have fainted on numerous occasions, endured pain and loss of blood , have had
several surgical procedures with nothing unusual to report. But there were two
occasions when I did experience an OBE. They took place when the circumstances
were in my opinion (as described to me later) life-threatening or a trauma and
shock to my system. In neither case, was I prepared for what happened or even
anticipated it - what happened was spontaneous.
I would also like to
add, for whatever it is worth, that I have always been very psychic,
(clairvoyant dreams for the most part) both before and after these experiences.
I have always been spiritual-minded. However my OBEs were short-lived and during
I did not meet any spiritual beings
or had any major soul revelations ( at least that
I recall) as has been reported by
other people writing in.
The first OBE: I am 17 years old, and sitting in a classroom
one warm fall afternoon listening to the teacher finish his lecture. I am also
experiencing some hellish menstrual cramps. I have fainted on occasion due to
these and I am waiting for the class to end so I can get up and go to the
nurse's office. There are only few minutes left to class and if I can hold
on...but I don't. I feel myself faint, but unlike other faints I've had before
and since, this time, I strike the side of my head on the metal rim of a desk in
the row next to me as I fall off my seat. The next thing I know, I am pulled out
of my body from the back, like someone has yanked my soul out painlessly but
very abruptly - or my consciousness - who I am, in other words - by the back of
my neck. Without seeing where I am going or headed, I find myself outside the
school building, across the street from it, looking at it from what appears to
be a position some dozen feet up in the air and somewhat to the left of the
front of the school. I can see the 2nd-story window of the classroom where I
was. But I do not ask myself what has happened or why I am suddenly where I find
myself. I am passive but comfortable and very aware of the colors and details of
this ordinary landscape before me - unlike a dream, this landscape reflects the
type of day it was before I fainted, sunny, blue skies, afternoon, locale.
(one of the reasons I will never be convinced this was a dream.) The
colors are extra vivid, the sensation of being aware fully of this day and
landscape all encompassing. I take in the scene all at once, not just what is
before me but around me and behind me.
Then I am aware of the
class change bell ringing and I observe students walking from one of the outlet
school buildings towards the main building.
The thing that I find curious about this later is that as I focus on
these students, I do not see them with the same sense of recognition that I did
in regular awareness - instead a part of me - my vision, I think - telescopes
right up up to them while the rest of me remains back at the same vantage point
in the air. I am aware of what each particular student that I focus on is
thinking and feeling - in fact I sense what it is to be that person - but I do
not regard this information as I would in regular consciousness. I mean, at that
age had someone come up to me and said you will have this ability to know what
someone else is thinking or feeling, I would have been downright gleeful, even mischievous
about it. But at this point, for whatever reason, I am passive and at peace with
what is going on and there is certainly no desire to take advantage of or
manipulate any situation.
Then I am suddenly sucked back towards the 2nd story window ,
pulled in through the screen in a swoosh at which point I lose my 'spirit' sense
and black out - I regain regular consciousness from where I am lying on the
floor. I feel chilly and strange and 'slow', as if I have been out of it for a
long while even I fell just a minute or so before. My body feels sluggish and
heavy to me. The class bell had rung, some of the students are filing out, some
of them are looking at me as they leave, a few are snickering (later, I hear
that some of them thought I fainted due to the heat in the room) my teacher and
a friend or two of mine are helping me to my feet, asking me how I feel
- one of them walks me to the nurse's office.
What strikes me as so
real about this experience, even after all these years, is the comfort and peace
of it, as well as the vivid colors and sharp details of a landscape that I
ordinarily would take for granted. No spiritual presences , though
I have sensed them during other times. No bright lights or tunnels. But a clear
calm awareness, effortlessly achieved without effort on my part.
The 2nd OBE was quite
similar. I stopped breathing during a difficult childbirth; the anesthesiologist
clamped a gas mask over my face and I lost consciousness. I don't know at which
point it happened but suddenly again I was outside the hospital during the
afternoon that my delivery is taking place, observing the traffic around the
hospital, aware of intersections and the traffic, the partly cloudy sky,
pedestrians walking into the hospital, every detail clear as a bell, same
peaceful feeling. This OBE seems ever more brief than the first one, though. I m
not sure to this day how I know this but I am sure of it. Then I am back in the
labor room, having just delivered a fortunately healthy baby boy.
associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the
first experience, no substances - in the 2nd experience, the admixture of
anesthesia and apparently not enough oxygen
the experience difficult to express in words?
the first episode, I struck my head when falling - though
it took place in a classroom with others present, no
one said later if I was breathing or
not when this happened. I regained consciousness
very quickly afterwards.
In the second, a nurse
who stayed past her shift to be there with me when I gave birth told me in a
guarded tone of voice that I'd had 'difficulties' while under anesthesia - it
took a little quizzing to get her to admit that I'd quit breathing. (In
researching this experience, I've learned from several anesthesiologists
that that it is not an exact science and putting people under requires skill and
some close calls - an imbalance
in what is administered and patient is not sufficiently under, or
over-medication may momentarily occur - where
the patient may stop breathing - a temporary situation that is remedied by an
for the most part, though
patients can and do die from such complications.)
was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?
above. Very alert, no anxiety, unlike any dream I have ever had. Time is
experienced differently, but how I know this, I can't explain.
the experience dream like in any way?
I have had very detailed clairvoyant dreams but in only one of those did I
experience s similar sense of peace and that was during a dream when I saw a
loved one who, unknown to me in conscious life at the time, had passed on. This
person was standing in a beautiful landscape experiencing that same peace that I
had in my OBEs and I felt this during the dream. Again how I knew what he was
feeling, I can't explain.
you experience a separation of consciousness from your body?
emotions did you feel during the experience?
described above. No emotions. Just awareness.
you hear any unusual sounds or noises?
was a slightly windy day during the first OBE and I heard the wind as it passed
through treetops around me, rustling leaves. I do not recall any sounds during
you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure?
you see a light?
seemed to be an unearthly
light to these otherwise
ordinary landscapes I viewed but only because my sense of color was heightened
during the OBEs, I think.
you meet or see any other beings?
during OBEs. During clairvoyant dreams, yes.
you experience a review of past events in your life?
think these OBEs and my dreams have contributed to my sense that there is more
to life and death than what meets our eyes. However, I have spent a lifetime
reading New Age books, medical texts and physics books in order to try and
understand how such things could take place. I am still wondering how many of
these experiences is due to the brain's 'mechanism' or due to energies,
you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience
that could be verified later?
could not be verified per say. However, time passed during my OBEs as they would
had I not had them. For instance, during my first OBE, the class-change occurred
while I was out of my body and I observed it taking place, though
my body was unconscious
back in the classroom.
you see or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or
up in the air. Nor did I find anything unusual about this at the time. I did not
have a sensation of floating, I just knew where I was by how things appeared to
me from that vantage point.
you have any sense of altered space or time?
you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?
revelations other than what took place for me.
you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?
you become aware of future events?
Have always been clairvoyant but not on a global track.
you involved in or aware of a decision to return to the body?
you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience
you did not have prior to the experience?
but also before these OBEs, as I have stated.
Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience? No response
I think we are all
teachers to one another and come from the same source though
we may be on different 'levels'. Life is a school.
I believe in and have sensed guardian angels.
you shared this experience with others?
I would not say they were influenced though they may share my belief that there is
something after bodily death.
emotions did you experience following your experience?
A sense that I experienced something quite nice and that it is a state that I
have been in before and will experience again.
there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?
about sums it up. I will say that when you are in that state, you realize there
is no difference really between yourself and other forms of creation.
In that state, we are all on the same level.
your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?
the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or
substances which reproduced any part of the experience?
I have tried one or two drugs when I was younger, I have fainted during giving
blood or during medical procedures where nothing was threatening (but I still
fainted anyway! - a family trait, I think, my brother faints, too but he has had
no OBEs or clairvoyant dreams), and two other surgeries that required complete
anesthesia - but no OBEs took place during them. I have also had lucid dreams
but again, no OBEs during them. I have had dreams of flying - but again
different from what was experienced during OBE.
the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively
describe your experience?
would like to be hypnotized so that I could re-experience those OBEs and see if
anything occurred that I may not consciously recall today - that
is, if there was anything more. I
also think language may be a barrier - sometimes one can not explain with
typical descriptions. Words are not always adequate. Or maybe I am just
experiencing the usual frustration that one feels when you know how hard it is
for a person reading this to fully experience what a person undergoing an OBE
really feels - unless they have had an OBE themselves.
offer any suggestions you have to improve the www.nderf.org questionnaire?
No, the questions were in-depth enough. I suggest that you might ask if
a person really believes their experience to be truly spiritual or if they doubt
the validity of it. I say that because I am skeptical sometimes of my own
experiences - I know that we do not have a very keen comprehension of how our
own minds work - our physically asymmetrical brains are able to experience our identities differently than do
animals with singular lobes, for example.
times looking into ourselves, we tend
to misidentify - what we call intuition is sometimes instinct, what we call
logic is sometimes intuition and so on.
I just don't want to over-glorify or read too much yet into an
OBE. There may indeed be life after life; that we do shed the body after we die
or when there is imminent danger of bodily death. That certainly has been
mankind's hope. But not all the 'facts' are in yet.
Still, physics teaches
us that universal energies alter or change, that there is annihilation and
creation, over and over again. New Age books emphasize different dimensions to
human spiritual experiences. Medical texts can sometimes explain how something
works and why it may have evolved but still no
one can say what it all means in the
My OBEs have taught me that life and realms of consciousness
can be fantastic. But I also note that in the past, people of different cultures
have held their own variety of beliefs and hopes that were later proved to be
myths or rediscovered to be something else - i.e., the earth was considered to
be the center of the universe, the world was flat, physical health was a matter
of 'humors. Then later generations were exposed to 'new' knowledge - germs and
viruses, evolved forms of transportation, shifts in religious belief, etc. My
OBEs have been partly responsible for my belief in a purpose behind these