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Robert B's Experience

Experience description:   

On Tuesday Afternoon, February 28th, 1984... I was at my parents house. I went upstairs, to my old bedroom, to lay down at approximately 1:00 PM. It was a miserable, cold, rainy day. I drifted off to sleep. I guess I started dreaming. In my "Dream" I was standing inside the cockpit of a commercial jetliner. I was standing in the center just behind the two pilots. I could hear their chatter with

Air Traffic Control (ATC) as well as the conversation between the two pilots. I could feel every bump, every vibration of the plane. I could see out the front cockpit window that the plane was on final approach. It was raining so the windshield wipers were on. I could see the runway as we approached. One of the pilots or maybe the flight engineer was calling off the altitude of the plane as it approached the runway. I heard the countdown 40...30....20...20...It sounded like the number 20 was repeated several times. The co-pilot said that "we're over the threshold". He was concerned that the plane had touched down to far down the runway. I felt the plane touch down fairly hard and both pilots were frantically working the controls to slow the plane down. The next moment in the "Dream" I was standing in a marsh looking at the port side of the jet. It had overshot the runway and it's nose was in the water on an angle. I could see that the plane was a DC-10, from it's profile. Then I woke up. It was about 2:15 or 2:30 when I awoke. I didn't think anything of the experience at that moment. I proceeded to walk downstairs to see what my mother was cooking for dinner and I turned on the TV. Within a few minutes, there was a "breaking news" report that stated an SAS DC-10,on arrival at JFK airport, had overshot the runway and was partly in the water. Needless to say I was blown away. I knew that the "Dream" was too real. It was in color, I felt the environment, I heard the pilots, etc. Not a day goes by that I don't think about this experience. I find it absolutely fascinating. It brings up a lot of questions about consciousness and the possibility that we "continue" after our bodies have died. I will never forget this experience.       

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words?   No   

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?   Uncertain   

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?   I was asleep.

Was the experience dream like in any way?   I thought I was dreaming at the time...now...looking back...I'm convinced that it was an OBE.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?   Uncertain   I was seeing everything from my point of view. Sometimes when you're dreaming, you can be an observer and watch yourself like it's a movie. This experience was too real....it was very different from other "dreams" that I've had.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?    I don't remember exactly how I was "feeling" during the experience.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?    As I stated before....I was THERE!!! In the cockpit of the plane standing behind and in the center of both pilots. I felt the shaking and vibrations of the plane.

I felt the plane touch down on the runway. I heard the chatter between the pilots.

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?   Uncertain    As I stated before...I was "In the cockpit" with both pilots. It felt real.

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?   Yes    The entire episode was confirmed, by a special bulletin news cast, several minutes after I awoke.

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?    Yes    I was aware of everything that was happening in the "Dream". I don't recall smelling anything....but as far as sight , hearing, tactile sensations...they were all there.

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 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?    Yes    I do experience what you might consider psychic episodes. I sometimes just "Know" that something is about to happen...i.e.: Phone calls from people that I have not spoken with in a long time...Someone would tell me about a medical condition that they are concerned about...and I just "KNOW" that they will be all right. In fact a few of my close friends ask me questions when something is wrong...all the time.

I had two identical psychic episodes happen to me several years ago. Both episodes involved the death of someone that I ONLY met ONCE. In both instances I was getting into my car to go to the office. As I attempted to put the key in the ignition...I got light headed and started hearing a name repeated over and over again. The first time it happened was 10:00 AM on the morning of December 17th, 1997. I kept hearing the name: "Norman"..."Norman"...."Norman."

This gentleman was my mother-in-laws first cousin. He was a movie executive in Hollywood. I only met him, once, at a family function. Later that day I was on the phone with my wife. It was about 1:00 PM when we were on the phone. I asked her how her day was going and she mentioned that she had spoken to her mother and that her mother's cousin, Norman, had died...in California...at 7:00 AM PST. This blew me away. I told my wife what I had experienced and she said "don't dream about me and laughed it off." Another amazing experience for me. There was one other time that this happened. Very similar in structure...only this time it was a vision of my "best friends, sister's father-in-law." Again, someone that I only met once. I could see him in my mind. He was crying with his head down and his hands covering his face. I found out later that day that he passed away about the same time that I experienced the vision. I think...in both cases...their consciousness traveled and touched everyone that they had ever met...but only a few experienced the contact. I feel blessed to have experienced these episodes.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes    I believe that we "continue"...or should I say...our consciousness continues after the death of the physical body. I truly believe in the concept of "Duality."

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?    N/A

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?   Uncertain    Well...my belief system has changed quite a  bit, over the years, since this happened. I tend to be more sympathetic to people. I don't rush to judgment about anyone. I feel that we are all connected in some way.

Have you shared this experience with others?    Yes    I have shared this experience with a few people that have open minds. It's not the kind of subject that one brings up in casual conversations. People would think that I'm crazy or something like that. My close friends that I've shared this with have said..."of course something like this would happen to YOU....no one else would be able to deal with it."

What was the best and worst part of your experience?   There really was nothing negative about it, for me. Thank God that no one was killed, however several people sustained injuries. I am just amazed that the "Universe" allowed me to experience this event. There must be a reason why this happened. I can't figure it out. Perhaps this was just something that I "needed" to experience for spiritual development...I don't know.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?    I think I've said it all. If someone would like to contact me...that's fine.

Perhaps you or one of your colleagues can shed some light on this experience.

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?    Uncertain           I'm not sure...

Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?    Yes     Yes. Just one request.....if you publish this story...the ONLY thing you must leave out is the last name of my mother-in-laws cousin, Norman. If you mention his name ....some people could figure out who I am.