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Stephen F's Experience

Experience description:   

First and last OBE 

The following is a true account of an experience; I was not under the influence of any kind of drugs. Or suffer from any mental health problems (I donít think!)

I have had the odd occurrences of sleep paralyses, but I know this can be explained by medical science.  As the brain shuts down the ability of the body to move while sleeping, to stop oneself from thrashing about while dreaming. On some occasions this still functions for a few moments when a person wakes up. Giving the impression that you are unable to move.  Which can be very frightening.

I know the following event will be dismissed as either a waking dream or a case of hypnagogia or lucid dreaming. But as far as Iím aware, I was wide-awake when the experience happened.

This is the first and only time this has happened to me, even though I have tried but failed to repeat the experience. 

I have always been interested in meditating to relax. Iím pretty opened minded. But also a little skeptic about astral travel and OB E, until an occurrence one summerís day in 2008.

A friend and myself had a discussion on Meditation, a few days before my experience. I commented that when meditating I sometime felt the sensation of drifting out of my body.

But always panicked and jumped with fright. Sometime you experience this falling sensation just as you are falling to sleep

He just laughed! and suggested ďthat I go with the sensation next time it occurredĒ. After all, what could possibly happen?

A few days later, I lay meditating in my holiday static caravan, practicing deep breathing. It was lovely a sunny day with just a light cool breeze blowing through the open window to my right.

As a lay there I felt the sensation of rocking from side to side, quite a pleasant feeling. As if laid in the bottom of a boat in a slight swell.

My first impressions were that it was the breeze rocking the caravan. It suddenly dawned on me! that the breeze was far to light to have affected the caravan in this way! But decided to ignore this, as the sensation was very relaxing.

Within a few seconds the rocking was quite suddenly replaced with the sensation of floating up above my body by about two feet. This happened very quickly. So I didnít really have time to react, I can only guess this measurement, as I didnít open my eyes, I believed the sensation would cease if I did so.

A few seconds later I felt the sensation of myself rotating 180 degrees. I now had the impression that if I opened my eyes I would be floating above my body, looking down at myself. Still under the impression that this was just a pleasant trick of the mind, was not overly concerned, and that if I was to open my eyes. I would be lying on my back on the sofa, Even though I didnít consciously think this!

After a couple of seconds I had the impression that I was lifted head first, upwards and back into a standing orientation.

I was quite calm and relaxed. And thought the experience quite pleasant.

 But as soon as I was in the fully upright standing orientation, all hell broke lose. It was though I had just been dropped down what I can only describe as a bottomless tunnel a terrific speed. And whatís more could all of a sudden see everything, even though I wasnít aware that I had opened my eyes

I can remember thinking ďSHIT!!!!Ē

I then found myself lying on the sofa, back in the here and now, I glanced over at my wife, Thinking I may have disturbed her! Who was also meditating on the other side of the room.

But no, she was still there meditating as nothing had happened.

I was amazed the experience was so vivid, I was sure it wasnít a dream.

After a minute or so decided to carry on meditating. To my amazement a few moments after closing my eyes the experience repeated.

First with the rocking sensation, then floating as before.

I knew what was coming next when I started to float back to the upright position.

 And I had decided not to panic as I had on the first occasion, and just go with it.

The second I was in the fully upright position, the same thing happed again! I was now looking at my feet, falling down this tunnel at a terrific speed.

It was as if I was falling through the centre of a water funnel. The funnel was not straight, but seemed to bend and oscillate as I hurtled downwards at an incredible speed. The noise or vibrations incredibly loud and it was difficult to make things out

On the walls of this funnel there seemed to be what I can only describe as rectangle shaped images flying passed either side of me.

These where moving so fast that I couldnít make out what they were, though I got the impression that they where actual scenes or events. 

I guess the experience so far, seemed to have lasted about 5 seconds, I was beginning to get a little apprehensive at the speed I was apparently travelling at, and if the funnel had a bottom?

At this point I just Stopped, I mean one-second Iím travelling at what seemed to be thousands of miles per hour, the next Iím not. But there was no transition period! One second Iím falling through this funnel the next Iím not.

I am just floating in space no longer in the funnel. 

All around me are billions of stars, but not like you see when you look up at the night sky.

All these stars are exactly the same size; same color (flame yellow) and appeared to be exactly the same distance apart, totally uniform.

But what was odd I could see them all exactly the same. (ďSorry but this is hard explain and to put into wordsĒ) It didnít matter how distant the stars were from me, I could see them all exactly the same. Itís though width and depth didnít exist anymore, yet there was width and depth

I remember just looking at this beautiful scene. When out of the corner of my eye I glimpsed some movement in the stars to my left. Just a tiny movement at first, the stars started to slowly revolve round each other, this pattern then repeated itself with all the stars .It was like a giant kaleidoscope of stars, spinning, turning and falling in to galaxyís. At the same time these galaxies were moving away from each other. It was the most beautiful site I had ever seen.

The next moment I found myself back on the settee in my caravan.

I sat up and looked over at my wife, who was still meditating.  

I was incredible I was wide-awake and hadnít been sleeping; itís though I really had been to this place and observed these events. But at the same time it seemed utterly impossible.

After a few minutes I decided to lie down and close my eyes and think about what had just happened. To my utter amazement the rocking sensation started again. I was no longer apprehensive about what may happen to me and looked forward to going back to witness these celestial events.

I want detail here, all the floating and funnel experience parts again. But non-the less this happened exactly the same as the previous time.

As before I came out of the funnel, but was quite disappointed at what I could see, there were no stars

I seemed to be inside what all I can describe as a chamber. The walls of the chamber had a quilted appearance with amber like glow emanating through its walls.

I remember thinking to myself where am I? It didnít seem as remarkable as the last location.

Looking around me rather puzzled. I noticed what I can only describe as a small piece of cotton wool float- pass my field of view.

It was then that I realized that I was in a liquid of some kind. I felt myself slowly moving down this chamber. It was only then that it came apparent that I was in the Womb. I was observing my own Birth!

On this realization I was back in the caravan

 I was so excited. I immediately went across to my wife and conveyed my adventure,

My only disappointment is that my wife hadnít experience this with me.

It felt so real, I still can't explain it to this day. 

This experience has never been recurred even though I have tried to repeat the same conditions. And I will never forget this experience.

I have written this account as have often wondered if anyone else has had a similar experience. And would welcome any serious responses.

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

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes     The sense of realism

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?   No

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     No      

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            A little fearful at the beginning then wonder. But nothing religious or spiritual  or feeling the presence of a higher being

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           yes as I was falling down the Tunnel ,But more like a wind or vibrations from being Buffeted Very hard to explain

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       the only lights where in the walls of the tunnel, Similar to large TV pictures going past at about 100 miles an hour; just a blur

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     I could see and hear, but I couldn't see while I was in the floating state. I just had my eyes closed thinking it was a pleasant sensation. It wasn't till I fell down this tunnel vortex thing that I could see. Even though I cant remember Physically opening my eyes.

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

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     at first I was Adamant that I was actually there . but over time the Reality seems to fade and you think was it a dream

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       No not really Though it did at the time have a profound effect on me

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

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     My wife was very understanding and could tell by my enthusiasm that something special had happened to me. but if you where to reverse the situation I think I would Have a hard time believing the story as Reality. I think it would have to happen to you for you to believe it truly

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Hard to put into words, Gob smacked I think is the word

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The space and universe part was the best, The falling through the vortex was a bit unnerving.

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?               Uncertain      as I said before it has to happen to you, to Appreciate it. It's a bit like trying to describe the color red to some one who has never seen the color red before