It was in Acting 101 in college. My first acting class. I was finally taking a step towards living my dreams out loud away from the disapproval of my parents. I spent many days memorizing a comedic monologue I chose for the class final. On stage, in front of about 100 classmates, I released the butterflies in my stomach and performed the words and actions I'd rehearsed. Suddenly, I saw myself from behind my head, and to the right, but through the sockets of my eyes as if I was in a grand theater holding up binoculars, as myself acting (autonomously from this dual conscious thought) with words and movement on its own, and this dual conscious thought was also watching the audience in front of my physical body as they laughed boisterously at all the right moments. I also felt my body reveling in the enjoyment of this intense high, that these people were so enthralled by my comedic performance, and caused my physical movements and verbiage to be more pronounced, inciting more laughter. I remember thinking wow, I'm having this completely separate thought while the rest of me is there, continuing to do what is warranted creatively. I remembered this feeling. I've experienced it before, twice, in grade school, during my piano recitals, when I tended to memorize parts of songs rather than sight read everything. Back then, when I checked into this dual consciousness, I was bewildered, then I freaked out and dropped into my physical body and had to stop playing because I suddenly didn't know where I was in the book.
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? High
Was the experience dream like in any way? Kind of - in that I was left to my own thoughts.
Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body? Yes I described it above - that I was having this separate conscious thought and discussion with myself whilst still processing the physical body and vocal performance
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Elation, excitement, ecstatic resonance. It's a high I've been trying to recreate since....
Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises? No
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? Yes Hearing was more muffled
Sight was increased in landscape
No touch but I could feel my body and its feelings
Did you have any sense of altered space or time? Yes Time slowed down and I got to enjoy the moment of doing what I always knew I loved
Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose? Yes This feeling and this knowledge is what I need to understand to reach my purpose
Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body? Yes I returned at the end of my monologue.
Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience? Yes Intuition.
Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience? Yes Self confidence in what I believe to be true.
How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices? Career choice - I tried to pursue two careers at the same time and didn't work to satisfy the parents and myself. Now I'm pursuing what I love to do.
Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes Always seeking answers to the unknown.
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes I haven't found anyone who've had a similar experience yet.
What was the best and worst part of your experience? Best part was recognizing the dual consciousness as an experience and hanging on to enjoy the ride instead of freaking out. There was no worst.
Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience? NoDid the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Yes