Nora L's Experience
About 16 years ago, my girlfriend, I and our three boys spent a weekend together camping. The first evening, there, we all sat around the campfire roosting marshmallows and chatting. After the boys finally went to sleep in their tents, my girlfriend and I continued chatting for an hour or so before bedding down in our camper van, at about 1-1:30 am.
Due to my girlfriends loud snoring I had difficulties falling asleep. After some time, I decided I have better start willing myself to think of anything but her snoring. I do not recall how much time passed between the time I heard the snoring to the time I felt something or some force trying to leave my body.
The first thing I recall was, this indescribable feeling of something wanting to leave my body. The feeling was mostly concentrated in the center of my chest, I have no idea as to the length of time this feeling lasted. In any case, this feeling needed to be released and for whatever reason, it needed me to open the top of my head in order to be released. I thought it quite remarkable because if it was coming through my mouth I would for sure vomit.
What seamed like a fog or grey mass, slowly began floating upwards in a perfect straight line and continued floating upwards and out through the top of my head. Once released, I was filled with love, laughter and tears all at the same time. I remember, thinking, and telling myself, NOT to open my eyes or I might loose 'sight' of this wonderful feeling. I looked up, my eyes still closed, and there - just above the temple of my head - stood this incredible entity of pure light in the shape of an Engle, gesturing me to follow. No words were spoken I just understood. I remember not being able to determine if the entity was male or female. It was not a solid mass, rather a shape in various shades of white --illuminating itself. Something similar to viewing a laser light-show, except this light overflowed with warmth and love. Before I knew what happened, I was in total darkness. I opened my eyes, this time for real. Before me was earth, as in the whole earth. My first thought, Oh my god, I can see the whole earth, how small and vulnerable it looks. I don't remember seeing any stars or other planets only earth. Next, I was asked; Where do you wish to go? What do you mean where to go, I asked? Thinking, I wouldn't mind going to my country of birth if only to see my father, telling myself, it's too far and it will take too long and, silly me, what am I thinking, my father passed away long ago.
It wasn't till then, I realized I was floating above earth, asking myself, how is that possible? Thinking, I am going to fall down. I was told I was quite safe and in case I was lost I had a lifeline reaching from earth to my umbilical cord. I looked down towards my navel and sure enough there was this extraordinary thin cord like only a spider could weave. I looked down at myself again. I didn't recognize my body, there were no legs or feet, certainly no clothe. It didn't alarm me nor did I feel differently, I just looked differently. I felt like I had a body, but it didn't look like a body. At the time, none of that seam to bother me. My attention turned again to the umbilical cord, my eyes following the length of it down towards Earth. The closer to earth the cord was the more it glowed and shimmered like a silver cord, connecting me to earth. I started having doubts about this cord. What if it broke, how was it possible for this cord to keep me up here? What if I couldn't find my body? In an instant, I was back in my body, with a force so hard I bounced back up, hitting my head on the ceiling, totally forgetting I was in the top bunk-bed of a van with a clearing of about three feet.
I have never voluntarily told this story to other than the friend accompanying me on the camping trip. Whenever the subject arises I only speak of it briefly. I understand and appreciate people having difficulties believing it was other than a dream. My only wish is that, one day, I may successfully, re-live this extraordinary feeling of love and trust. Believe me, it is not for the lack of trying.
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? I have NO doubt that I was conscious at all times. I have never experienced anything like it before, nor since, and I rarely, if ever, remember my dreams.
Was the experience dream like in any way? Not at all. I remember being asked to concentrate, specifically, on the temple on top of my head in order for the entity to leave my body.
Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body? Yes
I can't explain the body form, I didn't seam to have a body. It was more like just a consciousness.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? At first I felt pure love, joy, trust sadness. I cried and laughed all at the same time. After a time I was in awe, then I started doubting.
Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises? No sound, no spoken words.
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? Yes
Only our planet Earth
Did you see a light? Yes
Not just a single light, but an entity entirely made up from different shades of light looking to me like an Engle.
Did you meet or see any other beings? No
Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? Yes, I was asked if I wished to visit any one anywhere. I did not go I became frightened.
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? No
All my senses were working just fine.
Did you have any sense of altered space or time? No
I am not sure what you mean? Time and space was like one and the same. Depending on how and what you wished to perceived it to be.
Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose? No
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? Yes
I feared I may be unable to find my body. In that instant I was back in 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? No
How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices? Stronger belief in myself and less in other people.
Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience? No
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes
Most people tell me I was dreaming, only one actually believes I had an out of body experience. Otherwise no reaction.
What emotions did you experience following your experience? Joeys, and self assurance. Wishing others could experience something similar.
What was the best and worst part of your experience? Best: Seeing and feeling the pure love surrounding you. Worst: Returning back into my body.
Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience? I am not sure, but the only thing that may or may NOT be relevant. All though at the time neither my husband nor I was aware off this. Our son, at the time, was coming to terms with his sexual identity. Five years later, little be-known to us, or son declared he was gay. All thought it was a chock it never changed whom our son was and is, namely and always our loving son.
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