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Is There Meaning In Sleep Paralysis And Visitations?


First, I need to say that I am a very creative person, being involved professionally in many art forms and am constantly looking for new perspectives. It is my main source of spirituality. So when I say that I've had paranormal experiences, one might think that my imagination has something to do with it. Not so. When it comes to the dark forces or other forms of spirituality, I am very logical and do not overreact.

Since I was young, I've had all of the classic symptoms of Sleep Paralysis: Obviously paralysis, the feeling of something horrible in the room, shortness of breath, or a heavy sensation on my chest (other than my endowments). There is one exception, however. Preceding the "attacks" all of the hair on my arms and neck stand straight up, and I can then feel a heavy sensation closing in... One of my most recent "attacks" involved a heavy, thick, hot, fluid-like presence pouring into my head and washing down the entire length of my body. It stayed seemingly forever, then "washed" out through my feet. My body never felt so much like a vessel, if that makes any sense. I felt as if my body were a shell at the time. Afterward, I told whatever was doing this (I have reason to believe this is more than brain hormones) to knock it off, it was getting irritating. Nothing happened.

Before I was married, I lived in an apartment with SP continuing. I awoke very thirsty, so I walked through he darkened rooms to the kitchen where I poured a large glass of soda. I took it back to my room, and as soon as I entered, the glass flew across the room and bounced off the opposing wall, spilling the contents. I thought maybe the glass (plastic) had some condensation on it, maybe I had squeezed it too hard, and it flew across the room. I cleaned up the mess, and went back to the kitchen for another soda. The same thing happened as I entered my room. I raised an eyebrow, cleaned up the mess, and went to bed, determined that whatever it was wouldn't get a rise from me. I tried to reproduce the same thing the next morning, and no test came close to what happened the previous night. Other than the SP, nothing else happened in that apartment.

In my latest house, I woke up, needing to use the bathroom, and I didn't bother closing the door. Very suddenly, something or someone unseen and familiar, literally turned my head, and said with words my mind could hear, "IT'S RIGHT THERE!", and pointed (I can't explain how I know they were pointing) and the direction was just on the threshold of the bathroom, and for some reason, I knew that there was a nasty spirit-thing, about 2-3 feet high standing there, watching (Possibly this same voice also saved me from taking a nasty fall when I was 8 months pregnant, physically moving my hands so I could catch myself when walking in the house at night.).

There is also something else worth mentioning. Ever since I was young, I've had this feeling, like we (as people) are on the verge of something, something big, and I've had a feeling of incredible strength and courage with me. Lately, the feeling is so immense, I can hardly contain it. It almost hurts, and I'm wondering if anyone has felt something similar?

There is more I can write, but I think you get the idea. My question to all of this is, is there meaning to all of this? Did we do anything to anger certain forces? Are they curious? Are we destined for certain things in this life which threaten certain forces? And why do so many paranormal things happen during the night? Could the energy be different? Could the veil between the spirit world be thinner during this time? I'm grasping at straws here. I know with certainty these things are not the product of brain chemicals.

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nekrokefali (4 posts)
14 years ago (2010-03-30)
Dear SleepingGiant,

Thank you for sharing.
I have similar experiences almost daily. I'm actually surprised if a few days go by without such encounters.
The most recent experience was 11 hours ago!
It was a pleasant encounter which are usually rare. There was a key word "Thailand" which I have no idea what it means but just threw it out there because somebody may find some kind of a connection with it, the country whatever... Never been there and I have no connection to that place whatsoever.

I'm also in the arts. I have an extremely technical mind as well. Very analytical and I usually can research something well if I have the energy to do so.

But first let me say that I also suffer from a neurological disorder called Narcolepsy. I was diagnosed with Narcolepsy in Jan. 1996 after a friend read about the symptoms and sent me a Newspaper clipping about it.
An interesting point was when the EEC (electroencephalogram) technician during the Narcolepsy diagnosing routines mentioned that my brain base frequency was 50% higher than the norm. I immediately thought of a radio or television tuning to another channel.

All the symptoms that you mentioned you are experiencing with the exception of the flying glass can be explained under this disorder.
Do a little research on Narcolepsy, Cataplexy, Hypnagogia and even Sleep Apnea.
But I think the disorder is the portal for much more than science can explain.
I think it's very important to understand the "why" before you continue to the "what".

The "why" in the pathological sense is the key to understand "what" is happening.

Your understanding may help you develop a more productive experience or encounter as we may call it.
It's all good and all natural, just a different tuning channel.

In my case I've been having these experiences since I was a little kid and now I'm 41. In my quest of understanding I have searched religions and occult, and I have ruled out everything. They are all clueless. I have finally now began to come to terms and understanding.
I always suspected but now I think I got it.

What was hard for me, was to let go from all the legacy belief systems and to begin thinking for myself.
I realized that all religions were based on ancient philosophies and are not valid in my current understanding.

Open your mind and allow this "gift" to unfold. Remember to learn if it's attached in any way, shape of form with any pathological (including neurological) "disorder" in order to explain the "why" is happening and to give you clues to understand "what" it is, in order to answer the "how" do I use it/control it.

Also keep in mind that reality is a very personal matter. We all have our own reality even when others don't accept it. Even if everything was generated in your brain due to a neurological disorder, it doesn't stop from being your pragmatic reality.
It's your pragmatic reality and allows for a paradigm shift.

Maybe it is all chemicals in our brains and maybe it's the human evolution to the next level.
Only time will tell. Meanwhile don't feel you're alone in this world. I know I felt like that all my life and which is why I searched for these phenomenons on the web today. Maybe feel a little closer to home. Share and learn from others.

Most likely I (we) will have to live the rest of my (our) life (lives) with these experiences. Meanwhile I will share my two cents!

On another note, I continue to seek Neurologists who specialize in sleep disorders that may shed a light for better understanding for both of us.
To better comprehend our world and for me to better understand the physiological aspect of it.
sarah12375 (6 stories) (106 posts)
15 years ago (2009-04-13)
I would love to email you about this! If you could mines on my profile. I have had a sp experience that will forever be embedded in my memory, though like yours something was off during mine, I was physically unable to move my head as if someone was holding it down so I couldn't see what was standing at the foot of my bed, a woman, and I heard her say you! I know this wasn't exactly sp because I know encounters with spirits when I have them, I also think something big is going to happen, ever since I got my abilities, I keep thinking "this is for a bigger cause, and we're on the verge of it! "
leodowneyjr (1 stories) (71 posts)
16 years ago (2008-11-09)
Rabit,they can try to use science to explane things but that won't work, not yet. I have experienced many things that were very real I have seen heard and felt things that would change some minds. And many people in this area have also. I have had many witnesses as well. I have no choice but to accept ghost and some other things are real. Let me tell you one of many experiences, one night I awoke about 4:00am and I heard this chanting. I went to move and I couldnt. It was like being held down and numb at the same time. I looked over and saw this ugly thing, it looked and saw I was awake and then it went from chanting to screaming this horrible earpeircing sound with this insane rage filled expresion. Then it was gone. I didn't even have time to be scared, just shocked. I have experienced many different types of experiences and I know that wasn't a halucination or a dream. Science and weak, or closed minded people can say what ever. They don't want to know. Fear plays a huge part in many peoples extreme scepticism. I am often bothered by noises and voices when I go to bed, and even some times in the morning. So has my formerly sceptic girlfriend and several house guest. We have even been awakened by it.
rabbit (1 stories) (3 posts)
16 years ago (2008-11-09)
I've experienced sleep paralysis five times I remember, The first time I was incredibly scared. I kept tugging and trying to move my leg, but it wouldn't budge, then I heard the loudest screech this screech was so abnormal and so unpleasant, but as soon as the screech ended I snapped out of sleep paralysis. The second time I had sleep paralysis, I was self conscience (I don't know if you are or not during sleep paralysis but I was) nothing abnormal happened, I couldn't move, but during my second sleep paralysis I remembered the first one, and everything seemed so familiar to me. I actually calmly waited, and knew that this sleep paralysis was going to end, and then the numbness started going away and I could move my arms again. I think sleep paralysis is something scientific, and that it is just something normal like arthritis. But knowing spirits, just maybe, maybe it is possible that they can communicate to do. After all sleep paralysis is related a lot to Physiology, and can affect everyone differently. Scientists try to use Sleep Paralysis to explain ghostly encounters, and alien abductions. But I definitely believe spirits can contact you during sleep paralysis.
born1986 (1 posts)
16 years ago (2008-09-10)
I remeber the last time this happened to me I had fallen alseep on my bed around 1 in the afternoon because I wasn't very well And I suddernly woke up but this time it was diffrent from all the othertimes this had happened "Sleep Paralysis" this time my eyes opend and I could see what was on my T.V but I couldn't move my body or anything and I remember thinking Am I going to die I was scared... Its not the only time it has happened tho it has happened at least 20 times... The time before this one I had fallen asleep on the sofa after work and my mum came up to see if I wanted any tea and I could hear her but Yet again I couldn't move I was able to make a slight mumbling sound but wasn't sure if it was just in my mind or she heard it but she didn't do anything and I just wanted her to wake me up so it would all be over... I Saw a programe that said a lot of people felt as if they had the devil sitting on them stopping them from moving but I have never had that feeling I think there has only ever been once where I have seen and felt a horrid presants while it was happening. Kate.
Cinbad (2 posts)
16 years ago (2008-08-23)
I too, have had a feeling for the past couple of years that something very bad is about to happen. And the feeling that whatever it is I would live through it but life would be unbearable. This feeling is so strong that last month I suddenly took my daughter and boyfriend and moved from the coast of Mass to the mountains of Maine. I used to see auras when I was a kid and have had loads of premonitions. I started a journal three years ago and write down all the strange things that happen. The first time I remember "seeing" anything was in 1983. I woke up and there was a red light flickering on the wall in the hallway, like the reflection from a fireplace. I sat up in bed and saw a hooded figure about 3 feet high standing at the foot of my bed. I told myself I was dreaming and went back to sleep. Over the years I have seen the lights numerous times. Only twice more with a figure standing there. But I see some very strange things when the lights come. I won't get into all of them because I could write a book here. But one time I woke up and saw a pile of molten lava on the floor. That was pretty scarey. Another time I saw what looked like different shaped stones on the ceiling with symbols carved into them. They were being pressed in random order and I could hear the stones grinding together. I have also seen sucking black whirlpools. I know I'm awake. One time I got up, lit a cigarette and walked over to where the lights are and touched it to see if it was hot. It wasn't. I went to the bathroom, came back and they were gone. Sometimes I can't move, then I'm shaking all over and it feels like my heart is pounding in my whole body. Occasionally I will hear voices. Not talking to me though. One time a woman said "Well you took mine". Another time someone said "Guess what? They think someone tried to poisen Shay". I don't know anyone named Shay. And another time someone said "Jason is now in a safe place in our home". I don't know a Jason either. And, not very often, thank God I hear a song plain as day that nobody else can hear. And I also see the orbs of light that fly across the room. I try to rationalize that it's a reflection but it's not. They are perfectly round and bright. I saw the lights once so far in the last month we've been in Maine. Last night I finsihed a book and shut the light off. I rolled over to go to sleep and my pillow kept lifting up. I thought it was one of the cats trying to crawl under, but no cat. It kept on for about 5 minutes. Lots of times it feels like someone sitting on the bed or shaking it on purpose. My daughter came downstairs this morning and told me that last night she saw a woman walk across her room with a lantern. She's sleeping on an air mattress for now. She was off the bed but she heard someone lay down on it or walk on it. She has had a lot of experiences too. She sees shadow people a lot. She said one time she was walking back to her apartment from mine and she felt something behind her. She turned around and there was a pinkish goo sliding under the door of another apartment. There is a lot more, and some pretty hairy stuff but I'd better stop now.
umcane (1 stories) (2 posts)
16 years ago (2008-08-22)
Thank you for sharing your story. I have only experienced the "sleep paralysis" a few times but I did some research afterwards. I read that when we sleep it is not uncommon for our spirits to leave the body and travel to the other side. We go there to meet with people who we miss, to read our charts and understand the path we should be on in this life, etc...

As I understand it, the paralysis occurs at the moment that you're sleeping and your brain recognizes that your soul is disconnected from your body. Your brain automatically questions "if my soul is gone, am I dead?" Your brain panics. I've read that the feeling of paralysis is the time when your soul is trying to re-enter the body and your brain is panicking.

Many cultures relate this situation through urban legends and say there is a witch on your chest holding you down, or I read of another culture that believes it's the ghost of a child sitting on your chest. Regardless of how it's explained it seems that you are not alone and it transcends race, religion, etc...

One more thing - you asked if it's easier for spirits to come at night. I wake up almost every day at 3am and often sense I'm not alone. In my research I've read this is because the thinner air early in the morning, coupled with the moisture settling on the ground is more condusive to energies moving more freely. Who knows if it's true, but it's an interesting theory.

Best of luck.
Vincenzo (19 posts)
16 years ago (2008-08-20)
You too! Wow, in the back of my mind I know SOMETHING is going to happen, I don't know what but I'm guessing bad. I feel light and scared right now talking about it. I have had no visions of this (or any visions for that matter) and I think God is maybe urmm preventing me from knowing? I haven't been able to dream since umm when I got this "sensation". I have been able to dream, but only about random stuff, except for my dream about 2 weeks ago. I have been praying for God to give me SOMETHING that will help the world threw this mess. About a week into these prayers I got something. I dreamt we were at a school assembly (school hadnt started yet when I had this dream) and when it was over, we heard a rumbling outside, and for some reason, our teacher decided to take us outside so we could wait until all the other classes left, so we wouldn't get all clustered. And then my friend had a cup of water in his hand. The water literally BROKE the cup and shot into my chest. We kind of shrugged it off, saying that it was a crummy cup and stuff, no one really noticed the water hit me. Then the skys turned dark, lightning and thunder tore the skys and rain fell at a violent rate. I was mad all of a sudden, one because of the water that hit me in the chest, two for reasons unknown. The storm got more violent and agonyizing. I suddenly woke up, with a jerk. Thats really all I can say, because after that I haven't really dreamed... Anyone else have this "doomsday" feeling? Its scary believe me.
Freakgirl (guest)
16 years ago (2008-08-20)
I know what you mean with the whole "they think it's my imagination" thing. I'm the same way. Last time I tried telling my Mom about an evil spirit that has been with me since I was eight (although has vanished now), she said, "You were always a creative child. You have a really strong imagination. This thing you think you're seeing is really just your overreactive imagination piecing together every gruesome image you've ever seen..." Yeah, uh-huh, SURE. She made it sound like I was crazy. "This thing you THINK you're seeing..."

I sense spirits the way you do, too. You can't see them, but you know every action they make, whether its pointing or a facial expression and your mind can create an image of it. Sometimes vague, sometimes clear.

I've never experienced a poltergeist-which is what I think this evil spirit is-moving objects or ripping something from my hand. However, the "attacks," I understand. Definately not fun. I wish I could tell you how to get rid of them, but I don't exactly know.

Hope I helped somewhat.
GlendaSC (5 stories) (1475 posts)
16 years ago (2008-08-19)
Sadly, since I've known from a young age about knowing, but there are sooo many skeptics. It makes me queesy. I know agressive people exist. I've confronted them, and made friends. I've confronted them and not made friends, much to their shock perhaps. I just have problems understanding people honestly. How can people not know that others exist? That seems like a in the abc's. That was a 2 year old thing. I'm on three now. Maybe 4.
Edmund (578 posts)
16 years ago (2008-08-19)
SleepingGiant... Good story... My feeling is where ever you were living when it first happened was haunted by a spirit. Young kids are a prime target for them and it followed you. You just happened to be there and be young we are some spirits food source they feed off of our emotional response to them. The only spirits that would know if you are destined for great things are of a demonic nature and would throw out road blocks to stop you. And yes we are entering a different time we have known this for thousands of years the stars and constellations that influence us are ever moving and we soon come under a different block or segment of them the Mayan 2012 thing... Age of Aquarius... Its a change and there is always change! This is a biggie because these changes only happen every 12 thousand years!
hales3 (9 stories) (115 posts)
16 years ago (2008-08-18)
Hello, this story is very interesting. You asked many questions, some of which will never be answered. But I can asnwer a few for you... You asked if anyone else felt the feeling of courage and strength and that we're on the verge of something big...Yes, I have always had this sort of feeling, even more now like you said. I'm not sure why, though... Maybe something is coming. You also asked if it could be that these other forces are curious... Of course! Just as we are curious of them. Yes the veil is thinner between worlds at night, between 12 to about dawn, I believe. Most activity occurs around 2-3 I've found...There's a lot of theories as to why, who knows though. I've always grown up with a certain sense of "knowing". Just knowing things, things I couldn't of known at the certain ages I was when I just knew them... Could be true that some souls are "old souls" (reincarnation) and could be we get knowledge from unknown/unseen forces. In my world history class we spoke of all the religions, and with every religion there was a part from each that I believed to be true... Kind of like a puzzle, which made TONS of sense to me, and some others... Later down the line, about a year later I found that it really is true, it just depends on if you're open to believe it. The theory was that we're born for a certain purpose, and if we don't do the things we're sent here to do in a lifetime, our souls are sent back to do the unfinished work, in a different body. Same soul, though, until we got our purpose. Until we fulfilled our destinies. Hence the "old souls" I talked about above. Past lives, you could say. Others return in spirit form, either to help the living or just because they love earth. Hope this helps a little.
AnneV (4 stories) (1064 posts) mod
16 years ago (2008-08-18)
Paranormal things happen more at night because we are finally open to it. When we're rushing through traffic, doing our high paced day-to-day tasks, we're in Beta (brain waves of 14 to 30 cycles per second.) This is normal waking activity (focus is centered exterior to our inner self.) When we sleep, we move into theta where brain waves are oscillating between 4 to 5 cycles per second and this is where extended remote viewing happens, OBE's, paranormal encounters, etc.
The energy is also different in general at night in terms of our physical environment. The whole side of the continent you're on is winding down. We don't just emit energy as a person but also as a larger group.

As for these things being curious, well, we're curious things ourselves. We have this huge ability to do amazing things and yet we've dumbed ourselves up as a society, so much that we've atrophied most of our abilities. We're ignorant, fearful, and not doing much about it so here you've got varying degrees of entities that are far less powerful yet probably wondering why we're lumps in the bed or barely conscious while 'awake'. Curious indeed. I think they go through shock, sometimes delight, when we spiritually awaken and can sense, hear or even see them. I don't think we've angered anyone. Entities of every flavor have been in existence since documentation began. They are just labeled something else (night terrors, old hag syndrome, etc.)

You however don't sound fearful or even ignorant.

We are not just our brain pan. If we were, we'd not be able to see into the future, pure and simple.

As for what's happening and if something is coming along, I personally don't know too many gifted people who don't concur with you. But what and when is always hard to say.

I don't think you're grasping for straws. You are seeking answers to what you're experiencing and I applaud that.

I had an interesting thought the other day and it somewhat relates. I too was thinking a shift was happening and wondered if the frequencies of our world were shifting to resonate more closely to the other realm. What this would mean is that our 'world' would be less separate from theirs (well, I don't mean theirs but that realm where we are not very conscious in). More than ever I can hear people's thoughts, know what's coming and other subtle realm experiences. I don't think you're alone in thinking our paradigm could shift. If not everyone's then certainly yours.


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