Do Cats Dream About Flying?
For a long time I thought I had experienced hypnagogic hallucinations, but looking into it further it’s not the correct word, it’s hypnopompic hallucinations. Which is not as catchy at all, to be honest. The difference is that hypnagogic is when you’re falling asleep and hypnopompic is when you’re waking up. I’ve suffered sleep paralysis many times, both in the evening and morning, which is a very uncomfortable state of being awake but with no possibility to move your body. It’s actually kinda scary.
Two times I’ve had these so called hypnopompic hallucinations, the first one being an early morning when I could see a bright light coming from the living room, parts of it I could see from our bed, and hints of one or more beings slowly moving around out there. I could see their reflections/shadows on the wall of blu-rays covering the left side of the room, just inside the door. After a while I woke up and could move again and the bright light and figures was gone. Yep, it was creepy.
I’ve been thinking about this. Imagine if dreams is dimensional portals triggered by the dimethyltryptamine in our brain making us tap into a nightmarish alternate dimension where nothing, nothing at all, makes any sense whatsoever. And maybe they, the other us, dream about our reality, telling their friends about that outrageously normal dream they had last night, where they went to work, talked with colleagues, drank some coffee and watched TV in the evening.
My second hypnopompic experience was one that I will never forget. It was an early weekend morning and I woke up, sensing something was different in the room. I looked up and I saw our cat, Kitek, slowly floating through the air above my feet and bed. She was focused, paddling her paws like she was swimming in water. She disappeared from sight and I was out of the sleep paralysis. I had to check Kitek, so I managed to get out of bed and found her sleeping - as usual - in the living room.
Outside this being the cutest hypnopompic sleep paralysis hallucination ever, it also made me think that this maybe wasn’t a hallucination at all. Not that she actually was floating physically in the air above me at that very moment, but that I’ve somehow tapped in to her dreams, and she was dreaming about flying. The thing is that both me and my husband G have a special game with Kitek, we lift her up with both hands - one by her front legs and one at the back - and let her fly, like Superman, around the apartment. She enjoys this a lot. This could of course inspire a hallucination created in my mind and not Kitek’s, but there was something with her look, the eyes, her determination when crawling through the air, that made me believe that I some way dealt with an alternative reality.
I’ve never really strived to solve mysteries or weird things happening to me, I see them as a natural state of nature and society, there to wake me up from time to time and see the world differently. It’s a like an adrenaline kick, or even a kick in the ass, telling me to not be such a boring fuck and just embrace stuff that I don’t understand instead of trying to find answers.
It might hurt skeptics and fellow atheists, but the truth is not always the answer.
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