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Between Awake And Sleep


The last 3 years I've been in a state between being awake and dreaming - or so it feels, several times.

I've probably had more but there are a few occasions that I can particularly remember so I'll start off with the oldest one I can remember.

I was sleeping in my bed next to my ex girlfriend (we were a couple at that time though) and I woke up and noticed I could not move. I was fully aware (a bit slow after waking up) of the environment around me and I remember looking at my ex girlfriend, though I'm not sure if my eyes were open at all but I could still see but it was a little bit diffused but still a little bit clearer than normal dreams. I remember hearing voices and it sounded like my ex. I could hear her "speak". When she spoke, she spoke a little bit faster than normal and as soon as she had said something she immediately said something else so it was a continous flow of words without any delays between, which made it appear she was talking really fast.

When I was lying there looking at her and hearing all these "conversations" she had, I had the impression I could hear her thoughts. I thought this was very fascinating so I tried to focus on what she was saying and when I tried to focus I could no longer hear her thoughts. When I could no longer hear what she was thinking I relaxed and tried to get back to sleep and it took only a few seconds before I started hearing her thoughts again. This time I knew that when trying to focus on what she was saying I would no longer hear her thoughts so I just let it "flow". It was until I heard a special word (which I thought was a bit disturbing and that annoyed me) that made me try to focus really hard on that sentence (trying to hear that particular conversation), which interrupted my state of mind and I immediately "woke up" and could no longer hear anything. I found the whole situation very odd, it felt very real and I am very confused, I don't know if I was actually in a dream or not. Anyone find the "read thoughts" thing familiar?

This did not happen so long ago, actually a few weeks ago. I woke up very early in the morning and could not move. I saw that there was morning light in the room, it was also very diffused and still a bit clearer than a normal dream. I was fully aware though a bit slow after waking up as everyone is when they wake up. I felt uneasy and I had the feeling there was an "entity" in my room. I could suddenly feel someone or something that touched me, I don't really recall if it was the arm, leg or stomach that I got touched on. This came as a shock to me so I immediately woke up.

Then a few days after that I had the very same experience, but this time I could sense that someone or something stood next to my bedside, on my right side. I was very afraid of this entity. But I decided to take a look and see if I could see this entity, so I tried to open my eyes and look to my right and I could not see anyone but I felt that something was really there. I wanted to interrupt my current state, I wanted to get out of it, I did not like this entity next to me, so I tried to open my mouth and call for help, I tried to scream my girlfriend's name since she is sleeping next to me on my left side. I could not speak, I was very paralyzed and I am not even sure how I managed to look to my right in the first place. So I could do nothing! Then I felt that something touched me and as usual it comes as a shock and I immediately wake up and when I woke up I was still afraid so I cuddled myself against my girlfriend and put my arm around her to feel a bit safer.

What do you guys think of this? Is this just dreams or is this real experiences? They do feel very real and I'm not really fond of the last two events. I want the last event to take place again to see if I would experience it any different than the previous times but I am at the same time afraid of confronting this "entity", maybe I'm just a coward, maybe just dreams? I don't know!

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clarissajackson (4 stories) (14 posts)
11 years ago (2013-06-14)
they are real its just your mind went to a different reality letting you see from a different point of view. The entities that you'll seeing is visitors from the past pesent or future but they'll us in another lifetime.
NeedSleepsoon (1 posts)
14 years ago (2010-10-21)
I have experienced something similar and need help. I've always had an open mind about about spirits, ghosts or what have you.

It all started about 4 years ago. It was my first weekend home from being in college (2 hours away). I woke up from a dead sleep to see a grey transparent figure standing over my bed watching me. In a sleeping stupor I said Go Away! And from top to bottom it evaporated. The next day as my mom was cooking, she said "I remember the first time I came home from college, (the house she grew up on is 30 secs down the dirt road) I woke up in the middle of the night and saw this transparent figure standing over my bed, I screamed and it looked like it evaporated. That Monday at school a guy that had a crush on me and that was into voodoo/witchcraft said 'I saw you in your dreams this weekend' so I said 'whatever you did don't ever do it again'" By this time I had chill bumps all over my body and in tears told her I saw the figure.

Ever since then, probably once a week, I wake up from a dead sleep to see a grey figure standing by my bed. By the time I realize what is going on, in a split second, it's gone.

In addition to that, I find myself waking up and staring at the same corner in my room. I have no idea how long I have been staring. Sometimes when I wake up I see random, unexplainable, twisted dark figures that in seconds go away.

The scariest one, I woke up and saw white smoke hovering by my bed. When I was awake enough to focus it formed a elfish looking face and was gone.

Someone please tell me what's going on and that I'm not alone. I'm never frightened. I am a Christian, and always pray if I see something too weird. I often have very intense dreams with really loud noises. It's always in a huge dark, desolate mansion. And it always ends with the loudest noise humanly possibly, and I see the devil. It looks different everytime. And in my lucid dreaming I hear the words "I am going to expose myself fully to her" and then I see this dark, demonic face. You would think I would be scared, but my God is awesome and always protects me.

Am I weird?
pomnar (2 posts)
16 years ago (2008-08-22)
I've had similar experiences that I don't consider psychic, just unusual states of sleep. Sometimes I wake up without the dream ending. Sometimes I wake up and gradually become aware that I hear music. Songs I've never heard, which as far as I know don't exist. When I try to focus and hear the words, the music stops and I become completely, normally awake. Sometimes I can tell when I'm in stage 1 sleep because I lose control of my thoughts. I daydream, then I lose control of the images. As I notice this, I move back into full consciousness.
GlendaSC (5 stories) (1475 posts)
16 years ago (2008-08-15)
Rob - next time you feel these sensations, ask to voyage and ask to go where they want you to go - let them take you where they choose. It's scary. Perhaps that is bad advice, but I don't think so really. Ask to see helpful, good stuff. The bad stuff, I went looking once out of curiosity, is not great. Don't go on your own because you can get in trouble with them. Up until now, I'm late 40's, I went without knowing what was happening, ignorant totally. I went odd places and had no clue. Unfortunately, I went to a grand place with writing and couldn't read a word, and they tried a lot. Bummer. Mostly I hope you remember your most important things are here or you would not be here. Live. Listen and avoid danger and help others. My two cents.
rob (2 stories) (4 posts)
16 years ago (2008-08-13)
Thank you Anne for your comment. I will take a look at this website of yours! So I am very close to an out of body experience? Interesting since it has happened me before (first story I posted). I would like to learn how to go into this state whenever I want to some day, hopefully I will get there!
AnneV (4 stories) (1064 posts) mod
16 years ago (2008-08-13)
This is the hypnogogic state and yes, you can read the thoughts of the person lying next to you. Go to my site at and do a search on hypnogogic.

Symptoms of that are paralysis, hearing voices (you can also sometimes hear radio frequencies), the feeling someone is in the room, touching, etc. In other words, all the symptoms you are going through.

Note however that you don't have to leave it at this. You're right at the launching point for an out of body experience if you want to take it there. All info is on that other site. I also recommend reading Robert Monroe's books (William Buhlman is my other favorite). Those links are also on that site.

Best of luck!

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