"I just wanted to tell you about a profound experience I had at the age of ten. I am now a 43 year old RN, and my outlook on life has changed ever since this experience.
"One extremely cold winter night in Texas I got ready for bed and entered my bedroom. At that time we had what was called a 'space-heater' which was gas of course. It was so cold in my bedroom that I turned up the heater to full blast before climbing into bed.
"Sometime during the night I 'woke up' to find myself against the ceiling. I was literally floating and I could see myself from the chest up. I remember feeling no discomfort, such as heat or cold, just a nice peaceful feeling. While I was wondering why I was able to float against the ceiling, I looked down and saw myself sleeping on my back. This was strange enough, but the strangest part was how I thought of myself on the bed. I thought of myself in the third-person. I remember distinctly thinking, "She is running out of air" and "There is no oxygen in this room." I did not think this in a state of panic, more like a peaceful concern for the body.
"The next thing I knew, I was hurling toward my body. I woke up when I slammed back into it. I jumped up, gasping for air, and raised all the windows in my room. That blast of cold air was great!!!
"I stood there for several minutes, just taking deep breaths of air. I then turned down the heater real low and opened the door to my bedroom. I told my family about this the next morning, but they just said that I was dreaming. I knew better because it felt like no dream I had ever had before and the fact that I couldn't hardly breathe when I woke up in my body.
"This experience changed my life, because up to that point in my life, I was very unsure of life after death. I also was suddenly not afraid of dying either.
"Though I did not see any other beings during this event and never saw a tunnel, I did seem to change mentally / spiritually afterwards. It was shortly after this experience that I became known in my family for having visions that came true. I believe that I 'tapped in' to something that made me somewhat clairvoyant. I also would occasionally see deceased loved ones. I begin to think of God as a more loving being than he was portrayed by my Southern Baptist upbringing. I became more open to other religious ideas, such as reincarnation and the idea of multiple levels of heaven."