I've had spontaneous
OBEs and "flying" dreams since childhood. The sensations associated with OBEs
frightened me for a very long time because I didn't understand them and could
not control the experience. At some point in my life as an adult, at a time
when I was exploring my own and many other belief systems, I decided that since
the OBE was going to happen to me anyway, I took the time to read and explore
the OBE experience. After some time thereafter, and when I finally let go of my
fear, they became a wonderful experience, an experience I looked forward to
having. I even have what I call "trigger" sensations while in the hypnogogic
state, I recognized the sensations and am usually able to leave my body at
will. Interestingly though, several years ago around 2002/2003 I went through a
phase of a span of about 2 to 3 years of having intense OBEs multiple times a
week, and sometimes multiple times per night. But over the years and currently
they have become less frequent (or my awareness of them have decreased). It's
almost like I "been there, did that" kind of thing, almost as if I needed to
have those experiences at that time in my life. I accept and embrace the OBE
experience for what it is, very real to me and a life/belief changing
experience. I do not seem to have the "need" to experience them so much
anymore, although they do still happen to me occasionally.
The most significant thing I find about the OBE experience is the difference
between an OBE and a dream. I can remember details about an OBE from years
previous - while details of a dream seem to fade over time. I have kept
journals during those years where they were so intense. I find that journaling
helps and have gotten away from doing that over the years and need to be
diligent about writing my experiences in OBEs and lucid dreams down.
associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the
the kind of experience difficult to express in words?
Yes In general, describing the experience to others is difficult without
sounding crazy and while watching their eyes glaze over. I keep most
experiences to myself and in a journal. I don't really feel the need to
quantify or explain them anymore to anyone - unless I feel they are truly
the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening
What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?
high conscious level sometimes - it seemed I could hold on to the experience for
a very long time. When that happened, the experience was very bright and
colorful - fantastic places would appear - the experience became very
subjective. Other times I couldn't get out of my room or go very far at all, or
seemed to have very low energy where it was dark and foggy. I believe it has to
do with how much energy you are carrying over with you in your energy body.
Was the experience dream like in any way?
were dreamlike or turned into a dreamlike experience. Others were very clear
and seemed to happen in real time.
you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?
Yes I sometimes looked at my hands and see a faint outline of them, but then
they would have the melting effect and disappear. Also, I see a light around me
that I can't quite focus on - sometimes it is green, sometimes it is white. I
mostly do not see a form of myself but feel it is a conscious existence not a
physical one - although I do seem to sprout invisible limbs when I need them. I
feel like I'm walking sometimes or bouncing. Flying is always my first thought.
What emotions did you feel during the experience?
Elation, a high! Sometime it is an awe inspiring experience - like when I ask
to "experience my higher self" or ask to "experience God" I would be caught up
in a celestial type event - where I am in maybe what they call the "void" but I
see stars and galaxies and it is wonderful.
you hear any unusual sounds or noises?
Before separation I used to - sometimes voices, sometimes the classical buzzing
and sawing sounds, early on I would hear a rushing wind like a storm outside -
that frightened me. Frequently, before separation, I would hear people carrying
on like a party in the next room - that does not happen as much anymore. The
sounds became less frequent the more experiences I had - it is very quiet as a
matter of fact upon separation.
Did you recognize any familiar locations or any locations from familiar
religious teachings or encounter any locations inhabited by incredible or
Yes In some experiences it was like I was on another planet or another
dimension. I'd be walking around in a neighborhood or some fantastic looking
place knowing very well that I was out of body and my physical body was at home
in bed. Sometimes the "entities" I would encounter looked human but with slight
differences - hard to explain. Most of the time, very human looking. I do
remember having some entities come up to me - mainly when I felt I was in a
lower astral level - that were seeming to "play" with me or "mess" with me. I
would just tell them in my mind to go away and quit bothering me - which they
would. Nothing frightening to me.
you see a light?
Yes I would see a light around me as I said earlier - I don't know if it is
coming from me or what - I could never focus on it. It was like those specks in
your eyes that move around when you try to focus on them.
you meet or see any other beings?
Yes I do remember some entities that seemed to have some "profound"
information or communication with me - I wrote some of them down but I never
could quite remember the information completely - which was always frustrating
to me. When out of the body I would often ask to see my guides - it seems I
have three around me.
you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state?
Often times, I would have a goal to do something or visit someone next time I
was out of body - but once I was out of body - that desire seemed to go away -
it was no longer important to me to follow through with it. I always thought
that was interesting - It makes me wonder if that is how we separate and "go on"
so to speak when we die. We break our ties with the things of this world and
even some people so that we are able to go on. I get a sense that our
perspective changes drastically.
you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they
Yes When in a very high energetic state of being out of body
everything is crystal clear, everything seems to be alive and have a glow about
it. Energy is at a peak and the energy body is very light.
you have any sense of altered space or time?
Yes I was once out of body and thought I was on another planet or in another
dimension - I kept this state of clarity in this particular place for what
seemed a very long time while at the same time I knew I was asleep in my bed and
that very soon my alarm would be going off for me to get up to go to work.
you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or
Yes Perhaps, but I could never retain it upon awakening. I must have
on some conscious level though because I have changed quite a bit in my belief
systems - I do not fear death at all.
you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?
Yes I'm not sure about this - there were some experiences that I had where I
could not get through a wall or ceiling or that there was in fact some kind of
barrier in front of me that made it very difficult to pass through. I never had
any fear of how far I could go.
you become aware of future events?
Uncertain Not that I'm aware of.
Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the
Yes If I thought I needed to get back to my physical body for some reason I
would just think about it and I would return immediately. The difficulty is
trying not to think about your physical body and being able to stay out longer.
you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience
that you did not have prior to the experience?
Yes I think I am more intuitive, I feel more awareness of what people are
feeling and thinking. Not specifically, but just a general feeling - I'm
you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?
Yes Definitely. More spiritual and less religious.
has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices?
my career as much but socially and religiously I think a great deal. I'm more
relaxed about life and accepting of where other people are on their journey in
your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?
Yes Again, I'm more spiritual and less afraid of what happens in this life.
Have you shared this experience with others?
Yes I have shared my experiences with my partner and some close friends that
are interested. My partner has learned to have their own experiences.
What emotions did you experience following your experience?
feel energized and very happy after I wake up from an experience. I want to
have more. I want to explore more.
What was the best and worst part of your experience?
worst part is over - the initial getting over the fear factor was the biggest
challenge. The best part is that I know without a doubt that these experiences
are real and that we exist outside of our physical body. That when we die and
leave our physical bodies for good that separation will be as easy as turning
over in bed.
there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?
really. I wish everyone could have these experiences - our world would be a
different place. I wish my experiences would return as often as they used to
but I believe I have gotten what I needed from them. They had a purpose for me.
Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life,
medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?
Yes Not really any substances. I do feel that if I am sick (running a
fever) or if I am exhausted I tend to separate more easily.
the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively
describe your experience?
Yes Pretty much - I have had a lot of experiences and they were different
from each other so many times.