The official site of the sleep-deprived

Monday, November 30, 2009

Who is The Watcher?

For the past four nights I have awoken at 4:44. Nothing particularly noteworthy about that other than – how does that happen? How can someone wake at precisely the same hour and minute four nights in a row?

All of my life I have had the ability to wake up at exactly the time I intended; I’ve never needed an alarm clock. How does that happen? As far as I know, only my waking consciousness understands the man-made concept of time – so what part of me is lying awake watching the clock?

There are nights when I’ve attempted to trick the clock-watcher by choosing randomly odd times to awake, like, 1:27. Didn’t matter – the watcher was not amused. I don’t know about you, but I find this a fascinating phenomenon. Since I know I’m not the only one who can do this I have to wonder, has anyone ever done a study on this? Is there a sleep institute somewhere handing out grants?

Do you suppose this task falls under the job description of guardian angels? Page 2,037, paragraph 3, second sentence, “become familiar with the peculiarity of the human race called “time” and whatever you do, do not allow your human to sleep past their arbitrarily-appointed hour and minute.” With everything else mine has to deal with during the night like making sure I don’t walk into the closet by mistake, steering my bare feet away from the big ugly bug by the bed, or holding onto me so I don’t fall into the toilet in the dark, I would think she’s much too busy for clock watching.

If anyone would like to share their thoughts on this, try me tomorrow morning – say, 4:44?


Unknown said...

I don't know but my mother always claimed she could not fall asleep until she saw 11:11 on the clock. She told all of us that at 11:11 she thought of her children and, if we were awake we should think about her at that time. To this day I still do.

Skye Alexander said...

Thanks for your comments, Kathleen. A lot has been written about the significance of 11:11. Many people, it seems, consider it to have special meaning. I've heard the number 11:11 represents a gateway into higher awareness. Whenever we notice 11:11--on a clock face, a lottery ticket, a license plate--we're being given an opportunity to move through that portal and to evolve.