THIS IS NO DREAM... a true story by Rose M Hughes

At once... I was in my van driving past my home, like I had never stopped at the condo to begin with and I was continuing the drive from the meeting. Ok, that is rather wild, I thought. I drove past the ARE (Association for Research & Enlightenment-Edgar Cayce Foundation) which was two streets past my place on 67th Street. I drove on for about three more miles into the Seashore State Park area where Atlantic Avenue turns into Shore drive. You would have to see this place to believe it, especially at night. It is a tree lined stretch of practically straight road that goes on for about six miles. It looks like you are driving through an eerie tunnel of trees at night. There is actually a sign posted at the beginning of this stretch going one way and one posted at the end going in the opposite direction saying, WARNING there have been 58 people to lose their lives on this six mile stretch of highway, drive carefully and do not drink while driving. I swear...when I first saw this sign I almost wrecked trying to read what it said. There are crosses doting the strip from beginning to end, placed as momentoes by grieving family members as a tribute to their lost loved ones. The place is spooky enough just on its own folks. Fort STORY is directly behind the swampy terrain with its creepy lighthouse sending out spastic bursts of light as it sweeps over the area.

Here I was.... driving down through this bizarre tunnel to nowhere... my head was no longer pounding. The aspirin must have worked. Oh... I forgot... this wasn't really happening, it was a dream. My mind was wrestling with the thought of it being just a dream. How can I be so consciously aware if this is simply a dream? I was a little less than half the way through the park when my steering wheel was jerked by an unseen force... right from out of my grip. It scared the hell out of me. I was headed straight for the trees and no matter how hard I fought to pull it back onto the road... it was to no avail. All of a sudden... the van drove itself into a small clearing. This was a clearing that I had not noticed being here before. Instead of panicking, I thought to myself... hell... what are you worried about this is just a dream. Go see where it takes you.

Being a lucid dreamer...I am able to manipulate the dream state to a desired outcome. But... this was something completely different from any dream state I had ever experienced before.

The van came to a halt and my door flung open on its own. I have no idea why... but as I watched this happen, I couldn't help but find it amusing somehow. This is just great.... another one of those really good ones like the one I was telling of at the meeting. Man... the brain is stupendous, isn't it? A real work of art, I would say. I felt my body being pulled out of the vehicle and toward this golden beam of focused light. I kept telling myself...I know what is happening... this is an abduction experience... I know it as sure as I am real... I think. Guess I will just stay calm and not freak out and see what happens next. I wasn't walking to this spot. I was hovering over the ground and moving without moving my legs at all. I observed this to be pretty interesting... so far so good. There I was, completely surrounded by this beam of light now. Looking all around me... trying to take in every detail.... I just could not believe the extensive amount of detail that I was able to perceive during this episode. Much more than any previous dream state of mine... no matter how lucid.

I wish I could have remained in this particular mindset but, it didn't last long. Before I knew it...the light took on a very solid feel like it was some type of tubular structure...completely surrounding me. I COULD SEE IT! I COULD FEEL IT! And... it was starting to suck me upward. I could deal with everything that was happening till this point dream or not... I was along for the ride and wasn't overly concerned until this beam started sucking the oxygen out of my lungs. Now... this is the part that have the most difficulty expressing. I was consciously aware and I was physically experiencing this as if completely awake... but paralyzed. I could feel the air leaving my body and it felt like I was suffocating. All manner of ideas and images were running through my head. Perhaps this is a sleep apnea episode and I am holding my breath in my sleep. WHY... WHY can't I wake myself up? Part of me yelled back at myself... "Because you're not asleep dumb ass and you are going to die right here... right now and there is absolutely nothing you can do to stop it." I panicked....I felt like throwing my arms about... to try and claw my way out of the tubular structure surrounding me. I could not breath...I could not move but I felt as if I were in a vacuum that was sucking the life right out of me. My last thoughts before leaving consciousness... in a supposed unconscious dream state was... Its a good thing we don't really die and I passed out.

Before I knew it... I found myself lying on a table inside of a huge ship. I could hear voices and noises, all muffled around me. My eyes were like they had a thick copious film over them... still paralyzed...I couldn't budge from my position. Wow... that was some intense stuff. I almost died... perhaps I did and this is the next level or something.... might as well just go with it. When I panic I really panic and I don't feel like going through what I just did... again. I thought to myself... I will validate this experience as an abduction as soon as I see these guys because I have had plenty of experiences with others like them before. These had a completely different MO.... but I'm pretty flexible. As soon as the thought crossed my mind... I saw these obscured shadows standing all around me.THIS IS JUST A DREAM I heard one of them speak directly into my mind. BULL I exclaimed.

Very softly... very mildly...he repeated... NO... THIS IS ONLY A DREAM.Yeah... and my name is Rumplestilskin dude. I know what is and isn't a dream and this isn't. I want to see what you look like. I heard an immediate and authoritative NO! not at all like the mousy little... this is just a dream stuff. I questiond why I wasn't allowed to see them... I want to validate this experience. "WE KNOW... WE DO NOT WANT YOU TO... THIS IS ONLY A DREAM. YOUR CONSCIOUS MIND COULD NOT DEAL WITH THIS REVELATION...BELIEVE US.

Man was I upset... after all I just went through... they actually thought I could not deal with this part? I was tired of arguing.... Ok, whatever you say... this is just a dream even though I know better. I could not stop myself from throwing in those last words. The voice responded saying "YOU HAVE ALWAYS HAD TO HAVE THE LAST WORD" How did he know this?"WE KNOW YOU BETTER THAN YOU KNOW YOURSELFI bet you do, so.... what am I really doing here anyway? "WE HAVE BROUGHT YOU HERE TO ASSIST YOU. IF WE DID NOT INTERVENE YOU WOULD DIE. WE NEED YOUR PERMISSION TO PROCEED" Wow... proceed with what...What is wrong with me?" "YOU HAVE A SERIOUS MEDICAL FLAW THAT NEEDS IMMEDIATE ATTENTION AND WE CAN HELP YOU IF YOU DESIRE US TO DO SO." Do I have a choice..... I thought, and the voice said very loudly... "ALWAYS." I questioned if it would hurt or would I feel what they were going to do to me and he replied... "THAT IS UP TO YOU."I don't understand how it could be up to me? Of course if it were up to me I wouldn't feel it. "YOU ARE THE MASTER OF YOUR EXPERIENCES. YOU DECIDE WHAT YOU WILL AND WILL NOT FEEL."

I don't know about you but I felt that this was an extremely profound thing to hear so... I agreed... with the understanding that if it hurt... they would stop. I felt them pulling and tugging on me in my abdominal area. The sensation was very similar to that of my cesarean births. There was an uncomfortable pressure and uneasiness but no pain... at least not for a while. I was really getting into the experience... trying to capture as much detail as I could. The pressure began to get more and more noticeable to me until it became undeniable pain. I tried to shift my attention away...somewhere else because I wanted to prove my strength and ability to cope with this situation but the pain became sharper and sharper until I could stand it no longer. I screamed as loud and hard as I could
"STOP!!!" Immediately I awoke... sitting straight up in my own bed, at home, with my sleeping husband beside me. He never even moved an inch.

Now THAT was the wildest thing that has ever happened to me. Believe me when I tell you... I have experienced some very wild happenings in my present lifetime. It took hours before I was able to go to sleep. I wished that I had someone to communicate this experience to but my husband was just not that individual. He is many things but communicator is not one of them and he simply isn't intrigued by the same things that I am. This would be beyond his ability to process for sure. I laid there until exhaustion carried me off to sleep... only to be awakened shortly after by Tony's calling. "Rose! Rose! Wake up you got to see this." What could be so important this early in the morning? "??What?? ""You won't believe this... what would cause...

I managed to get a fix on him standing at the foot of the bed with a wadded up towel pressed against his face... completely covered in blood. Jumping immediately to my feet... "Oh my... what happened?"  "I don't know... I just woke up because I felt something warm on my face and this is what I found."Now this... on top of what I had been through was a little more than coincidental but I didn't want to terrify the poor guy with my story. I took care of him and laid back down... my mind racing... going over all that had happened. I heard a little commotion coming from my six year old son's room. Sure enough, the little heathen was awake and he came excitedly into the room and jumped up on the bed next to me. He cuddled up against me and Tony laid back down on the other side of him. He looked at the both of us and said. "I had a dream last night... Do you want to hear my dream?" "Of course I do!!"  "I dreamed that the space shuttle came down and got me and daddy last night." Little goose bumps appeared all over my arms and I did my very best not to show any emotion as I asked him... "Well... where was I?"  

"Oh they had to take you to the hospital to make you all better and dad was trying to beat them up so they had to put him to sleep."
That was enough for me and I will never... as long as I live... believe that...THIS WAS JUST A DREAM! Cosmicly Speaking, Rose

Comfortably Numb- 1979

Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me.
Is there anyone home?

Come on, now.
I hear you're feeling down.
Well I can ease your pain,
Get you on your feet again.

I need some information first.
Just the basic facts:
Can you show me where it hurts?

There is no pain, you are receding.
A distant ship's smoke on the horizon.
You are only coming through in waves.
Your lips move but I can't hear what you're sayin'.
When I was a child I had a fever.
Now I got that feeling once again.
I can't explain, you would not understand.
This is not how I am.
I have become comfortably numb.

There'll be no more --Aaaaaahhhhh!
But you may feel a little sick.

Can you stand up?
I do believe it's working. Good.
That'll keep you going for the show.
Come on it's time to go.

There is no pain, you are receding.
A distant ship's smoke on the horizon.
You are only coming through in waves.
Your lips move but I can't hear what you're sayin'.
When I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse,
Out of the corner of my eye.
I turned to look but it was gone.
I cannot put my finger on it now.
The child is grown, the dream is gone.
I have become comfortably numb.