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Could you float down the stairs as a child?

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EbbyEbs · 09/09/2022 19:46

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Do you have a memory of floating down the stairs as a child? Someone mentioned it to me earlier and I have the same memory! anyone know what I’m on about?

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Diverseopinions · 09/09/2022 20:37

Yes. I have that memory. From the top of the stairs. It felt like levitating - going down gently.

I also fell downstairs and banged my head on the radiator - but can't remember if it was trying to do this.

DrFoxtrot · 09/09/2022 20:37

I have got absolutely no idea what anyone is on about but I grew up in bungalows so was never carried downstairs.

PinkButtercups · 09/09/2022 20:38


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EbbyEbs · 09/09/2022 19:46

Light hearted

Do you have a memory of floating down the stairs as a child? Someone mentioned it to me earlier and I have the same memory! anyone know what I’m on about?

Yes! You have just reminded me of something I'd long forgotten.

pinok · 09/09/2022 20:38

Not stairs but a clear memory of flying over the landing when I was little during the night which must be a dream obviously but feels to me like a memory of something that really happened

ive read before about it being a common childhood ‘memory’ particularly involving stairs which I find really fascinating and intriguing!

WinoLino · 09/09/2022 20:38

Yes!!! I was flying down the stairs, it was such fun!!!!

ElizabethBest · 09/09/2022 20:39


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Winceybincey · 09/09/2022 19:59

Are you talking about Astral projection?

That's exactly what everybody is describing. I think we must lose the ability as we get older

jayho · 09/09/2022 20:41

I could 'swim' through the air about 18" above the ground, usually the garden but in the house too age about 5 - 10. Completely get where you're coming from.

As an adult, I have dreams where I can't move, it's like my legs are stuck or only take tiny paces.

Loved the swimming sensation, was so liberating, not so the adult thing.

MrsElm · 09/09/2022 20:41

HangingOver · 09/09/2022 19:48

I read somewhere flying up and down the stairs is a common childhood dream, I used to dream it too


I think I dreamt this well into adult life 🤔

MeOldBamboo · 09/09/2022 20:42

Yes! It was one of my earliest recurring dreams!

ImherewithBoudica · 09/09/2022 20:43



I never knew it was a thing, I have such a vivid memory of doing this in the house we lived in when I was very small!

IbizaToTheNorfolkBroads · 09/09/2022 20:43

No, but my older brothers used to put me head first into a sleeping bag and push me down the stairs.

My younger sister used to make herself fall down the stairs, and say I'd pushed her .

In retrospect, I was the only child in the house who used the stairs properly.

LangClegsInSpace · 09/09/2022 20:44

Yes I have a very strong memory of being able to float down the stairs.

I also have a very strong memory of expecting to float, stepping off the top stair and tumbling painfully down to the bottom. I think I was about 3.

IncompleteSenten · 09/09/2022 20:45

I used to have that dream loads as a kid.

And one where I was in the living room with my family but heard my dad calling me. Even though he was in the living room. So I'd go into the hall saying something like you're in the living room and he'd float down the stairs saying no I'm here in a creepy voice. I'd wake up so scar d I'd be shaking and tingling cold. Odd really because as dreams go it's not bad but it triggered something awful in me!

So. Tl:Dr - common dream + the well documented faults with the human memory = think you actually floated.

HuzzahIndeed · 09/09/2022 20:45

I also used to get Alice in Wonderland syndrome a lot too. I didn't like that.
I still get Alice it sometimes but sadly I seem to have lost my ability to fly.

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ConkerBonkers · 09/09/2022 20:34

@RossPoldarksWife I have a really clear memory of a kid of my mum's friend jumping down the whole flight of stairs at our house. She would have been about 3/4, I was a similar age, my sister saw it too. I am sure I didn't dream it, it was day time, and I was awake. I could only do 3/4 stairs, I was very impressed. What I'm saying is I believe you!

The really weird thing is I remember doing very often. Almost every time I was there.
it’s so real.

GrabbyGabby · 09/09/2022 20:47

Yes! Totally have the memory. Not just floating downstairs, floating in general and in specific memories. It feels funny when it comes back. There is the memory of floating, rational brain saying load of bollocks, but somehow another part of my brain that is so sure its true, it kind of overrules the rational brain.

Oooh the fact that this is shared will mean something. Would love to know.

Imisscoffee2021 · 09/09/2022 20:47

Someone I went to school with had this same memory ... how wierd!


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pinok · 09/09/2022 20:48

Thing is, I can remember certain dreams I had as a child and know they were dreams/remember experiencing them as dreams, including other ‘common’ childhood dreams.

The flying is the only one that definitely feels like a memory and something that ‘happened’. So intriguing to me that many others are saying the exact same thing!

whynotwhatknot · 09/09/2022 20:48

ive dreamed it alot still do so its prbably that

Doyoumind · 09/09/2022 20:48

This is definitely a dream I used to have as a child. I didn't realise it was a thing. Also used to have quicksand dreams, or rather nightmares. Weird feeling of being sucked in and sinking.

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