Waking to the Sound of a Loud Boom

This is not a regularly scheduled post, but it is something I wanted to get out and onto the blog today.

I was violently awakened in the middle of the night by the sound of what sure seemed to me like a shotgun blast in my front yard. I glanced at the clock and saw that it was 2:27 AM. It was so “real” that I even heard ripples of the echo of the report extending outward from my location to the fringes of the mountain valley in which I live.

I got up and spent about 10 minutes peeking out of the bedroom window & going from room-to-room in my home, attempting to ascertain if there really was some form of explosion or firearms discharge in my immediate area. All that existed was a dead silent calm, and there was no evidence of any of my neighbors with lights on, nothing out of the ordinary. Furthermore, I did not notice any police patrol activity subsequent to the boom.

My wife and kids had slept through it, which I began to process as being odd, as the sound literally made me jump up in bed. I am leaning towards an explanation that it was something to do with me being violently and suddenly snapped back from the astral into my physical body.

Perhaps there was something in my dream state that connected to the boom … maybe the quick exit from the dream gave my mind the impression that a boom had occurred in the physical reality?

This has happened before, but never has it been so loud and so seemingly “real”.

I would be curious to hear if anyone else has experienced such occurrences, and if they have any theories related to such.

~ Ron