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Out Of Body Experience 1

                             Tuesday February 14, 1995

            Sometime early this morning, between 5 to 7 AM, I had a lucid dream. It started out normally then I noticed an irregularity and became lucid. This dream did not go well and I nearly awoke. Lying in bed I felt my astral body start to move outside my physical body. I consciously and deliberately made a separation by allowing my astral body to roll over from left side to right side and, with a degree of pain and difficulty, to leave the bed.

            Two things were very apparent - 1) there was some pain during separation. It was tolerable and felt like stretching a muscle in the chest too hard while exercising. 2)The room seemed very dark, more so than it should have been. In addition I was at first disoriented though only for about a minute. Moving about seemed to be difficult at times. Just after leaving my physical body flying above the floor was easy. Then it became hard to fly, perhaps because I was not familiar with this particular state or its inherent perceptions.

            Upon reaching a window I nearly materialized through a wall to outside. I could have done this with effort and perhaps some pain. It was then that I realized that this was an actual Out Of Body Experience. I decided to explore my room first and become familiar with the OBE state though I was very curious to see what flying out of doors would be like. Then the sound of a car engine caused me to partially awaken back in my physical body.

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience:  No

At the time of the experience, was there an associated life threatening event?  No

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?  Consciousness was as clear and lucid as any wakening experience.

Was the experience dream like in any way?  No, in fact I could quite clearly tell that it was not a dream.

Did you experience a separation of consciousness from your body?  Yes

Describe your appearance or form apart from your body:  This experience was remarkably similar to reports from other people in that I had an astral/etheric body that was apart and separate from my physical body that was lying asleep in bed. I did not make any deliberate observations of my astral body yet I was distinctly conscious that I had both an astral/etheric body And a physical body.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?  It was not a very emotional experience. This is because it was short - only five or ten minutes. It was not emotional also because I had deliberately induced an astral projection.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?  No. Any noises that I did hear were sounds common to that apartment building or were noises of vehicles down on the street.

Did you see a light?  No

Did you meet or see any other beings?  No

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?  No

Did you see or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or dimensions?  No

      Describe:  It should be noted that I have since had many out of body experiences and have 'visited' otherworldly universes and/or realities on a number of occasions.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?  Yes

      Describe:  Space was both 'normal' and 'supranormal'. Everything in my apartment was in its correct place and was as it should have been. Yet the ability to float through the empty space in midair and to partially to go into (and nearly through) a wall made it clear to me that this space was definitely not normal physical earth.

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

      Describe:  At some point I tried to go through a wall or a window. Though on later occasions I was able to go through a wall or window while astral on this occasion I was prevented from getting outside.

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

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience you did not have prior to the experience?  Yes

      Describe:  Following this initial experience I found it easier to 'project'. Since then I have had many such experiences.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?  No

Has the experience affected your relationships?  Daily life?  Religious practices etc.?  Career choices?  This experience (and others like it) have strengthened my belief in the existence of non-physical/ethereal/'spiritual' universes and realities.

Have you shared this experience with others?  Yes

      Describe:  Uncertain and various. None of my closest associates have ever had similar experiences. Most people have been open minded and have admitted the possibility of such events occurring. Yet most remain skeptical as they have not had such experiences themselves.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  I felt physically and mentally strong for a day or two after this experience.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?  This experience opened a door to infinite possibilities. To date I can honestly state that there was no worst aspect to my experience.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?  This experience confirmed my belief in existence after physical death.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?  Yes

      Describe:  I have continued to have out of body experiences over the past 7 years and have also become much more interested in OBEs and related experiences.

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?  Yes

      Describe:  Have had many other OBEs including several which were deliberately induced (from a light sleep state). Have also met a number of people who have had out of body experiences.

Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?  Yes

Please offer any suggestions you have to improve the www.oberf.org questionnaire?  Suggestion 1) Ask if the experience(s) were consciously and deliberately induced.

Suggestion 2) Inquire as to whether experiencers recognized any familiar locations (Monroe Locale I), whether experiencers recognized any locations familiar from religious teachings, ie. Heaven, Hell, Hades , etc (Monroe Locale II) or whether experiencers encountered any locations inhabited by 'incredible' or 'amazing' creatures such as might be found in a realm described by Robert Monroe as Locale III.

Suggestion 3) Inquire as to whether experiencers experimented while out of body. For example did the experiencer attempt to visit a family member or friend at another location. Did the experiencer eyewitness an event that he or she would not have known about had they not been out of body. Or did the experiencer attempt to move a physical object while in the astral/etheric universe. If an experiencer did attempt an experiment while out of body then what was the result of that experiment.