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Robert W's Experience

Experience description:   

I was ill the week of the event. I think it was a very bad case of the flu.

I had been in bed for a day and I felt horrible. That night I was restless in bed and the sweat was pouring out of me. I felt like death.  The next morning I felt a bit better and got up to go to the bathroom.  I returned to my bedroom and approached my bed, I stopped dead in my tracks as I was looking down on my own body still lying in bed. This cannot be happening I thought, I neared the bed and looked more carefully at my face, yes it was me. I didn't look well though, very ashen complexion. 

Afraid I turned away from the bed against the wall. I thought to myself I must be dreaming, it can't be real. I slapped my face hard, it hurt. I then punched the wall with my hand, it hurt also. I wanted to run downstairs screaming to my parents but something inside me said that was a bad idea.

I then made up my mind I am going to jump into my bed and see what happens.

I closed my eyes tight and jumped back into bed.  I felt nothing, no body under me, just the mattress.

I slowly opened my eyes and I was alone in bed.

I was still ill and took a few days to recover.

I remember that event as clear as day.

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?     Uncertain            As I was ill in bed, I may have taken over the counter drugs.

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 felt fully awake and aware of my surroundings.

Was the experience dream like in any way?   No real, very real.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     No      

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Fear, astonishment, disbelief.

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? Yes    

I hit the bedroom wall with my fist, to make sure it was real. It was, it hurt.

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?          Uncertain            I felt more aware. More sensations.

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       Yes     I made a decision that I was not going to leave my body there in bed. I was going to join it.

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         Uncertain      My father came to visit me and my family after his death. Even my wife experienced it. It was superb.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   No      

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       I don't believe in organized religion but I do believe that death is not the end. I feel there is another dimension that you go to.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes     I know now there is life after death.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     From amazement to ridicule and everything in between.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  No real emotions more curiosity as how could that happen.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      Worst part was seeing my body lying there. Best part opening my eyes in my own body.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        What happened to me was real. It was not a dream.

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.    No.