Some years ago, at a pretty trying time in my life, I had reason to consult my doctor, who gave me some kind of drug in tablet form to help me through the difficult period. I only ever took one tablet - the rest I flushed down the loo.
A couple of hours after taking the tablet, while standing in a friend's garden looking at the flowers, I had an out-of-body experience. I seemed to be up above the garden looking down on the three of us. It was not unpleasant but it was very weird. I didn't wish to repeat the experience!
As luck would have it, the trying circumstances rapidly dissipated shortly afterwards, so I no long needed help.
My first husband used to speak of a similar out-of-body experience in much more severe and trying circumstances. At the end of the Second World War he was in a P O W camp in Thailand, suffering from cerebral malaria and dying. As the war ended he was airlifted out and taken to hospital in India and he used to speak of being 'up in the air' watching the medics load him on to a stretcher and carry him to the aircraft.
This morning I read in 'Eureka', the Times science magazine, that scientists have identified why this out-of-body experience happens. Apparently the brain in certain circumstances releases dimethyltryptamine from its pineal gland. This is a psychedelic compound, which means that the person may then enter a similar state to dreaming.
Out-of-body experiences have always interested me, so I wonder - has anyone out there ever had a similar experience? I would love to hear about it if you have.