Tia B's Experience

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Experience description:   

1950-52. I would leave my body, and could see my crib and my mother. I would fly about the apartment and go outside and around the building, then return to my body when the abuse ended each time.

1983 Due to work schedule and a lack of funds I couldn't attend a Young Peoples Conference in Lake Whitney, Texas, so I lay on my bed and attended the conference out of body.  I saw the other conference attendants, visited the buildings where the conference was held and returned to my body in Fort Worth, Texas.  A friend later asked where I had gone.  She had seen me at the conference in the dining lodge and then couldn't find me again.

1993 I had bronchitis and could not attend my mothers funeral in Duluth, Minnesota, so I lay on my bed, and attended the funeral out of body. After viewing my mother in her coffin I returned to my body in Cresson, Texas.  I spoke to 2 of my sisters on the phone after the burial and was able to describe to them, the coffin, what mother wore and how she looked, to their astonishment.

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?          Uncertain

I don't think the abuse as a child was life threatening.

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           I was conscious and alert the entire time.

Was the experience dream like in any way?   No.

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

I felt as though my body was with me on my trips.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            I was calm and felt in control.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           Nothing unusual, just the usual sounds of each experience and environment.

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

Each place I visited was a place I was familiar with.

Did you see a light?           Yes, but not "a" light, just the normal light for the places I visited.

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Yes, the people who were at the places I visited.

Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? Yes

As I previously described, I visited my apartment building inside and out. I visited the conference and saw all the people who attended it.  I visited my mothers funeral and saw all the people in attendance and my mother in her coffin.

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          Yes

The woman named Jane who saw me at the conference.  My sisters verified what my mother wore and the particular way her mouth was protruding in death.

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Yes, Everything seemed very normal. Smells, sounds, colors, lights.

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

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?   No

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       It hasn't affected much since I didn't know it was not just something I can do, naturally.

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

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes

My friend Jane was surprised. My sisters were astounded. Certain people, councilors and friends tried to explain away the escape from abuse as imagination.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  I felt tremendous relief to escape the abuse.  I felt good having attended the conference.  I felt satisfied that I didn't have to miss my mothers funeral.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      As an adult I had been told to be careful that I didn't get stuck in the out of body state, so I had some fear that I might lose my focus.

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         Yes, Just memories, recollections.

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

Since I tried to describe 3 separate experiences, I hope it was comprehensive.

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    For people with multiple experiences like me, it would be helpful to have instructions about how to relate them to better clarify the separate experiences, without having to revisit the form repeatedly.