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Lauren A's Experience

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This literally happened early this morning so it's still fresh in my mind and I'm uncertain what to make of it as of right now. I know the stories and experiences here help me sometimes, so I'm still shocked that I'm on here sharing my story, but if this helps someone else, then I want to do my part.

I fell asleep a bit early after taking my nighttime medication and woke up around 2:30ish last night. I had a dream that I was under a sheet like a little kid on a bed taking a peak at the figure sitting in a chair next to me (he was kind of blurred like white linen but I could make out the figure ). I knew he (male?) was talking about me to another unknown figure in the room and I was just curious as if I were a little kid. I did not feel threatened by these figures, as they were not human (aliens, but not gray ones, more a cartoon character alien of my own imagination, because I do draw a lot, so this was not like an abduction, just a dream, nothing more). I heard a very loud audible voice behind me (female) say: 'Hey!' She was trying to get my attention, for reasons unknown to me, and that's when I immediately woke up. I remember it well enough to draw it, and everything I experienced. I woke up, thinking it was time to get ready for the morning, but was disappointed when I checked that it was 2:30 A.M.(give or take).

I was up for about an hour, deciding not to fight trying to go back to sleep, but rather briefly checking email, reading through part of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes and said a brief prayer, as I was growing stronger in my faith having gone to therapy and going through a misdiagnosis, feeling more hopeful about the progress I'd made in my life. I'm feeling pretty good about that right now.

I went back to sleep, except I never actually felt going into that unconscious state. It was completely spontaneous and not at will. I didn't feel anything coming into this state of higher consciousness, but as soon as I rose I felt a sense of peace and being light in weight, I felt myself rise a few feet, thinking I was just waking again but I knew immediately that I wasn't in my body as soon as I twirled and (it was kind of like a happy dance sensation, very positive). I had this amazing awareness and felt so weightless! Everything was so clear in detail and colorful! The light that shown was just my nightlight (a bit embarrassed about that but the light is soothing) so nothing in the room had changed at all. I have astigmatism but I didn't have the sensation of glasses yet I saw everything in incredibly clear detail. I felt more conscious and alert than I am even at this moment in my own body. I had a sense of a higher reality and the sense of order and reason in this chaotic world just free floating. I floated above my bed, saw my body lumped under blankets and a pillow above my head (that's how I sleep) did that wonderful twirl and rose above one of my drafting tables (and after the shock after actually waking I recreated it in body by standing on a chair to step on the table, it was so bizarre).

As I rose, that's when I felt my most alert and clear of a sense of God on the other side wanting to reach out and speak to me about something. No communication was ever said, it was like I just knew it, I suddenly begun to feel a very strong vacuum force from behind trying to pull me, and I wanted to go but I suddenly feared that I wouldn't be able to return to my body, and I thought-spoke (I felt separate from my physical body and free to use my senses and capability to speak and breathe (I realized breathing is just a motion, that I didn't need to breathe in my state so I stopped at that point, but no change), and realized I could just think it). I thought, at a very loud and audible volume, 'NO!!! I'M NOT READY!!!' I wasn't trying to be mean, I really wanted to go and see what I was being called to, but I became scared that I wouldn't be able to return to my body and carry out my purpose. I never really struggled with the pulling force, because after I said no, the force complied, and then I was suddenly aware that I was attached to some cord, but felt no elasticity or whatever, I very smoothly and gently (but fast!) glided back into my body. I've experienced sleep paralysis before, but it wasn't even that upon being back in my body. It's as if I never 'woke up' from a dream state and was groggy. It just never happened. I simply glided back to my body and started moving again. I tried to ground myself and tell myself that I was okay and 'normal' again so I rubbed my index finger against my bed sheet at will and started blinking afterward. I'm still awake fresh from that this morning. My dog in the other room started barking as I glided and I could still hear her while laying there, not paralyzed. I then got up, like normal and went to the bathroom and just looked in the mirror. I was all there, wondering, what just happened? I'm still trying to process it. It was overall amazingly positive and wonderful. I guess the only distressing part was having the higher knowledge and awareness and knowing why I was brought to that state, if this is the first time (I'd be blessed to experience that again). So, I guess I was scared because it would have been a 'first time' thing and because I didn't want my physical body to die if I met God (I know that I'd trust him not to let that happen, but at the moment I was just scared).

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience? Uncertain I'm on Seroquel (150 mg), which to my knowledge can affect dreams, although I felt completely conscious, if not more, during this experience

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? More real than what I am when awake. Incredibly clear and alert, like a hyper awareness.

Was the experience dream like in any way? No

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body? Yes I could see my form under the blankets on my bed below me. It looked like I was still sleeping.

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace, easiness, hope, happiness in the moment that my soul 'danced,' but it was also very new so I wasn't sure what to expect.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises? I felt my ears vibrate (my left ear more than my right) upon 'reentering' my body, but that's it. However, they've been 'spazzing' and doing that on there own during the day while I'm awake and out and about doing things.

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 knew that the higher realms were above me, and I was starting to feel the suctioning motion, until I thought/said to stop. I never saw Heaven, but it was like I just knew the journey to it was there if I just relaxed my spirit and let it take me. I didn't, and I'm kicking myself for being scared.

Did you see a light? No

Did you meet or see any other beings? No

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

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later? Yes my dog barking in the other room.

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different? Yes I could see better than 20/20 vision and I could look at the texture of my table. It was crisp, clear, and the colors of everything were in high definition even though the lighting was dim since it was still way early in the morning. 360 degree vision if that makes sense, but I could focus in on things, as if it was just my own 2 eyes. It was cool. I could hear, but I only really heard the dog barking and my own thoughts. The house was pretty quiet. I was aware that I didn't need to use the motions of my physical body such as breathing, such as breathing. I did the motions of breathing until I realized I didn't need to do it. It was like my body was just a vessel, a machine needing maintenance, and with limitations.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time? Yes Time was still linear but at an altered state. The experience was brief, but it was almost like it was longer, slightly experiencing things happening at once but still separate (like being squished, although I feel like that's a horrible way to describe it, it's very hard to articulate).

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose? Yes Yes, I felt like I was at the lower end (our 'reality') of a higher dimension. I didn't see it or have anything to prove it, other than the force that was pulling me away from my body, but I just knew it was there, and that if this was just enough for me (I'm sensitive about my environments) to taste just a little bit of what God was like, then that was enough. It was very bizarre as I'm still processing it. I feel more positive and incredibly aware of what's going on around me. I'm also reading everyone and picking up on vibes from people, animals, and even objects and places. I find that confusing because I experienced a standard (by comparison I guess) out of body experience. I mostly feel just highly aware of what's going on around me.

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No

Did you become aware of future events? Uncertain I knew that I had a future ahead, and the whole experience was mostly positive. I'm not sure if this experience was confirming that, or if it's just what I make out of it, like dreams.

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body? Yes I wanted back in my body, and the force complied. It was very gentle, but very swift too.

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience? Uncertain It literally happened this morning. It's too early to tell. I'm still in awe, but I've noticed a higher awareness of things around me.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience? Yes My life was picking up from some traumatic events last year (a verbally abusive parent and a death of a friend), and I'm in an outpatient therapy program dealing with it. My faith, as a result, has grown.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices? Just confirmation of higher places/dimensions/realms.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience? Uncertain This was recent.

Have you shared this experience with others? Yes Just my therapist. She said not to worry.

What emotions did you experience following your experience? Elated joy, like a child, and then fear from the pulling.

What was the best and worst part of your experience? Best part: the sphere-like vision and clearness of everything. My highest awareness was especially floating near the ceiling and looking down at my desk.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience? I wish I had let the force take me. I had premonition that everything was going to be okay, but I let fear overtake me.

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