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Richard H's Experience

Experience description:   

I had been sitting in a hard wooden chair meditation for about 90 minutes. At the time I couldn't get away from the fact my ass was really hurting and

I wanted to move but was trying my best to ignore it. I just thought of this my hands were feeling like wooden. Out of nowhere and completely unexpected I found myself with my back to the ceiling and I was pushing against it. The ceiling was about 15 ft high. While I was pushing against the ceiling ( with my back to the ceiling it was more like spreading my arms against ceiling) I became aware of where I was and that my body was still sitting there and I knew my ass was still hurting but I didn't feel it. Then before I had time to analyze more I was back in my body with my seat hurting. I felt euphoric.  I can't tell you if I had sight while out of my body or not. It all happened pretty fast 2 or 3 seconds.

Over the next year I tried real hard to duplicate the experience with no luck.

Then 2 years after my first experience I had another; different circumstance. I was relaxing in chair against wall when I found myself on the back wall rising.  In the first experience I could tell I had retained my body shape as I could feel my arms and back pushing against ceiling. The second experience I have no recollection of shape only that I was on the back wall rising slowing. It lasted 10 seconds and was best feeling I ever had. Once again euphoric. Once again I tried to duplicate it over the next couple years, read everything I could but with no luck. I do recognize that this used to happen to me when I was little in bed when I would feel like a giant of course never realized what was going on.

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?          totally conscious and alert

Was the experience dream like in any way?  NO  I've had lucid dreaming with silvery landscapes this nothing like that.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     My consciousness was on the ceiling and I was aware of pushing against it with my arms and back that's all I was aware of while my consciousness was on ceiling I was still aware of what my body was doing 15 ft lower. I didn't feel a separation it just happened. one second in body next on ceiling.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?           Awe, happiness

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?          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           

Did you have any sense of altered space or time? 

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     the wooden ceiling. Wasn't up there long enough to do much thinking. Pretty much pushed on ceiling a couple times, became aware of where I was and my body down below and wham I was back in my body. Darn.

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      For a while seemed like I knew what people were going to say or thinking before they said it. Became real easy at reading people. My thinking was so much clearer for a while. Also seemed connected to people. when the Berlin wall came down I cried with happiness for the people.  I mean normally I say ' oh good for them'.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?  Yes     Definitely believe more to me then the body and mind.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       For a while couple years I had more empathy for people and there problems.  that's worn off some

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?       Yes     Just knowing that there's more to me and that I know it makes me feel good.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     Funny, most people unless they have had an experience aren't interested.

What emotions did you experience following your experience? Highly emotional. Happiness, then fear,

What was the best and worst part of your experience?     Best was experience itself and knowing more then a piece of meat Worst when I could read people a lot of them lived in fear of one thing or another

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?       My consciousness isn't all knowing. obviously a ceiling couldn't hold it. Maybe that was my first taste of awareness of I and I was just freaked out. Don't know

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         Yes     Went to a dentist for sinus infection and what I felt from a Percocet was similar to the euphoric feeling of being free of the body

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