Judy K's Experience

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Whilst sitting in church watching a band play music, I experienced an OBE.  My body remained sitting on the pew while my spirit floated to the ceiling of the church.

I looked down to see the congregation but they couldn't see me and I could also see my own body, although I wasn't in the least concerned about it.  It was amazing to see everyone from up above.  I tried to capture the attention of the players in the band but they couldn't see me either.  The feeling I had at the time was one of happiness, joy and peace and I could sense someone with me who I thought, at the time, could have been Jesus.  When I came to the realization that others couldn't see me I went back into my body.  I had no concept of how much time I had spent there.

I never mentioned it to anyone in the church but learned of OBEs many years later.

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           totally alert

Was the experience dream like in any way?   no

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

I felt that I was still me with the same personality, thoughts and feelings but with no physical form.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            happiness, peace and joy..even excitement

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

I could have verified it with someone but I know the church would not have accepted it.

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          No response

I felt that I could not speak but could relate telepathically to whoever was near me at the time.  Hearing and eyesight was still acute.

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

I felt that there was no time that exists as we know it as I couldn't work out how long I was up above the congregation, whether it was seconds or minutes.

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         Uncertain

I think I have had some gifts that have opened gradually but not in a strong, profound way.

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

I felt there was more in our spiritual experiences than the church will recognize.  Other, even more profound spiritual experiences, since then have changed my life dramatically.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       I do not go to church anymore because I felt limited in their beliefs.  Career-wise I have taken up work that is caring for others.  My personal relationships have also changed.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes

My personal relationships have changed for the better and I am much more sensitive and loving.  I have also learnt not to control situations and now let things go more readily.  Also, after being so dogmatic in the Christian beliefs I am more accepting of other beliefs and religions. I felt like I had been in bondage for 15 years in church and the feeling of freedom when I left was indescribable.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes

I lost friends from church but others outside have been more accepting.  Church friends talked against me but secular friends have changed their lives, and others have been keen to learn.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Incredulity.  Why did it happen to me and what was it?  I didn't know what an OBE was at the time.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The best part was floating on the ceiling.  The worst was having friends in church thinking I was following Satan's path and being rejected.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        This OBE was a prelude to many spiritual experiences which led to losing friends and yet gaining others.  However, I felt led to stick to my path and have been blessed very much.

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         Yes

I have had many OBEs since, some slightly different but it has always been a spontaneous lifting out of the body.  No medication or substances have ever been used though.

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