For anyone who wonders about paranormal experiences, all they have to do is ask around. Many people have their own personal experiences. Within our circle of family, friends and acquaintances, we’d be surprised by the first-hand stories we hear. I am not a fan of unverified second-hand stories. But when people tell me their own actual experiences, it gets my attention.
I heard such a story this past weekend.
A young lady told me the following experience she had three years ago. She lived in a second floor apartment with her husband. Early one night while she was lying in bed with her husband sleeping next to her, she had not yet gone to sleep, when she noticed something outside the bedroom window. A large disk of light, nearly filling the window, rose up like a giant version of the moon. It became stationary, and she heard a buzzing sound. She became completely paralyzed. Her paralysis was so complete she could not wiggle a finger. She tried to awaken her sleeping husband but she was utterly unable to move. She was terrified. She felt an intense pressure, describing it as if something was inside her head trying to remove a part of her skull. This lasted for a couple of minutes when the disk of light moved away from the window and her paralysis ceased. She was frightened and could not sleep all night.
She then recounted an event that happened the previous day before her nighttime encounter. On occasion her job required her to drive to the bank. Usually it took half an hour. That prior day, after taking care of the banking business, while driving back to the office, she noticed something very strange. The clock in her car was over two hours past the time she left the office. Nearly two hours were missing. She hadn’t gone anywhere else, and had no idea where the time went. When she returned to the office late she didn’t give it much thought afterwards.
After her scary paralysis experience, she investigated what happened to her. Only after reading about other people’s similar experiences did she make the connection between her own missing time and the events that transpired the night afterwards. She was convinced aliens visited her. Missing time, paralysis, the disk of light, the feeling of having something implanted or removed are all common elements of the phenomena.
What should we think of her experience? Sleep paralysis combined with a waking hallucination would be a natural explanation. Sleep paralysis is said to replicate some of the alien abduction sensations. During REM sleep (rapid eye movement), the body is in paralysis. Otherwise the body would fling around during REM sleep repeating the behavior in the dream. When someone awakes from REM sleep, the body might continue this paralysis for a short time while conscious, which would be very disconcerting. Vivid hallucinations often accompany waking from REM sleep.
However, she said she hadn’t gone to sleep yet and was wide-awake. Plus we have the baffling missing time. IF it was not sleep paralysis, was it a paranormal event? Actual aliens? We don’t know. I can see why extraterrestrial intervention seems like the logical explanation for these phenomena. We assume aliens would have almost magical abilities with their technology. Perhaps a bit too magical.
Extraterrestrials seem to be invisible at will. They can enter houses with closed windows and touch an individual while their spouse sleeps undisturbed in the same bed. Can aliens move in and out of time and space? Sounds more like the behavior of spirits to me. Some say that alien abductions are really out-of-body spirit/faeire abductions. A clue is the buzzing sound and paralysis, which are the beginning stages of astral travel. Out-of-body episodes would explain the missing time as well. Was the disk of light a portal to where astral entities dwell?
She was lucky to have this experience. She had a chance, however frightening, to experience something otherworldly. If it was only (still rare) sleep paralysis, such an experience could be a learning experience in the origins of a lot of mythology. If it was a real encounter with aliens or spirits, better yet. THAT would really be a learning experience!