Katharine O's Experience

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Experience description:   

At about 2am or so, I started to fall asleep on my futon in my living room. The living room is directly attached the the kitchen and dining areas. I was trying to look up art framing prices on the internet to prepare for an exhibition, it was boring, but not difficult, but I had an overwhelming sleepiness come over me. I had my TV on and the Star Wars episode II DVD in the player. I often play this DVD late at night when there is nothing on TV, just for some background noise. I have the thing pretty much memorized. I decided to curl up for a bit to relieve the sleepiness, and turned my back to my laptop and the TV. I had a comforter with me on the futon, and I wrapped it around my body and my head, with just a little opening to breathe out of (the usual configuration for me). Anyway, I knew I never fully fell asleep because I was still following along with the sounds and dialog from the movie. I didn't miss out on any scene aurally. The whole time I was sleeping was about an hour, judging from the scenes in the movie. My body was dead asleep, but I was still fairly conscious.

Okay, the first weird part of the experience, was that I remember being conscious and looking at the corner of a pillow that I usually sleep with and thinking I should wash the pillowcase soon. However, physically, the pillow was nowhere near me. After that, I "closed" my eyes.

Now for the really weird part. I heard my keys jingling on the kitchen counter, like they were being lifted about an inch and pushed back down, fairly rapidly. I could hear this over the sounds from the movie. I was doing it, and I felt that it was fun. I wanted to wake up because the fact that my keys were moving was frightening, but I knew I was the one playing with them. I couldn't open my eyes or move, but I was trying to get up. When I started to really try, the keys stopped moving, and I could feel myself physically moving from the counter back to my body to which I was still tethered through my back. I was amorphous (sp?),  but had a large volume and no weight. The largest part of this part of me was surrounding the counter, about 4 feet above the ground (it is a raised bar-like sort of counter), and about ten feet from where I was sleeping.

As this part went back to my body, I was still consciously in my body, that part started to shrink and came back to my body, accelerating in motion, it was sort of graceful and ended in a snap into my back and my head. The really disturbing part was that I physically felt this re-entry into my body. From my body, it felt like I was being snuck up on by a dog/cat, or something that was very foreign to my person, from down near the carpet. It felt like a gentle hug, a gentle pressure on the outside of the comforter, and then I went through the comforter (the other part of me) and snapped into my back and head. As I was going through, it felt like there was a mild vacuum or suction that made the comforter cling to me (it stayed closer, pressed to me, after the snap).

It was, without a doubt, the freakiest thing I have ever felt. After that, I could open my eyes, and felt that I could then move, but I was stilled scared that there might be something still in the room. After about twenty seconds, my fear subsided, and I gathered the courage to get up and look around. I got up and looked at the keys, they were in their usual place, but I couldn't tell if they had been moved like I had heard.

A little later, I had heard some sounds like paper shuffling, which freaked me out (since I was already in a highly freaked out state). I heard it several times, but couldn't quite place it. I thought it might have been a coyote scratching at my front door (I live near a nature trail inhabited by several). A little later, I went into my bedroom and found the culprit for the sounds. About two weeks ago I had attached with heavy packaging tape about a yard of black fabric to my bedroom wall as a background to take slide photos of some of my artwork (for the exhibition), and it had fallen completely off the fall. The weird thing was that I had checked it earlier in the day, and it was completely attached. It might have been just a coincidence, but I wonder since this experience was so physical if I had done something while asleep to disturb the fabric enough that it would later fall off.

Okay, now some more background. This wasn't the first time I've had an OBE, but this is the first time that I've had such a strong physical interaction. Most have consisted at looking at myself doing something, and they occurred when I was very little (under 3). In fact, my very first memory occurred at about 18mos and was an OBE. Most of those were accompanied immediately prior with a feeling in my chest and head area of getting larger-smaller, like a vibration, in increasing frequency. I still get that feeling, but I always supress it so I won't leave. I've also had an experience as a teenage where I woke up from sleep but couldn't open my eyes or move my body (other than breathe). After about a minute, I could control my body. I've had some other experiences that are bizzare, but don't fit with anything I know of naturally, but also are nothing like I've ever heard anyone else describe, so they will always be my secret.

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

The only medication I am taking is the Ortho-Evra birth control patch, on my shoulder.

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Uncertain

The physical feelings are difficult to describe.

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

I was very relaxed when it began.

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           I was consciously able to hear stuff and feel my body, but my body was asleep like a log, and my eyes were closed.

Was the experience dream like in any way?   Only the first part, so not really.

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

I guess, but I was definitely in both places. For the second part, I couldn't see anything. The part of me that was with the keys was very big and nebulous. I don't know if I had an appearance.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            I was rather shocked and frightened.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           I heard the keys jingling, and the movie playing.

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?    Yes

I was very much in my apartment. I don't believe in the existence of heaven or hell.

Did you see a light?           Yes

Only the lights that I had left on in my apartment. I find it easier to sleep during the day or with my lights on, but no, not the "Light" kind of light.

Did you meet or see any other beings?           No

Never in any of my experiences, though this time, I felt myself as a foreign presence.

Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? No

I avoid this stuff like the plague.

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

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

I could hear perfectly, I could feel my body (as one would normally while conscious). I couldn't see anything for the second part.

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

Everything was normal.

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

Yes, I wanted to stop the experience as soon as possible.

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

Still agnostic.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       It's only been a couple of hours.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Shock, fear.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      I didn't like any of it, but the snap back was fascinating.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        Please don't publish my name or contact me.

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