Stephen LaBerge 'Rolls Out'

It was the middle of the night, and I had evidently just awakened from a REM period since I effortlessly recalled a dream. I was lying face down in bed, drowsily reviewing the story of my dream, when suddenly I experienced a very curious sensation of tingling and heaviness in my arms. They became so heavy, in fact, that one of them seemed to melt over the side of the bed! I recognized this distortion of my body image as a sign that I was reentering REM sleep.

As I relaxed more deeply, I felt my entire body beome paralyzed, although I could still seem to feel its position in bed. I reasoned that this feeling was most likely a memory image and that actual sensory input was cut off just as much as motor output was. I was, in short, asleep. At this point, I imagined raising my arm and experienced this imagined movement as if i had separated an equally real arm from the physical one I knew to be paralyzed.

Then, with a similar imagined movement, I 'rolled' out of my physical body entirely. i was now, according to my understanding, wholly in a dream body in a dream of my bedroom. The body i had seemed to leave, and which i now dreamed i saw lying on the bed, i quite lucidly realized to be a dream representation of my physical body; indeed, it evaporated as soon as i put my attention elsewhere. From here i flew off into the dawn. [1, 240-1]


  1. LaBerge, Stephen. Lucid Dreaming. 1986. New York: Ballantine.