Update: I just wanted to update this post tonight because I have had so many people share similar stories. I still have no idea what these mysterious black floating orbs with tentacles are, but I now know that I did not imagine it as so many others have seen the same thing. If you haven’t already, please take time to read through the comments and share you own experiences.
I had a rather strange experience last night.
I woke up in the middle of the night to a floating object a few feet above the pillows. I’m not exactly sure how to describe it. It appeared to be about 3 inches in diameter and was moving slowly like it was floating in the air. The weird part was that it wasn’t round. It was squiggly around the edges and resembled a tangle of strings or fibers that were all moving very slowly as if they were drifting in a gentle breeze.
I thought perhaps it was a shadow cast from something on the outside of my window as the moon was bright in the sky. There wasn’t anything near the window and no evidence of anything from outside to cast a shadow. I then assumed it must be a spider drifting down to my bed on a thread of silk. (Really, what else could it be?) I turned on the light and it vanished. I searched the pillows and bed and nothing could be found.
I’ll be honest with you, I had chalked it up to a dream until tonight when I decided to check online for similar stories. It seems that others have seen unexplained black orbs with eerily similar shapes and behaviors. Here are some of the descriptions I found:
I notice a strange dark spot hovering 50 cm above my chest. It’s see through and looks like a mass of dark ink swirling in water. via DavidIcke.com
The weird thing about this orb is it kind of looks almost like a spider because around its centre it has what I can only describe as legs or tentacle like projections. via Psychic Experiences
They are usually round in shape, but not always; there are times when they look more like an amoeba than an orb… via Show Me Ghost West
At this point, I really don’t know what to think about my experience. I can tell you that I was not afraid – except for the few moments when I entertained the idea it might be a big old wood spider dropping down to say hello. I was puzzled and confused. Until tonight, I had never heard of anything like this.
If you have witnessed similar orbs, I’d love to hear your story.
UPDATE 7/9/2017: To date this has been my most popular post. I continue to receive messages from people of all ages and from all walks of life who have had similar experiences to my own. The vast majority of those who have seen a black floating orb claim they had never heard of them before, which tends to confirm that what they are experiencing is not a result of suggestion or imagination.
People are seeing something very real. I just don’t know what it is.
I ran across a link the other day suggesting that this thing is actually a visual hallucination that occurs during hypnagogia (the transitional state where the mind is neither fully awake or asleep).
Hypnagogia is also the state that is thought to be responsible for sleep paralysis, a condition where the mind awakes before the body and you are unable to move, but are conscious of everything around you. Many people experience unusual sights and sounds at this time and often feel like aliens or spirits are present. They often report a feeling of terror. While scientists attribute the experience to sleep paralysis, some question whether there is a paranormal cause for the experience.
I don’t know if the black floating orb is simply part of a visual hallucination experienced during hypnagogia or not. I guess the part that always makes me wonder about sleep paralysis and the perception of entities or powers controlling you, and now about black floating orbs is: If they are simply a brain-glitch, why would so many people experience the “same” visual hallucination? It seems to me that the hallucinations would differ.
Keep your stories coming! I’d love to hear from you.