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Shirley W's Experience

Experience description:   

At ages 10, 11 and 12, I used to have a lot of fun lying on my bed and floating up to the ceiling while wide awake and fully able to visually see my physical body on the bed.  It just felt good to do and I enjoyed it.  No one ever told me to do this, or that I could do this, or anything about it at all.  I just decided to do it one day and then every now and then I would just lie down and have the experience.

It was pleasant.  It was not frightening, until my older brother, whom was the only person I told about it told me I shouldn't do it because I might not be able to get back into my body.  I pretty much thought my brother knew everything, so I did finally stop. 

This is actually my first recollection of an out of body experience, although there might have been some at a younger age.  I have had quite a few of them since, including a NDE in 1994 related to Graves Disease.

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?           I was wide awake and felt absolutely normal

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   No

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     I would say yes.  My conciousness seemed to reside with me in a less solid more etherical form floating at the top of the room near the ceiling.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Peaceful. Enjoyable. Interested that I was able to do it.

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?           Uncertain      Maybe. . .it did seem it was lighter visually at the top of the room than in the lower areas of the room.

Did you meet or see any other beings?           No      

Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? No       Not in this event

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            seemed more acute

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   No      

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     It seemed the ceiling was as far as I wanted to go, not so much that I couldn't go on beyond that.  I was just playing and the confines of my room seemed a safe place to do that.

Did you become aware of future events?       No      

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       No       Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?   Uncertain      I think they were pretty much latent in me as they are in everyone else.  I developed some of them over time.

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?       All of the experiences over a life time have caused relationships to end due to my extreme focus on spiritual journeys, or seeking my path.  However, all is perfect as it is and it has changed my life ultimately in the most beautiful and important ways possible.  I love every now moment of it all.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Uncertain      It is hard to say what specific role this may have played in my life.  Things a lot more "odd" or "strange" have been experienced over a lifetime.  I did not fear these early experiences and I have never had any fear of the susequent ones.  The total of all the experiences have most definately had a powerful impact on my life.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     Nothing much.  Those shared with have had their own experiences.  Some have asked me how come I have had so many "extraordinary" experiences and they haven't.  I always just say because I was open to them, willing to experience them, had no fear of them and maybe(maybe)I needed more of them in order to convince me I was on the right path and not be so stubborn in some areas.  They seem to be pretty strong verifyers of the things I accept as my truth. . .I will never turn down a verification or encouragement, but I used to be pretty head-strong stubborn about some things.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  pleasure, as we are speaking of the 10-12 year old's experience.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      Knowing that I could do it was the best.  The worst was letting my brother convince me to stop lest I not be able to "get back into my body."  A bunch of hog wash is how I would view that now.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        I think it is pretty straight forward.

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         Yes     11/4/1994 OBE, driving to work as usual.  Was lifted up and out of the car and could see myself driving the car as I watched from above.  An etheric or angelic presence next to me that I could hear but not see said, "Accept all Love.  Release all Fear.  Prepare yourself to leave."  Sounded like good advice to me.  What I felt about the experience was how fascinating it was to see my physical body just driving along in the car performing just fine without me in it.  There seemed nothing in the moments of that morning that would have precipitated this event.  I wasn't thinking about anything other than driving and getting on to work and hoping it would be a good day.  The feeling or energy of it was peaceful, reassuring, yet quite wonderful or "other worldly" feeling. 

In 1974 I began to notice that my long time habit of "talking to God" was now bringing forth information.  So yeah, I've been talking to the "voices in my head" for a long time now.  And no I never once that it was crazy or that I was. I was, however, very careful not to tell others about it.  I wouldn't say that I really thought it was "God" that was speaking with me, but perhaps angels or angelic beings.  I had no religious background in such things so I just listened to what seemed like helpful, reassuring guidance and encouragement.  I was never told to DO anything, but it was suggested that after 4 and a half months in the top of the Mountains in Southern Utah it was time for me to get off the mountain and back into interacting with others.  The voices might be described as sounding like the thoughts in my head, or my own voice. . .yet there was a difference and there was most certainly a difference in the feeling or energy of those voices. One at a time the information was shared with me. . .so there were not ever voices in the plural talking to me at once. However, there was the impression or feeling of different energies at times, so different voices. 

April 1995 NDE- too long to detail just now.  I have many, many of these experiences, not NDE but other worldly ones, so it is hard to pick and choose which ones are of most interest or importance.  I would have to set considerable time aside to go into even the main ones.  They will be found in my not yet completed book, "Skating of The Edge of Infinity."  Hopefully completed sometime early next year.

Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?               Yes     I think pretty well.

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    For those of us who have had many experiences there might need to be some sort of listing of shortened versions. . .not exactly sure what it is you want. . .lots of detail or sparce facts. Or maybe mostly looking for "regular" folks who have had just one or two experiences.  Good Luck with your research.