I'd been asleep and had had some dreams already, but nothing like the OBE thing. Suddenly, it was as if some energy came at me from all directions and although centered near my diaphragm, it encompassed all of me. I felt it first, then opened my eyes and realized that I was being slowly 'lifted' or raised from my former position on my bed. I have a tall white lamp near my bed, and it's post was horizontal, which threw off my perception of where I was at first. There was the most intense brightness, though it was also somewhat foggy around the edges. As I continued to rise, I felt so LIGHT.
I am a very big woman, but I could feel my weight just pouring away from me. I felt as if my diaphragm was completely 'opened', as if I could've stuck my hand right through it. At the moment that I realized how wonderful this felt, I also began to wonder WHY this was happening. Was it aliens? God? Was it a good or bad thing? Would I be hurt if I kept going? I got very anxious and wanted to come back down and not go any further. I hovered a few seconds, feeling it and hearing the humming, rhythmic sound that was also very encompassing. Slowly, I began to lower.
At that time, I tried to focus and look about the room. A very tiny, round-headed tabby cat was sitting near the wall licking it's paw. I didn't believe it, so focused on it harder and noted that it was looking me right in the eye. Although I actually have a tabby, as well as a deceased tabby that I was extremely close to, this cat didn't resemble either of them. At that time, things became fuzzier and I was again on my bed, wide awake and trembling.
I had goosepimples and the residual of the bright energy ebbing away from my body. It was real, not a dream. I was so stunned, that I woke up my three roommates to tell them, right then at 2:30 a.m. They all thought I'd just been dreaming, although one of them said that maybe it was a healing energy, since I've not been well. As I walked away from one of the bedrooms, I noticed that my vision was extremely sharp and focused, and normally I don't see all that well. I felt so much energy and just--different. I can't explain how different I feel today, even though I'm still in physical pain.
It is the next afternoon now. Even now I get the goosebumps each time I think of it. I came online, because in the back of my mind, I was wondering if I was losing my mind! After waking up my roommates, I returned to bed and to sleep and had normal dreams (for me) until morning.
Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience: Uncertain
Explanation: As stated above, I take the same meds every night. Nothing was different.
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Uncertain
What was it about the experience that makes it hard to communicate? The power and energy of the light and the way my 'being' and the light were both separate, but also a whole. There was a tone, some sort of noise and I can't really reproduce it. I was very aware that I was being 'lifted' from my bed, but not sure it by an outside entity or by my own energy.
At the time of the experience, was there an associated life threatening event? Uncertain
Describe: Strange things have been occurring with my body over the past few weeks. Had lots of pain and worry over that. Not certain of what's going on.
What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience? I was very aware.
Was the experience dream like in any way? No, not really.
Did you experience a separation of consciousness from your body? Uncertain
Describe your appearance or form apart from your body: I was too light to be the 'real' me, but I did not think to look down to see if my body was still on the bed.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Excitement, anxiety, confusion, power, happiness, worry, the beginnings of fear.
Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises? Yes! There was a rhythmic humming noise, like the motor of something. This is in part why I became afraid to continue. I thought that maybe it was some alien or other lifeform(s) lifting me away from my life.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure? Uncertain
Describe: The brightness intensified as I rose higher, as if I was headed toward some source.
Did you see a light? Yes
Describe: As mentioned before, it was VERY intense and filled with energy.
Did you meet or see any other beings? Yes
Describe: A strange, small tabby-like cat.
Did you experience a review of past events in your life? No
Describe: I just felt that I was so excited to know for certain that there IS MORE THAN WE CONSCIOUSLY KNOW OUT THERE.
Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later? No
Did you have any sense of altered space or time? Yes
Describe: I couldn't get my bearings because I couldn't figure out why the lamp post was where it was. This is odd, because it's also horizontal normally when I'm in bed. But because I was so far up, it was disconcerting.
Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose? Uncertain
Describe: I feel that I know there is something more for me to do and that it is probably not my time to go.
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes
Describe: It's not as if I saw or felt the ceiling, but I reached a place where I most definitely did not want to go any further. This was the point of fear, that I would be pulled on in spite of my desire to not go on. At that point, I stopped and hovered before sinking back down.
Did you become aware of future events? No
Were you involved in or aware of a decision to return to the body? Yes
Describe: See #17
Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience you did not have prior to the experience? Uncertain
Describe: Hasn't been long enough. However, I've had several odd experiences throughout my lifetime that are unexplainable.
Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience? Yes
Describe: I feel no depression or doubt.
Has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices etc.? Career choices? Too early to tell. . .
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes