes.  I was about to fall asleep and thought I might look like a bum just sleeping there.  I grabbed a book from the shelf and put it directly in front of me open.  I put my head down on the table and began to feel the relaxation and peace.  I knew that I was about to have an OBE and decided to let it happen.  I floated up and was looking at the people sitting on the other side of the reading booths.  I then looked down and saw the book.  My first thought was that it would be so cool if I could read while sleeping. 

I started reading the open pages and when I tried to turn to the next pages I wasn't able to.  I thought to myself that it made sense and that I shouldn't be able to do that since it could freak some people out.  I then decided that I should at least memorize that last few words of the page and prove to myself that I wasn't dreaming.  So I did, stated to force myself out of the trance while repeating three words.  I woke up still saying the words and looked at the page to find out that the words matched.  I then read the pages showing and realized that I had already read them.  This is my proof to myself, really never cared if anyone believes me.  I had another exiting experience where I visited some city but had to go through great lengths to get there, almost loosing my breath a few times.  I felt as if I was traveling faster that anything on this planet.  Most of the time when I have an OBE I just shoot up straight into the air and move as fast as I can possibly go.  It's the most freeing experience ever.

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes    

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           Fully aware

Was the experience dream like in any way?   At times I some things did not make sense, like the pages disappearing when I was trying to turn to a new page.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     I really don't know what I look like.  All I know is that I have been able to touch my hands and count my fingers while knowing or seeing my hands at a different location.  I.e.. on my chest.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            peace

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           Electric current and bright light.  The sound of bells as I was going into the trance.

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?    Yes            The city I visited looked very peaceful and out of this world.

Did you see a light?           Yes     The light seemed to be behind me since it was lighting everything I saw.

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

I have been able to move across walls, just not sure if what I saw was really there since I didn't go to visit when I was "awake"

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?          Yes     I was able to touch and hear.  I did not smell anything and did not speak at all.

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

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    Yes     I felt very powerful as if I could do anything and felt everything was a part of me.

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             Yes     There were times when I was not able to separate, I don't know why that is.

Did you become aware of future events?       Uncertain      I do it more for the after effect, I wake up full of energy.

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       Yes     Yes, I can control my return now.  The first time it just happened by me falling asleep.

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         Uncertain      I don't know, I'm very in-tune with people and it's very hard for them to lie to me.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     I believe this to be a true experience, which makes me believe that there's more than we see.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       not at all, I live my life as I used to.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Uncertain      I don't think it has, life is still life.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     I have been called names, the normal stuff.  Do find some people once in a while who are really interested and want to hear my stories.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Full of energy, wanted to go running or something.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The best is the relaxation and the sense of belonging, the worst is wanting to do it and not being able.  I try to hard I can't get my self to relax.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        I think I have said pretty much all.  I do have more experiences and would like to hear from others.

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     I remember my experiences really well, my last one occurred 2 days ago but did not go anywhere, just kept waking and going into the trance many of times.

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    A little shorter