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Experience description:   

I had just had really amazing sex that night I remember.  (Sorry if that's inappropriate but it feels relevant just for whatever brain chemicals might have been present from that).  I was laying next to the guy in bed.  I was on my left side and he was sleeping behind me the same way.  I must have been happy and relaxed going to sleep that night. 

At first it was like dreaming, but lucid dreaming.  I was fully conscious in a dream and aware that I was dreaming but also simultaneously fully conscious and aware of my body and his body laying in bed completely frozen motionless but the scenery was moving rapidly around us - that was the dream.  It was like we were paralyzed in place in the midst of what I thought at the time was a shared dream because in the dream it was happening to both of us, but then I was out of my body looking down at us from predominantly above and somewhat behind where we were laying, but at the exact time I was still part of the dream where big city landscape was whizzing by and because I was so conscious of the fact that I was dreaming I remember thinking (deciding?) I didn't want to be in the city anymore and instantly the cityscape whizzing by changed to sandy beach landscape whizzing by our stuck bodies (so it was like we were motionless in place and had the sensation of moving because the scenery around us was moving so fast).

When I realized I was literally feeling both out of my body watching myself (and him) laying below and still in my bed dreaming then I woke up and it was over.  I remember waking the guy up to ask if he experienced that too because it seemed like we must have been part of the same consciousness.  To me it was like being in two experiences at the same time - one outside my body watching myself lucid dream and continuing to be in the dream.  I thought it was the coolest thing ever and lately I've been wanting to do it again and am researching ways to try to recreate because it would be incredible to experiment more in that space because it was over so fast.  At the time though, it happened spontaneously.  It really surprised me and makes me certain that there is so much more to consciousness that we could be tapping into.

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?      Felt fully conscious of being in a dream and outside my body at the exact same time.

Was the experience dream like in any way?  Yes.  Half of it.  The part where I was in my body, in my head, in a lucid dream seemed like a normal lucid dream but I can barely wrap my head around the fact that while I was in this semi normal dreamlike state I was also having a completely fully conscious experience from above.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?  Yes    It felt like me just watching my physical form below.  I guess the me watching was formless but I felt like me in two places at once.  It was me but I didn't have a physical appearance that I recall from the self watching myself.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?          Happy and excited.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?         I don't remember.  If I did, it wasn't the part that stuck with me.

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?         Uncertain    

I attempted to change the location by simply thinking I wanted to see something else other than city and instantly the scenery changed to beach but that was more the me in the bed having the dream, not the me watching myself dream.

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     Everything felt fast.  But I couldn't move.  I felt like another layer to my human experience was just given to me that wasn't sensory at all - just that there were two of me.  One I could see, both I could feel as me.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?  Uncertain          It just seemed like the possibilities were limitless for a few seconds maybe a minute or two but who knows how long it really was.  Makes me think space and time are less relevant because those few seemingly fleeting moments were more profound and fun than several regular years in the waking sensory world.

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?         Yes    I felt like I knew this was something special.  I feel like I was given a glimpse of something that if I could spend more time doing there would be so much more to learn.

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?           No     

Did you become aware of future events?      No     

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?          Yes    I didn't decide to come back into my body but I it was the moment I became aware of being in exactly two places at once that I feel like I caused the experience to stop abruptly.

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? Uncertain     TBD.  It was so memorable.  I haven't changed who I am as a person but instead of wanting to know more about the universe I feel like I felt it and am more interested in concepts like shared consciousness etc.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?   It hasn't.  I do have an unyielding yearn to travel that has probably gotten stronger since then but I can't attribute it to that.  I've always had wanderlust.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience? No     

Have you shared this experience with others?       Yes    I first asked the guy about it and I was disappointed that he hadn't felt it too.  He just wanted to go back to sleep. (Typical).  I told one friend who thought it sounded fun and another person just the other day who said that sounds like sleep paralysis - pretty common.  I didn't tell many people close to me.  It seems so personal and like they just wouldn't understand.

What emotions did you experience following your experience? Happy.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?          Worst part was when it ended, there was no bad part of it for me.  Best part was just the realization of what was happening and fact that I felt motionless and like I was speeding at the same time too.  Like riding in the car as a kid and seeing the trees whizzing by out the window makes you feel like you're moving really fast but you're sitting still in the car.  That's kind of how it felt in one aspect but in another aspect I'm like holy shit I'm up here too!  I'm seeing this.  That's me down there.  Just trippy without drugs.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience? I want this to happen again.  I want to hear from more people who have felt this because I was shocked to see city and landscape listed as a choice in the beginning of this quiz because it made me wonder, does this happen to other people in the same way?  Is the city/beach thing universal?

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?    No     

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.       No, thanks for letting it be more of a you tell us thing.