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#1    Disembodied Voice

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 11:27 AM

When I was a little kid I would swim all summer every summer and it was weird cause it felt like I could breath under water for a little bit. It was like an air bubble that I kept breathing in and out in with short breaths...that's what it felt like at least...it's an odd memory but I remember it very well. Anyone experienced this? Could this be some kind of divers technique that I learned on my own? I haven't gone swimming in years so I don't know if I can still do it...I don't know if it was my imagination or not but I could stay under water for a long time back then..holding my breath or breathing under water (lol) :P but seriously what do you think? Please don't mock me. I know someone out there has experienced the same thing..

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 11:59 AM

View PostDisembodied Voice, on 08 January 2011 - 11:27 AM, said:

When I was a little kid I would swim all summer every summer and it was weird cause it felt like I could breath under water for a little bit. It was like an air bubble that I kept breathing in and out in with short breaths...that's what it felt like at least...it's an odd memory but I remember it very well. Anyone experienced this? Could this be some kind of divers technique that I learned on my own? I haven't gone swimming in years so I don't know if I can still do it...I don't know if it was my imagination or not but I could stay under water for a long time back then..holding my breath or breathing under water (lol) :P but seriously what do you think? Please don't mock me. I know someone out there has experienced the same thing..


how "little" are we talking

my guess confabulation. I remember being able to fly down the stairs but know it must be either a badly remembered dream (possibly a lucid dream) or a completely false memory

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 12:03 PM

View PostCynical Sounds, on 08 January 2011 - 11:59 AM, said:

how "little" are we talking

my guess confabulation. I remember being able to fly down the stairs but know it must be either a badly remembered dream (possibly a lucid dream) or a completely false memory

I would say it was around the ages from 7 to 10 but that's roughly estimating I'm 21 years old now that was a long time ago.

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 12:32 PM

I agree, most likely just a product of your imagination. I too at times "remember" doing some crazy things as a child. For instance, I recall my cousin and I going to the park and getting on the swings, proceeding to go very fast and high, and then "launching" ourselves off at the highest point, flying far off into the ground in front of us. While in my mind it seemed like I was as high as the crossbar, and I flew 10-15 feet off the front of the swing, in reality I was probably 2 feet off the ground and landed a foot or so in front of the swing set. If we really did what I was thinking, we could have killed ourselves, or probably at least broken some bones. I think things just seem bigger when you are a child, and the imagination helps you to make things that much more exciting. Not that there's anything wrong with that! I'm sure at times we all wish we could be back in that place. As for your experience, it is also very possible that you simply have very good lung capacity, and as a child you interpreted this as "breathing" underwater while you were holding your breath.


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Posted 08 January 2011 - 03:29 PM

Well..the only way I can do what you just described was  to exhale a small bubble just enough so that it does not leave my mouth then I suck it back in..sort of like blowing a small bubble with gum but not so much that it pops then sucking it back in without making a mess.

Humans are air-breathers and even a tiny amount of fluid creates a reaction.


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Posted 08 January 2011 - 10:00 PM

My theory is that it's a misremembered memory mixed with a dream. When I was a wee child I swam as much as I could, and would often have dreams very similar to what you are describing. That is, being underwater and being able to breathe in and out slightly for a few minutes. These were nothing but dreams, however. Could you be misinterpreting your memory?

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 10:16 PM

Although it does sound strange that has happened to me aswell.
I was swimming a few summers ago and found myself taking a breath underwater and not choking on it. A few breathes underwater, and I'm real sure it wasn't my imagination.


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Posted 08 January 2011 - 10:42 PM

I remember as a kid I used to be able to time my ascent when swimming so I could keep track with my bubbles, and inhale a particularly large bubble.

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 05:19 AM

No, havent experienced it, I have a fear of drowning  :unsure2:


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Posted 09 January 2011 - 05:24 AM

View PostDisembodied Voice, on 08 January 2011 - 11:27 AM, said:

When I was a little kid I would swim all summer every summer and it was weird cause it felt like I could breath under water for a little bit. It was like an air bubble that I kept breathing in and out in with short breaths...that's what it felt like at least...it's an odd memory but I remember it very well. Anyone experienced this? Could this be some kind of divers technique that I learned on my own? I haven't gone swimming in years so I don't know if I can still do it...I don't know if it was my imagination or not but I could stay under water for a long time back then..holding my breath or breathing under water (lol) :P but seriously what do you think? Please don't mock me. I know someone out there has experienced the same thing..
Interesting. The thing is, it's very easy to misremember things as a child. There are all kinds of things that I could have sworn happened one way but in actuality were completely different.

-A fun fact that might interest you... Supposedly, sea turtles are capable of taking a mouthful of water and gradually extracting oxygen from it. I'm not 100% sure this is true, I heard it somewhere and I am too lazy to go verify it, but it's pretty cool if it is.

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 05:46 AM

Ahhh, what a wondrous thing childhood is.  ^_^  I used to think I could see through walls if I was looking close enough at the edge of it.   :unsure2:  Of course I can't.  I've since learned about an eye thing that can give that impression.  

I challenge YOU, my dear, to try that now.  Run a nice hot bath with some pretty scented oils and let me know what happens.  :lol:  Granted, there are quite a few things children can experience that adults can't, but this one's new to me.  If you've found a way to breathe underwater, good for you!  Seriously.  :D  

Do try it though, and see what happens.  Not being facetious, I'm merely curious.  And no, I sure don't want you to drown.  Don't push it.  If you never post here again Ima be pissed cuz I just know you freakin drowned.  I'll have to live with that guilt.  I can't take that!   <_<

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 06:59 AM

View PostThesantanafan, on 09 January 2011 - 05:24 AM, said:

-A fun fact that might interest you... Supposedly, sea turtles are capable of taking a mouthful of water and gradually extracting oxygen from it. I'm not 100% sure this is true, I heard it somewhere and I am too lazy to go verify it, but it's pretty cool if it is.


Some (at least) freshwater turtles can take oxygen out of the water by "breathing" through their anus.


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Posted 09 January 2011 - 01:00 PM

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Ahhh, what a wondrous thing childhood is.  ^_^  I used to think I could see through walls if I was looking close enough at the edge of it.   :unsure2:  Of course I can't.  I've since learned about an eye thing that can give that impression.  

I challenge YOU, my dear, to try that now.  Run a nice hot bath with some pretty scented oils and let me know what happens.  :lol:  Granted, there are quite a few things children can experience that adults can't, but this one's new to me.  If you've found a way to breathe underwater, good for you!  Seriously.  :D  

Do try it though, and see what happens.  Not being facetious, I'm merely curious.  And no, I sure don't want you to drown.  Don't push it.  If you never post here again Ima be pissed cuz I just know you freakin drowned.  I'll have to live with that guilt.  I can't take that!   <_<

LOL I seriously doubt I can do it again. It just happened during my childhood and it's good to hear all your replies. Thank you all. But I know I wasn't dreaming when I did it at least that is how I remember it but like others have said it could have just been my imagination. It's just strange. Maybe i just thought I could breathe under water cause I could be underwater for a long time. That was back when I had really good lungs before my asthma kicked in. I don't believe it was a paranormal experience, just something strange I remember from childhood and It's cool to hear that people have had the same or similar experiences. Now I know it's just not me. :)

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 01:04 PM

View Postlightnebula, on 08 January 2011 - 10:16 PM, said:

Although it does sound strange that has happened to me aswell.
I was swimming a few summers ago and found myself taking a breath underwater and not choking on it. A few breathes underwater, and I'm real sure it wasn't my imagination.
I know it feels so real right? but who knows with me, I did have an imagination as a child. But I do know what you're saying it does feel like it really happened...

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 01:47 PM

View PostPodo, on 08 January 2011 - 10:00 PM, said:

My theory is that it's a misremembered memory mixed with a dream. When I was a wee child I swam as much as I could, and would often have dreams very similar to what you are describing. That is, being underwater and being able to breathe in and out slightly for a few minutes. These were nothing but dreams, however. Could you be misinterpreting your memory?
I don't know all I know is that it felt like it really happened and wasn't a dream. But that's just how I remember/feel it happening. But you could be right. I it just seemed like it really happened to me in real life. I have remembered this forever ever since I was/thought I could breathe underwater. I don't think it was a memory I made up. But like people were saying I was a kid and my imagination could have gotten the best of me. It just seemed so real.

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