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Karen D's Experience

Experience description:   

(2000)  I was teaching and had my planning period during 2nd hour.  I smoked then so went to my car to have a cigarette as usual.  I sat behind the wheel smoking while I looked up into the mirror to check my make-up.   Suddenly, I was to my right several feet up (I believe) looking down on myself.  I was, therefore, above me and remained conscious (the cigarette remained in my hand). 

I didn't see anybody or hear anything - I just knew that I didn't want to come back to my human body - too cumbersome - I loved the seemingly weightless freedom of being outside of my body.  I also knew, just knew, that as humans we are like Stepford Wives - DULL - I wanted to be the real me and remain outside of my body.  That's ALL. 

Suddenly I was back in me.  I had no clue as to what had just happened and it scared the living hell out of me.  I threw my cigarette out and quickly headed back into the school.  Though as I was going in, it started to happen again!  I was even more afraid because I didn't know what was happening.  I then ran back it. 

As I was driving home about 6 hours later, it started to happen again - DRIVING!  I began to panic - then it stopped.  It's never happened since then -and I've tried so hard to induce an OBE without success.

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?           X3

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   No.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     I sat in my car with a cigarette in my hand but was up to my right looking down at myself.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            I absolutely did NOT want to go back into my body - too heavy, too cumbersome.  I also did not want to go back in and be stupid.  I just knew, simply KNEW, that as a human being in my body I would be like a Stepford Wife -robotic and dull.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           No.

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?           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 response           

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    No            Just that humans are heavy and dull.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   No response            Yes, I no longer question that there is an after-life.  I know that "we go on."  I think the quotation:  We are spiritual beings having human experiences is right on.  Whoever coined that phrase KNEW.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       I became a "really nice" person.  I don't like to judge people, I try to bring simple joy into people's lives - a smile, a hug, things like that that make a difference.  I love people; I love life.  I'm totally different.  I make a point to talk with "God" often.  I began to research religion and the Bible - big surprise!  I'm now simply spiritual - no religion.

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

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     Most others thought I was just plain nuts.  The ones who had experienced OBEs or NDEs loved hearing my story and shared theirs - but few would either admit to it or want to discuss it.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  As my belief system changed so did my "person."  I'm different; a recovering Catholic - am spiritual.  This little experience turned into quite a gift.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      Best - I know we are both spiritual and this one time (or many times) a human. 

Worst - I did not know what just happened and was frightened by it.  I knew one could have an OBE but while awake???

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?         No      

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

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    No, this covered it!