In the middle of a dream (involving Harry Potter characters, though I've never read the series or seen the movies) I heard/felt someone tell me I was about to get
a taste of the 'collective consciousness'.
It was like I lifted out of my body, or my 'soul' was. Physically, it felt as if my.. 'energy', my consciousness had moved upward about six inches, so that my perspective of what was around me was above me. Everything around me was suddenly cast in shadow, giving me a vague feel of the physical world. And everything was transparent, and glowing, with
lines of white light, like silhouettes of light in darkness.
I felt extreamly empty, this 'world' felt extreamly empty, at first, and then suddenly, I began to be filled with this feeling of understanding, this feeling of compassion, this feeling of .. acceptance. Like everyone that I knew, everyone in the world was there with me. I then was frightened, because it felt so good so quickly, because I didn't trust what was happening to me. I started to feel empty again and woke up.
There was also this weird noise in the background.
It's weird the place felt like a courtyard or something.
Like a courtyard of darkness and light but you couldn't see anything, just silhouettes.. and the noise was like a rhythmic thump, like wood hitting metal.. or vice versa.. combined with water dropping into a pot.
When I woke (middle of the night) I was wide awake. I realized what had happened, and though frightened, was upset for getting afraid. I realized what had happened, what I had been offered, and attempted to get back into the state, and honestly, though wide awake, upon focusing I felt myself able to begin slipping back in.. but a flurry of uncontrollable thoughts filled my head, making it impossible.. I eventually fell back asleep and spent the rest of my dreams that night telling people what had happened.