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John R's Experience

Experience description:   

I am not sure what causes my OBEs.  I can recognize when I am having sleep paralysis and I control for the most part my ability to have an OBE.  My sleep paralysis happens when I am extremely tired for the most part.  I can hear high frequency buzzing sounds and it feels like electricity taking over my entire body.  What follows is complete paralysis.  My OBEs will only happen if I attempt to fall asleep while lying on my back.  I cannot have a blanket or a pillow on top of me and I have to have my arms free.  When I feel the sleep paralysis coming on I literally tell myself to relax and go with it.  I slowly attempt to roll to the side and fall off of the bed or the couch.  As I fall I am lifted up to the ceiling.  Sometimes I feel like I push myself away from the ceiling.  At this point I can pretty much control my OBE and wander about the house or outside, floating through walls and doors.  I have never had a terribly bad experience.  All have been good for the most part. 

I have seen people I do not recognize.  When this happens I get scared and I force my self to come back.  At first I though I was having seizures because of the buzzing and electrical feeling.  I did some internet research and I have found that my brain may be releasing the chemical it uses to paralyze the body during REM prematurely.  So basically I am able to dream but awake at the same time.  Please note this happens to me the vast majority of the time when I first lay down.  Rarely does it happen after a long period of sleep.  Also, sometimes I can have repeated OBEs over and over again.  Again, I recognize the ability to control the dreamlike state and I have a good method of allowing the OBE to happen.  I actually look forward to having them.  I do not think I am special or chosen or anything like that.  I truly believe I may have a sleep disorder.  I hope you find my thought interesting.  I would love to talk to other individuals who share my ability to have OBEs.  Most people think I'm a bit nutty probably.  Then I tell them to research sleep paralysis on the internet.  They are surprised to find thousands who get it.

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

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

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

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           Very good.  As stated above it almost always happens just prior to falling asleep.  In a very tired state but still aware and awake.

Was the experience dream like in any way?   It is dream like only in that logically speaking I try to tell myself it is a dream.  In other words I believe my brain and body are sometimes ready for REM much earlier than a normal person.  The actual experience is much more real, vivid and much more life like than dreamlike.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Uncertain      I have never attempted to look back at my body.  My sense of feeling (touch is not great) although I can grasp things and I can remember feelings of touch.  A good example is a test that I gave to myself to see if my experience was real.  Knowing I locked the side door of my house prior to going to bed, when the SP came on and I had an OBE, I floated out to the side door and unlocked it.  When I came out of the OBE I checked the door and it was still locked.  I can remember physically unlocking the door while in the OBE and I felt it.  Not sure if this answers the question completely.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            At first I was scared to death.  Then I learned more about sleep paralysis and OBEs and now I look forward to having both.  Every now and then I see people I do not recognize and I do get scared.  More often than not by a wide margin my experiences are positive.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           Loud high frequency buzzing.  Sometimes with SP I do feel a presence in the room or in another room and I get a little scared.  If I fail to initiate the OBE then I force myself to move abruptly to snap out of the SP.  For the most part when I hear something when in SP I immediately go into OBE mode and try to find the source of the noise.  I'm getting chills as I write this lol !!

LOCATION DESCRIPTION:  Did you recognize any familiar locations or any locations from familiar religious teachings or encounter any locations inhabited by incredible or amazing creatures?    No            I have not experience god like creatures or unearthly beings/creatures.  I did once see a UFO outside of my Wilkes Barre home during an OBE.  Again, I consider my experience scientifically explainable so I don't believe I really saw a UFO.  I also had an experience where I floated outside of my house in Hunlock Creek, traveled across the road and into the woods for quite a distance.  I found open fields, several barn like dwellings and two ponds.  I entered one of the barns and saw an old lady sitting in a rocking chair.  She looked right at me but didn't say anything. I got scared and forced myself back.  About 6-9 months later my wife, daughter and I looked into buying an old farmhouse with 95 acres for sale in the same general area that I traveled to during my OBE.  There were several barns and two ponds on the property.  This is the only truly "spooky" experience I have had.

Did you see a light?           Yes     Sometime vivid lights.  More often than not I do not see bright lights though.  As a side not I have seen orbs.  One after another for a period of about fifteen minutes.  (not when in OBE) but wide awake at dusk.  Nobody in my family could see them just me.  It only happened once.

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Yes     Please see above. (the lady in the rocking chair) Sometimes I check on my daughter and my wife during OBEs.  Sometimes I go into my fathers room and check on him.  He lives with us.  I have attempted to travel long distances but it seems that after certain period my ability to concentrate on the OBE fades.  For the most part I come in contact with people I know.  Oddly, they are always doing what they are suppose to be doing.  Sleeping or watching television.  If I could master the ability to make the OBEs last longer I am sure I would come in contact with much more.

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

Please see above remarks.  I have attempted to visit friends as well as family members.  The only thing I witnessed that I would not know about is the property I mentioned above with the barns and ponds.  I always felt this was coincidence, but I admit it makes me think a little.  I have moved physical objects while in OBE but they are not moved when I come out of it.

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          No response           

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Yes            Hearing was good.  Not as good as in full conscious state.  Same goes for sight, and touch.  I cannot recall anything regarding smell.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Yes     The episodes are not like a traditional dream.  They are much more vivid and I can recall almost every detail. I can control my actions for the most part.  At the same time it is much different than being completely awake and living normally.  So something is altered.  Not sure if space and time are altered or if I am truly awake and dreaming at the same time.  I'm thinking the latter.

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

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             Yes     I think the answer is yes.  As stated earlier.  A period of time which is directly associated with distance goes by and I can no longer concentrate enough to keep the OBE going.  For instance I almost always try to travel as far as I can.  The farther away from my home I attempt to travel the harder the concentration becomes.

Did you become aware of future events?       No      

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       Yes     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?   No      

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       Not at all.

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

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     They laugh and smile a lot. Most people either think I'm a little crazy for telling them. (at least that's the impression I get) I have spoken to a few people who get sleep paralysis and they are very happy that they can talk to someone else who gets it.  Then I tell them that I take it further and turn it into an OBE.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  At first very scared and then happy.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The worst was the first time I experienced sleep paralysis.  Not knowing what was going on.  It continued to be scary until I researched it and found it is pretty normal.  The best experience was my first OBE.  After I recognized I could actually cause an OBE by staying calm during the sleep paralysis and telling myself to go with it.

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