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My Out of Body Experience and Possible Encounter with God


For over 9 years I have been, and still am totally perplexed by the unexplained psychic / spiritual experience that I had on the evening of February 25, 1998 at a small church in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. Let me first say that everything that I am about to tell you is in no way false, or an exaggeration of the truth. I take these matters very seriously, especially because it was a very real, profound, and completely unexpected experience.

Also, I must make it clear that as of this writing I have no affiliation with any church or religion. I am currently what you could call a spiritual agnostic. I was not on any drugs (I don't do them), nor medications, nor was I under the influence of alcohol when this event took place. I was well rested and totally awake.

At the time, I lived just outside of Washington, DC; I was 19 years old and lived with my mother who had divorced my father when I was very young. I got news in February, 1998 that my father (who lived just north of Pittsburgh, PA) was in a terrible car accident. Apparently, the accident was so terrible that doctors were not sure whether or not he would live. I did not have a close relationship with my father, and living almost 300 miles from him for many years, barely spoke to him. My mother and I both felt that I needed to get to Pittsburgh as soon as possible to see my father, for possibly the last time. I took a plane from Washington to Pittsburgh, was picked up by my aunt Marianne and driven immediately to the hospital. When I arrived at the hospital, I saw my father for the first time in about 3 years. He was on his hospital bed, and according to the doctors was recovering, and was no longer in peril of dying from his injuries. Over time, my father did need extensive surgery to repair his hip, his left shoulder, and eventually the doctors graphed skin onto his left arm.

The next day I awoke, and visited my father again. He was recovering, which came as a relief to me. That evening my grandparents coaxed me into going to church with them. My grandfather was the minister of this church (Wildwood Chapel - Aliquippa, PA). I had a very religious and spiritual upbringing, but at this time in my life I loathed church, and just about anything dealing with Judeo-Christianity. Begrudgingly, I went to the service and sat in the back.

During the worship service when the music is played, the gentleman leading worship (Mike Yuricha) said that he felt that God was telling him that "Someone in the audience needs to get 'right' with God..." I've heard that sort of thing for many years, and was in no mood to walk to the altar. Suddenly, I felt a very distinct thought in my heart - the thought felt very external but very specific. The voice in my heart said to me "Come and be humble before me..." In most cases, I would pass off the thought as possibly one of my own, but this "message" seemed to genuinely come from someone or something outside of myself. It felt like a thought that my brain didn't have to generate, but simply heard. I made the decision to walk to the altar, I really felt that God may actually be trying to speak to me - the message in my heart was simple, clear, distinct, and convincing.

I left my pew, and walked to the altar at the front of the church - a humbling experience. As I approached the altar I had a sensation all over my body; it felt like what I can best describe as walking through a warm cloud of electricity. I knelt at the altar, and laid my head down on the platform steps just to the left of the altar. As I did this I began to cry, very, very hard. With my face buried in the steps, I wept bitterly and profusely. I was overcome with many emotions. A hand touched the back of my neck to comfort me in my emotional state. This was the hand of a woman (Diane Liptak) who often prayed for people at this church. The instant her hand touched the back of my neck, the most amazing thing in my life happened.

I felt what I can best describe as a warm flood of electric water pouring all over my body. The sensation was so powerful that it felt as if I was being electrocuted. As soon as this sensation came upon me, I groaned and yelled aloud in the middle of my weeping. But the muscular contractions that caused me to yell so loudly were not voluntary muscular actions. It felt like a force squeezed this groan out of me, just as you would ring out a wet towel. As this happened, Diane (who was comforting and praying for me) felt the same "warm electric" sensation that I was feeling, and began crying profusely almost instantaneously. This sensation was so powerful to her as well that she had to kneel down from the fear of falling. Totally unexpectedly, my consciousness left my physical body.

By my best estimation, I was approximately 4 feet above my physical body. I did NOT see the classic birds-eye view of me laying on the floor of the church. All I saw was darkness, my physical eyes were shut and I did not want to attempt to open them because I did not want to interrupt was was happening. However, I was able to hear everything that was going on. I could hear Diane and myself crying in front of the altar. The way that I heard Diane and myself crying was the same way that you would hear 2 people 4 feet in front of you crying as they faced away from you. I did not hear the vibrations of my own voice in my skull, as all of us do when we talk or yell or make any type of vocalization. This is the reason why so many think their voices sound weird on recordings, that vibration in the skull is obviously not heard in recordings. This phenomenon is the way that I can be absolutely sure that my consciousness was indeed, outside of my body.

I was able to discern and gage my distance from my physical body very clearly based off of how I heard my surroundings. It felt as if I was floating and swimming in midair. All the while, this flooding, warm, electric feeling grew in intensity. It was becoming so strong, yet so euphoric that I sincerely felt that if it got any stronger that I would die. I said in my own mind, "God, please stop you're going to kill me..." Very gently, the sensation and the experience lifted off of me, and I could sense my consciousness moving downward toward my physical body. The last bits of the sensation faded away and I opened my eyes, and hugged Diane for many minutes, both of us crying.

I slowly returned to my pew and payed no attention to the sermon, I was too perplexed, baffled, and awed. That night I made the decision to move to Pittsburgh. My father eventually made a great recovery, but died many years later in 2004 from hepatitis and toxic epidermal necrolysis.

I would be delighted, honored, and glad to speak with any in this forum, and I openly invite your questions.

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nicholas (guest)
14 years ago (2010-03-27)
I have had a spirtual experience many years ago, one knows, there's no doubt. A love beyond all measure enters ones body, complete knowledge of ALL things, from creation to knowing that the only reason we are here is LOVE, just love to all, that includes all life forms from the sky, land, sea etc etc, being honest, truthful in all ones experience.
Had a love of my life pass away, the very instant death came to her, her spirit entered my body, these were the words I heard. Don't worry, everthing is going to be alright, I have to go now and I do not have to come back.
I love hearing of others experience of the un relinqished love of the divine entering there bodies, just look into their eyes and you will know.
Very grateful for reading your spiritual experience, thank you.
Scott C (guest)
14 years ago (2010-01-23)
Hello. I live in Dallas, TX. Several years ago I had an "experience". I was at my desk reading news on the internet, and something happened. I don't know. Words don't suffice. It was as if GOD was speaking through a giant megaphone. I don't know what it was saying, but the vibrations were very very intense. I would say it felt like being surrounded on all sides, top, and bottom by concert powered speakers. The sensation electricity and vibration were so powerful I was weeping. I saw light swirling in a galaxy or hurricane like shape. There was a period of time I don't remember. I wrote some things, that I don't remember writing. My next concious memory was jumping hysterically into my bed with my wife, and sensing a powerful presence, exclaiming tom my startled spouse that, "It's here with us."

I went on to vastly mis interpret this experience, and I will not elaborate. However, I know that the universe, or GOD, or whatever... Was touching me. If I had been touched much harder I think I would have shattered.

This event started a spirtual quest that continues to this day.

Thanks for sharing your experience. I was humbled and inspired to share something that I have told very very few.
bill bourgault Jr (guest)
14 years ago (2009-12-23)
I was seventeen I was in the wrong place at a bad time. Long story short. I was shot in the back when the police took me to the hospital. Put me on a hospital bed the doctors were asking my mother to sign a wavier of responsibilty she said no. At that point. I came out of my body. Hovering about8 to 10 feet in the air watching my mother and the doctors these were the odds 50 percent of dying 25 percent of being cripple 25 percent of not being cripple. When I look up to my left I seen this beautiful ball. It look like a ball of engery. And it gave me this feeling of love that could not be felt on earth. It was telepathicly communicating with me. Long conversation short I was going to be fine. I pop back into my body they rolled me into surgery. They said I would be in the hospital for a week or so but left in three days. My doctor said I would need therapy. My first and only visit to him he said it was a miracle. I told him yes it was.
Djjones459 (guest)
14 years ago (2009-08-06)

I just have the feeling sometimes, that God is talking to me, but I cat be sure if it is my mind trying to trick me... So, how did you truly know God was speaking to you?
Can you help me?
Ps. I go to church 3 times a week. 2 times sunday. 1 time on wednesday.
mandie (guest)
15 years ago (2009-03-16)
nick I want to know if you now attend church regularly. I to am from Pittsburgh in have two small children and I truly want god to be in all three of our lives. I also have a fiancé who carries so much burden and pain. I want god to be in his life as well. How do I know if I have true belief? I feel like I do but still continue to do wrong. Please contact me at mykidzmyblessins [at]
Lily (guest)
15 years ago (2009-02-03)
Your story reminded me of a lot of the strange things that happened to me the year I was 19. And since then, I've certainly gone on, and done things, but I feel like it made such a... Rip, maybe, in a normal way of thinking, that I don't really feel as if I've ever totally gotten over it. I wonder if this is true for you as well? Almost like I don't know what to do with such thoughts and experiences, where to put them... When something comes along like that that's so fascinating, and inexplicable, then it just seems to exit... Nothing else seems quite as interesting. I feel continuously, and naggingly distracted, and find it hard to muster up real enthusiasm for mundane things, when these beautiful powerful things remain unexplained. Just looking to see if you feel this, or understand what I mean. I feel a need to... DO something with these thoughts and experiences, to turn them into something other than a cancer that eats up my attention, but I don't know what to DO: (
Cari (guest)
15 years ago (2008-10-22)
I have been looking for someone who has had a similar encounter. I was in Texas 1979 asleep in bed. We lived in the middle of nowhere. I was dreaming that I was standing outside my grandmother's house. I was looking up at the sky at night at the stars and I saw that the stars began to form a cross and spin. The cross became a rod and it was spinning. I felt an overwhelming and powerful electrocution/vibration sensation through my entire body and an intense pressure. I began to cry and I screamed Jesus. I was then released and I woke up absolutely terrified in my bed, sweating bullets. I do not subscribe to a religion although I have always believed in spiritual beings and the teachings of Buddha and Christ. It was not like me to scream Jesus even in a dream. I knew that this was Christ energy and that I should not be afraid. But I was. I was only 15.
Thanks for sharing your story.
jerrymaki (2 posts)
16 years ago (2008-05-28)
Hello Nick, I am a bit in shock that I have found people that have had simular experiences like you and Neil so far. I am very interested in communicating with you can you e-mail me
Jerrymaki2001 [at]
God Bless
Emanu1881 (guest)
16 years ago (2008-05-27)
I have had an expeience like yours -I was in complete peace on the other side. You know where it's the true you/me not the earthly everyday you/me. Well I have faded away as most of us do and I question the day that it happened to me. And I have tried to be with God; but the everyday stresses of this world and negativity push us away from our true selves. Some of our peers see our "bad" side, and co-worker's stresses affect us. Too bad this isn't a perfect world but I can't wait until I'm on the otherside forever. I live through physical pain everyday AND TONIGHT BEFORE I SLEEP I WILL PRAY TO GOD TO HELP ME BELIEVE TRULY IN HIM AND TO RID MY BACK PAIN AND GUIDE TO MY TRUE MISSION IN LIFE.
Flutterofwings (17 stories) (110 posts)
16 years ago (2008-04-29)
i believe you has an OBE perhaps with Astrial Projection. What a wonderful thing to encounter. I have done so in my life time it's amazing how it renews our faith or makes us strong in it when this happens.

Going to the psychic-experiences on this site can help you as many people have experience what you have.
carmen (guest)
16 years ago (2007-10-17)
That is a beautiful story, I nearly cried from reading it. Although I do believe in God, I often find myself lacking faith. I grew up in a Catholic home, so I guess our church services are kind of...routine. I rarely pray, but when I do, it seems more like because I have to rather than because I want to. Maybe I should try talking to God instead. Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that your story is inspiring.
Cindy (guest)
16 years ago (2007-09-26)
I was looking for information on astrial projection for my son who felt he had this experience recently, when I randomly came across your story. I also went to this church and have had a few experiences of my own through this church. My parents are members and when I was going through a very bad divorce about 20 years ago and thought I was having a breakdown, I started going to Wildwood Chapel. I had a similar experience as you did one night, when I was at the weakest point in my life. After this experience I immediately felt strong and happy and able to deal and cope with what was going on in my life. Ever since then, I have had a strong belief in God. But, I do believe that Wildwood Chapel, pastor Radovich and Katsie, Diane Liptak, and others are truly blessed. I am surprised that I found your article randomly. I have lived in Aliquippa most of my life and now live in Beaver Falls. Another strange thing is that I also feel sometimes at night the presence of someone sitting beside me on the bed, usually as I am falling asleep. There is no one there, but I have the same feeling as I did that night 20 years ago when the presence is there (a very warm feeling). I can actually feel the presence and feel them sitting on the bed, but no one is ever there. Do you ever experience that feeling? I hope you are doing well and was very happy to read your story.
jeff (guest)
16 years ago (2007-08-07)
I live in the Aliqippa area, well sort of. I live in a town called Toronto about 45 minutes away. I would like to visit this church someday. I feel many emotions when I enter a church. (I don't attend services nearly enough). I do believe in god and know how he can create magic upon us.

God bless you
Martin (29 posts) mod
16 years ago (2007-07-11)
reema, personally I think you can receive messages from your mother to the degree that you are open to such paranormal experiences. You might think intellectually you are as open as one can be, but there are a lot more at work in a person's mind than conscious belief, such as fear, other unconscious contrary beliefs and the usual daily blabber of the mind. If the signs of your mom are subtle, that may be all she can do based on your openness, or maybe other factors from her side. At some point, she probably have a lot more things to do than obsess over sending a message, or maybe realize that in the end, you will meet her in the after life anyway so she will let you be for the time being 😊
reema (guest)
16 years ago (2007-07-11)
after reading your story I can believe that there is a lot afterlife. Know I feel better I lost my mum 2 years ago she told me when she was alive that if she passed away before me and if there was something after she will come to tell me but this never appened but I can tell you nick that I get loats of sind of the other world. Whi my mum is not be able to came yet? Do youthink she will?

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