First Experience: My friends and I were typical teenagers looking for an 'alternative experience'. We'd heard about hyperventilating while crouching, standing up quickly while someone held your tightly around the stomach. The end result is oxygen deprivation to the brain causing light headedness or in my case, blackout. A few moments after I blacked out 'I' was in the same room but hovering around the ceiling looking down on my body lying on the floor with my friends standing next to me. The room was the same, but entirely illuminated. I felt calm with a sense of 'knowing'. I was not in a physical form but was part of the light. I was the light. I was watching my friends panic as they realized I wasn't breathing after our experiment. I was watching them gently kick me as they tried to wake me up and I felt annoyed that they were doing this to my body. I felt like yelling to them, "hey, I'm up here and I can see what you're doing". Instead, I returned to my body to tell them 'in person' that they could stop kicking me, I was ok!
experience was during sleep. I thought I was dreaming, but I was watching
myself, watch myself sleeping. Again, the 'I' that was doing the final
observation of myself, was not in human form but formed part of the atmosphere
of the room.
Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience? No
Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No
At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event? Uncertain Yes for the first experience and No for the second experience
What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience? Very alert in the first experience, not clear in the second experience.
Was the experience dream like in any way? The first - no, not dream like in any way
Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body? Yes 'I' formed the light. I was the light in the room looking via visual means at the scene below.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Calm, a feeling of knowing and understanding.
Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises? No
LOCATION DESCRIPTION: Did you recognize any familiar locations or any locations from familiar religious teachings or encounter any locations inhabited by incredible or amazing creatures? No
Did you see a light? Yes The whole room was illuminated like being in a sunny room. The light was NOT from a single point source.
Did you meet or see any other beings? No
Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? No
Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later? No
Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different? Yes I could see and hear as if 'I' was still in the room.
Did you have any sense of altered space or time? No
Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose? Yes What we perceive as 'I', the body is not.
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Uncertain I could not see past the boundaries of the room. I was in the room as if I was awake.
Did you become aware of future events? No
Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body? Yes Once I saw my friends kicking me in their panic to wake me up, I decided I needed to go back to stop them from what they were doing. That I was watching them and didn't want them to keep doing it.
Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience? Yes Dreams that have become reality, dreams that have told me of something that was going on that I didn't know about at the time (E.g. 3 planes crashing in buildings 2 weeks before 911 or waking one morning to tell my husband I had a dream his friend was having an affair with a blonde. To find out that night it was true.
Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience? No
How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices? No change
Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes I pay much closer attention to my dreams.
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes Only told a couple of people. Don't think they believed me.
What emotions did you experience following your experience? Anxious to talk to someone who had also had these experiences.
What was the best and worst part of your experience? The experience itself was the best, not being able to readily chat to people who actually believe in what you're saying is the worst part.
Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience? No.
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