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Susan B's Experience

Experience description:   

I was on my bed still in the dress I went to church in. I apparently fell asleep and at some point I experienced a profound and almost painful gathering of what I can only describe as "energy" in my chest. At that point I think I woke up, so I was conscious but I guess I was in some kind of altered state. I remember thinking that what I was feeling (the gathering of energy in my chest) was very familiar. I remenber thinking that I had done this at earlier stages of my life The energy gathering sensation was in a pulsing form, with each pulse more profound than the last. Eventually, I felt like I burst out of my body and I was suddenly in the sky over the earth. I looked down at the earth and saw large land masses, etc. I remember seeing what looked like a hurricane or large storm in the Atlantic ocean.  I "flew" in the sky over the earth for a little while and then I wanted to go higher. The next thing I knew, I was in space looking down at the earth.

I then came back down and I was in my house again, in the living room. I remember that physical objects around me, walls, furniture, everything,  was not solid. All physical objects were almost transparent, sort of fuzzy.   So, I put my hand out and it went through the wall. I then decided to experiment further so I flew around my neighborhood at about 4 feet or so off the ground. I flew through many of my neighbors homes, looking with interest at objects they had in their house. Occasionally I came across people but they did not notice me. After a while I sort of woke up and got up.

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?           See answer to the previous question.

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   No, it had a different quality.

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

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Exhilaration and fascination.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           No, I don't recall hearing anything.

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?            Yes     I recognized my house and my neighborhood. I did not experience anything remotely religious or any unusual beings.

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? No      

I experienced some experimentation as described in my answer to #4.

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          No response            Possibly the storm I saw in the Atlantic ocean.

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Uncertain            I could see, but I don't remember smelling anything or hearing anything. If I touched something I realized it was not solid.

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

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    Uncertain           

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             No      

Did you become aware of future events?       No       When I was a child I would occasionally have suddenly have flashes of knowledge about something that would happen in the near future. When I told my family what was going to happen.  they pretty much had no reaction, even though what I said came true. After a few months I stopped sharing about it and never brought it up again.

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     

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     After this happened I became much more interested in what happens after we die. This was a life altering experience.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       I am now convinced that we reincarnate. I believe that our world is an invention. I do not fear death except I fear whatever debilitation and/or pain I might have before I die.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Uncertain      I had a sister that died when we were children. We were very close. After her death (I was 12 at the time) I worried a lot about whether or not she was ok. Her death was sudden and very shocking to me. Shortly after her death I started having dreams about her where I suddenly found myself in a beautiful park-like environment. My sister would appear and tell me she came to play with me. We would spend some time together and then as were walking we would come to a crossroad and she would tell me that she had to go down a different path. This was a recurring dream that I had for many years, until I was in my twenties. Each dream was very similar. We met in the same place, spent some time together, and then she would leave down a different path. The quality of the dreams was joyous and like no other "dream". Another "dream" about a different family member, with the same quality, occurred when I was about 33. The night my grandmother died I dreamed that her face appeared above me as I was lying in my bed. There was a telephone at her ear. She said, "There you are! I've been looking all over for you! I remember now that you are going to college in another state. I wanted you to be with me, but I understand that going to college is more important. " I did not understand why she wanted me to be with her, but shortly after I got out of bed in the morning my mother called to tell me that my Grandmother had died that night.  I did not know she was ill and in the hospital.  Again, the quality of this dream was like the dreams I had about my sister, vivid and joyous and it felt like a real visit. So my answer to this question is that I have experienced several unusual things that resulted in me being very, very  curious about what happens to us when we die. So, over the years these experiences resulted in me doing some research (reading) re particle physics, membrane theory, the" many worlds" theory. My out of body experience was just more evidence to me about what happens to us when we die.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     My husband, (I was engaged to him when this experience occurred) has always been fascinated by the metaphysical and by physics and has a PhD in math, so his reaction was kind of mild, except that he was envious because he had not experienced this type of thing. My mother and her friend seemed very skeptical and were clearly not comfortable discussing it.
What emotions did you experience following your experience?  See my answer to #7.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      There was nothing negative. The best thing was the certainty that there is so much more going on than we know or understand.

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?               Yes    

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    Not that I can think of right now.