He saw a "cosmic jellyfish" hanging above his bed
Type of Spiritual Experience
Dreams that extend into hallucinations and shared hallucinations
A description of the experience
I've had a few over the years, waking dreams mostly. The most recent was that I had a human head resting on my chest. I woke with a start and flung my cat into the air from its resting place.
The most vivid true "hallucination" I had though was several years ago when I woke in the middle of the night, opened my eyes and saw what others have described as a "cosmic jellyfish" hanging above my bed about half way to the foot, two or three feet above the covers. It had roughly the elongated, horizontal shape of a man o' war and was approximately four or five feet in length and two or three feet in circumference. It was translucent, but shimmered with prismatic, iridescent color that moved across its body in waves. This experience was not something that immediately ended.
There was a cognitive chain of thought on my part. I had enough time to lay there and comprehend that I was seeing something and then confirm to myself that, yes, there is something there. I went through the usual reaction of blinking and looking again seeing if it would be gone, but it remained. I marveled at it for a few moments, observing the color and shape and then decided that I'd try to touch it. I sat up and reached out to it to find my hand pass through the thing, and it appeared to slide toward the foot of the bed away from me. As it did, the form lost its color and faded away into the darkness of the room. It was gone.
I will also say this. We really don't understand sleep very well, nor the nature of time, space and what consciousness is. To me, it is a mistake to discount these experiences entirely as some kind of biological misfire. Some could be, while others may not be. We may be able to perceive certain things that we would otherwise not as our consciousness makes the journey between the nether of sleep and the waking world.
I had a waking experience that I actually shared with my wife in that she observed with me. It changed my perspective on these things.