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Julie L's Experience


I was lying on the couch with my grandmother in the afternoon the day after Christmas.  We had slept late. I felt that I was falling asleep, but I tried to stop myself because supper was soon. I had the sensation of falling asleep.  My body was completely asleep and I had difficulty moving because it was so heavy.

I realized that I was aware and that I could control my thoughts. I felt that my body was trying to suck my consciousness into my body and that I would fall asleep if that happened. It was strange. I was surprised to experiment with something I didn't understand at all. So I tried to resist. I realized that even if I were totally conscious, I could not move my body. It didn't respond to my brain's command anymore. I was trying so hard to move a finger but I wasn't able to do so at all. I started to be afraid.  It felt a little like death and I didn't want it to happen now. My brain was trying to understand how I could function without my body. It felt like my soul was above my body. The more I explored that feeling, the more I rose over my body. But it was difficult because there was also a strong force that was fighting to bring back my soul into my body. After a moment, it felt like a long time but I guess it went fast.  Time was not important in this experience. I stopped to fight and my soul went back in my body.  I woke up.

Supper was ready and I ate without saying anything. I was completely overwhelmed by the discovery that I had made. I thought I should tell my family about what just happened to me but I couldn't find the beginning of an explanation with regular words. It couldn't really explain what happened. It took me years before I told it to one person.  Then I told a few other persons. It felt so powerful; I felt connected with something bigger than me.  This is amazing because I was raised to not believe in those things.  I was very surprised about what happened but I couldn't denied it.

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?     No           

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes     I had never heard words that describe that experience. I felt like it was bigger than words. Words could not explain how it really felt.

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?           Alert

Was the experience dream like in any way?   No

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     I didn't see anything.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Surprised, curious, comfort, new learning and experiment.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           I don't think.

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?    No      

Did you see a light?           Uncertain      I don't really remember.

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?     Uncertain      A little bit of what was going on around my body.

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?  

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    Yes            The soul is distinct from the body

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             No      

Did you become aware of future events?       No      

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       Yes     It felt like 'lacher prise'

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     Yes, concerning what is the most important in life.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       It affect my believe, my connect to my feeling and instinct. I'm more open to religious people now.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes     My way to see life and priority.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     People that already believed, believe me but for others, I didn't change their mind.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  A willing for new knowledge.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The worst was the fear that I will never come back as before. The best was that I felt near the truth.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        No.

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         Yes     Some drugs but it wasn't close to be the same feeling.

Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?                     Yes     It's complete.

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    It's all good.