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Norman L's Experience

Experience description:   

When I was about 15, I was pitching baseball and a line drive from a batter struck me between the eyes. I felt no pain and was overhead watching my friends running to assist me. That seemed to do something to my brain. I have had many strange experiences since then. This is one of them.

Much later, I worked for an international oil company and was in Singapore. I just completed 12 hours of work and was tired and hungry. I was about 45 at the time. I went to the hotel dining room but they were not ready to serve yet so I went to the window on the stage to look out at the night over the water and relaxed against the post. Behind me was a piano.

I felt lighter and lighter then heard a piano below me playing. It was Chopin’s Minute waltz and done very well. As I enjoyed the music I realized that the piano was behind and not below me. As I looked down, I was on the ceiling and the person playing the piano was my twin. I began to recall being a student of Chopin in Paris France and preparing for a concert. While out on an errand, I was accosted and put into the Army. My body ended up as compost in a French field. It seemed the concert was being performed tonight, but by whom?

The finale, Fantasia Impromptu, from which "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows” was derived was now being performed and as it faded into the night, I drifted down.

When I looked up, I was seated before the piano and a room full of people were standing and applauding.

A gentleman in a tux (the pianist for the evening) was next to me and commented on how well I performed; as if Frederic had been my teacher. He asked if I wanted to continue but I said I was tired and hungry, then went to my table.

I do not play 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?           Vague

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   It did seem dream like, I had no control of my form.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     I did not see my form at all. I just felt light and could only see down.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            I was curious and confused. I had no idea what was happening.

Who was in my body?

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           No, just the piano and it was great

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?           No      

Did you meet or see any other beings?           No       I was alone above the piano player which was my body and saw no one else

Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? No      

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          Yes     There was a room full of local people but I did not know any of them.

I was alone on a project and was alone at that hotel at the time.

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Uncertain            It was dream like but my hearing seemed OK

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   No      

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    Yes     I knew of a possible previous life. I have had similar episodes of previous lives in a different time. This one was in Scotland at Roman times. I had met a former wife who recognized me in this time frame (about 1996). We were on a ship at the time and had several conversations while on deck after work. Later a mate who spoke several languages asked me what language we were speaking. I thought it was English.

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             No       I had no boundary sensation

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?   No       This was in the middle of my life. It was a continuation, but one of the more intriguing since my body seemed to function while I was not in it.


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?       No changes

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         No      

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     My wife has read of such things and understands them. She is the only one I share my experiences with.

Several of my children seem to have the capability also.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Confusion and curiosity, I tried to understand what I experienced.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      Actually I enjoyed it and there was no bad part

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        I had further memories of the that past life that I did not include. I was loaned out to play for a young girl who played the flute. I was fascinated by her but I was of the lowest class. Now my daughter is a flute player and when I hear her play, the memories seem to expand. She chose the flute and seems to be a natural. Her tone is outstanding.

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         No       I have had numerous events before and after. I could write a book and have recorded some of them.

Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?               Uncertain      Close I imagine, but I may have forgotten items.