I was alone
at home on a Saturday afternoon. After working on the garden most of the day, I
decided to take a short nap as it became too hot outside.
I slept in
the living room couch for about an hour. When I woke up I realized I had slept
too much, and hurried to get up as I wanted to finish the garden before sunset.
Then the strangest thing happened: I couldn't move a single muscle in my body.
It's not that I felt weak or something, it was like my body had disconnected
from my mind. At the time I didn't know what was happening. A few days later I
realized I must have had what people call an out-of-body experience. A couple of
times I felt I got up and walked, only to find myself lying in the couch in the
same state as before.
But this is
only half the story. All the time I was lying in the sofa I was sure that my
grandmother, who had died ten years ago, was in the room, close to the dining
table. I didn't see her, I just knew she was there, and there was nothing that
could convince me she wasn't there. I know this is hard for most people to
believe, because I couldn't believe it myself even as it was happening. No
matter how much I reasoned that my grandmother couldn't be there, the feeling of
her presence just wouldn't go away. I couldn't understand why I could have
knowledge without sensory input. The feeling of her presence was as strong as,
for instance, my vision of the keyboard I'm typing now. There's no way to
convince me that this keyboard is not here, no matter what others say, no matter
what I think. So it was with Grandma's presence, it was an absolute certainty.
thing lasted a couple minutes. When I regained control of my body everything was
I must tell
you that even though I believe in God and in some kind of afterlife, I was, and
still am, very skeptical about stories of spirits acting in the physical world.
Specifically regarding these "presences", I was sure that it was some
sort of intangible feeling, like when we say "I feel lucky today", and
therefore more likely the product of a person's imagination.