I never take naps, but I could not help myself Friday afternoon. After working 3 to 11 p.m. Thursday followed by 8 a.m. classes on Friday, I knew I needed a nap before I tried to pull another shift at work.
I closed my eyes and let the rest of the afternoon guide me to sleep …
Only minutes into my nap I decided that this whole idea was a mistake. I had better ways to spend my time. I went to open my eyes and found that I couldn’t. I tried to move my body and force myself awake, but it was impossible. I knew I was asleep and I couldn’t do anything about it!
I should mention that this sort of dream is not uncommon …
I used to have these dreams more often than I care to admit a few years back. I asked my doctor about these so-called “anxiety dreams,” and he told me it was quite normal and indicated high levels of stress.
Back to the dream …
After several attempts to wake myself from this deep slumber, I gave up and just let it continue. What happened next is beyond anything that I can describe. I am still in shock from what I saw.
I saw myself sleeping!
How did it happen?
I finally relaxed and quit struggling. If I could not wake myself, then I should just go with the flow. Once the fighting ceased, I climbed out of my body. I was probably only a few feet above myself before I realized what was happening. I immediately felt terror run through my entire body (weird feeling when you are not even in it) and I started to panic. This intense feeling of discomfort caused my body to shake and as a result I found myself awake and lying in bed.
I sat there for a few moments trying to make sense of everything I had just seen, but I couldn’t. I looked at my body for only a few seconds, but I did it nonetheless. There is nothing I can say or do that can simplify this experience more than I have here.
Is this what it means to have an out-of-body experience?
Honestly, I do not know. It was an amazing experience. Maybe it will have some profound effects on my waking life. I hope that next time this happens I can relax myself enough to actually enjoy being away from my body … the purest form of liberation.
Sleep has so much more meaning to me now …
What is an out-of-body experience? Read about it on Wikipedia.