I start by saying that after this experience I have discovered the so-called astral projection (or OBE) is not a near-death experience, since it just happens at a dream stage…
Some readers will wonder why I'm writing about my experience on this web site... I answer by saying that if l had not lived it (it was traumatic and negative) I would have not realized that God exists and loves us! It would seem strange to understand, but I came to this conclusion by simply reading the Bible as a result of these experiences… now step to my story.
I was in my bed (I don't live at home, and the work-place in which I live is not the ultimate in peace and mental serenity, I can't say more about my profession). At a certain point I realized I was dreaming while I was in a dream, I had become aware of this fact, (experts define it as the transition to a lucid dream). At that moment, all of a sudden, I felt a strong feeling of lightness, I felt stuck and at the same time I was floating in the air.
The strangest part of my experience was that I felt a slight feeling of happiness and amazement! as if I knew what was going on and where I was, despite I wasn't seeing anything yet around me, because the moment of transition from the dream to feel shapeless was so quickly, the most surprising thing was the fact that my mind was traveling at a breakneck speed…
I knew, with my eyes still closed, I was in my room, that I was out of my body, and therefore there was something beyond the physical body and over the death.
I didn't feel alone, (in my room, six other colleagues slept with me), and there was also a not human presence…
After all this fast-traveling, I finally opened my eyes and immediately saw my colleagues sleeping, and the room unchanged. The only difference was me being on top of my bed and I don't know why I felt attracted in looking at a specific point of the room as if it was a recall!
From my position I saw a black hooded figure that gave out strange moaning. (the sound that I heard for the whole experience was a booming sound as if I were under the water ).
I was scared by the moaning and I felt the instinct to try to get away, but even though I was floating, I was stuck in the same position (still shapeless ) where I was before. I can't describe what it means to be in a state of shapelessness.
Then, the dark presence slowly came toward me, so I began to pray Our God Father, interrupted by my own state of constant fear for that figure, but finally after a few attempts (all lasted less than 3 seconds) I was floating down, like fall leaves, and I gently get back into my body.
The moment before entering into my body, I saw the face of the Virgin Mary, it was like one of those religious images, I also saw the hooded presence, appearing and disappearing, like a flickering light. Once back inside my body and having taken full possession of it and its movements (I did not feel shapeless anymore) I jumped up, seeing that a colleague of mine had woken up and looked at me worried and asked me: ''are you ok? I heard you groaning and screaming, have you had a bad dream?''
Despite the traumatizing experience (I did not sleep for a week) I was very happy to have found the existence of an afterlife form of being.
I felt myself strong and vibrant during the experience, my mind was traveling at very high frequencies! (I repeat that it was as if I knew where I was, from the first moment that I was floating, as if it was normal) the only bad thing was the dark presence.
Later, a friend of mine, who have had several OBE, pushed me to get them more often, because (he told) they were fantastic experiences, plus he told me those dark presences do not hurt us, just scare us, but you can hit them or do whatever you want, because you can manage that dimension as you like.
So I did it! I've learned to have the Obe voluntarily, and drive these presences away (sometimes not though).
For some reason, I was always scared and cold during these experiences. It was not nice, and it did not bring me more peace, as the first time.
Besides, I got more tormented skills (like premonitory dreams, especially when people were dying).
Once I dreamt of a car accident, and the day after, a colleague died in the same dynamics, (in the dream the person had a red head, my colleague died due to cerebral hemorrhage as a result of the trauma.)
When I went in certain places, where bad things happened, I felt very bad, even without knowing that something happened.
Once the experience in a hotel was so bad that even my girlfriend could not sleep after some strange events. We heard knocking on the doors and on the closets, she felt blowing in her ears, so I told her about my Obe, I didn't want to do it, since she is afraid of it, but I had to, to make her understand what was happening.
In short, I had a lot of Obe, full of fear and unwanted, tormented gifts.
Then my life changed! I discovered the greatness of God, without knowing him in a near-death experience, but only thanks to the idea of Him, and the prayer…
I believe God made me meet a woman at the disco, older than me, and from nothing we started talking about the paranormal and similar experiences, so I discovered that she became a believer in God, after some experiences she lived (seances and Tarot). Those experiences brought sadness and panic in her life (as it happened to me).
She didn't say much, just: ''try to read the Bible''. (I already did it in the past, with poor results, since it is not an easy text ).
Then I said to myself "Marco why not to try it? you've seen the negativity, maybe something beautiful does exist".
When I was doing those Obe, I thought to know more about God and his existence, and to see my dead relatives! (but I never saw anyone, except black hooded figures or black humanoids that brought me fear, torments and hassles).
To my amazement, the Bible was an open book to me! In certain passages, it also speaks about the occult and not to follow it because it is not the way to get to God, the only way is the love to ourselves and to other people! just that.
My life has changed, I think it was the biggest "miracle" I have experienced, to be more precise: I changed. I was a bully and arrogant person, I went around to get into fights and sometimes I wasn't treating well people around me, but I said: ''no more! I just don't need to do this.''
I realized that mine was only a shield of defense, and I began to understand people more, I was becoming more tolerant towards others, and helping people more and more, in any circumstance, and to pray a lot.
I also noticed that life took a right way, the facts that surrounded me spoke for themselves. I would say I get more fortune, not just unpleasant facts as before.
I credited it to a good God, who hears us and loves us, and I credited myself too, since I wasn't seeing all dark around me as I used to. I have changed, I'm stronger and more optimistic than before, sometimes we all live bad times, but I notice that I live more peacefully because I know we are all protected, we just need to believe it.
We can all have a more direct contact with God, just by prayers, just asking the good for others and for ourselves , and do it with love , the facts of life will speak for themselves.
Although I read the Bible and I understood many things by reading it, I'm not one who goes to church on Sundays and follows the rituals, I do not feel this need because everything I need is within me. In my opinion, the faith and the desire to give good and love to others and to myself, is what I've learned from that experience. This is the biggest earthly connection to God, not the Obe, the Tarot, seances , etc. Those things just bring you in one direction: down! (at least they did it with me).
My experience, compared to the Nde, is nothing, but still, it addressed me to a healthier and loving life, it changed my personality. It is possible to change, it's enough to want it.
If I wouldn't have lived the negative experiences, I would not have been closer to God and his love. On the one hand I regret not having lived a Nde, but since I have not been life threatening, I think it 's better this way. The results in me have been so positive, so now I have no more fear of death, and this is a great thing. What's also important: I'm no longer afraid to sleep. Since I was a child I was suffering from this phobia, for no apparent reason, and it has stayed with me until recently, until my change, my dream phase was always agitated.
After describing those events to my mother, and make her believe and pray, we both realized that maybe everything was meant to be.
Since I was very young my mom told me I was stuck in bed with my eyes open and I was shaking and complaining about seeing a black presence that tormented me, you might say that children are easily suggestible from anything, but the adults a little less. So I realized that maybe everything was connected up to now, when my dream stage had become more pleasant and the tormenting figures have disappeared since I started to pray more, and the more I prayed, the more I could see the benefits in my life, and in people around me.
I started to be a strong believer and in spite of the adversities of life, I feel loved, we all must feel loved.
To finish my story, I want to leave a message of hope. I know I'm nobody to do it, but I feel that I want to do it, to not let other people falling in my own mistakes.
We should give more love and warmth to other people, and try to understand that people are not always bad with us, but there are forms of defense and weaknesses, and if we understand that, we can help them changing for their personal wellness and show them a better way. I think anyone who has tried a OBE will understand it. THANK YOU!
Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes. l knew I was not alone at the time, l felt a strong attraction towards a point of the room as if I knew there was a presence.
At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event? No.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal. I was just sleeping the first time, as soon as I got out of the body, in another dimension, parallel to ours. It's hard to explain, but I knew where I was and that it was normal! and I knew where to turn around to look at who was present at that time. My thoughts traveled much more quickly, it was like thinking about more things at once!
Did your vision differ in any way from your normal, everyday vision? No. It was all the same, lights, objects, people. I saw the people around me moving.
Did your hearing differ in any way from your normal, everyday hearing? Yes. I felt rumble, voices heard from the distance, as if I were under water, sometimes I felt vibratory sounds, and once, before going back into my body, I felt as if they were the sounds of the bells! another time, a breeze was blowing into my ears, a slight wind, accompanied with the feeling of flying.
Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body? Yes.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Amazement! happiness!
Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure? No.
Did you see a light? No.
Did you meet or see any other beings? Yes. Humanoid forms or black hooded figures, giving out moaning or communicating telepathically with me. Once I also saw a person with a mustache and gray hair, that I realized telepathically was laughing and saying "you're too stubborn to want to make these trips, you're too curious" and a moment later I felt only by the torments black figures.
Did you experience a review of past events in your life? No.
Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later? Yes. Premonitory dreams and always negative things, even if I was not out of the body, I was waking up and seeing a hooded figure in my room. The last time I saw it, a relative of mine died. Maybe it was a way to warn of the future grief.
Did you see or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or dimensions? No.
Did you have any sense of altered space or time? No.
Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose? No.
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No.
Did you become aware of future events? Yes. Very reliable. I saw the dynamics of an accident and then it happened in the same way.
Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience you did not have prior to the experience? Yes. Premonitory dreams and a hint of negative places by nausea and severe dizziness and fainting.
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes. Shortly after my first OBE, I had to tell it to my girlfriend, after a busy night where she had received hassles and saw me sick, like I had anxiety attacks. The next day we discovered that the Bed and Breakfast was a very old building renovated and the owners were dead in there.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes. I had only heard about OBE. I don't think it was an influence as it was a 100% real experience, which also brought me some consequences and unwanted gifts.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened: Experience was definitely real because unlike the dreams, that sometimes I can forget, I never forgot that experience. Even now, after three years from the first OBE, I recall everything in details, both visual and audio, etc.. and most of all, it brought unwanted gifts and consequences.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time: Experience was definitely 100% real and truthful!
Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you? Only the first time since I understood that we are energy and we are living beyond earthly life.
Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes. I'm much more open and understanding… I want to give more love and affection to the people.
Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes. I believe in God!
Did the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Uncertain. It's not an easy thing to describe, but I tried to be as detailed as possible.