Thank you Sunshine :) very nice name too btw.
Ive heard of william buhlman before, i think he was on an episode of coast to coast i was listening to on youtube. i will get a copy of his book.
LOL - I picked "Sunshine" because "You are my Sunshine" was my favorite lullaby as a kid. Guaranteed to knock me out everytime. ;)
I like Buhlman's take on the whole OBE thing. Not wrapped up in superstition and dogma. He's got his own little-TOE, which (for me)works well in visualization and meditation.
i was woken up by something slapping my leg. it then proceeded to crawl up my body ( i couldnt see it, similar to the way i felt but couldnt see my arms during that possible OBE). it got to my chest area and then started to shake violently. i wasnt scared of it, however the fear was there because i felt as if i wasnt in control. anyways i mananged to move and then fall asleep again only to be woken up once more. again i couldnt move and a female voice from the bottom of my bed said my name. that was it for me, didnt want to sleep after that so i woke up and did my regular workout routine.... now i regret not trying to have an obe when that was happening.. :)
are those things just in the mind? or are they something real, in your opinion. it felt as real as if you were to touch me,
Hard to say if they are "real" (a FWAU) or not. It's possible that the female voice you heard was a "guide" trying to encourage you to go OBE. NPMR appears to be a very busy place, filled with lots of life. Once your consciousness starts playing around on the dial, you are going to perceive all sorts of things (voices, music, presences, sensations).
Practicing meditation and lucid dreaming techniques will help you to focus your awareness and control if you have an experience like this again. :)
I've experienced "night-hags" and other unwanted visitors at various times and I always came away with the feeling that they were something more than a dream. But I've seen this explained as a hallucination:
"There is a second type of sleep paralysis known as hallucinatory sleep paralysis (HSP). HSP is fairly rare yet often quite disturbing. In addition to the common symptoms of being unable to move or speak HSP is accompanied by nightmare-like hallucination that can be auditory, olfactory, and/or visual.*
I will say this, I have had a couple of encounters with entities I consider to be real (a FWAU). The sense of presence and clarity was unmistakable.
The thing I like about Tom's TOE and Buhlman's work, is that it encourages open-minded skepticism. As I continue to explore, (collect data) I have a better understanding of my perceptions, fears, and awareness.
As Tom says "It's all data". Hopefully, as we progress as spiritual beings, we will be able to better filter out all the ego-related clutter and better perceive Big Truth.