By Maria Carla Cernuto © 2014
This is an account of an OOBE/Lucid dream taken from a blog I wrote for DreamsCloud.com titled, “Another Look at Out of Body Experiences: Astral Projection Versus Lucid Dreaming.” It illustrates how getting lucid can lead to an OOBE. Lucidity began in sleep paralysis, was followed by a false awakening, and later progressed into an OOBE most sublime.
I hear sounds downstairs like a dog‘s nails clicking across the tile, and the jingling sounds of dog tags. I muse on the fact I don‘t have dogs anymore. I hear the sound like a ting-ting repeatedly, and wonder if it‘s the ceiling fan, and soon recall that I didn‘t turn it on before bed because it’s cold outside. I feel the sensation of separating from my body and hear rushing/whooshing sounds. I hear whispering voices calling my name; it seems as if they are at my ear. I can’t move. I say to myself, ‘I’m in sleep paralysis, go back into sleeping-dreaming mode.’ I wake up (FALSE AWAKENING). I feel a weight on the bed as if a dog jumped onto the mattress, or a person sat down. I think, ‘Wait, I’m dreaming and in sleep paralysis again.’
I see my physical body in bed lying motionless, I see a Shadowy Me (My Etheric Body perhaps) guarding the Physical Me, not going more than a few feet from my corporeal body. I see this all from a prone position at ceiling level. My bedroom looks exactly as it does in waking reality. I can see my Light Body (Astral/Dream Body) at ceiling level in the mirrored dresser. I am light, a brilliant white radiance with a bluish hue.
A female shadowy figure with elfin ears enters the room from out of the floor and leaps onto the bed. I feel a weight shift upon the mattress again. The elfin-eared being is trying to get to the Physical Me; but the Shadowy Me is aggressively protecting my sleeping body – even hissing at the creature. Shadowy Me sits at the foot of the bed facing the floor in the Celtic Sheela na Gig posture, and eventually, Shadowy Me jumps onto the elfin/impish being as she vanishes back into the floor (the foot of the bed area, into the carpet).
The Light Me is observing all of this impersonally, yet marveling (a feeling of both joy and wonder) at the sight of The Three Me‘s, and I wake up during sleep paralysis, sort of peering through a fleshy sarcophagus. Finally, I am able to move, and I awaken feeling invigorated.
At the beginning of ‘The Three Me‘s,’ I had the awareness typically found in a lucid dream, yet I no longer viewed what I was witnessing as a dream as the experience progressed, despite having initially identified it as such; however, while in my Light Body I was simply Being and observing, cognizant of the multi-layers of Self, each having their own level of existence.