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William B's Experience


I was in intensive care for two days after 7 hour surgery for a collapsed lung.  I awoke on a respirator.  After the nurses took me off the respirator, and finally allowed me to sit up they got me up to take a walk down to the end of the room.  There were four nurses to walk me. One on each arm and two to carry all the equipment that I was wired to.

As I began walking down the isle I left my body and flew up to the back corner of the room behind me and from there watched the nurses walk me down the isle. The experience was amazing.  It literally blew me away.  My older brother had been in the room visiting me.  He was sitting in a chair by my bed and was watching the nurses walk me down the isle.  From up in the corner of the room, I watched by brother reach behind him and remove his wallet.  He was looking for something in his wallet. I don't know what it was but as the nurses were walking me down the isle, my back was to him so there was no way I could have known he was looking through his wallet for something.  But since my mind was up in the corner of the room behind him, I was watching both me and my brother.  It was amazing. I do remember this most vividly about the experience.  I had a sense of total and absolute peace.  No senses of anything.  No noise, no smells, no feeling of cold or heat and no pain.  It was total peace. No other words can describe it.  I was perfectly aware of this.  But I could see everything going on in the room. 

As I watched, the nurses and I had reached the end of the room.  As we turned to start the walk back, my mind for no reason I can think of, in a rush, flew back to my body again and I was now looking back towards my brother.  I made a remark to the nurses that I felt really great.  They laughed and said, "You should! You are on morphine."  When I got back to my bed and was situated, I told the experience to my brother.  He laughed and said I was hallucinating because of the drugs.  I then told him that I watched from behind him as he went through his wallet for something.  Since he knew there was no way I could have seen him doing that while the nurses were walking me away from him, he realized what I told him was true.  He literally turned white.  I could tell he was uncomfortable with it.  We never spoke of it again after all these years, but I know it happened, he knows it happened.  Since that experience I have lost all fear of death because I know there is a plain of existence of some sort beyond what we currently live in.  You can try to explain this away as hallucinations if you want to, but I know different.

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?     No response      I had surgery and was given morphine for pain

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No      

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          Yes     I had a seven hour surgery to remove the lining from my left lung.

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           Totally aware and totally consciousness and totally alert.

Was the experience dream like in any way?   No.  It was very clear.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     That was interesting.  I was totally aware that I was at the ceiling of the room. I had no body at all. Just total awareness of myself.  Total peace.  No senses of heat, cold, smell, or pain of any kind.  Just a very strong feeling to peace.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Just an awareness that I was there.  I did sense a kind of joy, or a way of putting it would be "Wow"!

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

What was mentioned above about my brother being in the room.

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          Yes     What was mentioned above about my brother being in the room.

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Yes     As explained above

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

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    Yes     I immediately lost all fear of death.  Even till today.

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             Yes     The corner of the ceiling in the room.

Did you become aware of future events?       No      

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

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         Yes     I had a feeling of total peace.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     I now know that when we die, there is another plain of existence.  Exactly what it is I do not know.  But it's not frightening in any way.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       I don't think it's affected my daily life at all.

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

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     Most think I'm nuts so I don't talk about it.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Amazement. Joy. Peace of mind.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The worst part was that the experience didn't last long enough. I was just getting into it when I went back into my body.  I also went back without any control at all.  It did it all by itself.  I had no control over it.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        We would live in a much better world today if everyone was able to have an out of body experience at least once in their live.

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     That's pretty much it.

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    No covered pretty much everything.