Ray A's Experience

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Experience description:   

I had come home from a day outdoors, playing with friends. No one else was home. I felt tired, hot and lay down on my bed for a few minutes. 

I don't remember going off to sleep so much as getting a feeling of weightlessness and drifting up out of my bed. A long tunnel, dark with a bright light at the other end  loomed ahead, down the hall outside my bedroom and out the front of the house. There were people in the light that I could not see who were telling me it was ok to come to them. I knew with certainty that if I did reach them and emerge from the tunnel into the light that I would not be able to return, that I would be dead. I have no idea who the people were, they were not menacing, but I was afraid. they may have said it was ok not to come to them. 

I remember struggling quite hard to 'get back' and also knew I was above my body which was still on the bed.

When I did get back to my body, I was wide awake, heart beating fast, scared, and in a sweat. Soaking wet as a matter of fact, and had to change my clothes.

I decided not to mention my experience to anyone including friends, it seemed just too weird.

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

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No, Though I  have never told anyone about it until now

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 high

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   Yes certainly a the outset at least until I felt myself drawn into the tunnel and being very scared

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes

I was floating above and knew my body was on the bed below as I was drawn to the tunnel

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           No though I was hyper conscious of street noises outside my house but other than voices at end of tunnel, no sound that I remember from there

Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure?          Yes

            Describe:      not very far but it was difficult not to continue and to return though that is what I wanted to do

Did you see a light?           Yes, Bright at end of tunnel

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Yes, heard rather than met or saw, no faces were apparent  and I do not know who they were. They spoke English though I spoke both English and French

Did you experience a review of past events in your life?    No

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          No

Did you see or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or dimensions?           No

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Yes, Yes the tunnel while it went out  of the house seemed also to end in another world

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?   
Yes I knew that if I went through to the light, I was never coming back

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No, I returned before the boundary was achieved but with some difficulty

Did you become aware of future events?       No

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       Yes

Yes I decided to return to my body, very consciously

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, I pretty much buried the experience away

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       No effect that I can discern, though I am non judgmental of those who appear to have weird experiences!

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

Have you shared this experience with others?         No

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  I was afraid for a while, minutes rather than hours, though I thought about it for a day or two and just put it down as a weird experience that did not bear telling.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The best was the feeling of being separated from my body being able to float above and away from it, something like flying. The worst was knowing that I had to come back or die.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        I mentioned masturbating at the outset of this experience because I think it may have been partially for that reason that I kept the story to myself. Masturbation to a Catholic boy was very private and having it even remotely associated with this near death/out of body experience probably caused me  to keep the experience private as well

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

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    I think you might expand on people's health at the time, mental as well as physical, emotional components, other stress factors.

I was in all respects a normal healthy happy unstressed adolescent when this happened