Since the age of about
sixteen years, I have intermittently had out of body experiences. I have only
spoken to two people about it as I feel it would be unbelievable to those who
have not had such experiences.
The out of body
experience occurs on waking. I am fully awake and aware. There are no bright
lights, or anything which could be considered unusual. I am floating at ceiling
level and, able to look down upon myself in bed. This lasts a short while,
maybe, a couple of minutes, then I go back into my body. At this point,
although I am in my body, I cannot move and, I cannot speak. I find this part
frightening as, try as I might and despite a determination to move or, to cry
for help from my husband, I cannot. This paralysis lasts for a few minutes. I
then return to normal.
I have no warning when
these episodes will occur. They do not link in to any particular life event,
illness, etc. I have experienced them over more than three decades, but not for
the last couple of years. That said, the episodes happen in an irregular way
and, sometimes with a number of years between them.
One of the people I mentioned this to was a close friend. She was a staunch
catholic. She felt that it was in line with her teachings of an "astral" body.
My husband, who I have also told, is a little in disbelief. Hence my discussing
the situation with only two people!
Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the
Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words?
difficult to express, but felt it would be unbelievable to others
At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening
What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?
Was the experience dream like in any way?
you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?
unaware of my form. It would appear that it is just my consciousness/spirit
which is floating. My body appears perfectly normal, lying on the bed.
What emotions did you feel during the experience?
Calmness, curiosity, but also felt I should return to body
Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?
Did you recognize any familiar locations or any locations from familiar
religious teachings or encounter any locations inhabited by incredible or
in my bedroom. (Different bedrooms on different occasions, depending upon I
lived at the time?. No incredible creatures. Everything totally normal
you see a light?
you meet or see any other beings?
you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state?
you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience
that could be verified later?
Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they
senses appeared normal, but, my curiosity level was raised - wondered how this
you have any sense of altered space or time?
Maybe time seemed to stand still.
Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or
knew there was nothing wrong with the fact that I was able to look down on
myself, but also realised I had to return to my body.
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?
Did you become aware of future events?
but I often have a sense of foreboding before something bad happens. It can be
quite overwhelming and, I feel I am shrouded in darkness. Have also had some
quite extraordinary dreams, which unfortunately have come true
Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the
conscious that I needed to return to body, to carry on with day to day life.
you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience
that you did not have prior to the experience?
Uncertain Not immediately following such episodes, but have experienced
visions of dead family, whilst being awake. (Not frightening - totally
calming) Also, have had dreams which come true and, sometimes have a feeling of
overwhelming foreboding, prior to something bad happening
Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?
has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices?
out of body experiences have not affected my life. I do not discuss them. I
do, however, "listen" to my sense of foreboding.
Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?
only two people - a close friend and, my husband. Friend felt it was my
"astral" body, my husband is totally skeptical
What was the best and worst part of your experience?
ability to float, be aware and, know there was nothing wrong was best. The
worst part was the paralysis
Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?
not know if there is any connection between the out of body experience, the
visions of family, the dreams which come true and, the sense of foreboding,
prior to something bad happening.
Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life,
medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?
the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively
describe your experience?