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Terral S's Experience

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I have always slept on my back and have had countless bouts of sleep paralysis as a child but never any OBE's. I would awaken at night unable to move and used the "wiggle appendage method" to get out of this state. Needless to say it was frightening and occurred so often that I sometimes tried to just play along but would always become too afraid. Sometimes it happened as soon as I lay down to sleep. I would hear a rushing noise that sounded like a chaotic orchestra and the louder the sound got, the less I was able to move. Essentially, at this point, I could avoid the experience if I bailed upon first hearing the sound. These experiences slowed in frequency during my late teenage years to present but never fully left.

For the last 6 months or so I found that I would wake up in bed every so often feeling different. I felt like I was really light and weightless. I would try to get up but I could barely move like I was being pulled by a magnet. However, I could move my arms from the elbow down. I would raise my hands and look at them and they were not as normal but opaque. People are right when they say a grayish bluish color. I am so aware at these times its like I could recite my name, the date, and any other acuity questions. But, I could never get up. The magnet was just too strong. I became convinced that I was having OBE's.

Bored at work one day, I decided to look up OBE's and Astral Projection on the internet. Wow! I was not the only one! I came across tips on how to induce OBE's and finally decided to try it. I tried about a week. Nothing. I did get vibrations but my mind always wondered. I mostly would question whether the vibrations were real or imaginary, mental or physical. It all just seemed too difficult and so I gave up. Imagine my shock when the following occurred the very night I decided to abandon the effort.

I woke up in bed and felt that same lightness but I also felt what was like a malevolent presence in the room. I saw right in front of me a large menacing shadowy figure and somehow recognized it as the thing that scared me as a child when waking up paralyzed although as a child I never saw the figure itself. I was tired of being scared and I sternly said (or thought), "I am not afraid of you. GO AWAY!" and to my surprise the shadow shrunk to the size of a small doll and ran through a door that appeared out of nowhere. At this point, the tiny shadow figure looked like the little man we see on road signs or public rest room doors. It peeked back in the door to look at me and I looked at it with no fear and it again ran away. The door then seemed to change into a hand that pointed toward my bedroom window. That is when I got up off my bed with no magnetic pull and realized I was out of body.

I'd like to emphasize that all this while I knew I was not dreaming and that I was fully aware. At this point I became excited. A little knowledgeable about Astral Projection and such due to my research, I knew I was experiencing something of the sort. I then decided to go explore. My room was the same except that everything was on the opposite side. It was as if left was right. But some parts of the room was normal. Weird. I decided to go outside and looked at the pointed hand. So I floated through the window which is one storey up. It was so exciting! I was excited and apprehensive and nervous and curious all at once. Looking down I saw a large cat as well as a few other entities below but I focused on the cat. It was like a house cat but bigger and its back was arched with all its hair standing up while it walked along minding its business. Then I thought, "How am I floating?" and at that very moment I started to slowly descend. When I landed I looked into the horizon and it looked a bit different than it should. I saw mountains where should have been buildings. Then I thought of the cat and other entities and decided I would rather not be on the ground with them about and thought that I wanted to go back to my room. So, I looked at the window, thought about it and just floated back up in the air through it. This was no lucid dream dear reader. The level of control and clarity was down right eerie. I decided that I had enough and willed myself back to my body and immediately "woke up." I thought to myself, "I want to go back" and I laid back down and somehow knew that it would happen. And it did.

I cannot remember the exact point of separation but I rolled out of my body and decided to go out my door this time. I live in a military barracks so outside my door is the hallway. I went down the hallway and then decided that, instead of using doors I would go through walls since I can. I did just that. I quickly went through a few walls then stopped. In front of me were two Navy boys. They were sniffing cocaine. They did not seem to be aware of me. Now I am not a big anti-drug person and don't judge people by that standard. My exact thoughts were something like, "Why am I seeing this? I don't care about this. Why did I stop here? Am I supposed to do something? Stop them? Report them?" As I thought of 'Report', the two both looked at me as if becoming aware of me. These weren't Navy boys. They were spirits or entities or whatever they are called and they were angry. Again, fear overcame me and I quickly flew the way I came (through the walls) and they gave chase and caught up to me in the hallway. I remember thinking that I was going to die and that I should never have dabbled with this stuff or wished to leave my body. In fear I willed myself back to my body and within an instant I "woke up." I was really scared but relieved that I made it back.

I would also like to note that when I say I "woke up" it does not mean I was asleep. There is no break in consciousness between what I was experiencing outside of the body and physically getting up off the bed IN the body. It is all the same. Now ,after a 3 month break, I am once again getting those weightless with opaque hands incidents. I am going to try to induce an OBE this following week.

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

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes     It is difficult to describe the way things look.

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?           Fully 100% without a single doubt alert as can be.

Was the experience dream like in any way?   I guess seeing a different landscape horizon.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     I don't think I had any form to speak of. In fact, my attention was on the environment around me.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Elation, Awe, Fear, Curiosity, Excitement, and such.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           No.

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?            Uncertain      Just the cat. Not too amazing. Just a giant house cat.

Did you see a light?           No      

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Yes    

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?          No      

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Yes            Sight was the strangest, most difficult to describe to anyone sense I experienced. Everything existed with a type of aura that went along with it. It's hard to explain. There is nothing on earth, not even computer graphics, that can even remotely mimic it.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Yes     No sense of time where I was. It was as all was forever and an instant.

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       Yes     It was all up to me. I decided when I wanted to return.

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?   Yes     OBE are really REAL.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       None.

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

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     I told five friends. One friend is curious. Two thinks its wacky stupid stuff and two just entertained me. Its not an easy thing to be taken seriously when relating that type of story.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Super Curiosity of the spiritual matters.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      best was the window. Worst was the door.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        No, that's all.

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    

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    Good questionnaire.