This thread caught my eye for a reason; a very personal reason. By nature I’m quite skeptical when it comes to extraordinary claims. I don’t think
hopelessly closed minded, just very skeptical. As a matter of fact, I recall only once posting to the ‘paranormal studies’ forum (2 years ago),
and I’m a virgin in ‘the grey area’. So please, be gentle with me.
I believe I was 19 at the time (about 20 years ago, before oobe was cool), I was introduced to it (oobe) in a very up close and personal way. At the
time, I had never heard of it or read anything about it, and was completely unaware of the phenomenon. However, I was quite familiar with other
altered states of consciousness, and quite vigorously pursued them. :-) Due to the high level of strangeness, though, to this day I still recall those
oobe experiences (had several of them) quite vividly. Nothing as elaborate as some I’ve read about since then, but the basic dynamics/mechanics were
much the same. Remember, I was ignorant about the oobe phenomena while it was happening to me, and so the experiences really alarmed me.
My skeptical/logical mind told me that my brain had simply played a really trippy trick on me, and I pretty much left it at that. I never even
mentioned it to anyone else because I knew they would question my mental stability. After all, I was questioning it myself!
I only had 3 or 4 oobe’s, and they all occurred during a brief 2-3 month period. I never had one before that and have never had another one since.
When it occurred each time I was completely sober (I swear!), not overly stressed about any particular issue in my life, and I was not attempting in
any way to enter an altered state of awareness. It simply happened.
OK, the following are things I’ve read regarding the oobe’s experienced by others, with my own personal recollection of my experience after
Related by others
: While lying down to sleep, but not yet out, it began.
: For me each experience began the same way. I would lie down to take a mid-afternoon nap. Before going to sleep, and while
still conscious (awake and aware) it would begin.
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: Felt a sensation of being pulled from body, and felt stuck halfway out. Then suddenly was released, floating in the
: I began to have a strange feeling, like a tugging sensation. My legs were first to go. I could actually feel them slowly
rising into the air and seperating from my phyical body, which remained motionless on the bed. This was a bit disconcerting; I was frightfully aware
of what was happening, but was physically unable to stop it. In a sense like sleep paralysis. Hmmm... It even occurred to me that I might be dying.
Then, I felt stuck for a moment, probably due to the fact that I was resisting it with all my might. But it was too much for me, and suddenly the
seperation was complete. I viewed my own body in vivid detail, still lying in bed, as I floated to the ceiling.
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: Many have reported floating to the ceiling and then bouncing around.
: So now, here I am, terrified and bouncing about the ceiling; looking down at my own body in bed. I don’t know how long
or how many times I floated/bounced around the perimeter of the room at ceiling level; I had no sense of time. It scared the hell out of me! I wanted
desperately to get back into my body, but didn’t know how to accomplish it. It was like nothing else in my life experience, and I felt completely
out of control, helpless, and totally vulnerable to whatever force was working on me.
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: Others have related they suddenly returned to their bodies, fully awake, eyes wide open AND aware, retaining acute
memories of the event.
: For me, it was like suddenly “BOOM!!”, and I found myself back in my body, in bed, very awake, very aware, very
shaken and with crystal clear recall of everything that had just happened. For me, it then took a moment for the shock to wear off before I could even
move a muscle and sit up in the bed. Again, similar to sleep paralysis. Again, hmmm...
After the first time, since I hadn’t heard of others having similar experiences, my ‘logical’ mind promptly rationalized it as a likely short in
my neural circuitry. And life went on...
Well, about 2-3 weeks later and after finally getting over the first experience, WHAM! Here we go again, bouncing around the room up at the ceiling,
negotiating desperately in my mind with Whoever that I would honestly make an effort to read the Bible if only he/she would stop f---ing with me. I
thought, “Man, this is too much. What’s going on here? No one will ever believe this. I don’t believe this!”
Seriously, it did start to concern me, and caused me to question many things. After the second event I’m beginning to get a little leary about
taking naps. Who knows where this might lead? Quite likely to the Cuckoo’s Nest, I thought.
And finally, it happened again a few weeks later. Always the same thing, and as always not a clue as to what was happening.
That’s it. After that, it never happened again. Over the years, though, I began to read of others having similar experiences and that it was called
oobe. Even that some had learned to control the phenomenon and actually escape their damned room!! Looking back on it, I do wish I had known then what
some others seem to know now. It would have been dynamite had I been able to control it and just go with it.
However, as bizarre as it was, and after all that I’ve read, I’m still not convinced it was anything paranormal in nature. Maybe it was just
another manifestation of sleep paralysis. IDK. All I know is it was weird.
I’ve had other strange experiences, as well, but nothing like some that I’ve read around here.
Nice thread, Baddogma, and Contributors
. Fun to read...