Man in wheelchair
Type of Spiritual Experience
There was no indication in the book as to why the poor man was in a wheelchair, thus we don’t know whether any other circumstances ‘helped’ him to attain this out of body experience. If he was paralysed then sensory deprivation might have helped, if he had had a heart condition that would have also been a contributory factor. Thus we don’t know. But what finally achieved the experience was the use of visualisation and his relaxing and letting go, so I have attributed the experience to relaxation
A description of the experience
William Buhlman - Adventures beyond the body
Sitting in my wheelchair, I am reading a book about out-of-body experiences. Being a sixty-three-year-old man with traditional upbringing, I seriously doubt that this kind of thing is real. It sounds too strange to be true.
In the book is a visualization exercise that appears pretty simple. I decide, what the hell - it doesn't hurt to try it. I begin to picture my daughter's home in my mind. I pretend I am at her home and opening her front door. I mentally step into the living room and begin to picture the furniture, carpet, windows, pictures, and even the plants. I'm kind of surprised how easy and fun it is to do this. I pretend to walk over to the coffee table and try to feel it. I sit down in a chair and try to feel the texture of the upholstery.
The next thing I remember is a dream in which I am flying across a beautiful meadow. Then I feel a strange vibration all through me. The noise becomes louder and louder until I realize that I'm floating just above my wheelchair. At first I'm startled, but completely awake and aware. The floating sensation is wonderful. I think about moving to the door and I instantly float to it. A feeling of joy flows through me as I float through the door and around my house. I seem to glide wherever I wish.
Gaining my courage, I decide to try flying. As I think about it my body turns in midair. I spread my arms and picture myself flying like a bird. Instantly I’m gliding like an eagle in the sky. I fly over my neighbourhood and can see the homes below me. For the first time in my life I know what true freedom really is. I think of my physical body and I’m suddenly back in my wheelchair again.
My heart is pounding with excitement as I write this. The exhilaration of this experience is beyond words. I only wish I had learned about this twenty years earlier.
The source of the experienceOrdinary person
Concepts, symbols and science items
Activities and commonsteps
SuppressionsParalysis, amputation and nerve system damage