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Dream or Out of Body Experience?

Posted on February 18, 2010

I have a very unusual experience to tell that may or may not be paranormal in nature. Whether it was real or just a dream, it left me absolutely terrified. It happened when I was 15 years old and living at home with my parents and my older brother in a two story house.

We used to joke about our house being haunted because all of us at one time had heard footsteps on the stairs leading up from the den on the bottom floor. The steps would begin in the den, walk up the stairs, and then stop when they reached the top of the stairs. All of our bedrooms we on the top floor.

One night after everyone was asleep, I woke up for no apparent reason. I felt disconnected and confused, like I was still half asleep. For some reason, I felt the need to get up and go downstairs. When I went out into the hallway, I saw that my feet were not touching the ground, I was practically floating, and realized that I was dreaming. I “floated” down the first flight, then turned the corner and started down the second flight of stairs toward the den. It was dark, but for obvious reason I could not turn on the lights.

I went through the doorway of the den, and suddenly had a terrible feeling that I was not alone. As a matter of fact, I absolutely panicked, and knew I had to get out of there. I turned around and literally felt myself flying up the first flight, then the second, and into my bedroom. I then found myself hovering over my bed, actually looking down at my own body, still asleep on the bed. I looked over at my bedroom door, and I just knew that whatever was in the den was making it’s way up the stairs. I was frantic, and tried everything to wake myself up. I began screaming at myself to wake up, but my body didn’t stir, I tried to hit myself but couldn’t reach, and I got this sense that if I didn’t wake myself up before this “thing” got to my room, something really bad was going to happen.

I heard the footsteps of the horror reach the top of the upstairs landing, and it began to walk toward my room which was at the end of the hall. It was then that I suddenly “fell” into my body, and I woke up by sitting straight up in bed. My heart was racing and I was covered in sweat. I immediately looked over at the bedroom door, expecting something to come walking through, but it didn’t. The house was dark and terribly quiet. I turned on my bedside lamp, still watching my open bedroom door. Nothing appeared, moved, or made a noise. After a few minutes of this I finally chalked it up to the most vivid dream I’ve ever had and went back to sleep, with the lamp still on.

I’ve thought about this incident over the years since then, and even though my rational mind says it was just a dream, there’s a small part of me that wonders if that was an “out of body experience.” My husband believes that it was, and that the reason I was trying so hard to wake myself up was to keep the “bad thing” from reaching my body before I did and taking it over. I’m not convinced of this, however, I will say that this occurrence is the one and only time I’ve ever seen myself in a dream.

Written by Leslie Cooke, Copyright 2010

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12 Responses to “Dream or Out of Body Experience?”
  1. Jennifer Mills - Young says:

    Managing astral traval myself at first unconsciously and now by conscious will – you are in a vulnerable state during the act of astral travel.
    I know the first few times I managed it I thought I was dreaming, but it was only by confirming what I had seen with a third person, I found I had actually been in the location in real time and witnessed a real event!
    You are vulnerable during the state of astral travel and personally I always say an ” our father ” and surround myself in white light before attempting any conscious astral trips these days. I also ask my resident ‘ family spirits ‘ ( whom I have encountered before ) to keep an eye on me.
    But the sensation of astral travel does feel very much like you are dreaming!
    Even now I don’t have a 100% success rate and sometimes I just have an interesting dream because when I try to confirm my visit to the location – my observations are well off and incorrect ( so I wasn’t really there and was just dreaming about being there ) but on other occassions third parties confirm my information as a confirmation I was really present and making real time observations.
    Even today I can’t tell the difference! Except if I’m walking on carpet in my astral trip – I can feel carpet on my feet like I’m really there…..where those sensations are no where near as clear in a dream.
    Now I say ‘ bed time prayers ‘ every night in case I spontaneously pop off somewhere!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I have had an out of body experience. In 1984 it was a week before my 17 year old brother died in a car accident. I have a sixth sense all my life. but in the experience I was staying at a motel with my boyfriend I was 19. I was laying next to Ken. Then I felt myself I was asleep for a while then I was projected into a spririt world. I was awake and floating above my body. all night I floated screaming for someone to help me. It was a terrifying experience. I could not control my body and my soul hovered above my body at it’s own will. there was no one else their but it was darkness. finally when the sun came up at 5am my soul went back into my body. I told my boyfriend about it he did not know what to make of it. but my brother died a week later. so I think it had some kind of significance. like there is life after death. I have never had that obe ever happen again.

  3. trolldoll1681 says:

    i’ve had flying dreams before but nothing near like that! i’m glad you went back into your body! and thanks jennifer for a great explanation!!

  4. evil hadeys says:

    That is really scary! well i hope everything is settled now.

  5. anna says:

    well I am glad you got to wake up from that.im glad nothing happened to the point of you may not of woken up.Ive had some dreams wear i could fly too but just to get away from bad guys tring to kill me but you topped my dream.thanks for the story.im glad nothing else happened to you.

  6. cutie gurl says:

    I was sleeping, I wanted to move my hands on that night but I wont try to move it and I feel like there is someone is handling my hands. My younger sister is beside me in sleeping but she don’t bother me that night and I was really scared what was happening to me that night. I don’t know why…

  7. Eileen says:

    I used to go to classes at the school of metaphysics and started to have these kinds of “dreams”…I’d become conscious of floating in the hallway outside my bedroom, similar situations….but I was alot younger and it really scared me, so I stopped.

    More recently I have worked with a shamanic dream group and we all agree to “dream” together…and have similar dreams when we compare notes….the same landscape, people, etc…..

  8. Ghost_girl says:

    I think it was an out of body experience. That happens to me once in a while, but it doesn’t last only a few seconds, then I just have the feeling that I fall off a hill and wake up! Did you have that feeling too?

  9. SeeMe says:

    I think i just had a OBE the other day. It was kind of weird, frightening and enlightening. What I remember is seeing darkness, and feeling myself like air. I didn’t feel anything touching me, I didn’t feel any air around me. I just felt myself with no weight. I felt myself floating down like i was laying down. Then I felt my head, shoulders, torso, left leg but when it felt like my right leg did not fall into place right away, i felt like i was falling through my right leg which finally caught on. When it did that it jerked my body and i opened my eyes. I had to take a deep breath and and started coughing. My whole body was shaking. Right before i had layed down that night, the front part of my head was hurting badly, just that part before i fell asleep. I have had a OBE before, but it was to show me something and someone i later came to know. But this one came from out of the blue.

  10. Carlos says:

    Very terifying indeed I must say.

  11. Bex says:

    I had something happen once. Don’t want to be so bold as to call it an OBE. I didn’t see myself or experience buzzing noise…

    One morning I was laying in as i had no college, ( I can’t remember in huge detail or distinguish what was real, but I will try my best )… I lay on my front, head to the side facing into the room, I had my eyes shut and felt like someone put their hands under my matress and lift it ( My instinctive feeling was that whatever it was doing it, was not going to harm me, but had fun in playing tricks on me ) I never had such an experience so froze, eyes still shut and i felt like i gripped the edge of my matress with one hand. It felt as if me and the matress were about 40cm above where I lay, but I never opened my eyes… I called to my grandad (passed) to stop it, and quickly but gently, i felt the bed lower. As soon as I could, i rolled onto my back, very shaken, eyes awake and heard what I can only describe as a “zipper” noise, (more like a tent zipper than a clothes one) behind my head ( There is only a wall behind ). And then all strange feeling left. I woke with heavy breathing and in a cold sweat.

    I rang my mum at work to tell her as I was still quite freaked out and needed to talk to someone to wake up properly. She later rang back saying that a friend who knew lots about OBE said that your bodies soul enters and exits through the head, so the zipper noise may be related to my soul returning and ‘zipping back up’.

    I am not gullable to believe everything I am told but am open to experiences. I have experienced other things such as seeing a ghost once, having presences sit on my bed, hearing noises etc so I believe I am sensitive for that.

    Just a bit of background info, at the time I was 18, living in England and this was around 9 o’clock in the morning. I hadn’t experienced similar prior or since. I have experienced sleep paralasis many times and am just used to it now.

    My question would be has anyone experienced similar. Especially with the zipper noise?

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