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First off - I am WELL aware of sleep apnia, sleep paralysis, lowered oxygen levels in the brain, and all the other things people sometimes blame these types of events on. It is part of my career to know these things.
I mentioned about knowing I wasn't dreaming, here's why: I nearly became a Buddhist monk, in the Vajrayana tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. I lived as a monk for several years and have done many varied dream awareness exercises. I have also been able to lucid dream at will since about age 5, can astral travel at will, and can change dreams or wake up at will. Not sure why this has been part of my life but it's just who I am. I KNOW I was not dreaming.
Originally posted by iamAccnrh
Whats your trade? Also it is very likely that these events are the result of the above, and blame would perhaps be the wrong word to use - explain maybe?
How do you know you weren't dreaming? How do you discern between whats real and what isn't? How do you know this isn't a dream right now?
I'm a research Psychologist specializing in NeuroPsych/EEGs/ESP phenomena. I lead groups on paranormal aspects of life when I can. The research concerning the intracranial electrodes and oxygen deprivation lead to a much different overall feeling. The brain is trying to assign a particular meaning to the phenomena which usually ends up in a feeling of falling, blackness (sometimes whiteness), pressure on the chest, inability to move, panic, a few others - been a while since I checked into it exactly. It's quite different than the abduction scenarios people have reported.