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Val's Experience

Experience description:   

While reading on my bed one night, all of a sudden I "a thought" entered my conscious mind telling my  body to relax, and actually felt my body relax like never before, and the next thing I saw was my body "below" me, I was actually floating close to the ceiling watching myself. I was still reading (no physical movement on my part, it just appeared like I was reading, same posture as when I was "awake" reading my book, and yet I realized that my eyes were open, and yet, I was not blinking). After some time, while in my "perch", I felt like I did not belong there, and the moment I felt that emotion, I "went back" into my body. After the event, I felt very tired, put the light out, and went to sleep, when I woke up the next day, I woke up feeling fully rested, and could have taken the world. To this day, I can still see my body on my bed reading.

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?           Fully awake and alert.

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   No

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Uncertain      I've always thought about this experience, and have come to the conclusion that my consciousness came apart from my body.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            I was amazed to be able to see my own body, from a higher perspective, on the bed reading, a feeling of wonderment.

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Yes     I felt that all of my senses were in working order, I was just of my body, that's all.

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     I felt that I was against the ceiling, but I did not try to go through it.

Did you become aware of future events?       No      

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       Yes     I felt like I did not belong there, and as soon as I thought it, I went back into my body

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         Uncertain      Prior to this experience I had another thought that entered my mind while reading, and it was to look at he curtains in my room (at the same location as before, and open the curtains, and by God, they did. This really disturbed me, got out of bed, got dressed, and went to the club to get a drink. 

About 10 years ago, on my youngest daughter's birthday. I dreamt that I died, but I did not see my body at all, all I found on the other side was so peaceful, serene, and so beautiful, that ever since that day, I'm no longer afraid of dying. I don't want to die, at least not now, but when the day comes, I know I will be ok, and have nothing to fear.

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?       Nothing especial. This is something that you just can not discuss with just anybody.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes     I'm not a religious person, but I do believe that there's something beyond one's time here on earth.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     On the first event, my ex-wife told me then that she had noticed that certain things happened with me sometimes, but she could never put her fingers on it. Two other people felt wonderment to say the least (and were wishing that they could have the same experience. In regards to the curtains, I've always kept that to myself. About my dream, one of them thinks that I did die, and the Lord sent me back because it was not my time.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Felt emotionally tired, and felt the need to sleep, which I did very soundly.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The out of body experience is like nothing I ever felt in my life, there are no words that I can use to describe my feelings at that time.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        It's been 30+ years, and since then I've been wishing for another experience like it.

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.    You have to go through an experience like this yourself to understand the feelings that in a sense overwhelms you consciousness. This happened to me while I was fully conscious, and aware of my surroundings.