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Marcus' Experience

Experience description:   

I had 2 experiences in this past week. These are my only experiences in my entire life.  

(1)9/13/2013 sometime after 2am. I fell asleep telling myself I would try to induce an out of body experience (OBE). I became consciously aware of my self while in a dream and sat up in bed. I stood up next to my bed and began to realize that I was separated from my body. My room was exactly as it is in reality. It was dark, the glow of a street light coming in from the window was there. It was very real. I turned to see myself lying in bed. I saw the blanket and the bed and my general form and then became very frightened and did not allow myself to look at my face. I tried to scream for my wife. I was paralyzed, unable to scream and closed myself out of the whole experience. I woke up after a few seconds of absolute terror calling my wife's name (she was in bed next to me). 

I spent the next few days scared to go to sleep like a child afraid of the dark. I knew I needed to overcome this, but the fear is very real.  

(2)9/18/2013 sometime after midnight. I fell asleep again telling myself I would try to induce an OBE. I had worked on affirmations, telling myself I was safe and that there was no reason for fear. I was still scared though. Nevertheless, it happened again. I was sleeping on my side when this happened but was not immediately aware of this. When I felt I had separated from my body, I thought I was lying on my back. As I tried to get up from bed, I fell to the floor (not my body, which was still lying on its side, but my separated consciousness). I could not make sense of balance (up/down/left/right) because I was convinced I was on my back when this started, but was not. I was stuck on the floor facing my mattress and again became very frightened and tried to call for my wife. I could not speak, I was paralyzed (again). This time I told myself that I knew what was happening and tried to calm down. I woke up still laying on my side and facing the other way.  

I was disappointed in the feelings of discombobulating and I wish I had lied on my back before trying this time. Still I felt that I had made a small step toward getting over the fear. I am still afraid, but I will try again.

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?           Very alert, very conscious. In both situations, the surroundings were very real, and the same as if I were awake (no rainbows or aliens or anything surreal).

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   Yes.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     I was only in this state for seconds so I cannot say for sure, except that it felt like I was me. eyes, ears, hands, etc.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            fear mostly. I will try to overcome this.

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?           Yes     I could tell the light was on in the bathroom, and the street light was shining through the window.

Did you meet or see any other beings?           No      

Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? No      

I did fall out of bed (my separated consciousness, not my body) and felt the floor beneath me. It was all very solid and real.

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?          Yes            It was the same as I feel and perceive things now as I write this. Nothing surreal at all.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Yes     During the second experience I was thrown by having been laying on my side. It made the balance of my consciousness offset. I could not grasp how to correct this and became disoriented as to the space around me.

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    No           

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             Yes     The floor and mattress. As I fell from my bed I was on the floor next to my matress and unable to stand, completely disoriented.

Did you become aware of future events?       No      

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       Uncertain            I was frightened, and wanted to return (I knew I was out of body). I tried to calm myself the second time this happened, but I woke up anyway. I felt myself return without trying.

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?  No      

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     I know this is a real phenomenon now, not just people talking crazy. lol.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       My wife is tired of listening to me try to explain this.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         No      

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     They don't seem impressed, I think they think I'm a story teller or something.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  I am still afraid to go to sleep. I am working on this. I am a grown man and I haven't felt like this since I was much younger.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      worst: pure fear.

best: learning new things I guess.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        I really hope to be able to conquer my fear and have a more in depth experience. I know now that this will happen whether I want it to or not. I can stop it by concentrating on other things, but if I let go, my body will just go there now (during sleep).

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.    The first few questions made me feel as if this might be for people that experienced something very different than what I experienced. I think there should be a "sleep induced" box to check.