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Oliver J's Experience

Experience description:   

I was napping about 4 PM after studying.  My roommate was still at his desk.  I decided it was time to go back to studying and sat up.  I was astounded to see my body still lying on the bed!!   Curious.   I got up and tried to get my roommate's attention, but to no avail.   I briefly walked out of the roomthrough the closed door, and down the hallway.  I went past other dorm mates who could not see me.  I walked outside the dorm and observed a large picnic table on the lawn outside.  Seated around the table were about a dozen white-robed men.  One was standing with a chair pulled out, which I guessed was for me. 

Being an agnostic my first thought was 'Damn I'm having a religious experience'.  I was determined to speak to these people but got scared.  What if my roommate tried to wake me?  He'd think I was dead.  What if they moved me and I couldn't find my body to get back in?  Then it came to me that I didn't have to walk from place to place, but could sort of think myself there.    The girl's dorm was just across the hill and they couldn't see me.  I was too worried.  I went back to my room and tried once more to get my roommates attention.  Then I sat  down and laid back in to my body. He hadn't noticed a thing.  

I came to believe that this sort of experience is the basis of all 'religious' insight and I should have started a new sect and became rich.  This has happened again but not so profoundly.  

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?           wide awake

Was the experience dream like in any way?   no

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     My out of body form was identical to my physical self.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            curiosity

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           no

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?           Yes     Saw other people but did not talk to them

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

I tried to turn pages in my roommates book to get his attention.  I slapped at his head but went right through.

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?            Uncertain      everything seemed normal

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?    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 got frightened.

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     I'm not afraid of death.  I think this 'state' is fundamental to religious beliefs.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       I may be more empathetic.

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

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     One friend of my wife became a Psychic Painter.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  uncertain

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      It was as real as any other event in my life.  No

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        not significantly

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         Yes     sometimes almost achieve separation but am pulled back.

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

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    I'd like to know other folks  with similar  stories.