reply to post by VoidHawk
Off topic: That other fella was a Xenophobe, and he's just coming to grips with his disorder. The first step in over coming a fear is to define why
you are afraid. Fear is both irrational behavior, and an effective survival mechanism.
Now, a few months ago I'd had two days without sleep because my grandson was ill. When we knew he was going to be ok I jumped in my car and
started driving home. I'd only been driving a few minutes when I realised I was in danger of falling asleep. About half way through the journey I
recieved a massive electrical shock. I HAD fallen asleep! Holy crap!! I said I recieved an electrical shock, well I'm not joking, it hurt like
hell. But I didnt crash!!!
Sleep deprivation causes your body to do strange things. In your case, the soothing vibrations of the road caused you to fall asleep almost
immediately (your conscious mind), but your subconscious was still active.
You also need to realize that your brain never stops functioning, and accept the fact that you never really sleep, you only changes states of
Undoubtedly, your will power was pushed to the limit, and your conscious mind was trying to over rule your subconscious, then I'll throw in the fact
that you were pumped full of naturally occurring chemicals due to the amount of stress and emotion you had been dealing with. Most people don't
disrupt the normal circadian rhythm, and I find sleep deprivation to be a fascinating subject. Many famous people have had that "aha" moment during
periods of sleep deprivation, such as Nostradamus, Edison, Tesla, and Einstein. Marines going through boot camp face extended periods of no sleep, as
part of their conditioning.
That said, your subconscious mind (brain), sensed that your body was in danger, and sent a surge of neural-transmitters, and probably a nice jolt of
adrenaline, into your system. Imagine all your neural synapses firing at once, something akin to re-booting. That would feel like an electrical
shock. I'll bet you were wide awake instantly.
I can relate. I've had a few of those whole body jolts before. I know exactly what it feels like. In all the times I've experienced it, it's
been during the process of falling asleep. It's always occurred before the onset of a dream, and it could be related to the phenomena of OOBEs.
Once, I was drifting off (in bed, thankfully), and was beginning to float up out of my body. There was a terrible jolt, a whole body spasm, and a
distinctive *bzzzzzzzt* that started in my ears and went through my whole body. I jolted awake.
Another time, while dreaming, I was "flying" through the darkness, and was approaching an area that was foreboding and I was afraid to fly there.
It suddenly occurred to me that I was dreaming, and flying, and that I didn't want to go "there". *bzzzzzzzt*, and I was wide awake again,
pondering what my dream was about.
Afterwards, I started reading up on Astral Travel. OOBEs. The works. I practiced lucid dreaming, and began to understand how little we actually
know about our brains and how they work. I started keeping a dream journal. Now, I have dreams all the time, visiting many places I didn't know
existed, and get to experience "movie length" dreams that are as real as reality while I am "dreaming", complete with smells, colors, and best of
all, I get to interact with my dreams.
Unfortunately, I don't believe in Greys, or aliens for that matter. I say it is all linked to how our brain relates information to our
consciousness, and how we perceive what is reality and what isn't. I know my dreams aren't real, but that doesn't prevent me from experiencing
them. It's also helpful to realize your mind may play tricks on you, but they're not really tricks, they're just the way you relate to your