My first out of body experience was when I was sixteen. I had just got off work and picked up a couple friends to go visit another friend's house. My boyfriend at the time was also with me. We got to the friend’s house and I could not have been inside my friend’s house for more than two minutes when I started to feel really flushed and lightheaded and felt a need for fresh air. I told my boyfriend I was going to step outside because I was warm and just had this feeling to get fresh air (hard to explain this feeling). Concerned, he said he would step outside with me. I was almost to the door when I got the overwhelming feeling of spinning vibrations running up my body. It felt like my insides were spinning. As the spinning was going on, I could see all around the room though my body was stationary. The vibrations got stronger and stronger and I felt as though I was lifting (all the while spinning as I was lifting) out of my body, exiting through the top of my head. Then all of a sudden, everything was black.
As I was coming back into ‘sight’ and out of the black darkness, to my surprise, I was floating on the ceiling, looking down at my body. I watched my three friends and boyfriend over my body trying to shake me and slapping me lightly on the face trying to revive me. My body was limp and they could get no response from me. I watched the whole thing. As I watched, I was scared. I didn’t understand any of this and thought I was dead. I was so scared because I thought, ‘Oh my god, I’m dead and they are going to bury me, but I’m not dead. I can see them and myself!’ My next thought was, ‘I’m too young to die!’ At that point, I felt the spinning vibrations again, everything went black and I was back in my body.
I told my boyfriend and friends what I saw them do, who confirmed it. About fifteen minutes later I started to get the vibrations again and felt I was ‘slipping out’ again. I held on to my boyfriend and told him, ‘I don’t want to slip back out’. I fought the vibrations, which was not easy, but that night didn’t have another out of body experience. I'm not sure what brought this out of body experience on, from a fully awake 'walking outside' to a complete 'pass out onto a out of body experience’. Most since then are in bed.
That was years ago and there was not much talk on the topic then. When that happened I had never heard of out of body experiences, and it scared me tremendously, but have educated myself since (after ‘many more’ occurrences, mostly in bed). For some reason, they seem to come on very easy with me. I have countless other experiences, too, but the first experience is always the most interesting.
Date NDE Occurred: October 1977
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I don't recall a ‘spirit body’ during this out of body experience. I was more looking down at what was going on with my body and friends and didn't even try and look at my spirit self. I would have to say I was more ‘pure consciousness.’
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Very alert.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? Not in this particular out of body experience.
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes I ‘saw’ my boyfriend and friends trying to revive me.
The experience included: Darkness
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm One sense I recall was my sight zooming in closer. It was like it targeted right into the scene below with my body with a zoom in and out quality. As though just thinking about wanting a better view would ‘zoom’ my sight in closer even though I was still on the ceiling level.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I was frightened.
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
Did you come to a border or point of no return? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will I never ‘decided to go back in my body’. I didn't know I could do that at the time. But as soon as my ‘fear level’ rose and I thought I was dead, I went back in.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Liberal
What is your religion now? Liberal
After the NDE:
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The worst was thinking I was dead when it happened. The best is that since then I have had other out of body experiences and am educated to understand what is happening so it's not a scary thing anymore.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I really don't tell too many people because I found many looked at me strange when I did when I was younger. I pretty much keep it to myself unless I'm in the company of a person that is open to the topic.
Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Uncertain