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Lorena F's Experience

Experience description:   

My roommate meditated regularly and one day she told me to sit next to her and she would show me how.  our dining room was set up with a table low to the ground with pillows around it and she was playing Enya's Watermark CD.  The patio doors were open and there was a cool breeze coming in the doors.  She had a candle burning in the center of the table and she told me to focus on the candle and to release any thoughts as soon as they entered my mind, (which I found difficult to do). 

I think I was sitting there maybe 15 or 20 minutes, when I started to feel a tingling sensation on the top of my head.  Then suddenly it was like I was hovering near the ceiling of our apartment.  I could see my roommate and myself sitting on the floor and I could see everything in the apartment.  The part that is hard to describe is the feeling I had.  I felt as though I was really weightless but really big.  Like maybe I was part of something else.  I'm really not very good at describing the feeling because it was unlike anything else I had ever experienced.  Then suddenly I was back in my body and my roommate was looking at me funny, and she asked me what had happened. 

I tried to explain it to her and she said it sounded like an OBE.  I thought the experience was really exciting but at the same time I was afraid to do it again.  Now I am 42 and have started looking into this again.  I have been able to do this one more time but I cannot seem to go beyond the ceiling.

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

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes     It is hard to describe the feeling I had. I felt a tingling in my head and then suddenly it was like I was hovering at the ceiling looking down on myself. But I had a feeling of being really big like part of something really big and very peaceful.  I don't know how to say it correctly.  This seems inadequate.

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?           fully conscious

Was the experience dream like in any way?   no

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

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            I felt peaceful and awed

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Uncertain            Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Uncertain      Was not able to tell how long I had been like that because I didn't pay attention to what time it was when we started.

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    Uncertain           

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             Yes     Once I got to the ceiling I stopped.  I had never even heard of this type of experience so I guess I didn't even think to try to go beyond that point.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     I say yes, but it was a gradual change.  For some reason after that certain books would catch my attention and I would read them and slowly over time my opinions changed.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       I am just now really getting back into this so this would be hard to answer here.

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

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     I have shared this with my sister, and she encourages me to keep trying to see if I can go beyond the ceiling with this.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Mixed emotions.  Part of me was in awe and part of me was scared because I didn't know how it worked.  At the time I just brushed it aside.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The feeling I had while I was floating was definitely the best thing.  The worst was not knowing what had happened and being unsure about doing it again.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        Just that I would like to learn a lot more about controlling it and going beyond what I have so far.  I think if I had followed up on this experience back then, my life would have gone a bit differently.

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

Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?               Yes     to the best of my capabilities