While running errands this morning I grabbed a quick bite at a local restaurant. The salads, tofu and vegan items sounded good, but I was craving a subway sandwich loaded with turkey, vegetables and all the fixings. I ordered lunch, found a table, and happily checked over my list of things-to-do list as the server delivered lunch and an iced tea to my table.
A couple of bites into my sandwich I suddenly remembered an experience I had growing up. Closing my eyes, I could see and feel each component of the memory drifting back to life. I was a pimply faced teenager that had just started a new school.
Our family had only lived in Louisiana for a couple of months when we piled into Mama’s Plymouth Duster and headed back to our home state of North Carolina. It was the middle of the school year and now I had to be the new kid on the block once again. I had seen how classmates treated the new kids before, and it wasn’t pretty. Being horribly shy and a hopeless introvert had its disadvantages for this thirteen-year-old.
In a lot of ways, the new school was my worst fear. I was targeted by a football jock who swore I was after his girlfriend, kids made fun of the way I dressed, and because I was extremely shy, I was automatically labeled “stuck up.”
I was there less than a month when it happened. “It” meaning, a multidimensional experience.
SUBMARINE SANDWICH DAY
The day was like any other for me, sitting quietly in the back of the room pretending to be reading while the other kids gathered in their cliques. My fourth-period teacher excused me from class a couple of minutes early so I could run a school errand. As I walked the long empty hallways, it dawned on me that I could finally be the first person in the cafeteria for submarine sandwich day! Normally the lunch lines were so long I often didn’t eat anything, but today was an opportunity to have lunch with enough time left over to run my errands.
It was energizing to have the hallways all to myself. I picked up speed and momentum with a single goal in mind: submarine sandwiches. My quick pace turned into a run, as I flew faster and faster through the corridors. My tennis shoes screeched, classrooms became a blur. I felt giddy as I rounded the last corner, easily jumping high above the final set of elongated brick steps, soaring toward my destination – the cafeteria.
I was already airborne when the brick overhang appeared out of nowhere, eye level, inches from my face. I shut my eyes and tucked my head into my shoulders in the millisecond I had left, before slamming into the brick overhang, headfirst.
Bam! An explosion of pure white light shot through my entire body, rendering a sleeplike state over me. As the light faded, I became aware of hanging in midair as if I were somehow standing on an invisible, magic carpet. I felt no pain, only excitement that I was hovering above the stairs so effortlessly.
I happily floated in the air for a few moments when a young lady walked through the sciend lab doors. She was looking down at her books when I had the thought to say hello to her. In that moment, she looks up from her books, directly at me – as I’m still suspended high over the stairs. Then, she backed away, dropped her books and screamed bloody murder, disappearing back into the doors she had emerged from. Her scream rang through the science building and bled perfectly into the high-pitched lunch bell that reverberated through me.
Suddenly I felt lighter. Enlightened. I was still hovering in the air when I saw the chubby red-headed kid lying unconscious at the bottom of the steps, spread eagled. Actually, he looked like a rag doll, I remember thinking. He had a serious knot across the top of his head. As I stared at the guy more closely from high above, I couldn’t help but think he looked familiar. That’s when it hit me.
It was me!
My head was beginning to really hurt at this point. Suddenly I was aware that I was both floating high above my body and also, inside of my physical body at the same time. The moment my brain registered this thought, I was automatically sucked back into my physical body in a vacuum of internal light.
When I opened my eyes this time, I was ground level and everything was a blur. My head was throbbing like a jackhammer pounding into concrete. My entire body throbbed with pain. I could barely make out the sea of faces as teachers and students knelt over me, the new kid. The local freak show. I was so embarrassed, and completely helpless to resurrect my body. One of the teachers was pulling handfuls of hair out of the swollen bump on my head. Ironically, I was not bleeding.
The teachers took me to the principal’s office where I lay down and reflected on what had just happened. I’d had out-of-body experiences as a kid, but never to this extreme. I wasn’t necessarily afraid of them, I just didn’t understand any of it at the time.
By the end of sixth period I was fine and went to math class. It wasn’t until my stomach growled on the bus home that afternoon that I realized I never did eat that submarine sandwich lunch!
THE MORAL OF THE STORY
Fading from that seventh-grade memory and back to the restaurant, I couldn’t help but smile thinking about that experience.
The server brought the check to the table along with an iced tea to go. “Here’s a little caffeine for the road,” she smiled. I thanked her, gathered my things and signed the credit card slip.
Every out-of-body experience I’ve had, taught me the same lesson, which is…
…we are one. There is no separation. The light within me connects to the light within you. Each and every physical being comes from pure light. When we leave these physical bodies once and for all, we will return to that light. Because, Light is also love.
The moral of the story? Try not to have a midair-concussion-induced-out-of-body experience on an empty stomach. Just kidding. Don’t wait until you bang your head against a brick overhang to remember that, we are all one. We are in this together.
Shine your light my friend. Feel the light within you and share that light with others. And until we meet again, remember to keep your thoughts, feelings and frequencies high, fast and pure so that you can Unlock the Universe Within.
With Light and Love,