Joe G's Experience

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the first time this happened to me i was about eight years old.  i was lying in bed and i remember watching my mother doing laundry outside my door in the hallway.  as i began to drift to sleep i remember having a weird feeling that i can't describe.  the next thing i remember is thinking i am awake but i cannot move or speak.  i remember looking back behind me and seeing my legs and body. being only eight this frightened me, so i began trying to yell for my mom but was unable to speak no matter how hard i tried.  this entire event seemed to last for only a minute or two and then just like that i was back in my bed.  for some reason, even as scared as i was, i went to sleep and never mentioned this to anyone until the next time an event like this occurred when i was eighteen. 

one night, just like the night before, i was drifting off to sleep in my bed.  this was ten years later and my family had moved to a new home since then.  i remember as i was falling asleep that i had this really heavy feeling about myself; and almost simultaneously as i felt this heaviness, i felt weightless.  i would have to say that that describes how i felt physically throughout the entire experience.  as this feeling came over me, again i could not move or speak.  i started to feel as if i was floating off of my bed just as when i was eight years old.  but this time, i began to start moving against my own will and i could not control where i was moving either.  it wasn't a violent movement, it was smooth and peaceful.  but like i said, i had no control as to where i went.

i remember that i started floating down the stairs from my bedroom loft.  once i was downstairs in the sitting area of my bedroom i did a quick circle around the room and proceeded to my brother's room next door to mine.  i floated above the bunk beds and just sort of looked at them.  i then left the room and floated through the kitchen down the hallway into my mother's room.  i saw her sleeping in bed with the tv still on, and i remember david letterman being on.  as soon as this all had started i was back in bed. once again i was frightened.  this time, i was really shaking so i went down stairs to tell my mom.  i got into her room and eerily there is my mother asleep in bed with the tv still on and david letterman on tv.     

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

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           conscious and alert but unable to control anything

Was the experience dream like in any way?   it did have a dreamy "haze" to it you could say

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

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            scared but at the same time peace

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           no

Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? Yes

yes i saw my mother asleep with the television on playing david letterman.  i also tried to grab onto the top railing of my brothers bunk bed because i felt like i was going to float through the ceiling and through the roof into the sky.

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          Yes, once again the tv

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Yes, just sight

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Yes

between the time i was in the altered state and then back in the conscious state in my bedroom seemed instantaneous.  but the time it would take me too walk from my mothers bedroom and back upstairs to mine takes at least 20 - 25 seconds.

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    No

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             Uncertain, the ceiling perhaps

Did you become aware of future events?       No

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       Uncertain, i was frightened the entire time and wanted to return but couldn't.  so i do not know if my own will is what brought me back

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         No

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Uncertain

i've always sort of believed in (obe's) but i've always associated it with people who've almost died and then returned back with stories of seeing a light or winged beings and such.  but mine was noting of the such other than being able to see my own body.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       i never slowed down because of either of these events i've just always been curious about them.

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

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes

they were almost entertained and sometimes speechless. it usually comes up when a discussion about supernatural things is started.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  scared.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      the best part was just wondering if i could ever control this experience to were i could use it to my advantage i guess. but mostly it just frightened me because i couldn't control it which was the worst.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        i remember both times right as it began to start i would get this weird and scary feeling, the feeling of being paralyzed and not being able to speak. also, on a lighter note i suppose, i remember getting that same feeling of not being able to move or speak when i would sometimes fall asleep in class in high school yet i could hear everything that was going on around me in class ie, the teacher talking my friends talking but no matter how hard i tried i could not wake up move or speak. and i know i wasn't dreaming because the same conversations i would hear while i this state continued on around me as i finally was able to move.

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

Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?               Yes