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Neal M's Experience

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My experience happened before sleeping (in my bed). I believe the setting during the day may of contributed to the inducement. Particularly on that day, I was in a very happy mood, and found no conflicts mentally during the day. It was also sunny (to set the scene). I drank coffee whilst in uni, and had another once I got home (6ish). Whilst waiting for my train home, I was approached by 2 young adults to ask me to take part in a questionnaire. To which I was delighted to take part in because of my mood. Interestingly, there were many questions regarding the meaning of life, my thoughts on god, and how I would approach resolving world problems. I was happy to hear that my answers were different to anyone else's, following this I was invited to a discussion group that takes place on Wednesdays; I'm keen to share with them the experience I would have later that day. I got my train home with minutes to spare. Once home I had another coffee and completed remaining study work I had left over from uni. Hours later, I felt my energy depleting and my stomach churning from all the fluids I'd had that day, so I took a shower. Afterwards I had a nap from 9 till 11ish. I woke up feeling better physically however still tired, I sat at my desk and watched some YouTube videos before getting into bed at 1.

My window is open slightly next to my bed, I was quickly comfortable. Then I noticed a comfort level I usually get in the morning after waking up, my sensitivity had increased and I was particularly aware of anything touching my skin. I was relaxed. After changing positions about 2 times, I lay on my back, with my left arm behind my head. I stayed in this position for what felt like 10 minutes before I felt complete numbness in my body. The numbness slowly turned into a noisy tingle sensation, I often experience when meditating. The following feeling of sinking, or, falling away from my body was also expected. After a while of experiencing this slight separation, the hand behind my head felt like it was moving at a faster rate than the rest of my body. This was completely new to me however I let it happen without passing another thought. My hand in the physical world would not naturally move in the way I felt because of the limitations of my joints. This further feeling of separation in my hand was encouraging the rest of my body to follow, in the specific order of legs, hip and then both my chest and head. At this point I was aware I was still awake and concision, but wasn't sure if my eyes were open or closed, as I was seeing visuals of the ceiling above, and tints of blue light coming from the window. Now that I was drifting away from my body, into what felt like an empty void, I noticed my peripheral view of the ceiling being absorbed by darkness. This went on for a short amount of time as I continued drifting, my view of the ceiling was distant and was framed from darkness in a blury circle shape. I remained relaxed, and what happened next has completely changed my perception of 3 dimensional space. I felt about half a meter away from my body, remaining passively conscious I knew my body was within reach if I chose to exit. Going with the flow, I felt a pane of what I can only describe as tinted glass move outwards from behind me, almost like I had fallen beyond a bubble surrounding my body. The view of the ceiling is now darker and further away. At this point I was no longer drifting, and I could hear voices of children talking gibberish made up words, in forms of sentences. The most voices I could hear were about 3, talking over each other, and a slight echo was resonating the void around me. The source of the sound I can't distinguish, but it was very clear, unmistakable and right in front of me. I didn't think much of this at the time, apart from a reminder to myself to continue logging, and not interact. After making this mental note to myself, the voices quickly faded away. I decided after this to move. My left hand felt anchored onto something, so I turned my view 180 degrees away from my body. To my surprise I found another pane of glass, with a new view, completely surrounded by the void I pulled myself closer to the view, where my peripheral vision grew larger and was able to make out what I was seeing. I took time to understand this new view and noticed I was looking at myself, not directly at my face, but the patterns on my bed sheets; from the perspective of my desk, I often sit at whilst working. After realising my new perspective, and that I was having an out of body experience, my mind began lighting up again. My view of myself from the desk faded, and I found myself looking at the darkness behind the eyelids of my body. I opened my physical eyes to see the same ceiling. I moved some parts of my body to double check I was back, and then I took some time to reflect what had just happened. Still tired, I closed my eyes and attempted to recreate the experience with no luck. I later fell asleep, and woke up to a normal routine. The entire experience was vivid, and easy to remember and recall as I write this.

The next day after doing some uni work, I began searching Google key features of my experience. The answer was not clear until I told my father, who told me I was having an outer body experience. And that I must of been in a higher state of consciousness to have this new experience. I'm hoping my continued practice of meditation would enable this on a more frequent basis. After some discussion with my parents we came to a conclusion that a recent removal of a bad tooth, may of caused unconscious stress's and blocks in my mind, and having a good day built a mental environment that led to my OOBE.

I have experienced Lucid dreaming, and sleep paralysis many times previously. And I'm sure this case is an outer body experience.

Floating in the void is a very pleasant experience. My understanding of the universe has expanded so slightly, and that these places are physically closer to us than we think.

Neal

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience? Uncertain Higher intake of caffeine than usual throughout the day of the experience, I didn't drink any four hours before the experience.


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 awake

Was the experience dream like in any way? I had to ask myself, and it wasn't a dream

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body? Yes I could not see my body as I was leaving, however I saw what appeared to be 'my bodies view of the ceiling' drift away from me.

What emotions did you feel during the experience? No emotions.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises? Voices of 3 children talking made up words in formed sentences. Each talking over each other.

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? Uncertain The only lights I did see, where the portal like views I described.

Did you meet or see any other beings? No

Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? Yes

My only successful interaction was moving myself around to look at this new view.

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later? Uncertain I heard children's voices. I can't describe who they were

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different? Uncertain I could hear, I could see, I could feel my left hand (because it was an interaction anchor-point). I did not taste anything new, or feel anything once I had left my body.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time? Yes Portal like views, not corresponding to our current understand of 3D space.

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose? Yes Bubble like fields. Surrounded by a void. Perhaps inter dimensional. Tuning in on the void allowed my senses to interpret other streams (like hearing voices).

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes Bubble like boundaries I was naturally floating away from. once outside a boundary I was not moving, until I interacted and pulled myself into a new bubble.

Did you become aware of future events? No

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body? Yes My mind began rushing too many thoughts. And I naturally returned to my body.

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 My understanding of space and time

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices? I would encourage healthy meditation

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

Have you shared this experience with others? Yes My parents. They were happy for me, as we all meditate, they were knowledgeable and understood me clearly.

What emotions did you experience following your experience? amazement

What was the best and worst part of your experience? best part was leaving my bodies bubble. Worst part would be returning to my body and leaving the experience unintentionally

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience? I have deep knowledge in 3D rendering and computer simulation. And my course includes studies surrounding simulation and simulacra. Combining this with my meditation practice, I believe has contributed to flowing with the experience in a un-surprised manor.

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 A very vivid and easy to recall experience. One that will remain with me forever. I believe this is outside the limitations of my brains functionality.

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire. Too many questions regarding medication?