Bobby R's Experience

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Experience description:   

It started as a feeling of floating inside my house. Then I could see myself sleeping. This scared me and I would try to wake myself up, but couldn't. I would try to holler at myself and make noise to wake up, but couldn't make a sound. I would just be floating above myself as I was sleeping. I could see myself lying there, but couldn't move, speak, or arouse my sleeping body in any way.

Then on the 4th time of this, I saw myself lying there asleep, but a Black Cat ( large for a domestic cat, but not overly large) was sitting on my chest biting me on the face and head. This really scared me and I discussed this with my Doctor the next day. He was quite impressed and told me how he had tried unsuccessfully for years to induce an OBE himself and gave me a brief overview of the process. I told him it spooked me too much and I thought I was going crazy. He said not to be afraid of it, but to welcome it. I told him I just wanted it to stop. He suggested sleeping with the light on and the tv or radio playing so it wouldn't be so quite and dark.

This worked for a couple of years, but when I would forget about it and be least expecting it, I would have another bout of "floating" around my house. This has continued off and on ever since. Sometimes, I will just be looking down on myself, and a couple of times, I would go into the living room and see my dog sleeping in her spot on the couch. She would continue to sleep, not moving or looking up. I have been to every room in the house, never walking, always "floating" but have never left the house. I am primarily spooked by this, but curious at the same time. I have tried yelling out, moving my physical body, turning over, etc. but haven't been able to wake up, move, or utter a sound.

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience:  No

Was the experience difficult to express in words?  No

At the time of the experience, was there an associated life threatening event?  No

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?  as above

Was the experience dream like in any way?  as above

Did you experience a separation of consciousness from your body?  Yes

Describe your appearance or form apart from your body:  as above

What emotions did you feel during the experience?  scared. Woke up gasping for breath and sweating

Did you meet or see any other beings?  Yes

      Describe:  A Black Cat, sitting on my chest biting me, and my dog sleeping on the couch

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?  Yes

      Describe:  Walls of my house. Have not tried to go out, too spooky.

Were you involved in or aware of a decision to return to the body?  Yes

      Describe:  every time I spend most of the time trying to wake myself and when I do wake up, I am in my body, gasping for air.

Have you shared this experience with others?  Yes

      Describe:  only with my doctor as stated above. I fear regular people would think I'm nuts.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  scared to go to sleep

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?  As I said earlier, it scares me, but at the same I would like to discuss this with someone that knows about all this stuff. Someone that could answer some questions. Then I would consider trying to go farther into this.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?  No

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?  No