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Falling down a cliff



Type of Spiritual Experience


A description of the experience

My experience took place at Harrison's Rocks, a small rock climbing cliff south of London.  After sleeping out for the night I rose on a Sunday morning and before eating anything, as I recollect, began to solo the rock climbs there.

About 15 or 20 feet above the ground I slipped and fell.

Objectively, the height wasn't great, but I think I was very frightened of the coming pain or death, and for a moment abandoned the idea of living.  As I fell, I seemed to be about 5 or 10 feet out from the rock face, looking at my body falling... I vaguely recollect wondering if I could investigate this odd sensation by moving round to the other side of my body to look at it.

Once I hit the ground, I was immediately preoccupied with pain; I had badly sprained both ankles.

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

Concepts, symbols and science items



Science Items

Activities and commonsteps



Overwhelming fear and terror



From Out of the Body Experiences – Celia Green