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VB's Experience

Experience description:   

I had been awake for more than 24 hours.  My brain was fully awake but I could tell my body didn't like being awake.

I was lying on the couch at night when I could start to hear and feel my heart beat slowly and loudly.  All of a sudden I had this weird sensation go through my body.  Like a slow electric shock or weird shiver.  Next thing I know I'm not where my body is lying.  I'm floating up.  I was absolutely terrified that I had just died.  Although I'm not religious, I was raised a Catholic and surrounded by stories of souls and spirits.  So, I thought I had just died.  That feeling changed though rather quickly.  I had this warmth that came over me that can only be described as the bliss that you get from love; love that brings you joy and peace.  It was like just falling in love or having hugged a love one after a long time away from them.  I felt like I knew there was a barrier surrounding me that would ensure that I would feel this way for the rest of eternity.  I didn't want this feeling to stop. 

But it did and I was back on the couch again. I thought I had died and then come back to life again. Then it happened again, the terror and then the feeling of bliss.  Then I was back on the couch thought about what happened again and then drifted off to sleep.

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

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words?           Yes     All of it as I didn't want people think I was crazy.  I did post my experience on a forum a year later.

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?        Uncertain            My heart started to beat very slowly and loudly before it happened.

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?          100%

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?           Terror and then bliss

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?          No

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?            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?         No            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?   Yes            I had a sense of never coming to any harm ever again.

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     I have become more spiritual.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       I am more open minded about mystical experiences.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     On a message forum.  It was a forum for astral projection.  The people who responded said that they had never had an experience that informed bliss/euphoria.

What emotions did you experience following your experience? Immediately after nothing as it is associated with sleep paralysis which I have experience.  It wasn't until my family member was dying from can that my feelings changed.  I wanted to tell her it was ok to let go because I knew that she would be happy.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?     Worst part was thinking I was dead, the best part was the feeling of eternal bliss.

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