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Michelle regrets panicking in her first OBE



Type of Spiritual Experience


A description of the experience

 When I was twenty seven ( I am now forty years old) I had an experience
I was laying in bed, sleeping- in one lazy morning. I had not opened my eyes yet, and I felt like I was in a pleasant state between waking and sleeping and was just enjoying being lucid and so relaxed at the same time.

There came a distant "rushing" noise into my ears, and it sounded like mechanical whirring and rushing water all at the same time. I thought "Someone in the house must be running the dishwasher in the kitchen". The noise got louder and louder until it filled my hearing and became the center of my awareness. At the same time I saw coming toward me in the blackness of my vision (my eyes were still shut), the slowly spinning shape of a geometric green pyramid. The pyramid was not solid, rather it was formed by lines as if drawn with beams of light and it was empty space inside. I remember feeling my heart pounding, and feeling like I was so heavy I could not lift even a finger off the mattress. At the same time, I had the sensation of being pulled up toward the ceiling, like a strong magnetic force was pulling the part of me that I can only describe as my thoughts, or perhaps my awareness ...toward that pyramid. I watched in fascination and also in fear and wonder as the pyramid slowly spun closer to me and the rushing noise in my ears got uncomfortably loud.

At this point, I felt terrified and opened my eyes and was aware of laying in bed on my back in silence, with the late morning sunshine streaming into the bedroom. I was covered in a cold sweat and my heart was pounding. My first thought was, "I almost left my body". My next thought was, "Damnit! Why did I stop?"

I had read about astral projection and had wished on previous occasions that one day I might experience it. But nothing I'd read had prepared me for what I had just experienced. I'd never heard of geometric shapes or whirring watery mechanical sounds as part of anyone's out of body experience before.

I tried to go back to that relaxed state and repeat the experience but I think it had terrified me so badly that there was really no going back to that state. So I lay in bed and breathed to calm my pounding heart. I got up and immediately went to the kitchen.

The dishwasher was not running. No one else was awake yet but me. I was utterly convinced that this experience was real. It was not like any dream I'd ever had before, even the lucid dreams I've had.

I had felt wide awake and seen the pyramid with crystal clarity, and heard the noise rushing noise so loudly it was almost deafening. Then as soon as I'd had the panicked thought, "No! I will not go any further with this!", the experience was over and I was too afraid to go back into something like it ever again.

 I now think that if I had not panicked, nothing bad would have happened to me. I might have gone through the pyramid (gate?) and seen/felt something quite wondrous. Through the years, the intensity of this memory has softened and I don't think of it often anymore. Occasionally I do remember and wonder about it though, and it was just such an impulse which led me to google "out of body experience", whereupon I found this site

winmichelle winmichelle 36-40 Jan 3, 2012

The source of the experience

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