Buhlman, William - Affirmations take him up on the ceiling
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
William Buhlman - Adventures beyond the body
Journal Entry, October 4, 1972
I silently repeat an affirmation,
"Now I’m out-of-body”
for ten to fifteen minutes as I grow increasingly sleepy. As much as possible, I intensify my affirmations as I drift off to sleep. Almost instantly I'm awakened by intense vibrations and an electrical-like buzzing throughout my body. I'm startled, and an intense wave of fear surges through me. I calm myself down by repeating,
"I'm protected by the light”
My initial fear slowly dissipates as I visualize myself surrounded by a globe of protective light. I think of floating and feel myself lift up and out of my physical body. I feel light as a feather and float slowly upward. As I float away from my body I realize that the vibrations and buzzing have diminished to a slight humming sensation. Feeling more secure, I open my eyes and find myself staring at the ceiling two feet in front of me. I’m surprised that I've floated that high and instinctively think about looking at my body on the bed. Instantly, I snap back to my physical body and feel a strange vibration as my physical sensations quickly return.
As I lie in bed reviewing the experience, I realize that my thoughts directed toward my physical body must have snapped me back. I know it's possible to view my physical body, because during my first out-of-body experience I distinctly saw it.
I suspect the key to observing our physical bodies is to remain as mentally and emotionally detached as possible, but more important, we must keep our thoughts directed away from our physical bodies; the slightest thought focused on the body will immediately snap us back to it. In retrospect, I should have thought about turning over as I floated; then I could have observed my physical body without my thoughts being focused on it.