It started about a year ago when im sleeping i realised that i was ale to do this weird thing when i close my eyes. Basically it feels like my head is shaking (like when you close your eyes and tense your head) and i can control how extreme it gets, but if i let it get really extreme i can sit up and out of my body?!? The problem i get is that its scary. Now this part sounds stupid as im not scared of anything and i do not believe in ghosts and the dark does not bother me, but when im in this state i feel like there is other people in the room watching me and this brings on a real bad feeling of fear and due to this feeling i usually snap my self out of it and just sleep. There has only been two occasions where i have actually gone through with it. The first was about 6 weeks ago and was the first time i actually sat then stood up looking down on my partner and daughter who was sleeping in our bed as she was ill. I could see them laid there and i genuinely thought i was dead and i then panicked but couldnt wake up, It wasnt until i thought of laying back down into my body that i woke up and my heart was racing stupidly fast. I researched this in the morning for the first time and put it down to a lucid dream or OBE. But last night it happened again but this time i was sleeping on my Daughters floor as she was really restless and kept calling me. I had the feeling again, and again i instantly felt scared and like there were people with me but i was determined to go through with it, so i let the feeling go to the extreme and i again sat up out of my body, I stood straight up and again could see my body on the floor and my daughter in her bed, I then walked into my room and looked at the clock, It said 4:34 I then went back in my daughters room (still feeling scared which baffles me) and layed down into my body again, and again my heart was racing stupidly fast! I then got up and checked the clock again, It was 4:35 and i was then sure i could actually come out of my body! It was not until this morning when i woke up properly that im just putting the time thing down to coincidence.
Can anyone help me with this experience so i can put it to rest? thanks in advance, oh and sorry its so long
I am atheist too, but have experienced sleep paralysis and 'the old hag syndrome' before. For some reason I feel terrified when this happens and I sense a presence in my room and it feels sinister. It has even grabbed me before and spoke in a demonic voice. Again, I am atheist and don't know why that happened, but it was scary to say the least. It must have something to do with a deep seeded idea I still carry with me. Once you learn something as a child and regard it as fact, it is very hard to abolish from your subconscious. Although the biblical overtones I had experienced baffled me, we both (and others too) have experienced that feeling of a presence in the room even if we can't see them and if we do try to see it, it tends to be just a shadowy figure without much form. So I think what you experienced is connected to sleep paralysis, and I know whenever I get it, it tends to lead to an OBE type lucid dream.
Just last night I had a sleep paralysis episode, but I have become familiar with it enough that I just let it happen and don't attribute it to an external entity and although uncomfortable I remain relatively calm. If I get out of bed at that point it does feel like and OBE and although difficult to walk or fight free from 'its' grip, I can have a lucid dream and it is more pleasant and stable the further I get away from the source or where I started. Although not traveling further away physically, I travel further away mentally and put it behind me figuratively. Last night, although I felt hands grabbing me, I just let them be and relaxed and finally they all vanished in an instant. Then I opened my eyes (dream eyes) and looked around and there I was in a lucid dream originating from my bed. I don't call it an OBE, but it is more like a lucid dream that starts from your bed. My room is always different than reality though and askew somehow.
I think the clock time was a coincidence too, but we all have an internal clock and it is pretty good at guessing what time it is. Perhaps that could explain it.
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Big time though, don't focus on the fear. The fear can be explained in many ways, but when you get past it, that's when things get interesting.
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