a year and a half ago, my son Jay, nine years old, started
having what I think are spontaneous out-of-body experiences.
The first one happened when he was camping with his
father and his father's girlfriend (we have been separated
since Jay was one year old). Jay told me later that
he was drifting off to sleep in the tent about twenty
metres from where his father was sitting at the campfire.
All of a sudden, he had a burst of energy and thought
he had woken up as he was now sitting right in front
of the campfire listening to his father talk to his
girlfriend. After some time he turned around to head
back to the tent, which is when he saw his body still
lying in the tent, apparently asleep. When he told his
father what had happened, he was scolded and told that
it wasn't true, and that if it was true it was the devil
trying to enter his body, so he had better stop it.
assumed this was a dream until a few months later when
he came to me one morning and asked, "Why do you
take your socks off to go to sleep, Mum?" I asked
him how he knew this as he is always asleep before I
go to bed. He replied, "Because I was standing
in front of your bed watching you take off your socks
and glasses, have a drink of water and turn the light
off before you went to sleep. "But I had the door
shut and I don't remember seeing you," I told him.
He explained that he had come into my room while his
body was still in his bed asleep.
was in hospital when he had his next OBE. He said it
was late at night and he saw a nurse with black hair
and a gold broach in the form of a cat on her uniform
above her nametag. She was talking to me and I was crying.
All of this was true: I was crying because I felt bad
at not being able to be home with him on the school
weeks later he came to me again - he told me about things
I was talking about on the phone when I was at home
in bed, about what book I was reading and how I had
changed my winter pajamas for summer ones before I went
to sleep. Again I asked him how he knew all this and
he replied in a matter-of-fact tone, "Because I
was in your room again last night while my body was
On another occasion, we were driving to see my sister's
new house in western Australia for the first time. Half
way there Jay said, "I can see a huge room with
a piece of wood about a foot from the ceiling going
all the way around the wall in this room, and the ceilings
are twice as high as normal -- but I don't know where
I have seen the room before." After we arrived,
we had a tour of the house. When we got to my sister's
room, Jay said, "Mum, this is the room I saw when
we were driving to Aunty Leah's house."
Sept. 29, 2005