Thursday, 14 August 2014

OBE-lite with MWR

Crows in a treeMy acquaintance (MA) who gets microsleep with REM (MWR) reports a new experience. On waking from a MWR episode recently, MA felt both feet and hands were in a different place to their actual physical location. It was easy to verify where the appendages actually were since MA was in a train seat which allowed little movement. If MA's hands and feet had been in the positions where MA felt they were, they would have been inside solid objects! The hands and feet quickly resumed their normal positions or, at least, that's what it felt like. MA has not experienced this before during a MWR episode. MA felt it bordered on an out of the body (OBE) experience.

Many spontaneous OBEs are associated with entering or leaving a sleep state. So an association with MWRs should, perhaps, come as no surprise. There probably isn't enough time in a brief MWR for a full OBE experience. However, feelings of floating or being yanked out of one's body might occur. It could certainly give the impression of being teleported by aliens or being in a strange paranormal experience. The breadth of possible weird experiences that could be explained by MWR happening to a someone unaware of its cause grows and grows.

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