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Steve's Experience

Experience description:   

From my teens through my mid-twenties, I experienced many out-of-body episodes in which, at first, I found to be alarming -- not realizing what was happening to me. 

The OBE usually began the same way. I would go to bed and before I could go to sleep a buzzing sort of vibration would start in my head. The vibration would become so intense that I would start thinking that I couldn't stand it anymore and then with a soft sort of click, I would feel myself sliding or gliding out of my body. This was a common occurrence and the experiences that I had while out of body were sometimes so strange that I wondered how they could possibly be real. I began to try and take control of my consciousness and not just be like a feather on the wind going where ever the breeze takes me. 

During the 1974 Mid East conflict, I was working in the military and had just gotten out of the hospital from yet another surgery connected with an injury that I had gotten in South East Asia. I was put to work, all bandaged up, so that everything that could be gotten ready for war -- just in case things got out hand. I got some time off and went to my apartment to rest -- I was very tired. I laid down on the sofa and before my head reached the pillow my physical body was sleeping and dreaming, while my spirit -- me -- was left wide awake and not completely in the physical body. At that moment, I was aware that "I" was not the physical body but instead was a conscious being who existed apart from the physical body. I could see the dreams that the body was having and observe them as an outsider, the dreams were like a slide show of pictures one after another in quick succession. 

I thought "This is what I have been waiting for." I had wanted to find out if these experiences were real or something that the physical brain was doing. I sat up out of my body and, getting onto my feet, walked to the front door to look outside. The door was open and I looked through the screen door to see if everything on the street was normal looking. I watched some kids outside playing on the sidewalk and saw some cars drive by and everything seemed just perfectly normal. 

I then looked at my hands and body and could see that I was a translucent and silvery being. I could see my hands just fine as I held them up before me, they were shining and silvery and I could see through them. I felt wonderful and I wasn't all bandaged up. I felt just like me. I became aware of a silvery cord that was connecting "me" to the physical body sleeping on the sofa. I felt no emotional attachment to that sleeping body -- it wasn't me, just something that I was using for now. I walked back to the sofa and, sitting down, peered closely into the face of the sleeper. I felt a great curiosity about how this person -- the physical me -- looked. I was closely examining the face of the body when, with a great gasp, I woke up -- back in the body -- looking up at where my spirit face had just been peering into my physical face. 

I quickly got up and looked outside and the same kids were playing on the sidewalk just like they had been when I, as a spirit, had been looking outside a moment earlier. 

I don't think the other experiences are worth mentioning. This one though, was absolutely real and showed me that we are conscious beings connected in a tenuous manner to the physical body that we put on at birth.

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 perfectly conscious and aware of myself and my surroundings.

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   The experience was in no way like a dream.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     My form was shiny and silvery, kind of glowing-like. My body was translucent and I could see right through my hands as I held them up to observe them. The physical body nearby had bandages from surgery but my spirit body had none and was whole.  

There was a silvery, shiny cord connecting my spirit body to my physical body. The cord did not restrain my movements in any way but I was aware that it was there.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            I felt a great curiosity about the physical body, in particular how it looked from the outside. I did not feel any great fondness or emotional attachment to it, however.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           I could hear the cars as they drove by, could hear the children playing on the sidewalk. I could hear the leaves rustling in the trees and the birds singing. Everything seemed quite normal and real.

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? Yes    

I took this opportunity to see that the world around me was the same as when I was in my physical body.

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          Yes     Children playing outside. I observed the children playing outside when out of body and verified that those children were still there a moment after returning to the physical body.

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Yes     My senses seemed normal but I did not try to manipulate anything or experiment with them.

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?             No      

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?   No      

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     Just the affirmation that the out-of-body experiences were real.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       I have grown farther from religion but closer to God. I try to see that everyone (and everything) is a spirit of God and deserving of love and respect -- I have devoted my life to that.

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

Have you shared this experience with others?         No       I don't think that I have but, if so, then I have forgotten.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Just a thoughtful introspective kind feeling.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      There was no best or worst part. Just the opportunity to answer a question that I had been having: were these OBE experiences real?

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         No       These out-of-body experiences gradually went away. Although, I think I could pick them right back up, because I know the vibrational feeling that is needed, I don't feel that it is important to do so. I think that I already know everything that I need to know to make this incarnation one that is meaningful.

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