Hi everyone- I'm new here- been reading the postings throughout this entire site for a while, as "the unexplained" has always been of deep interest
to me, ever since I was a kid. Anyway, this thread particularly grabbed me, especially after reading RiverGoddesses posts.
Many years ago I was interested in Ch'i Gung and was studying it for some time. The practice included deep meditation exercises and relaxation, which
I was becoming very good at. Many of the OOBE descriptions and feelings told by people in this thread are very similar, and sound familiar to me. It
has been many years since I touched on this subject, but my interest has been rekindled after reading the posts here.
I've always felt spiritual and felt I've had an extra open-ness to my mind than normal. For instance, I have had a great number of Deja-Vu's
throughout my life, and have even had some premonition dreams, the most recent one intrigued me greatly: About two or three months ago I had this
vivid dream that this helicopter was going down. I was driving and saw all of the traffic pulling over and stopping (on a bridge), so I did the same,
and got out of my car and ran to the edge of the bridge to watch, as this helicopter plummeted into the water below. There were two people in the
helicopter, and it turned out both survived (they were able to climb up onto the bridge). Anyway, on my way to work that morning, I see this
helicopter flying low over the highway on the horizon. This I thought coincidence, but it startled me nonetheless. I mentioned to my wife that
morning about my dream... Later that morning at work, she sent me a link to a news story that a helicopter crash landed not too far from where I work,
and the two survivors were not injured! ....
I felt amazed and at the same time freaked out a bit. Although, the copter didn't crash into water, it
still had crashed and there were two people...thought this to be very strange.
Back to the subject- so with my rekindled interest, I decided to try last night, after much reading on the topic. I know night usually isn't the
best, but I had a go anyway. The noise of my air conditioner wasn't helping any, and I felt it hard to relax. I did establish some decent relaxation
after some time, but not enough to do it so I gave up. I woke early this morning to have another try, figuring after a good nights rest I may have
better success. I was right. I felt it much easier to relax, especially after turning of my AC, and getting my rhythm going. I was almost totally
relaxed, and felt a shortness of breath so I stopped. I had a second go and this time got my relaxation even deeper, I could almost feel as if I could
get up out of myself, but, again, I couldn't get far enough to a relaxed point where I could. I almost felt a stuck feeling, like my limbs could
almost move out, but the rest of me couldn't (especially my torso and head). I will have to work on my relaxation techniques a bit more, I guess?
Seems like something as simple as a swallow in my throat while laying there will disrupt my flow, and I'll need to start again... I know I can do it,
I believe I can do it, and I remain confident. I will read more on other peoples suggestions and welcome anyone elses advice.