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Paul D's Experience

Experience description:   

During WWII my mother, sister and I lived with my grandparents while my father was in the army. Because of limited space my sister (5 years old )and I shared a bedroom with bunk beds. I was in the bottom bunk. My bed was next to a wall that separated the bedroom from the living room and I could hear conversations quite easily. One night after falling asleep on my back (something I refuse to do today and have not done in 60 years) I heard my mother say something about my father, something unclear but it caused me to sit up in bed because I missed him terribly and wanted to know when he would be home.

As I sat up in bed I noticed that my "hard-shell" body was still lying down and my "transparent" body was sitting up. As a child I found that amusing and wonderful, so I swung my legs over the side of the bed and stepped out. As I did so I gently started to float. I found that by thought alone I could control the height and direction of travel that I desired. I floated upwards and observed my sister sleeping. I tried to wake her to show her what I had done, but was unable to rouse her. I then floated over to the bedroom door with the intention of showing my mother what I could do, but could not open the door or leave the confines of that room. I then in my childhood fears felt like maybe I was doing something wrong, so I floated back to my "hard-shell" body, laid my transparent body down over it in exactly the same way it was reposed and instantly I was alert and able to move the shell.

A few minutes later my mother came to check on us as was her habit and I related what I had done to her. She brushed my head, told me I had a dream and kissed me goodnight. A couple of days later I was able to repeat the process of leaving my body and floating around the room. I told my grandmother about it and she became very upset and cautioned me to never do it again as I may not be able to return. A few times after that I found that I could still leave my body, but only when lying on my back. To this day, I do not and will not sleep on my back.

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 was full conscious of everything going on around me and all conversations being held.

Was the experience dream like in any way?   I assure you it was no dream but a very real and awe inspiring experience.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Uncertain      Not sure of the question. My appearance was as a transparent shape of exact form of my hard shell body which I could clearly see lying in the bed. My thoughts were in the transparent body and I had no contact or feelings with the hard shell.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            amusement, elation, wonder, and some fear that I may be doing something I was not supposed to do.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           I heard sounds and noises but they were not unusual, just my mother and grandparents listening to the war news on the radio and discussing the days events.

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?           Yes     I could see the light from the living room from under the bedroom door. There was also a very tiny night light in the bedroom that was on and I could see quite clearly.

Did you meet or see any other beings?           No      

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

I attempted to open the bedroom door but was unable to even reach for it. I felt as if I was confined to the bedroom and something terrible would happen if I were to leave it. I also saw my sisters doll had fallen in the space between the wall and the bed. I told my mother and she retrieved it and placed it back with my sister.

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          Yes     I heard my folks discussing the attack in the Philippines, which my father was a part of. I questioned them the next day and was told I was eavesdropping and not to do that but go to sleep.

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Yes     no different then when in my shell

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?             Yes     see response 12

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 made the decision to return to my shell and did so with my thought control.

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         Uncertain      Like everyone else I sometimes feel as if I had done something before, but I am able just for a second to predict what is about to occur.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     I am much more reluctant to discuss unusual things with people for fear of being ridiculed.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       not too much, I was able to put my experience out of mind until I happened upon this site. I am at the age now where I don't give a damn what people think and I tell it like it is. You can take it for what it's worth.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         No response            see 26

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     they thought I was nuts.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  whatever the emotion a child feels when he thinks he has just gotten away with something.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      best part was discovering something new and thinking I was ahead of the game. The worst part was finding out no one believed me.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        I have had a subconscious fear of sleeping on my back for my entire life since this experience. I have no fear of death but for some reason unknown to me I have no desire to repeat it. I think I associate the obe with death of the shell

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     I answered truthfully. I can recall those events as if they happened yesterday. At my age I can't remember what I had for breakfast but I recall my obe in exact detail as if it just occurred.

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    none I can think of