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« on: September 27, 2013, 05:35:05 PM »

Anybody ever have these? I've read about them ever since I was a teenager, and was always scared of the sleep paralysis part, where you are awake but your body cannot move or moves sluggishly. But then last month I finally had a full-blown experience and was amazed by the strange metaphysics of it all. Projecting out of the body was one thing, but walking into the bathroom through the closed bathroom door, and then back out into the bedroom again, was completely unexpected. As I walked around the room, it felt like I was trying to walk underwater, which is the best way that I can describe it. The whole episode took less than a few minutes.

I understand that there are completely down-to-earth scientific explanations for what had occurred, that the entire experience could have been a dream or hallucination. In contrast, about a week after it happened, I had what at first felt like the same type of experience, but soon came to realize that I was asleep and having a lucid dream, where you are aware that you are dreaming and can make it up as you go along. The lucid dream was far more fantastic than the out-of-body experience, but the actual out-of-body experience was pretty tame by comparison...almost boring.

I have since had two more experiences similar to the first one, but not quite as impressive in that I wasn't able to walk around into different rooms around the house like the first one. Any comments or similar experiences that anyone would like to share would be welcome!
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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2013, 06:55:45 PM »

I either experienced sleep paralysis or was tormented by the notorious old hag apparition. I never left my body though. I could not move at all. It was terrifying hearing this hideous old woman cackling and scratching the wall as she approached my bedroom and then before I knew it she was on top of me smothering me, an horrendous dead weight forcing all my breath away. It took everything I had to force myself to move and push her off of me. Then I sat right straight up in bed soaked in sweat. The nightmare had ended. Thankfully I've only experienced this twice...only once having seen said apparition.
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2013, 08:43:11 PM »

I either experienced sleep paralysis or was tormented by the notorious old hag apparition. I never left my body though. I could not move at all. It was terrifying hearing this hideous old woman cackling and scratching the wall as she approached my bedroom and then before I knew it she was on top of me smothering me, an horrendous dead weight forcing all my breath away. It took everything I had to force myself to move and push her off of me. Then I sat right straight up in bed soaked in sweat. The nightmare had ended. Thankfully I've only experienced this twice...only once having seen said apparition.

The first time I experienced sleep P, I was spending the night at a lady friend's house. There were whispers, and a purple static-like blanket atop my entire body. I listened to the whispers and as soon as I understood what was being said, it went away; during the experience I was absolutely child-like and terrified, though.

 There is a logical reasoning for these experiences, sure. But I can tell you, and I'm sure you'll agree, that until someone has actually experienced this anomaly there are no logical explanations on the planet that do it justice. I've since experienced an OBE twice, and the last was something so strange that I'm not sure I can even put it into words. I'm not entirely sure I would explain it if I could, either.

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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2013, 09:15:03 PM »

About five years ago I was physically drained and in a tremendous amount of pain and I suddenly realized I was looking down on my body, and actually had a second to realize how weird that was, then it was over and even then I wondered if it had really happened. I've always assumed it was a brain-chemical hallucination triggered by the circumstances, and also always kind of hoped it was real.
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2013, 10:09:43 PM »

The first time I experienced sleep P, I was spending the night at a lady friend's house. There were whispers, and a purple static-like blanket atop my entire body. I listened to the whispers and as soon as I understood what was being said, it went away; during the experience I was absolutely child-like and terrified, though.

 There is a logical reasoning for these experiences, sure. But I can tell you, and I'm sure you'll agree, that until someone has actually experienced this anomaly there are no logical explanations on the planet that do it justice. I've since experienced an OBE twice, and the last was something so strange that I'm not sure I can even put it into words. I'm not entirely sure I would explain it if I could, either.

@OP: A+ Thread.

I had a theory about the sleep paralysis part; that your brain does this so that your body doesn't "act out" while you are wandering outside of your body. I'm also suspecting that people who sleepwalk are merely suffering from a lack of natural sleep paralysis while they are asleep and dreaming. Sleep paralysis must be some type of natural psychosis that occurs whenever we fall asleep, which is why we are so groggy when we wake up every morning.

As far as the stuff that I hear whenever these out-of-body experiences happen, which is often a static buzzing, almost doppler effect in the ears, that stuff makes absolutely no sense. There is also a lifting or pulling sensation whenever the projection part starts to happen, and the sleep paralysis feels like my feet are clamped down or together.
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« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2013, 08:55:14 AM »

I used to get this when I was 17-18. It went away. The illusion that I was floating up to the ceiling was very convincing, and mentally I felt sharp and closer to being awake than dreaming. (I did get the static buzz). By studying details on my walls and then comparing them when I was awake I figured out that it was a dream/hallucination. I did not have a Jim Morrison poster on the wall of my bedroom, except when having an out-of-body experience. But like I said, very convincing, and not at all like a normal dream.
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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2013, 09:22:28 AM »

My life is an out of body experiance.
Seriously-when I was a kid-and a young adult-I would be sleeping-and suddenly wake up-I couldn't move-and a shdowy figure was leaning over me-I couldnt scream-I was frozen-it was so real and terrifying.
When I was 25 it happened too-except I was living in an old apartment which someone had killed herself and her child.
I couldnt wake up. I heard banging noises and people screaming-and shadow figures hung over me and I screamed and jumped out of the chair. I found out later about the murder suicide.
I moved.
I love horror films and bellieve in ufo's-but-ghosts? I dont think so.
BUT-it was unusual-and very scary.
I dont know-and will never act like I do-unlike pious religions-about the mysteries of the world-but I will never discount the possibility of anything.
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« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2013, 01:06:00 PM »

I'm pretty sure I've had an out-of-the-body experience when I was in my 20s, though part of it felt real, the other part felt like a dream. The part that felt real was me floating out of my sleeping body and drifting towards our hallway. The dream-like part involved shadow figures moving towards our house. I could see them through our living room window and I was frightened beyond belief. My father was there with me, holding a rifle (he actually owned a rifle at that time) and shouting at the approaching figures, but I don't think he was aware that I was standing next to him.
This part was very disturbing actually, as I felt fear like I have never felt before.
Shortly after I was slowly floating towards my sleeping body coming down from my room's ceiling. I sort of "landed" on top of myself (on me sleeping) staring in my own face only a few inches apart with, well, amazement I think. That's when the "sleeping me" opened his eyes and that's when I woke up but couldn't move, but now I was seeing the "floating me" staring at me and I believe I've actually felt "body weight" on top of mine (or maybe it was part of the paralysis?). After ten or so seconds I was finally able to move and I've let out a loud but short scream.
I've sat up in bed for a long time thinking what the hell did just happen? I tried to put it off as a dream but part of it felt too real.
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