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Missing Time Experience?

missing timeI’d like to relate a personal experience that I had when I was an adolescent in the hope that others might be willing to come forward and share any similar experiences that they may have had.

I’ve titled this article “A Missing Time Experience?” – with a question mark, you’ll notice – because it does not necessarily fit the “typical” missing time scenario of which we hear. It did not happen late at night on a darkened rural road; there was no UFO sighting involved (that I recall). It occurred in the afternoon, on a sunny day, on a relatively busy street in a bustling suburban town in northeastern New Jersey. In fact, I’m not entirely sure that there even was a period of missing time. Yet, it was strange in the extreme and something that I contemplate regularly to this day, more than thirty years later.

The time of year was late winter or early spring – around March or April, I believe, of 1978. I was in junior high school, seventh grade, and thirteen years of age. It was a weekday at about 3:00 PM and school had just let out. I left the junior high school, which is located next to a hospital in my home town of Ridgewood, NJ. Ridgewood is located about 20 miles from New York City, in Bergen County, a very populated area of the state. I walked, as I did most days, home from the junior high (now a middle school). My parent’s home was located about 1.5 miles from the school along a very direct route. Most of the walk was on the street on which the school was located, followed by a left and a quick right toward the very end of the walk. So, I’d normally just walk out the front door of the school, take a left, and proceed straight for about 1.4 miles, the last 0.10 of a mile being that left and the right, at which point I was at our house.

That was the route that I would normally take, however, I had a run-in with a group of boys that bullied me on a regular basis, so rather than taking a left out the front door of the school and proceeding due south for that 1.4 miles, I’d go left and then take another left at the very first traffic after leaving the school. I’d then walk to the next street over and take a right onto that street, again walking due south. It wasn’t much of a departure from my normal route, as the street ran parallel to the one I’d usually take to get home. I’d been doing that for at least a couple of months in an effort to avoid walking past the homes of the boys who were bullying me. Therefore, I’m confident of the the fact that there was no way I would have become lost or confused of my whereabouts.

However, one day as I began walking home, I noticed that everything seemed strangely quiet, almost muted. The normal noise and bustle associated with the after-school rush of children walking home from school was oddly absent and the quiet was rather eerie. There were still cars and some pedestrians present as I walked down this busy suburban street, but there was an odd, unreal feeling to everything, along with this disturbing muted silence.

The street that I was walking down was called North Pleasant Avenue, and the intersection that I was approaching was at the corner of North Pleasant and Ridgewood Avenue. After crossing Ridgewood Ave, North Pleasant turned to South Pleasant Avenue and I would pass the elementary school that I’d attended the years prior to entering the junior high in September of ’77. At crossing that intersection and approaching the elementary school, I was approximately 0.8 mile from my home. I mention these facts only to continue to emphasize that this was a route and neighborhood in which I was used to traveling.

As I continued south, from N. Pleasant toward S. Pleasant and toward the intersection of Pleasant and Ridgewood Avenues, I saw the traffic light, the same familiar stores at the corner, and the small parking lot in front of the stores. However, these landmarks appeared to be getting further away as I walked closer to them, and still this odd silence persisted. As I continued to walk toward the intersection, these landmarks continued to appear to recede further into the distance as I approached them. I began feeling very disoriented and anxious – and then, nothing; a complete loss of memory. I simply do not remember anything past the point of approaching this intersection and seeing it recede further into the distance as I walked ever nearer to it.

My next memory was of “awakening” – for a lack of a better description – on another street in a different part of town, a fair distance from where I had started from at the junior high school. I remember feeling very shaken and confused and somewhat frightened. What had happened? And how did I end up in this different area, nowhere near where I’d begun walking, and nowhere near where I’d “blacked out”? This is where things get a bit stranger still: within a couple of minutes of “coming to” my mother pulled up in her car, parking along the curb of the street where I was walking. I opened the door and she looked at me with great concern and said “John, are you alright?” Now, normally my mother did not come looking for me if I was a bit late arriving home from school. Remember, this was the late ’70s and parents were decidedly more relaxed about the comings and goings of their children. My mother never picked me up from school unless the weather was very severe or we had some kind of appointment after school, and as long as I was home by dinner my parents didn’t worry or wonder about my whereabouts. If I didn’t come straight home it was assumed that I was at a friend’s house or had some kind of after school activity.

The fact that my mother knew exactly where to find me was surprising, and I asked her how she knew where I was. She replied that she was home, doing chores around the house, when a voice in her head said “get John, he needs you”. She of course asked me what had happened and I told her about the receding intersection, the strange silence, the memory loss, and of waking up to find myself walking in this other part of town. I had no idea what had happened and to this day I still do not, other than a vague memory or feeling of having been told or shown something significant. Who told or showed me what, and where it happened, I cannot recall, although I feel at some point that I will recall the entire incident. I simply feel that this event was significant for a reason that I can’t explain, but it’s meaning will eventually be made clear to me.

Being that this was over thirty years ago, I cannot accurately recall the time that I “awoke” or what time my mother found me. However, I don’t think it was a great amount of time, certainly not more than hour, and probably less than that. Thirty minutes, perhaps? So the time was maybe 3:30 or 3:45 in the afternoon, I’d estimate. It may have been later than that, but not by much, if I recall correctly. I’ve always felt that the strangeness of this incident is compounded by the fact that my mother was somehow involved and “contacted”. If I had simply blacked out or became disoriented and wandered off, I could accept that as being a possibility – although I had no history of seizures or blackouts. But the fact that my mother was told to “Get John, he needs you” makes me believe that there was some outside design and involvement in this, the nature of which I do not know.

This, I should mention, was not the only strange and unexplained incidents that I had as a child. Perhaps I’ll discuss some of the others in future blog posts. Meanwhile, I’d be very interested hearing from other people who may have experience similar phenomena.

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  1. I had time come to almost a complete stop wile I was at work. One minute I was helping a patient eat her breakfast and she requested some coffe. So I stood up to walk to the coffee pot, which was 15 feet away, and within the first 5 steps, time slowed significantly to the point it stopped and I could see every thing around me,left, right, behind, in front, and above. I saw everybody’s facial expression and what everyone was doing at that instant. It was like looking at a panoramic photo. At the exact same moment I felt a sense of knowing everything about everything, which was extremely overwhelming. Next thing I know I get to the coffee pot and wile I’m pouring coffee, adding sugar etc.. I’m thinking, that did not just happen! So I gave this patient her coffee and proceeded to the restroom, looked at myself in the mirror and immediatly thought I was insane. It took me about 10 min to shake that feeling off and a couple co workers asked if I was ok as they can see something wasn’t normal. The end.
    Story 2: my aunt and uncle had a funeral to go to sometime in the 70’s in Konawa,Oklahoma. So they were at the church for the wake, sitting in the back of the church. It was nearly over, so they figured they would leave early to get a head start to the house for visiting, snacks etc..my uncle and 3 of my aunt’s headed to ride in the same car, they drove one mile down the street and came to construction so they detoured making an extra mile the opposite direction then back 3 miles eventually making it to the designated house where everyone was meeting at. All four if them said it was about a 10-15 min drive. But, when they arrived, they saw all the cars already parked that were parked at the church already at the house. When they got inside the house, friends and family asked where they had been mentioning most everybody was finished eating what was served and had been there for 45 min or so. To this day, either four of them can contemplate as to what happened. One of my aunt’s was real bothered by that day for years afterwards. Another one of my aunt that was there during the incident has had 2 other strange things that cannot be explained. Just recently, two weeks ago,my uuncle’s nephew was reported missing in Konawa, Oklahoma. They had a search and rescue team out there as well as cadaver dogs, and found no sign of him & no one has seen him. Back in 1956 my great aunts cousins sister went missing in Konawa, Oklahoma and was NEVER found to this day… I’m about to make the hour trip to konawa, ok. To see what’s really going on down there, might have a strange experience…

    1. Kyle — These experiences tend to run in families and are usually part of recurring pattern, so what you’re telling me fits the profile for these types of experience. The disappearances are what I find very disturbing, and my thoughts and prayers go out to your family regarding your missing relative. Interesting that you should share this one my blog this evening. I’ve recently been giving a lot of thought to some the connection between these time anomalies and cases of missing persons. I wonder how many people who have unaccounted-for periods of time eventually go missing altogether? I’m beginning to see patterns among the reports that I’ve been receiving, but the larger picture is still unclear. If I have some new insights I’ll post them on the website. Meanwhile, please take care and proceed with caution. Hoping your uncle’s nephew turns up unharmed, too. Please keep me informed if you would.

      — John

      1. I found this site today because of an experience I had this morning which, in turn, brought back vivid memories of previous experiences. So, I will start with this mornings experience.
        I looked at the clock, at 3:10 a.m. this morning, listening to my husband get ready for work. I should note that I am a very light sleeper and rarely fall into very deep sleeps. All of a sudden, I heard loud thumping, in the distance, as if from a car playing loud music. Thinking this was odd, at that early hour, I lifted my head to call out to my husband and ask what he thought the noise was. But, as I lifted my head and looked at the clock, it read 5:25 a.m. Over 2 hours had passed and I instantly knew something was off. It was NOT a deep sleep. I don’t know how to explain it but I just know that between 3:10 a.m. and 5:25 a.m. it’s as if only minutes had passed. I got up to make some coffee and my pajama bottoms felt strange, and I then realized they were on backwards. They had not been when I went to sleep the previous night.
        Now, yesterday I started receiving multiple texts from previous co-workers I was close to. All saying the day had been so strange, off, weird happenings and all of my day had been like that. Very strange, off, everything out of synch. My sister then says she felt as if her day had the strange feeling of missing time. So, I’m starting to realize that people I am close to were all experiencing this time strangeness.
        The experience, this morning, brought back memories from early childhood and one story, in particular, that had happened to my mother as a child which is almost exactly what you had explained in your missing time experience. At 3 years old, (in the mid 1930’s) she was playing in a room with her younger sister. As the story is told, someone came to the window and took my mother. She said she was taken to a house, by a woman, and said to a man in the house “look who I have”. The woman, when she took my mother, promised her there were all sorts of toys and dolls at the house she was being brought to. Even at 3, my mother said, she immediately noticed there were no dolls, no toys. All of a sudden the door burst open and her mother came in to grab her. To my grandmothers dying day, she never knew how she knew where to find my mother at that house. She said she “just knew”. Now onward:
        At 13, in the 1970’s, I was at a Fall Fair with my mother and grandmother and it became night time. The 3 of us were walking around and enjoying ourselves. All of a sudden I hear my mother yelling at me asking “Where had I been”? I turned to look at my mother, totally confused as to what she was talking about. I said I had been nowhere except walking with them, and she said that she and my grandmother had been looking for me for over an hour. I have no recollection of anything other than walking around with them. I do not have seizures, etc.
        Another thing you had mentioned about all the sounds around you disappearing: That has happened to me on more than one occasion, and one incident specifically with myself and my daughter years ago.
        We were eating at a restaurant that was so packed with people. It took us a bit to get seated, and all of a sudden we looked at each other and realized that as full as the restaurant was, we weren’t hearing any noise, conversations, etc., and thought how strange it was that all the noise seemed to be falling off into the background. It wasn’t like we were enveloped in deep conversation, it was more that we noticed the total strangeness of the noise falling off.
        Anyway, I hope this resonates with your feelings on your experience long ago.
        My experience, this morning, was very unsettling and I am very aware that something seems to be happening within the last few days. Maybe peoples frequencies changing, I don’t know.

        1. Hi Susan,
          Yes, a lot of that definitely does resonate with me. I find it very interesting that you received calls from people you know who seemed to sense the same thing. I have heard of these experiences happening simultaneously to two or more people, and I’ve heard of this sort of phenomena running in families (which is very common). I’m not sure if anyone has told me that it seemed to be widespread among people that they know. That suggests that this was some sort of mass event, which is a new one in my book.

          The fact that your pajama bottoms were on backwards is indicative of an abduction experience and is reported fairly often. As I’ve said before, I sort of hate to go to there because it’s so sensationalistic, but I do sense that there is an intelligence that is at work during these experiences. Some sort of random temporal anomaly would not explain people waking up with their clothes on backwards, or their clothing switched with the other person who underwent the missing time episode (I’ve heard that one before), or other such physical signs.

          If anything else comes to mind or you have another experience, I’m glad to listen and to share any findings or thoughts about the nature of these incidents. Please feel free to keep in touch. — John

          1. Thank you for your response.
            I seem to always attract people who are like minded, or even the other way around.
            I have always had unusual experiences since childhood, but I never questioned myself as I knew what I knew to be true. I have never, either, bought into what society tells us what should be our belief system. I do have some information, though, that may interest you. I love research, and have acquired some useful information.
            During the early to mid 1960’s, myself, mother and sister had experiences where, in the middle of the night, a bright orange light would permeate all through our windows. The stage was always the same, and we all recalled it the same way: The light would come through, I would try to call out for my mother but couldn’t…then I would call to my sister in her room and say “Do you see that”? And, she would say “Yes, I do. It’s ok, just go back to sleep”. Years down the road, we would all talk about it. My mother said when the lights came, she would get up and check the whole house, go up in the attic and look around. Finally I asked her if she had checked up on my sister and I during those times. She was shocked, and said she hadn’t even thought about it and she knew instantly that it’s the first thing a mother does, but she didn’t. She said she looked in the oddest places, such as in between the stove and refrigerator. So, for many years we all thought “abduction”. Until recently in my research and more “awakenings” to our reality that it might be much more sinister. It’s not hard at all to believe that there is life on other planets, or interdimensional beings at all. But some information I have come across is disturbing.
            Cern. Opening up portals to other dimensions. HAARP…weather modification, chemtrails. Basically, manipulation of humanity for sinister purposes.
            I am 56 years old, and I am very aware that life has definitely changed in ways since my childhood that would have been unfathomable to us back then. George Orwell’s “1984” was giving us a glimpse.
            Regarding abductions, some of my research has led down some pretty interesting paths.
            I believe people, such as yourself, are “conscious”. I don’t believe everyone is. In fact, I think most people are under a cloak of unconsciousness. People who “experience” these strange incidents have the capability to see what is going on around us and realize it. I break people down into two groups: Earthly and Non Earthly.
            Other incidents, for me, include what I call “being in a movie”. Same for my children. All of a sudden, anything can be happening and we look at each other and say “Ok, we are in a movie.” This was happening way before the movie “The Matrix” came out. Hmmm.
            The abduction phenomena seems to run in families just like animals are tracked, manipulated for research on species, etc.
            But, the most profound event happened to me at 13 years old. I say this was a “dream” for lack of a better word. In the middle of the night I was, all of a sudden, aware I was standing in my room. Behind me were three men, dressed in white cloaked clothing. My back was to them but, somehow, I could see them. One of them put his hand on my right shoulder and I was instantly transported to a particular country (prefer not to say where) and all around me was white cinder block rubble, and I knew I was experiencing the end of the world. In one minutes time I felt everything there could possibly be to feel ever. They allowed me to witness this for one minute. Then, one of them put their hand on my right shoulder, again from behind, and I was right back in my room. They spoke telepathically and they told me 3 words, of another language which I don’t know. I think they are Greek or Latin. They said, specifically “Never forget these words. When the time is right you will know what they mean.” That has affected me my whole life. There hasn’t been one week, since then, that I haven’t thought of those 3 words. I just know that I have to wait to hear them if they really mean anything. Interestingly, my research has led me to an area understanding that language, and the use of it, can make things manifest. Words are powerful.
            Well, I’m glad I found this site. I’m interested in reading others peoples experiences!

          2. I understand what you mean about being “conscious”. It’s a constant awareness of something many others don’t seem to grasp at all, and if you were to try to explain it to them they would have no idea what you’re trying to convey. I think this life is like the part of the iceberg that is above the waterline. It’s the part that we see, but the much bigger and more important part is submerged beneath the water. We don’t see it from above, but it’s there. I believe that this is the spiritual realm, and those who are sensitive to it can feel it’s presence and occasionally gain a brief glimpse of it.

            Until fairly recently I had always been very quick to dismiss anyone who attached any sort of religious meaning to paranormal phenomena. Then, in June of 2014 I had an experience (I’m currently writing about it) that made me think otherwise. I think that, just as the bible says, we are locked in a spiritual battle and that is why we’re seeing more of these “signs and wonders”. So much of the terrible things that are happening in the world are, in my opinion, much more than just the acts of men. I think we’re seeing evil manifesting itself and I do not have a positive view about these missing time experiences or other so-called “paranormal phenomena”. I’m currently revamping my site (working on that right now, in fact) and I’ll write more about this in the upcoming weeks. At this point I would tell people to prepare themselves spiritually, because I think bad times are coming. I think we may be entering the Tribulation, if we’re not already in it.

  2. I’m so glad I found this post. I thought I was crazy. The other day I was driving home after work, in a city I’ve lived my whole life in, and was stopped at a red light. As I sat at the light I looked around at the buildings, and once the light turned green I started driving. Next thing I know, I have a “wake up” moment. At first I just saw the buildings, then sound came back, and finally I realized I was on a different road. I couldn’t remember how I got there, but it was the opposite direction from where I was heading before. I was really confused at first, but relieved too because I knew where I was at, even if it didn’t make sense that I was there.

  3. Hello John It was a privilege to hear your experience-it is indeed a more mysterious universe we live in than we can understand. My experience at least the one I want to relate is a little different but still I think might be of interest to you. I was probably 4 almost 5 as I was born in November 1941 and it was early evening but already dark. My father was reading a newspaper and the room was dark except for his lamp. I was playing on the floor and the room was very quiet. Suddenly but quietly from the darkness near the front door a heavy tank started rolling toward me. Everything about it said that it was heavy, not toy like and if it made a sound it was a very low rumble. It came all the way toward me to then pass silently beneath where my father sat reading without any notice on his part. Then it disappeared underneath the couch. During this time I was agape, too stunned to even speak. I never looked for that tank and it was never found. This was during the later years of the War but in truth it was nothing that I had any consciousness of. I have never forgotten the experience and this is the first time I have spoken of it. I have no doubt about the reality of the experience but also know it was an illusion.

    1. That’s a fascinating story. Thanks for sharing it, David. Interesting that you perceived this and not your father. That’s not at all uncommon with these kinds of reports. Some people are more sensitive and pick up on these phenomena than others. Would be correct to think that you might have had some other unexplained experiences in your life? These are rarely singular events, but more often part of a lifelong pattern.

      Thanks again for sharing your story. — John

      1. Thanks for reply John-As to my fathers silence since I was mum I feel he was honoring my silence-somethings can only be knows at least at the time by agreeing not to notice indeed I once ran after after a man in purple bathing trunks having been given the conviction that he was Christ. When I caught up to him I didnot know what to do but could only tap on the shouldernd when he turned to face me I could only say pardon me I thought you were somebody I knew. He looked straight at me and said well I am here on your account. This was too much for me and without saying anything more I turned away feeling that I had been given much and should not ask for anything more. Later I thought of many questions I might have asked but the moment seemed to be too exquisite to tamper with. Does this make sense to you about wwhy we sometimes cannot seem to rigorously prove our experience because to do so seems dishonorable like doubting Thomas need to touch the wounds before he would believe. But then again …

      2. Thanks for reply John-As to my fathers silence since I was mum I feel he was honoring my silence-somethings can only be knows at least at the time by agreeing not to notice indeed I once ran after after a man in purple bathing trunks having been given the conviction that he was Christ. When I caught up to him I did not know what to do but could only back tap him on the shoulder and when he turned to face me I could only say pardon me I thought you were somebody I knew. He looked straight at me and said well I am here on your account. This was too much for me and without saying anything more I turned away feeling that I had been given much and should not ask for anything more. Later I thought of many questions I might have asked but the moment seemed to be too exquisite to tamper with. Does this make sense to you about why we sometimes cannot seem to rigorously prove our experience because to do so seems dishonorable like doubting Thomas’ need to touch the wounds before he would believe. But then again …

    2. I just wanted to report that i feel someone is adjusting time becausse i remember my 40th birthday but i am know 45 i dont remember the 5 yrs gone by real quick because i dont remember the age 41..42..43..44. those 4 years of anything and theres nothing wrong with me i think someone is shifting time very fast and there was other weird experiences that i had simular to the very first one i had read when the lady was walking home from school almost simular to hers to and one day there was noone around and my boyfriend said it was like a ghost town okay but a few days later i had saw something over the hospital building hovering for a good ol hour! my boyfriend saw it to after we stared at it for awhile it decided to take off.. so why and who would time shift me 4 years in the future? ok and my sister has the same feeling as well so are we all going nuts?? or coo coo? whats really going on? someone fucking with our heads i dont got any disorders either just to let you know Lolokay! is someone hiding a big secret?

  4. I’m not sure what to say without sounding crazy. Recently I’ve had two experiences that I can say for certain that time has vanished. Only because I looked at a clock. I was getting ready to get in the shower and was already running late for work. I looked at the clock thinking “I have to hurry.” The clock is digital and had 10:48. I got into the shower and bathed quickly. I got out, dried, went back to the bedroom and the clock read 1:23. I just had it happen again. Only, this time, I got in the shower at 12:02 and got out at 1:23. I don’t understand what is going on. I don’t feel different. I show no signs that I fell. No injuries. I don’t have medical conditions. I don’t understand. I would appreciate any comments that sound logical.

    1. This missing time / time anomaly (maybe a better term) phenomenon seems to have a number of variations. I have received many similar reports to yours, where time appears to simple jump forward with no sense of discontinuity. Obviously, something must happen during that period of unaccounted-for time, unless we’re dealing with some kind bizarre quantum hiccup in the space-time continuum. I’m not a scientist, so this is difficult for me to grasp, but it could be what we’re dealing with: an anomalous event that affects time itself. The problem with that theory is that it should affect everyone. More often than not, however, only a single individual (sometimes two or three) report this while others don’t report anything unusual. If it was a physical event then it should be observable by everyone in the vicinity. But this is usually not the case. Were you alone when this happened? Anyone else you know in the house or general area that might have noticed this? A physical anomaly, like for example, a rain and wind storm that appears suddenly and without warning, should be observed and experienced by everyone in the vicinity. If this is not the case and only one person experiences the phenomenon, then it has to be something specific to that individual.

      Now for my standard question: Has this, or anything else unusual/unexplained, ever happened to you? Would you describe your self as at all psychically or spiritually sensitive? Is anyone in your family like this? I’m working on a questionnaire right now that I’ll soon post on the site. It might help to narrow down the possibilities about which this may or may not be.

  5. I’m so glad I’m not the only one with this experience, back in the mid 80’s I was living on the Isle of Wight UK and was driving from the ferry to London for an audition as a drummer.
    Having driven maybe an hour at most on a road I was familiar with I remember travelling uphill and noticed the time on my watch around 11am then as I came over the hill I got very disturbed because I was in a different place which I recognised as much further on in south London which made me check the time again and it was now 1pm.
    Now I was freaking out, feeling confused, then what was weird or just coincidence I saw a man walking his dog and it was none other than ex prime minister Harold Wilson.
    Next I pulled over to make a phone call as I was late for the audition but not that interested in showing up anymore.
    I drove home and ran in the house asking my mom for a map quickly trying to tell her what happened and also to disprove the time loss looking for a credible explanation but couldn’t.
    This has disturbed me to this day and I have had other strange sightings this was the biggest, I must add that I never taken drugs and am of sound mind I just don’t know what or why that happened and may never will.

    1. You’re far from being the only one. This is much more common than I ever would have imagined before writing this article. Since then, I’ve received over a thousand blog comments and emails from people with similar experiences. I’m still trying to understand what it all means.

  6. John, I have read this story and the Night Terror story. I picked up something that may interest you, that errie silence that you apparently experienced Is called the Oz factor or was for awhile in the UFO investigator circles. That term however has pretty much gone out of style of late. The entities that you seem to have had contact with, reminds me of my brothers experience with what he called Ghost Monkeys when he was just a child. To him they were very real and to this day 50 yrs later. The memory of those entities still haunt him and he insists that they were real( he says that the last time he saw them, a robot came through the cealing and vacuumed them all away then departed, up through the roof as it had come). The experiences with these dark entities does sound very much like some kind of abduction experience however that is not a given. I never told you but I am Christian and have very definite feelings about such things as Demons. Your entities may well be demonic in nature but why would they reveal themselves so many years later to you and also let others see them? When and if you read any of my books you may find we have a lot in common. I asked God to prevent such incidents in my life a few years ago and all strange contacts have stopped period, so I can tell you that things have a way of working out for the best. I will continue to study all the data I can find and maybe when or if you come to visit me we can exchange notes. Your friend Bob.

  7. Hi John it’s been over 3 years for my experience but it’s been on my mind lately due to my sleep paralysis acting up again. So my incident actually involves me and my ex girlfriend, so at least I had instant gratification I wasn’t crazy. We had just at dinner at a restaurant on the south side of my home city. It was only about 830pm and we got on the freeway to start the 5 hour drive to her city. Now I’ve made this drive at least 20 times in my life so getting lost wouldn’t happen. We both remember talking soon as we got on the freeway and then blanking out shortly after. We both then came to in a dazed and confusing state and looked at each other like we just woke up from a nap. I began to feel lost and tried to look at signs of where we were. The familiar street signs almost now made no sense to me. I quickly pulled over and decided to call my brother and ask for directions to the exit out of town. He informed me that it was ten min back from where I was and that I was an idiot for not knowing how to get there yet. This meant from the point we lost time was nearly 20 min back. What’s more scary is I was driving possibly the whole time. Me and the ex headed out the proper exit talking about what had just happened trying to make sense of it. As we talked and I looked at the signs driving they all looked extremely enlarged and disoriented. I had the feeling of never traveling on these roads before and that I was going in the wrong direction. We eventually stopped and got out of the car trying to piece together what happened with no luck. I’m so thankful to have it happen at least with a witness or I probably would have thought I was going insane. It’s worth noting that since after that incident she now has sleep paralysis as well. Mine started at age 20 I’m 35 now but hers just started 3 years ago which would have made her 20 at the time oddly. Anyways hope this helps people realize that your not alone in these things and maybe we can solve it one day together. Take care all

  8. John:

    I’ve had 2 “missing time’ experiences as an adult. One occurred while on a first date with a guy. We were in a furniture store when he went ahead of me and was sitting on a couch with the back of it facing me. As I started to approach the couch, it was though I momentarily dropped off to sleep because when I became conscious, I felt like I opened my eyes and I found myself at the couch already and my hands were resting on the shoulders of this guy. I didn’t know how my hands got there as my first impulse was to lift my hands off of him which I quickly did. This was a first date and I didn’t want him to think I liked him because at that point I didn’t know so that action wasn’t something I would have consciously done. The time lapse was only a few seconds or the amount of time it would take for me to walk about 10 feet over to the couch. He was grinning & later told me that he thought I had done that to communicate that I really liked him but I knew I never had any thought process of even wanting to do that on a first date. At that moment, I didn’t discuss what had happened because my mind was panicked as to what had just happened. Still not sure.

    The 2nd incident happened about 1 1/2 years later. I was attending a Women’s Conference at this house where my Pastor’s wife was hosting it. I had known our First Lady for over 10 years but she had invited two ladies that I was not familiar with. There were finger foods and punch available, which I did partake of. At one point in the schedule, the two ladies started laying hands on the other ladies who wanted to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. I overheard some of the ladies speaking in tongues and other ladies letting out a wail or scream. In the past I had not been able to experience this but tried it anyway. As expected, the most I did was started to cry. After leaving that room, I went into the room next to it where no one was in it. I began to raise my hands in praise and pray for the Holy Spirit to come. At the same time, I had a negative thought as I thought to myself that ‘nothing is going to happen. You still won’t come.” At that moment I felt like a force that came into me from the back accompanied by a loud scream that wasn’t coming out of my mouth. Then I went into a sleep i guess because the next thing I remember is waking up, still facing the wall of the room I had been in but I looked at the door and it had been pulled closed and I was still alone. So I knew some time had passed because I never saw anyone come into the room or close the door. I listened and heard the others gathering in the front room so I opened the door and ended up asking the First Lady what happened. She said she had come in the room and I was speaking in tongues but more like baby language and then I had a drop of blood drip on my nose and went to the bathroom to get tissue to stop a nose bleed. I didn’t want to talk about the experience with the other ladies as they discussed their experience. I sat quietly and went home shortly afterwards. It’s been about 10 years since this event and I haven’t had any further “time loss” incidents. Any insight you can provide would be appreciated.

    1. Linda — Strange that I should receive your story this morning. I was just reflecting on the fact that as I pray I often feel a resistence as I do so and I’m often exhausted afterward, as if I’ve struggled against something. I sense some of that in the second part of your experience, if to a greater degree than mine. Until recently I have been very reluctant to attach any sort of religious meaning to any of the paranormal and missing time incidents that I have had and of those that people have reported to me. But in June of 2014 I had an encounter with the demonic (I’m in the process of writing about this and will post the story soon) and the experience has made me wonder if this has had something to do with my missing time experiences. In fact, this encounter has made me consider the possibility that all “paranormal” encounters and experiences might be of a spiritual nature. The whole incident was rather traumatic, but if anything good has come from this it has caused me to reconnect with my own Christian faith. I have been looking more to scripture and to the teaching of my church (I’m Catholic) in an attempt to discern the nature of these occurrences. Did either of your parents or anyone in your family have any similar experiences or be described as somewhat psychic or intuitive. There seems to be a strongly family connection in many of these cases. My own mother was prone to this sort of things and had some strange supernatural experiences. This has been a journey for me and I don’t have any clear answers at this point but as I learn more I’ll share whatever insights or thoughts that I have.

      1. Thanks for your response. There is some history of “seemingly” supernatural events that have taken place during the years in the lives of me and my daughters. I had contributed those experiences to our belief as Christians since we had so many frequent events that were hard to explain any other way. There was no time loss, just a lot a things that fell into place to make a desire come to pass in a short frame of time. However, I am on a truth journey and am evolving a bit on the Christianity issue. I do believe in the “laws of the universe” and have been able to meditate on something (law of attraction) and oftentimes, it comes to pass. My children have done the same thing. We have had my kids volleyball team pray for it not to rain when invited to have a game at our house on a very cloudy, lightly rainy day and we thought the rain blew past because it never rained at our house. We found out as my husband went to the grocery store a few blocks away that it was pouring down all around our subdivision but it never rained at our house. I desired to get a promotion to a management job at a large corporation and there was a process and a certain list you had to be on to be considered. I never knew about the list but got the position and was asked by another contender, how did I get it because I was not even on the list. I was declared Surplus and was going to be laid off if I didn’t find another position at the company within 90 days. During that time, I received what was called a “fax blast” before the computer technology replaced this. The fax told about a loan program where I could work in a department that needed temporary help since there was no work for me to do in my current department. I accepted a position and was placed in a work group on two occasions working until the assignment ended. I did get eventually get placed in a permanent job. When another friend was Surplused, I told her about the loan program. I gave her the same phone number to call. Nobody I spoke with had ever seen the “Fax Blast” which typically goes to ALL departments and the person at the number told her they never had any Loan Program. I was blown away. I have many more stories like that and could go on and on. However, what I think is that I have perfected this “law of attractiion” and as I mediate on what I want, those things tend to happen. I also saw the video “The Secret” which dealt with this same type of behavior and I could definitely identify with this. I also remember desiring a Ford Explorer when they had first come out and one pulled beside me at a red light. I looked over at and imagined myself sitting in the driver’s seat, looking down on the road and how it must feel to be elevated (as I drove a car at the time). About 2 weeks later, my husband came home and told me that had a blue Explorer that they were trying to sell. We ended up buying it from them and I was actually able to sit in the driver’s seat. So to me that is one thing. The time loss incident, I haven’t been quite able to figure out. The only other thought was that there was some type of drug that may have been put in the food we were served that caused me to have some type of reaction where I went into a state of mind and did loose time. I don’t know. Keep me posted of any new information. Thanks.

  9. Instances of Missing Time

    A child walking home from school notices the odd silence around him, despite the traffic and everyday motion on a city street. The street he turns on to get home seems to get farther away the closer he gets to it. Suddenly he “awakens” to find himself across town with his mother’s car parked close to him, the door open and his mother beckoning to him to get in the car. His mother told him she suddenly heard a voice in her head tell her to “get the child, he needs you”. There was no explanation for how the boy got to the other side of town, but approximately an hour had elapsed since he noticed the eerie quietness in the city streets.

    Was this you?????????? If not… wow.

    Source: http://blog.onlineclock.net/missing-time-experiences/

    1. I can’t imagine that someone had the same experience, particularly with their mother hearing, “Go get John, he needs you”. That’s definitely my story. It would have been nice if they linked back to my post. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

  10. About 2 years ago I was taking a summer writing class that began at 9:25. On the last day of class we were going to hand in our papers and have a short final. The final was just going to be a short essay on a topic he would give that day and he told us we would only be there for like 15 minutes. I remember on this day I parked in the parking lot right across the street and when I got out of the car my clock said 9:23. my car was very close to the entrance of the building so it was only a 3-5 minute walk at most. my class was on the 2nd floor but I went to the coke machine located on the first floor of the building. now that coke machine was difficult in that it took several times of you putting a quarter in and it spitting it back out before it would actually take it. So I stood there and did that constant motion of putting the quarter in and then bending to get it out of the coin return and put it back in again before I finally got a coke. I don’t know how long I was standing there but it couldn’t have been more than 5 minutes. when I went up the stairs to my classroom it was completely empty. I was extremely confused because I knew I wasn’t that late and also there were 20 other people in my class and if they had left that classroom they would have had to walk down the stairs and walked right past me at the coke machine. But I never heard or saw anyone leaving. The only person I even saw in the lobby was one girl reading at a bench a little ways behind where I was at the coke machine. I was confused but more concerned that I had somehow just missed my final so I went up to the third floor to my professors office to give him my paper and talk to him about the final. the total time I took to get from the coke machine to the classroom and then to the professors office was probably 15 minutes. it was not a big building. when I got up to the office he had another student in there and they talked for about 5 minutes before I went in. I told him I was sorry that I was just getting a coke and must have been a few minutes late and missed the final. he looked at me with the craziest expression but then just took my paper and said I had a good grade and not to worry about the final. well I was relieved and went to leave I had to go to work at 11 and to me it had only been like 30 minutes, so I remember walking out of the building and thinking I had plenty of time to practice my drums before going to work but when I got in the car the clock said 11:15. needless to say I really freaked out. I mean I didn’t feel anything weird like you did. it all seemed like the normal flow of time and it wasn’t like I was just sitting someplace doing nothing or daydreaming where I could have lost track of time. I was moving the whole time. and even if I was really standing at the coke machine that long why didn’t I see anybody leave. there were no other exit options. a significant group of people had to have passed me. and there was the girl behind me that never moved. did she experience the same loss of time?
    anyways it really bothered me because i started to wonder if this was the first time it had happened. i don’t usually keep up with the clock and it all seemed to flow so ordinarily it really could have happened and me never know it. I also worried where I was during the time loss. if I didn’t see the rest of my class leave then did they see me as they left? I am on the road a lot for my job and I was really worried that this might happen while I was driving so I called my mom and told her about it. I have a standing neurologist that I go to because of my migraines and my mom made an appointment with her for the next day. she had me go do an EEG that day and the results came back negative. no abnormal patterns but she still said I probably had a absence seizure or petit mal seizure but I’ve looked these up and these types of seizures only last 10 to 30 seconds and usually occur during a time of inactivity.
    it hasn’t happened since then, at least that I know about, but it still really bothers me because no one can give me a good reason for why I would lose such a strange amount of time. I don’t believe that I was abducted because it doesn’t really fit the pattern but there may be some science we don’t understand yet that explains it. I have done a lot of research on black holes and know that they are not necessarily confined to space. there can be small black holes around you all the time. though we don’t understand worm holes as much as we do black holes there could potentially be wormholes around us. I don’t know I don’t have any evidence to back anything up. I just know I lost 30 -45 minutes and I have no idea why.

  11. My experience takes place back a few years ago and I wasn’t alone. I was 27 at the time. I was staying with a friend at his apartment that he shared with his elderly aunt and I needed to go back home to get a few things. He agreed to take me and we left. stopped I only lived 10 minutes away so the whole trip should have taken 20 minutes to get to my house and back again. We stopped by sonic to get some food, which we planned to eat after we returned to his apartment. It was 5:00 in the evening but still daylight outside sense it was summer. They brought out our food rather quickly and we left heading straight to my house. We got to my house and I quickly ran in to get what I needed. When I got back in the car, I tossed my things into the backseat and started to dig through my purse for my cell phone. We pulled out of the driveway and started heading back. We had only go a yards from my house, when I told my friend I couldn’t find my phone. He pulled off to the side of the road and planned to turn around, but a car was coming so he had to wait. Before the car passed I found my phone in the bottom of my purse and told him never mind. The car passed and he pulled back onto the road following along behind the car. We went up a hill and then the next thing we know both of us are “waking up” a few feet before the stop sign at the end of the road I lived on. It’s completely dark outside and neither one of us knows how we got where we were because the last thing we both remember was going up the hill behind a car. The car was now nowhere to be seen. When I glanced at the clock on the dashboard it said 6:55. it was almost seven and we had been gone for well over an hour. When I told him what time it was, he argued with me saying the clock must be wrong. When we got back to the apartment, his aunt asked us why we had been gone so long. We couldn’t explain it as we had no idea. It only takes 5 minutes to get from my house to the end of the road, so I know there’s no way we could have been traveling down it for over an hour. Neither one of us has ever remember where we were or what we were doing during that time, but we both clearly remember every detail clearly up to the point of going up that hill. I haven’t had any experiences like it since then and neither has he, but he refuses to talk about it to anyone but me. He doesn’t want people to think he’s crazy, but I just want to know what happened.

  12. I am hoping for some insight-anything-to help me make sense of what occurred a few hours ago. Ever since the morning of February 14, I have been taking care of my friend’s dog and cat at her home while she is on vacation.

    The routine I have followed since morning of 2/14 is 6:00 a.m I feed the pets and give the dog his pill. I do the same thing at 6:00 p.m. I feel compelled to state that I am not on any drugs and have not consumed any alcohol while I’ve been here. I am diabetic and have been extra diligent about checking my blood sugars because of being alone. So, Monday I fed the pets at 6 and read then watched the Grammy awards and about an hour after they ended, approximately 12:30, I went to bed.

    The next morning, Tuesday, I fed pets and got on with my day. Don’t know how many details are insignificant, but know that I am a night owl, having been unemployed for over a month, staying awake until 2-5 a.m and waking up around 10/11 a.m. So this routine of rising at 6 a.m and going to bed late anyone would surmise that I could be sleep deprived but I do t feel tired or anything. My blood sugars have been stable and I feel physically fine.
    So, Tuesday morning and afternoon I was inside all day just like I was Sunday and Monday. Totally aware of what I did during the day then came 6:10 pm and I went and fed pets. I need to add also that I have spent majority of time in living room with DVD player clock right in front of me, always aware of time! Around 8 Tuesday night I made pasta then ate and watched tv. I got tired a few hours later. I remember taking the dog out to pee, brushing my teeth, checking my blood sugar, etc. turned off tv then fell asleep. Here’s where it gets upsetting:
    It’s 11:00 PM, Tuesday now. I woke up a few hours ago seeing on DVD player it was 6:20. I thought “thank goodness I didn’t sleep longer because of needing to follow the animals” routine feeding of 6:00 am/6:00pm. I thought it was 6:20 am. I felt my usual early morning fatigue, only I came to discover it isn’t morning! As I’m typing it’s 11:06 Tuesday night!!!night time!! It’s hard to explain, but the point is, in my mind, I fed pets at 6pm, ate dinner, watched tv then went to bed. Woke up to see it was 6:20, soooooo why wasn’t it 6:20 am?!?!?!?!?! I fed pets as is the routine, then turned on the tv. I noticed the Westminster dog show was on and I thought it was strange because “yesterday” (which really is today), I was talking with my mom who told me the dog show will be on. So when I put tv on a few hours ago and saw the dog show was on, it crossed my mind ‘oh that’s strange why it’s on this early’ but didn’t think too much of it. I waited til around 9:40 to call my parents because I didn’t want to call too early in the morning as they’re retired and sleep late. Anyway, it didn’t take long for me to discover it is really Tuesday night and not Wednesday morning! My mom tried her best to assure me that everything’s fine that I am just sleep deprived. But I am still very upset and beyond baffled. I clearly know I fed the pets, ate pasta at 8:00 or so at night then went to bed that night and woke up to see 6:20 so in my mind it was the next day. Essentially, without doubt, I am experiencing the opposite of time loss in a way. I am feeling very confused and disturbed at this.

    1. Hi Lisa — There are a number of different variations among these time anomaly phenomena. More often than not it is missing time – i.e., the person can’t account for a period of time (usually a few hours) and has no memory of what happened during the interim. Less often, but occasionally, I’ll receive reports like yours in which there seems to be a time gain or “turning back of the clock”. So you are not alone in this, if that’s any comfort. It does happen — I’m just not sure what it means. These “time gain” or “time slip” stories don’t fit neatly into what many people believe about the missing time phenomena. I think the better term for it would be “time anomaly phenomena” because of these variations. Some of these might be due to psychological issues or simple mistaken perception on the part of the experiencer. Personally, I don’t think this is often the answer, although it probably is the reason at least some of the time. It could be something to do with the nature of time itself that we don’t understand; maybe some sort of physical phenomenon in which the flow of time is interrupted. The trouble I have with that explanation is that it seems to happen repeatedly to certain individuals, which would rule out the idea that it would be a random event, like getting caught in a freak storm. Things like that don’t happen repeatedly.

      Have you had other similar experiences? Or other unexplained events in your life at all — even if they are unrelated to missing time or time gain or slips? I’m in the process of revamping this website and one of the things I’m working on right now is an online questionnaire. I hope to have that on the site within the next week. I have a few thoughts about what this might be, but no clear answers. If you would, let me know if this or anything similar happens to you, or anything unusual at all. Also, if you are involved in any sort of occult or New Age practices, stop. That’s the only advice I can give at the moment, but I’ll share any insights that I gain as I continue researching these cases.

      Thanks, and good luck. — John

  13. John,

    I would like to relate to you the experience my son and I shared that deals with missing time. The incident happened on a bright sunny Saturday in April of 2012. My son and I had a routine of working out at the gym on Saturday. On the day in question my son and I got ready to leave for the gym. Before leaving I passed my wife who was in the kitchen fixing herself some lunch. As I said good by to her I glanced at the range and saw that it was 11:30 AM.
    For what it is worth our trip to the gym usually takes about 17 to 22 minutes from our house to the parking lot of the gym.
    My son and I get in the car and head off just like we have done many times. We leave our house and take a right on 212th street for a quarter mile. At the intersection of Lincoln road we turn right and head for highway 6 and 31 which is approximately 1 mile down the road. Under normal circumstances there is no traffic and we get from our house to the intersection of 6 and 31 in less than 5 minutes.
    Well, like I said under normal circumstances this portion of our trip normally takes less than 5 minutes, however, this was no normal day! When my son and I hit the intersection of 6 and 31, I glanced down at the clock in the car and it registered the time as 12:10. I quickly mentioned to my son Kev that the clock in the car read 12:10 and he said what? I asked him to check the time on his phone and when he did he looked at me wide eyed and said dad my phone says it’s 12:10. I said WHAT? He reiterated the time is 12:10. So, I grabbed my phone and it to said 12:10.
    We looked at each other in disbelief for a minute and then started laughing as there is no way a 5 minute trip takes 40 minutes. I said to Kev hey when we get home lets ask mom what time we left just to make sure we are not going nuts.
    The rest of our trip was uneventful and our workout was great. So we get home and the first thing I did when we got home was to ask my wife what time Kev and I left to go work out? Tess looked at me and said you guys walked out the door at 11:30 AM. I asked her if she was sure and she said yes she was certain. I asked her how she could be so certain? Tess said because I was watching the timer on the stove. She said she was cooking herself Top Ramon and was staring at the clock when we closed the door to the garage.

    This incident rather shook me to the core as this was not my first experience with missing time. However, this was the first incident in which I had concrete evidence and a co-witness to the event. The event really bothered me to the point that actually visited with a Astrophysicist at UNO. The gentleman leads a MUFON group in our area. I learned a lot from my visit. I learned that time warps can and do occur. I found out that time warps can cluster around geographic areas. After several questions he asked me about another missing time event. He asked me to describe the roads I drove on when I had a previous missing time event and it turns out that my other missing time event occurred at some point while driving down either Lincoln road or Highway 6 and 31. One of the funniest questions the Astrophysicist asked me was “Is there farmland on Lincoln Road?” I said yes, the whole north side of the road is farmland. He told me “we see a lot of time warps associated with farmland!”

    At this time I have not had any further time lapse events occur in my life.

    There is more to the story – please let me know if your interested in hearing about the rest of my experience.


    1. Hi Gordon — Absolutely, I am ALWAYS interested in hearing as much as I can about these incidents. Interesting what the astrophysicist had to say about missing time events often occurring near farmland. I did not know that. NOT surprising that this has happened to you before. That’s something that I hear over and over again. These are almost never isolated incidents. I wonder why farmland? Open fields? Less trafficked? It would make sense that there might be more missing time events near farmland than in busy urban areas if stealth is a factor – which would of course imply that there is an intelligence behind this.

      I’m curious to know if your previous missing time episodes have happened in the same area or areas that are geographically similar. On some levels I would agree with the astrophysicist that the cause could have something to do with the nature of time itself, and that it might be associated with specific types of geographic areas. It oftens seems as if the gears of time seem to just slip, like a loose bicycle chain. However, that would not explain why these incidents seem to occur with certain individuals throughout their lives. That would be liking getting struck by lightning repeatedly – very unlikely for to happen once, astronomical odds of it happening more than once. Unless, perhaps, it is happening in a specific area. Most reports that I receive don’t indicate this, rather it seems to follow the individual wherever they go. That, to me, indicates that it has something to do with the person who is experiencing it. The skeptics will use that to say, “See, that proves that it’s a mental disorder associated with the individual who claims to have these missing time experiences.” But, this would not account for missing time events like yours, in which there is more than one person involved. Mental disorders are not contagious. My mother was somehow “contacted” and involved in my experience. Many reports that I receive involve multiple people and have outside corroboration, like yours does. I had another missing time experience that I haven’t written about that involved two other people. One brought it up to me a few years ago, saying that they have no recall of the second half of our trip but felt something strange had happened. I never mentioned to them before they brought it up on their own. This happened in another state, so it was not tied to the same geographical area as the incident that I write of in the article above. Again, the sort of information that raises more questions than it answers.

      Feel free to share any additional that you would like here in the comment sections, or email it to me at [email protected]. If you want to wait a few days I’m going to have a forum on the site and I plan to create a section about this topic. You can enter your story there and leave it open for others to read and discuss.

      Thanks for sharing your story. — John

  14. Hi John,

    I kind of find your post and some of the comments comforting my mind right now as i have experienced today a time loss and i was feeling very confused. I still am.
    It is similar to M.A. comment. I’ll explain the details:
    I have 3 alarms as many people these days i belive. The last alarm is at 7:21. I wake up every day at that time. I have to leave at 7:50 to reach the bus to get to work on time as if not i arrive late. Normally i have time, or to take a shower, or to have a coffee and make a sandwhich in which case i do the shower at night. Cannot do both. Today was coffee and sandwich day. So i woke up at 7:21 AM, i took the phone and saw the time, went to toilet, had a pee (sorry, just traying to make the facts as clear as possible), washed hands and face, and went to make the coffee. This process takes me normally between 5 and 10 minutes maximum, so at 7:30 i am normally at the coffee machine. Well, when i went out from the toilet it was 8 o’clock. I thought my phone was wrong so i had to check on the others clocks of the house. It was 8 and counting so i had to run. I am still confused because i did not fall asleep at any point, i did not feel anything weird, just the time was gone. This has never happened to me. My wife and daughter were sleeping as usual so i don’t know if they have experienced too. What happened there? Did i have a mini stroke and got in pause for 30 mins and then continued as nothing happened? Did the space-time warped in my toilet? After, of course i felt weird with the people of the bus and the subway, it was different time, but felt people somehow agressive. Not sure if related. Anyway, thank you so much for this post.

  15. I know a couple of people, mother and adult daughter, who had an entire afternoon vanish. They were driving around about to go to garage sales as they always doon weeekends and then they wake up in a parking lot across town almost 5 hours later. I am glad to find this post. I shared the experience of these people on reddit and the response was negative saying they were drugged which is just bull because who would do it and why would they do that? Nothing was missing either, if you drug someone you rob them. One person said ruffies. Yeah, I am sure you can drive around safely while on ruffies. I like this story and the replies, a nice group of people who actually understand what these people went through.

  16. After reading a few of the comments, i feel compelled to share my experience that just happened this morning. I have a fairly long commute to work and back five days a week ( 45 min – 1 hr – depending on traffic ) I have completed this same commute for 6 yrs now, I can just put my gears into auto pilot per say. I left at my normal time and on a 7 mile stretch of a dark two lane highway, there was something going on (appeared to maybe be an accident) but this highway was closed by police from one end to another, i was detoured from that highway to the freeway. Well no problem there, i knew my way around, got on the freeway and was on the normal route and lane i always take. there were some accidents on this freeway that slowed my timing but i was still driving my normal lane on the usual freeway, this is where it gets weird- I have Bluetooth in my car and i use it every morning to talk to my mom and my best friend to make the drive easier on me. I tried calling my best friend 7 times and 7 times my phone said: Bluetooth can not connect! ( this was a first for me ) normally if the call cant be made – it will say call disconnected or cant complete as dialed and recheck the number or something in that nature. so i stopped trying to place the call and kept driving my normal route, then i immediately saw the brightest light on earths ground but it appeared to be miles away- lets say maybe about three to four cities away ( extremely close to the city i work in and was headed for ), immediately after i witnessed the bright light , it started pouring down rain but lets not forget that i was still on track and on the same freeway and lane i had driven for the last 6 yrs. I continued to drive for it felt like maybe another five min but i ended up on a freeway that i know well but had no business being on or even how i got on it when i never left the the lane on the freeway i was on. I hope i explained this in away most people would understand but there was no possible way for me to be on that freeway without interconnecting two different freeways to get there and not to mention the amount of time it would have taken to do it and i never left the lane i was in and that would have taken me straight to work but i was on a different freeway about 20 miles out in the opposite direction. I was 20 minutes late for work today but in reality , if i were to calculate time missing, i dont even know where i would start because the traffic on the freeway was extremely bad this morning and to end up 20 miles out and only clock in 20 minutes late doesn’t compute for me. I still need to have time to think about this but i wanted it logged somewhere too.

    1. Hi Brenda,
      So to summarize, you mysteriously ended up far from your normal route and don’t know how you got there and you were only 20 minutes late from work although you should have been much later than that. Is that correct? So it’s almost as if you skipped over a period of time. I’ve received other reports similar to yours, where people have claimed to have covered a large distance in an impossibly short period of time. I’m not sure what it all means, but there seems to be some variation within these time anomalies, and this sort of experience is one of those variations. The questions I always ask are: has anything similar happened to you before this incident? Have you previously had any other strange or unexplained experiences of any kind?

      Thanks for sharing your experience. If you recall anything else please let me know, if you would.

      — John

  17. Hi John. Wow, your reply to me, regarding consciousness, blew me away. I knew from reading your first occurrence on missing time that you “knew” something. I am in total agreement regarding tribulation times. In the 90’s when I had my first awakening, which was the most difficult. I then realized that science and religion were one in the same. Each will prove the other out in the end. And, to touch on your thoughts on things “manifesting” themselves right now….thought creates the solid into being. For the last 5 years, I have a complete aversion to news, television shows, anything superficial because I am aware that we are like cows being led to the slaughter. Just walk quietly, nothing to worry about. I can’t even really talk about it too much because a lot of people cannot handle the truth as it is very disturbing. It seems that only the religious and spiritual communities are constantly aware and preparing and staying close, or as close as possible, to the truth. That’s why I now believe that the words given to me 43 years ago make sense now. Back then I had no understanding that words are very powerful, and thoughts are very powerful. I read in one of your readers posts how she would think of something she really wanted, and it would happen. That happens to me and my sister all the time. I have never thought about money, but anytime I have really wanted something and unawarely thought about it over and over, it just materialized for me. I am very interested in what you are putting together and will be looking forward to reading. Is it this site or another one?

  18. Hi Susan. It will be on this site. I’m also creating a forum so people can exchange ideas and participate in discussion. My article relates to an encounter with humanoid entities while in the woods of Oregon. It relates to an earlier series of encounters that I had with these same beings in my childhood. The article about these entites was written in July, 2010 — almost four years before seeing these same creature in the presence of two other adults. Here’s a link to the article about my childhood visitations: http://www.theparanomalist.com/categories/unexplained/aliens-gnomes-night-terrors/

  19. Several years ago I had a small incident and has always stood out in my mind as strange and explainable. After reading the comments, I feel I must share my incident. This happened a few years ago before my grandfather had passed. I was at his house with my mom, aunt, and uncle while watching them prepare dinner. My grandfather had placed some meat on the grill to cook and my aunt went inside to make a salad. I wanted to take a walk and asked my mom how long it would be until dinner. She told me about 30 minutes, and I got permission from her to walk to the park. The park that I visit at my grandfather’s is literally two minutes away. To get there, you have to walk through his yard, the neighbors yard, and the park is right there. The park has a playground, and behind the playground is a short walking trail to a lake. Once I got to the park (which was only two minutes) I decided to walk to the lake and just sit. At the time, I did not have a watch on me but I know I only sat for 5 minutes. I felt so peaceful sitting at the lake, and looking at the reflection of the sun. I knew I would have to walk back soon to help set the table, but I felt so at peace I did not want to leave. I finally got up, and walked back to my grandfather’s house. When I got back to the yard, this was the biggest shocker. Not only was the table set, the meat was cooked, the salad made, but everyone was sitting down to eat! In order for this all to have happened, at least 30 -40 minutes would have passed! My mom gave me the strangest look and asked where I was. I explained I walked down to the park, sat down for 5 minutes, and walked back! My mom was visibly annoyed at me, but just pointed for me to sit down. I still cannot account for what happened that afternoon. I took a quick walk to the park and sat for 5 minutes, and somehow I lost 30 minutes of time. I did not feel anything weird that day, but I felt strangely at peace.

    1. It may be that some of these periods of missing time are positive experiences. It certainly sounds as if yours was. Many people report that they feel troubled and uneasy before and after these experiences, but occasionally people will say they felt at peace, just as you did. It’s encouraging to hear that once in a while because lately my attitude toward this phenomena has been fairly negative.

  20. Im not sure what to make of this, its the middle of the night and I am F%$#KING TERRIFIED!!!!! my husband told me to look online, see what I could find, looks like this site actually gets responses from comments. I went to sleep, my husband and two children upstairs playing video games. I remember looking at the clock, it was 12:25 when I turned over to close my eyes. I had a really scary dream, I was talking to my husband, laying in the bed, the room was laid out the same but was bright pink and our bed was different, different bedding, etc. I saw in my peripheral vision the outline of a woman in a slender white wedding type dress, but couldn’t make out any specific features. when I tried to look at her, she moved closer but to the side, kind of like when you see spots from looking near the sun, you see them but they always move when you try to look at them. by the time she was right, I mean RIGHT next to me, all I could see was her SKINNY arm in the lace sleeve, I could even make out the lines in the lace through my peripheral vision. im hiding under the covers screaming for my husband. I felt like I woke myself up from screaming, and upon waking the room was pitch black. not any kind of reflection from the computer, nothing. I had about two seconds of relief, when all of a sudden this indescribable pain stabbing me in the shin. it felt like a giant barbeque skewer stabbing straight through my shinbone and out the back of my leg!!! I scream for my husband, over and over but nothing comes out. my body is completely paralyzed, and whatever this “thing” is that’s stabbing me turns it, and it basically turns my whole body as if im completely stiff and by turning this skewer thing in my shin it turned my whole body. I scream and scream and finally wake up. for real this time. I scream for my husband, who leaps down the stairs to me, and I cant move. I cant move anything. not even my fingers. he tickles my feet, nothing. I still have horrific pain in my leg. ive never been so awake in my life, but couldn’t fking move!!! so he turns the light on, turns me on my back and tries calming me down. im telling him of what happened, and then I look at the clock. 11:53. what the hell…? I think ok, maybe I saw it wrong before I went to sleep. im so freaked out, maybe I just don’t remember it right. idk. so im telling him what happened, he runs up to check on the kids, both are passed out asleep. they were just laughing and playing while I was talking…but they are out cold. he comes back downstairs, 1:22 am. as im sitting right here talking to him, it went from almost midnight to 130 in the morning. how can time go back, and then fast forward? and what the hell was that dream? and waking up with sleep paralysis? please email me a response, anyone, if you have any clue what the hell just happened to me……..[email protected]……..ive done plenty of research, hubby and I have always been interested in the paranormal, aliens, demonic possession, stuff like that, ive had some crazy stuff happen to me, but this is un effing real. thanks for listening…

  21. This is small but here I go anyway. I was sitting down in my couch watching the T.V. show arrow when all of a sudden I had the “wake up” moment that all of you describe and the show was already over. I had only been like 10 minutes into the episode and suddenly it was over. Later i told my brother I was going to see it again and he told me I already had, since he was sitting next to me watching it. I ended up rewatching it. In this context I wouldn’t have moved so there would be no reason for me to end up somewhere else.

  22. I’m a rational and skeptical person, but this past Monday, April 11, 2016, something really odd happened. I sort of “woke up” in my home office, with about 7 hours of missing time. It’s difficult to explain exactly what happened, but I’ll try.
    My husband and I ran some errands together for 3 hours on Monday evening and brought home fast food. We got home around 8 pm, sat down to eat, and turned on the tv. My husband remembers that we arrived home at 8pm, and I remember commenting that the sunset looked especially pretty as we were pulling onto our street. To verify the time we got home, I checked online, and the sun set at 8:04 pm on Monday.
    We ate together and watched tv for 2 hours before I went into my office to read online. According to my internet browsing history, I opened my browser at 10:06pm.

    And then I “woke up” in front of my computer at 5:00 am, only I hadn’t been sleeping. I knew I had been reading for a couple of hours, but when I saw the time, I was shocked. I had expected it to be 2:00am, or maybe 3:00am, but 5:00???
    I also had no memory of what I had been reading, only a vague a memory of clicking “NEXT”, “NEXT”, “NEXT”…
    While I was surprised, unsettled, and frankly annoyed at myself for staying up so late, I dismissed it. I figured that I must have just lost track of time.
    However, when I woke up the next day, my husband made a passing comment that he had also lost about 2 hours of time the night before. He said that after I left the room, he had watched another 15 minutes of tv, then glanced up at the time, only to discover that it was midnight. If it had just been him, I would have thought he had fallen asleep, but I have never once in my life fallen asleep at my desk. Neither of us drinks or uses drugs, so that possibility is out as well.
    But that’s not the weirdest part.
    I checked my internet browser, and I was definitely sitting at my computer from 12:00am to 5:00am because I was in fact turning pages… The startling thing was that from 10:06pm – 11:27pm, I didn’t turn the page even once. I was sitting in front of my computer staring at the same page for 1 hour and 21 minutes, and once I started turning pages again at 11:27, I was turning the page once every 3-5 seconds.
    I read quickly but not that quickly.
    Normally, I have a pretty good memory, but I couldn’t for the life of me remember what I had been reading during those 5 foggy hours. I went back to some of the stories to check, and some of the names seemed vaguely familiar, but I couldn’t remember reading the stories.
    I don’t know what happened. There are no obvious gaps in my memory, just this unsettling vagueness, and the knowledge that for 1.5 hours, I wasn’t doing what I thought I had been doing…

    1. It’s always interesting to me when these incidents involve more than one person. It becomes much more difficult to dismiss it with some sort of mundane explanation. Did your husband go to bed after his 2 hours of lost time? Did he check in on you at all? It sounds as if you were in some sort of fugue state, but again, the fact that your husband lost time adds to the strangeness of the situation. Have either (or both) of you ever had anything like this occur before, or have experienced any other odd or unexplained events?

  23. Hi I really enjoyed reading all of these comments. Now AS a quick background story I am 19 (quite young I know) but I have been lucky enough to go through an early spiritual awakening at a young age. I I’m a reiki master and had started my journey at around 13 of energy work and being a light worker. Though in doing so I have had multiple of odd experiences with time and this one well it isn’t extreme BUT (it just happened a few hours ago and has happened a couple times in the past.) I have four Guinea pigs and I woke up to one of them going crazy at his water bottle. I picked up my phone to look at the time and it said “3:22 am” I know this for a fact. I had pulled down my texts and had received one thanking me for help from someone and it read the same time “3:22” . Anyway I got up (this one Guinea pig in particular is very spoiled and likes to be held and will yell until I pick him up) so I got up, picked him up, and lied back down. He loves to lie on my stomach under the covers and I can’t go to sleep when I’m holding him afraid I’ll roll over on him or something of the sort. So I just lied there for a few moment (I did NOT fall asleep) anyway I started hearing birds and I thought to myself “that’s odd it’s dark… and way too early for birds to be chirpring this loud” then they stopped all at once and I noticed a blue glow from my window. I was curious but processed not to think about it. The next thing I know (within maybe three minutes ) the birds started chirping and the sky got quite light. I was thinking “what?” I picked up my phone and the time read “6:12 am.” There is NO way that I had been lying there awake for three hours nor had I fallen asleep. My Guinea pig was still on my stomach and I am not able to hold him that long especially after him drinking lots of water without him going potty. The odd thing is this hasn’t happened once but many times to me. And again it’s odd due to A. I don’t lose time, black out, or end up somewhere else. B. I recall everything. I know I have been awake now for maybe an hour i still have my guinea pig out at this moment and hes asleep and hasnt moved around yet (which is impossible if its been four hours) Yet the clock shows 4 hours now. All that physically happened was I got a headache maybe 5-10 minutes after picking up my Guinea pig. But I was awake and aware the whole time. Now I’m just lying here wondering what in the world happened. Due to I know I did not fall asleep, I have my Guinea pig still as another physical being on me and there is no way he would stay asleep for four hours on my stomach and no use the potty either, and I had checked my messages and phone. Now this isn’t the first time this has happened but it’s the first time that this has happened in this type of manner where it’s just too odd to write off. I’m not sure if anyone else has had this same experience but I would like to share it in case anyone else has. 🙂

  24. All these stories of people with the same exspirences really help me and realize I am not alone in these weird exspirences. My name is Emily in currently 19 years old. As a very young child I had a lot of exspirences, waking up in weird positions and sometimes my clothes pulled up or even half off my body, strange scars on the roof of my mouth. One exspirence is with missing time that I always questioned and which is why I came to your blog, I was about 5 years old it was late at night everyone was asleep I got up and stood in my doorway facing out twords the kitchen I remember looking at the clock and it read 11:55pm and I blinked once opened my eyes and was still facing the clock but the clock read about 4am. I always asked my friends and family if they had exspirences like this they all said no, until I gotten older and saw that this was a “symptom” of an abduction. I had some exspirences about a year or two ago where I was in sleep paralysis, couldn’t move or talk or openly eyes, felt like I was being lifted up and placed on a cold metal operating table I was in a panic and kept thinking please don’t hurt me or take me back. Its been about 2 years sense I had an exspirence like that but I’m having anxiety about it lately so I’m scared its going to flare up again.

  25. I have had a strange experience with time and was googling about it when I found this interesting blog with similar experiences and am glad its here at least maybe I can share and probably get an explanation. Well, it was at night April, 28th, 2016, if i can just state the date, i was working on a paper late into the night when i thought i should take a little break and check on my social media account, there was a picture i wanted to post. So i logged in and uploaded it at exactly 1:12a.m, i remember because i had checked the time. However, I realized there was a little problem with the picture, it did not fit well (cropping stuff) therefore I wanted to delete and post again. So at 1:14 a.m, i tried to delete the picture but it would not, my internet had just disconnected as my megabytes data bundles were over, I therefore had to buy another bundle package before i could be re-connected to the internet again. By the time I had made the data bundle purchase and was reconnected, it was 1:17a.m, i know because i was checking the time from the clock on the right corner of the mobile phone. So i went back to delete the photo, it was 1:17a.m when i was trying to make this deletion, but a strange thing happened, one minute it was 1:17a.m. and the next minute it immediately went back to 1:14a.m, i saw this switch and was so surprised. It was so strange, i just cannot believe I saw that. It is almost as if it time went back by 3 minutes in just a second. I honestly don’t understand, maybe i just saw my own stuff but i know I was fully awake not drowsy at all and in my right senses. Cannot even explain, it was just Crazy, maybe it was my mind playing me. But I know i will not forget this at all. Thanks.

    1. These time phenomena are very odd and don’t fit neatly into any one particular pattern. I’ve had people lose hours and occasionally an entire day, and once a person reported losing several days. But other reports that I’ve gotten are much like yours; they are these little skips and jumps forwards and backwards. Some definitely seem to indicate some sort of intelligent manipulation and other appear to me more organic, like a kind of hiccup in space-time or a temporal disruption. I’ve received so many of these stories from people and I’m still unsure of what to make of it all.

      I’m rebooting this website soon and I’ll have an online questionnaire that you might want to take a look at. Maybe it will be helpful.

      Good luck and be well.

  26. I also had a day skip experience in my childhood. One morning when i awake,for everyone the day was right. But for me it was one day missing.
    I also can’t forget date as i was going to school and it’s merely impossible that i don’t remember the date.I was very confused, but looking at others i accept that may be i forget the dates. But i was not. Now when i come to know about time travel things, i remembered that day. However i don’t remember much of the details.I really want to know what happened at that time.

    1. Ashok — Losing an entire day must be a very troubling experience. Has anything like that or anything unexplained or at all strange happened to you before? Often times these events are part of a lifelong pattern. Do any of your friends or family remember seeing you on that date? Good luck and feel free to keep in touch and tell me any other details that you remember. — John

  27. One morning a few years ago, my alarm clock woke me up at 7:30am for another work day. I showered, blow-dried and dressed then went into the living room to put on my make up while watching tv before heading out the door. I turned on the tv and the show I normally watched wasn’t on, a different show was on. Strange, I thought so I checked the time on the television and it said it was still 7:30am. I went and checked the time on my alarm clock and discovered it was running an hour behind. That can happen, right? I mean, I hadn’t touched it or unplugged it or moved it since the previous day but somehow it was exactly an hour behind. At first I thought that maybe I’d accidentally hit the “hour” button instead of the “snooze” like I’d done a time or two before but then I realized I’d have had to hit the “hour” button -accidentally- 23 times in order to set my clock back an hour. Unlikely. So this was a little weird but soon forgotten until that night. My friend and I went out on our regular walk around 9:30pm. We walked our normal route at our regular pace and were almost back to my place when we both noticed that it was very quiet. There weren’t many cars out and we hadn’t seen any people in a while. My friend checked the clock on her phone and it was 10:30pm which was when our walks usually ended except 5 minutes later when we got back to my place and checked the time on my kitchen clock, it was 11:30pm. wth??? I gained an hour and lost an hour in the same day according to 2 separate clocks. (It wasn’t a daylight savings time adjustment either. I checked.)

    1. Very strange! I’ve received so many stories from people about these “time slips” that it seems like it’s almost a somewhat common occurrence. I’m rebooting the website very soon and I’ve developed a questionnaire that you might want to check out. It might help to shed some light on your experience.

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