Greg Burkett's Out-of-Body
In 1978, Greg
Burkett was returning from a three week
vacation in northern Wisconsin. His
family had rented a cabin in the woods
with two private lakes. While his family
slept in the cabin, Greg always slept
alone in his tent in the woods. He spent
most of the week wandering in the woods,
fishing and meditating. During this
time, he would have spontaneous astral
projection experiences. The following
is an example of one of his astral travels.
"My brother was driving
the car as we headed south on highway 45. I
was suddenly seized with the knowledge that
I was leaving. I simply knew I was leaving this
world - period.
"I thought I might
be going up or vertical. I began to disengage
from all I was attached to. My friends, family,
the place where I grew up, everything. As I
thought of each thing I let them go.
"The last thing I
remember giving up was the concern that I might
seriously startle my brother by disappearing.
I wondered how he would explain my being gone.
"Then everything changed.
The world changed. I no longer had use of my
mind. Try as I could I could not form a thought.
"I saw the world with
eyes that were not eyes of man. I perceived
directly and realized that I had seen the world
through words which led to only relative knowledge.
"I laughed out loud
as I saw each thing as it was. It was pure joy.
Everything was alive with the shiny energy of
God; a total flowing and pure expression.
"I have no idea how
long this went on but when I turned my attention
back to my body I noticed it was in some type
of shock. There was a knot in my stomach and
I was trembling.
"I told God that I
could not take it any more. The experience subsided
and I vowed to return as soon as I could.
"I never mentioned
this experience to anyone for three years. I
began to read books to find out what it meant.
"I simply abide in
the present now and now and now.
"Beginning in late
1994, I began to become aware of moments when
my mind was unusually quiet. Most often in the
evening before I went to bed. All thinking would
be gone and I would simply remain aware. It
seemed the room was "full" of this silence no
matter what was going on. There was only contentment.
No questions, nothing to say.