This is a true story. The subject, whom we’ll call A., has no idea what it meant, but it was a strange and vivid experience which remained with her many years later.
- A. was awakened around one a.m. by fairly voluble music. She saw light coming from under the door between her room and that of her roommate. The roommate had a record player and apparently was playing classical music. It sounded like Beethoven but the subject, who was classically versed, didn’t recognize the piece. A. thought it odd, as usually the roommate played only pop music.
- A. was about to get up to ask that the volume be turned down when, looking up, she saw a figure at the foot of her bed. It was life size, translucent and white in color: and she could see her closet door through it. It appeared to be a young woman. The eyes, apart from the rest, appeared an intense blue. The figure was wearing a kind of Grecian gown, and holding a book to her chest. A. wondered what the book was, and then the figure began to move towards her.
Although the figure didn’t seem malevolent, A. became suddenly quite fearful. The figure moved nearer until it was floating on top of the subject. A. now felt terror: she felt the being was about to merge with her, and that she would then lose herself. After that, all went dark.
When A. opened her eyes later, it was dawn. She looked up and saw a vision of very brightly colored, small birds (the size of finches but brilliantly hued) circling around her ceiling. Then, one by one, the birds silently flew, one by one, out the window. However, it was not open.
In the morning, the roommate asked A. about the music: the roommate too had been awakened, but she thought A. was the one playing the concerto.
This case is interesting because it’s corroborated: both people heard the music, which neither was playing. The vision itself was experienced only by A.