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The Power of Consciousness
This is one of those experiences that shows that our consciousness is so much more than we normally experience in our every day world. On a rare occasion, time, as it progresses in our physical world, is seen as frozen. That is, it looks like time has stopped, as everything around us suddenly doesn't move at all. This usually last for a couple of seconds.
Of course, time goes at its usual pace. However, it is a question of how fast we process the passage of time. In our physical world, we are conditioned by the physical body to perceive the passage of time at a certain rate, so the brain can process what we experience. But when consciousness disengages from the physical body, it can process the passage of time at an much greater rate. As such the world around us seems to stand still, or to move extremely slow, because the mind can process every single bit of information that is coming in.
Such an experience can happen for no apparent reason, or for a reason that we are unaware of. It does seem to happen a lot in accidents. Then it is probably an automatic function to withdraw awareness at least partially out of the physical body. The mind still continues to receive the information of the accident in progress, but it is observing it from another state of mind.
Following are some first-hand accounts of people who have experienced this frozen-time phenomenon.
So I know this story is gonna look totally fake but I swear that itís true. So I was in an aquatic park with my family and I was just chilling in the wave pool when the time completely froze for about a second. At this moment I could see everything just not moving. It was REALLY impressive, then after that I just didnít move for like 3 minutes thinking about what I just saw. (Reddit)
I've always been thinking about this but never told anyone. I didn't even know if it was real or not. When I was in the fourth grade I was a bit of an artist, I had a great relationship with my teacher because she would love to see my drawings and I'd love to show her as a way to motivate me to do more. One day I got up at least 2 times to show her whatever drawing I had been working on, then, on the third time I got up and started to walk to her I noticed how quiet it got. It was silent, I mean to hear a pin fall on the ground silent. All of a sudden I see her looking at me from her desk dead in my eyes. Still fucking terrifies me right now. I look around and I see everyone, including the teacher, is not moving. Nothing. Not the trees outside, not 30+ students in a FOURTH GRADE classroom. Nothing. I stopped walking because even though I thought "what the hell is going on", but I kind of thought it was cool so I tried not to move too much because I thought everything would go back to normal. I look left and then, everything continues, the sound comes back, the teacher asks me what I want, kids continue moving again. All very scary to me then, when I got up to her I asked her if she just saw what I did and she thought I was joking. (Reddit)
This story happened a month ago and I now just discovered this sub reddit and decided it would be good. I was ten when it happened and now Iím 11. I had 3 friends over so we could play some 2v2 basketball. Everything was going fine and we were having a good time. And out of nowhere time stops. Basketball freezes mid air cars stop friends stop everything is frozen. But I can still move. I canít move anything and nothing moves. Except me. Everything starts moving again and Iím back weíre I was standing originally. I call a timeout and ask them what happened. They said nothing ever happened and I played it off. Iím still wandering what happened. I donít take any medication that could makes me have hallucinations or anything like that. (Reddit)
I remember very clearly when I was about 9 or 10, my mom and I went to Toys r Us. This Toys r Us was facing a major highway, so you could see all of the traffic going by. I remember as I was getting out of the car, I for some reason hyper focused on traffic going by, and I remember that for about 5- seconds everything stood still. The cars didn't move as if they paused and there was no sound. When the 5 seconds were over everything was normal and the cars were where they would have been if they didn't pause. It was the only instance I can remember anything like that happening. (Reddit)
When I was 14 (33 now).
It started off just a normal day. Everyone just came to school and sat at their desks, just everyday secondary school things. Being a 14 year old kid, I talked to my friends a lot and didnít listen to a thing the English teacher was saying. When it was math, our teacher came in. We greeted her (of course), and listened to her teaching. Before I continue, I think itís important for you guys to know that my desk was situated at the very back of the class, so I can basically see what everyone was doing. So I was listening and copying all the teacher was writing in my book. After finishing, she gave us work to do and we all did it in class silently. Although it was silent in our class, normally the other classes around us would be filled with kids screaming and talking. Well it was for a while. Literally I remember this so vividly. I was doing this when it just went silent. Dead silent. So being a curious teen I looked up to see what was happening. I just thought that the principal was walking around and checking the students in each class. But instead of that, all I saw was everyone in my class, just frozen, all in the same posture. Their heads were up, arms at the side, straight as a stick, but were still sitting down. The teacher was standing though, but was also straight. Outside was silent and what normally would be filled with students walking around, not a single person was outside. Me being the only one moving, I didnít feel scared at all. In fact, I actually felt very calm. This only lasted a few seconds though (5-8 seconds) and after I closed my eyes, noise from other classes filled my ears and everything was back to normal. Really fucked with me for a while. I really donít know why it felt normal. I didnít even ask anyone if it happened to them too. I just kinda continued the rest of the day and kinda forgot it even happened. If you want more clarification, feel free to ask me since I just typed this out quickly, Iíll find time to answer all questions. (Reddit)
I would think that's just an adrenaline
rush - the fight or flight thing. When I was the same age, 14, I was
riding home from school with a couple of friends. One was 17 and had a
car and was driving. The other girl was her cousin and was 13 and eager
to drive. The 13 year old finally convinced her cousin to let her drive
the car once we weren't far from home. She was driving way too fast on
this small country road, and a sharp 90 degree turn was coming up fast.
We all yelled to slow down, instead she slammed on the gas. I was in the
back seat, leaning forward between to two front seats about a second
before we smashed into these concrete filled steel pipes that were put
up as a fence.
One of my life changing events some 12 + years ago was a 100 mph car
crash. My wife at the time, and I where at an intersection waiting for a
light to change. Suddenly, a group of police lights at distance came up
at high speed chasing a lone car from behind. Our car, a four door
sedan, occupied the right front lane just at the crosswalk. The car
beside, filled that spot. Before I could take off we where compacted at
100 mph. What was a full size car was now half its original length. The
drug dealer had attempted to cue ball us out of the way to evade the
police and keep driving, which he did for several more miles. The car
went in to a quick diagonal rolling flip. I was told it was over very
I have these moments where everything stops moving and it feels like everyone and everything freezes. After about two seconds, things go back to normal. I don't understand. I'm not zoned out, and it happens just out of the blue. I could be eating and the next second the "glitch" happens. It happens once in a blue moon but I remember it most vividly at the beach when I was younger. I was eating some junk food and watching the waves when all of a sudden I turned my head and saw everything freeze. Seconds later everything went back to normal. I'm sorry that I don't explain it very well, and I don't know if this is just me, but I have a feeling that it isn't just me. (Reddit)
In the summer of 1991, I was walking in a Swiss train station with my
husband, who carried our one-year-old baby on his shoulders. We were
returning to our home in Lausanne near Lake Geneva after having been
traveling for some time by train. My daughter was happily holding onto
my husband's neck and hair for support, while he carried two suitcases
(his and hers) in his arms.