When I was a kid, I used to totally zone out in the most random situations. It was the strangest feeling. Almost like my mind separated from my body. It wasn’t like floating and looking down at myself. More like I was someone else — someone “foreign” — seeing the world through a human body for the first time. It never scared me. It was actually quite a peaceful sensation that I came to crave. Sometimes I was able to force myself into that semi-conscious state.
I know it sounds crazy. I never told anyone about my odd “trips” because I thought they’d laugh or worry something was wrong with me. Hell, maybe I was having some kind of petit mal seizure. Who knows?
These experiences seemed to happen in waves. I’d have a bunch of them in a day or over the course of a week, then I wouldn’t have one for a while. They might last a few seconds or several minutes. I’m not sure when they stopped, but I haven’t had one in years. Until now. I’ve had two out of body experiences over the last couple of weeks. No drugs or alcohol are ever involved, just my crazy brain tripping out. I realized this morning that weird sense of detachment is sort of like the Dreaming in my JUST BREATHE novels. Is it possible that the Dreaming — the collective unconscious, if you will — is a real state of being? Can our minds shake free of their earthly bonds and slip into another realm? What could we learn from that other world?
Have you ever had an out of body experience? If so, where and when did it happen? Did you learn anything from it?
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