Marcia T's Experience
I had a serious, but undiagnosed illness in my late teens and then for years afterwards had a multitude of symptoms from every system of my body, that gradually got worse as the years passed. I've always been psychic, premonitions, a bit of telepathy, but during the illness the psychic experiences became very much more vivid and very, very frequent. When I was 30 despite the illness I started training as a student nurse. The first out of body experience occurred in the middle of a ward while I was working. I was sitting in chair next to the patient and chatting to them. In the middle of the conversation I suddenly found myself looking down at the top of my head. I was still talking to the patient. I then saw myself get up from the chair and walk across the bay of the ward to the nurses station. The position from where I was seeing myself didn't change, that is I remained above the chair while I watched myself walk away. When I was walking past the nurses station I found myself abruptly back in my self. I had a slight sensation as if something had hit me. I can't remember whether it was in the back or the front. I felt jittery and a little disorientated and my heart was beating fast. I went to one of the empty side rooms to, well, pull myself together.
The second experience
happened years later in 1997. I had finally been diagnosed as having a cyst
(tumor) half the size of my abdomen, crushing my organs, obviously very slow
growing and very life threatening. I was living with my parents at the time and
was waiting an operation. I wasn't sure whether I wanted the operation but knew
I would die with out it in the near future. I couldn't understand why I was
still alive with something of that size inside me crushing my adrenal gland,
kidney and pancreas and pushing everything out of place and wondered if I really
should be dead. Anyway, I went to bed and went to sleep. It was dark outside
and the curtains were drawn. I woke up during the night. There was enough
light to see the details of the room in the dark. I got out of bed and walked
across the room to go to the toilet. I tried to open the door and couldn't. I
looked back over to the bed and saw the shape of a body covered by blankets in
the bed. As soon as I saw that I found myself back in myself. I was gasping
and in the middle of quickly sitting bolt upright. I had a sensation of
something hitting me hard in the solar plexus (just below the sternum). I got
out of bed and had a look around, tried the door etc, no everything was normal.
I went back to bed and went to sleep. Incidentally, I was the only one sleeping
in that room. I was sleeping in a queen size bed. Although puzzled at the time
the experience didn't upset or disturb me. I was more disturbed by the
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? Yes Yes, the illness, although I didn't know it was life threatening.
What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience? For the first one I was fully conscious, or at least believed I was. I believe I may have been experiencing an altered state of consciousness for along time at that point and didn't realize it. Even though the tumor would have been large when I was a student nurse I couldn't feel it, I couldn't even feel it when it was discovered four years later. I should have also been in agonizing pain around the clock with it, but wasn't, although there was intermittent, sever pain, it wasn't all the time. I think my body image or ability to sense my body had changed and perhaps I was experiencing some sort of illusion of having a normal body image. I also experienced occasional tactile sensory distortions and sometimes felt as if I was physically much, much taller.
In the second experience I was asleep as far as I know.
Was the experience
dream like in any way?
felt at all dream like.
Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body? Yes In the first experience when I saw myself walking away everything looked perfectly normal.