I have only had one OBE in my life, during a time of distress. Ever since then, I have attempted to recreate the experience, but to no avail. Here is my story.
I have spent eight years serving this country in the military; Special Operations, to be more exact. We went in, completed our assigned tasks, and on our way out, things turned from bad to worse real quick like. Obviously, a firefight ensued as we were retreating. Our GOD (sniper) could not keep up with the sheer amount of bad guys we could not see/hit. Anyway, I ended up taking four rounds that evening. One in the chest (Kevlar kept that out), one in the stomach area, and two in the legs. I fell to the ground, and felt myself fading away. But I was not scared or worried.
All of the sudden I 'opened' my eyes, and saw the battle scene from approximately four meters above. I saw my teammates firing their weapons, and saw our medic dragging me away. I turned around, and looked at the bad guys. To this day, I will remember their exact position and location (even the ones we could not see). I remember thinking to myself, 'Oh, that's where the shit-heads are hiding.'
I turned back around towards my teammates and saw the medic working on me. I remember that he did not have his 'brain bucket' - Kevlar helmet - on his head. That's something I could not foresee if I would have just been dreaming, and not have been out of my body. I looked at myself and my wounds and thought, 'Ain't that a bitch! Some jerk got off a lucky shot'. I was not 'scared' or 'afraid' of dying. But due to my mentality, I said to myself, 'I refuse to die on this forsaken and foreign land!' At the same exact time, I remember a feeling of being snapped back into my body.
I didn't give the experience much thought until we returned to our Carrier Group. There, lying in one of the medical unit beds, it hit me. HARD! I have had a lot of time to ponder on the experience, and after telling my teammates about it, I have become even more certain that I actually had an out of body experience. They confirmed things that I could not have seen from my lying down position.
Date NDE Occurred: Undisclosed
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Life threatening event, but not clinical death See above.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes See above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Physically unconscious. Mentally - extremely alert.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Special Knowledge
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
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 See above.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I lived through it...?
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes My teammates were supportive, and believed my experience, simply because there were things I could not have physically seen from my position.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No