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Pat S's Experience

Experience description:   

I'm going back a number of years.  This happened to me when I was in about the sixth grade.  I'm 52 now.  We were living in our old house and I was lying in bed. I wasn't asleep and wasn't dreaming.  Suddenly I was looking at myself on the bed from a spot up near the ceiling.  My back would have been against the ceiling, looking down.  I saw myself in the bed.  I wasn't at all afraid and I was curious but then the experience was over.  I would say it only lasted a brief minute or two. But I'd never had that happen before.  I don't recall that I was sick or anything at the time that it happened.

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

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No       Its not that it would have been hard to express in words its just that I really didn't know anyone to tell.

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?           Very alert.

Was the experience dream like in any way?   no

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     Outside of my body I don't recall myself having an appearance.  I was able to see things and think thoughts.  But I don't think I had any form.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            I was very young but not afraid.  Curious more than anything.  I like the sense of "flying" to me as a child that's what I thought was happening.  But I wasn't flying I was more or less stationary against the ceiling... or my consciousness was.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           I don't recall any sounds.

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      

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?          No      

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          No response      My sight was the strongest I guess because I could see myself on the bed and my room.  I don't recall smelling, tasting or hearing anything unusual.  It was primarily that I could see everything and I had thoughts.. I was curious what was going on.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Uncertain      I knew this was something new or different happening to me.  But it took place in my bedroom not in another type reality.  But I knew it wasn't ordinary...even then I knew that.

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    No      

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             Uncertain      I think that I could sense the ceiling against my back.  This happened so long ago but that's how I remember it.

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?   Uncertain      I just don't know.  I have always been a really good dreamer, vivid dreams.  Sometimes precognitive.  I don't know if that's a result of what happened with this experience or not.  Directly after the experience I wouldn't say I had any heightened abilities.. but over the years, yeah dreaming.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     I was still afraid of death.  Many years very afraid of it.  But after the experience I knew that I didn't need to be in my body for things to happen.  Didn't need a body to think or just "be."  That we had that outside the body too.  Although I never knew if its because I was still alive when I had the experience and if that would be the same when I died or not?

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       The experience itself led me on a very long search.  A life long search.  I didn't know who to talk to about it.  But before I was even out of grade school I was searching our public library for information on psychic experiences trying to figure out what that was that happened.  It got me wondering all about psychic things.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes     Yes in that it made me search out beyond my Roman Catholic religion/church things more psychic or alternative spirituality.  It affected how I viewed religion and made me more spiritual, not religious.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     Yes and no.  I did a report on astral projection for my sophmore year English class.  Because when I was reading books I came upon the word astral projection for the first time (this was the early 70s --there was hardly nothing on this topic then).  But I didn't tell people it happened to me personally.  I just researched and wrote about it for my class.  And at the same time got my own questions kind of answered.  When I became an adult I would share what happened but only with people I knew were kind of open to spiritual experiences.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  I was so very curious what happened to me.  I was kind of surprised by it but it was a good experience.  It just made me so very curious.  Not only about that but about all psychic things because I could relate in some small way when they talked about us sensing things outside the body.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      It was all good, there was no worst.  Maybe only that it only happened that one time and I would love for it to happen again but it hasn't.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        Sometimes I don't feel like I connect real good to people around me.  Their values and mine are not the same.  I'm not career driven or driven to get the best vehicle or largest house, etc. because when we're out of the body none of that matters.  I feel out of step a lot in a world where so many are primarily career oriented instead of relationship oriented. And it really conflicted with my parents and the way they saw life.  And most people around me.

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