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Maryanne J's Experience

Experience description:   

I was feeling very relaxed and was happily playing in our garden.  I was standing near the back of our house, outside the kitchen when suddenly I found myself floating at the height of our roof (single storey house).  I was looking down at my physical body and felt an enormous sense of peace.  At that moment I seemed to gain vital knowledge about the meaning and purpose of life.  It felt as if I was one with the universe and I had a strong feeling of elation.  This OBE probably only lasted a few seconds but it prepared me for life and has helped me to understand life and death.  Only on one other occasion did I feel my spiritual body begin to drift upwards away from my physical body.  It was when I was about 14 years old and again totally relaxed, whilst playing the piano.

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?           Completely conscious and very alert

Was the experience dream like in any way?   No

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     My consciousness was with my spiritual self, not with my body.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Felt calm and a sense of elation.  Also a sense of well-being.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?          Yes     Space and time had no meaning when it was happening.

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    Yes            Things that we consider important on Earth are really trivial.  The greater picture is far more important, and we are only small parts of the greater picture.  We are spiritual beings and nothing can destroy that, not even death.  Our short stay on earth is just a part of our journey and if we think of it as such then we will not be afraid of things that frighten many people.  I feel so privileged to have been shown this.

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             No      

Did you become aware of future events?       No      

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       No      

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?   Yes     Had many predictive dreams, often predictions of the impending death of people I knew or of our family pets.  This was mostly during my childhood.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     It made me more sure of who I am as a person and it gave me a complete and certain belief that we are more than just a physical body.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       Not really

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes     When my daughter died I was able to accept her death immediately and to cope more easily than others in my family.   I know that this is because of the what I experienced as a child.  Death, for me, is a sad event in that I miss having that person around but death is also part of life.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     Haven't shared it with many as people think I am a bit weird when I describe what happened.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Elation and peace

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The whole experience was wonderful!

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.    No