Julia C's Experience


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Experience description:   

I woke up and was lying in bed. I felt very relaxed. I started to have sleep paralysis (when I am awake but unable to move my body). Normally I get quite scared when this happens but instead I just let myself relax further, then I started to hear a buzzing noise in my ear like an electrical current. I could remember reading that this was one of the first stages of an OBE in an article about sleep paralysis and it's connection to Out of Body Experiences.

I just let it happen and I felt myself start to rise. I found this quite scary so I made an effort to kick my legs, and was back in my body again. I was still quite relaxed so when I heard the buzzing noise again, this time I let myself rise up. I felt like I was floating and was aware that I was about a foot higher than the bed. I couldn't really see anything because it was very dark. I became frightened again, so this time when I kicked my legs, I woke myself up too much for it to happen again.

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?           I had just woken up, but I was quite aware of what was happening.

           
Was the experience dream like in any way?   no

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

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            relaxed at first, then when I started to think about what was happening I was scared.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           buzzing noises like an electrical pulse; the noise a fuse makes when it goes, but for longer.

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

It was very dark, but I could still see shapes and the outline of my boyfriend's body in bed.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   No

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

Yes, when I became scared, I tried to kick my legs, and this returned me to my body

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   No