Sammy E's Experience
There were multiple OBE experiences from age 19-44. I will briefly describe the first 2 experience that occurred when I was 19. They are significant because I spent 9 months of daily meditation prior to their occurrence. By meditation, I mean asking God for a sign that would reveal my true spiritual nature. Nothing happened for 9 months and then I hit pay dirt. After the first experience, they occurred in random clusters over a period of 25yrs with little or no further meditation required to induce them. The experiences were dramatic and have had a powerful effect on my spiritual awareness.
I had done my usual meditation prior going to sleep. After about three hours of REM sleep, I instantly awoke to find my body in a semi paralyzed state. I was lying on my back and I could feel waves of energy pulsing back and forth along my body from head to toe. I could feel a pressure on my head as if someone was pushing down on my forehead with the palm of their hand. I could hear and feel a rushing or powerful buzzing vibrational sensation inside my head as the energy waves pulsed up and down my body. I was so shocked by the experience that I shook myself out of it. I knew that I had not been dreaming; the physical sensations were unlike anything I had ever experienced. Several days later, I had a similar experience and allowed the events to progress further. This time, the vibrational waves progressed to a higher frequency and I felt a popping sensation as I slid horizontally outside my body. I spent about 15-20 seconds a few feet away from my body and abruptly popped back in. I shook myself out of it in amazement.
Since that time, I have had many similar experiences of varying degrees. As I got more comfortable with the process, I was able to stay out for longer periods of time and travel greater distances. Once outside the body, I had 360 degree vision and moved by thought. For example, I thought about moving to a position in the room and I was there instantly; I did not glide around. All of my OBEs occurred late at night. Even though it was dark out, I could see every thing clearly. I also seemed to have the ability to zoom in on specific small objects and observe them in much greater detail than normal vision. My spiritual body was a translucent whitish color like one would expect a ghost to look. I know this because I saw my reflection in the mirror. I could also touch things and they felt normal. During one of my OBEs I reached out and touched the wall in my room. I was very surprised to find it felt normal. One would expect not to feel anything or pass through the object. I could only remain outside of my body for a maximum of a few minutes. The amount of time would vary and I would begin to lose control of my mobility just before popping back into my body. Sometimes, I would pop back in stages. For example, I would pop from a downstairs room to the ceiling and then to an upstairs room above the ceiling and then back to the body. I always had these experiences late at night after several hours of REM sleep. I never saw any other beings or anything unusual such as white lights or tunnels. I could only stay out for a short period of time before I was sucked back into my body. It is like being connected to the body by a giant rubber band; the tension increases the longer and farther you travel. The sequence was always the same. I would wake up suddenly on my back in the vibrational state after several hours of REM sleep. I have tried to induce the experience by lying down and meditating, but have never been successful. As I have gotten older, they have occurred less frequently. Could be that I am busy with family and job activities and no longer put forth the effort that I did when I was younger. I mention the REM state several times because I believe that sleep research may be the key to understanding the OBE process.
In conclusion, my soul
searching experiences have convinced me with a high degree of certainty that
there is some form of existence after physical death. I still fear death, but I
am not terrified of it. My experiences have prepared me for it and I will accept
it with a great deal of curiosity.
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? It was a blend of both worlds; dream and fully conscious.
Was the experience dream like in any way? It is difficult to explain clearly. Best analogy would be a balance between dream and conscious reality. Balancing on a razors edge between both worlds. If you move too far towards the dream world you will not recall the event. If you move too far towards consciousness the OBE will terminate. I believe that we all have OBEs every night in REM state. Most never remember them because the razor state is extremely difficult to realize and maintain.
Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body? Yes Translucent Ghost appearance with yellowish aura.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Sense of tremendous freedom and powers of concentration/thought.
Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises? Buzzing vibrational sound inside my head that moved to a much higher frequency prior to separation. Once separated, it was very quiet and peaceful.
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? Yes I moved around the inside my home and the local area. On one occasion I travelled approximately 60 miles to our old farm house. The longer I stayed out the farther I could travel by thought alone. I thought about where I wanted to go and I was instantly there; I did not glide or float around. Important point was that I could not control the duration of the event. The longer you remain out the harder the body seems to pull you back; the giant rubber band analogy applies.
Did you see a light? Yes I did not see any abnormal lighting. I had 360 night vision and a zoom capability.
Did you meet or see any other beings? No
Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? Yes
I did not visit any people. It was always late at night and they were asleep. I visited multiple locations in my home and the local area. One night I was able to diagnose a problem with my car. I had a loose side mirror on my car that had been bugging me for quite a while and I never got around fixing it. That night, in an OBE state, I was able to locate a small screw on the back side (zoom vision). I woke up the next morning and sure enough found the screw that I had examined the night before and tightened the mirror. On another OBE event, I traveled 60 miles to our abandoned farm house and noticed that none of the lights were on inside. We always left a light on to deter burglars. The next month, I took my grandmother to check out the farm house and visit some friends. When we got in the house, none of the lights were on. I asked my grandmother why she had not turned the lights on. She said that she a turned them off this time because she was afraid of an electrical fire. The wiring in the home was old and she was afraid it may short out and start a fire. I never tried to move any objects while in an OBE state; however, I did reach up and touch a wall and was surprised to find that it felt normal.
Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later? Yes See above
Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different? Yes 360 degree night vision with zoom capability. I do not remember hearing much because it was late at night.
Did you have any sense of altered space or time? Uncertain
Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body? Yes I did not have a choice. The longer you remain out the stronger your body pulls you back. You gradually lose control of your mobility and rapidly return to the body; sometimes in stages.
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? Yes See above
How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices? I am spiritual not religious because of the OBE experiences.
Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes See above
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes Some people are positive. Others are close minded.
What emotions did you experience following your experience? Very Happy
What was the best and worst part of your experience? No worst part. It was amazing and enjoyable.
Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience? No
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 had multiple experiences over an extended period of time. Contact me with any questions you may have concerning the experiences.