Shawna K's Experience


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Experience description:   


During sleep I was vividly dreaming that I was on a physicians examination table. A faceless man in white had his hand on my heart.  We were waiting for something, I thought to begin the examination.  Then, in this position a very rough vibration began.  There was also a very loud noise like rushing wind.  It was very uncomfortable, and I complained and was told that it was almost over.  When the vibration stopped I was aware that my body was paralyzed. I mostly remember being frightened.  Then it all became very strange, with a sense of drifting into a void.  It was bluish grey. I had a terrible thought that I had died, and I vividly remember thinking that I did not want to die. With that though I was quickly back in my body and feeling normal and awake.  My thoughts were quite disorganized for a few days.

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience:  No

Was the experience difficult to express in words?  No

At the time of the 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?  No

Did you experience a separation of consciousness from your body?  Yes

Describe your appearance or form apart from your body:  No form

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

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?  Loud rushing noises

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?  Yes

      Describe:  The experience was very still and strange.  It felt timeless, like a different dimension.  Hard to describe

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?  No

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?  Yes

      Describe:  I felt if I continued, I would die

Did you become aware of future events?  No

Were you involved in or aware of a decision to return to the body?  Yes

      Describe:  I was frightened and fought the experience.

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience you did not have prior to the experience?  No

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?  Yes

      Describe:  A sense of the spiritual realm that is within.

Have you shared this experience with others?  No

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  I feel frightened and out of control. I did not ask for this.  I am puzzled by the man who was standing net to me.  All I saw was an arm with a white sleeve.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?  I keep reassuring myself that I was able to return at will, in case this happens again.

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

      Describe:  Too recent an event to really tell if it has changed me.  This was not a peaceful experience, and I am having a hard time not thinking about it. The material world feels a bit unreal to me since this happened.

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

      Describe:  I have been reading and meditating mornings with the exercises in a Course in Miracles for about a year.  The feeling of timelessness comes back when I read this book.

Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?  Yes

Please offer any suggestions you have to improve the www.oberf.org questionnaire?  I wish someone would write back to me and tell me what happened.  Just writing about it is giving me strange feelings again.