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Dr Robert Crookall - More Astral projections – Nurse C. H. Normanby, of Middlesbrough, a member of the Anglican Church, has two OBEs



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A description of the experience

Dr Robert Crookall – More Astral projections

Case No. 268 - Nurse C. H. Normanby, of Middlesbrough, a member of the Anglican Church, sent the following to the Daily Sketch (Oct. 13, 1960).

About the age of 15 years I experienced passing out of my body on two occasions. (I knew nothing at that age of the existence of this phenomenon, so such incidents could not have been due to suggestion). I was not dreaming, and although lying in the bed, I did not seem to be asleep in the ordinary way - more like a trance.

On the first occasion I left my body in an upward direction and experienced a choking sensation. On the second I seemed to be floating from outside, horizontally through the lower half of the closed window and entering into my body. On neither occasion do I remember where I went or what happened, but I was aware, both times, of experiencing great happiness outside of my body.

I have also experienced being outside of my body during an apparent dream (though it felt much more real than an ordinary dream).  I was among a group of people, while talking to one, I realized the time was nearly up for me to get back into my body. I then experienced a suffocating sensation around my chest, and realizing I had no time to lose, hurried back to enter my body-otherwise I felt I would have died.

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

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Being a child
Dreaming and lucid dreaming