This posting is a result of a very recent deep discussion between my father and I pertaining somewhat to, after researching on this site, what people call astral projection. Before I dive in, here is a little background on my father. My dad, before he got sick, has always been quick witted and lived most of his life on the edge. He is very smart and has a deep understanding of his spirituality. He is always presenting a different, yet profound, perspective on various subjects almost like an uncanny ability to see truth. He seems to posses an EXTREME magnetic attraction of things in the paranormal realm. He cannot wear watches because it seems his body drains the battery (low on electrolytes the doctor says), been struck by lightning twice, has seen a multitude of UFOs throughout his life including very close encounters (I've seen UFOs as well but only when I was with him), even attract normal and odd conversations from complete strangers and the most strange day-to-day situations (with various forms of "gang-stalking"). He has survived four major strokes and is considered terminally ill though when you talk with him it seems like there is nothing wrong with him at all.
So the other day, I come home after work in which my dad shortly arrives later along with his friend Sam. He comes in and is kind of spooked that he saw that I shaved my face. I guess he had a dream the night before where I said I would shave my face so that whoever was after him would get confused. I didn't pay much mind to this just because to me most dreams are difficult to define meaning. The next day, my dad tells me his friend Sam had told him about a very strange paranormal experience that he had a hard time understanding and coping with. Sam said that one day he was hanging out at his house (wide awake mind you) and it was just before noon. Out of nowhere something jumped on his back and knocks him to the floor. He turns around onto his back where he immediately becomes paralyzed (can't speak or move) but is face-to-face with the creature on top of him. Sam describes the creature as a life like Tasmanian devil (from loony tunes) but with a head like a gargoyle. He says he passed out right after and woke up about four hours later with no recollection of what happened during the time lapse. It turns out, my dad had a very similar experience (almost verbatim) years before. Except that when he was paralyzed on his back with the creature on top of him (with the same taz-gargoyle-like description) his girlfriend Gaby walks into the room and sees this demon-like creature pinning my dad to the floor and begins to scream bloody murder. At that moment, the creature disappears, my dad snaps out of the paralysis and begins to digest what just happened. Gaby being a die-hard Christian described the creature as the devil himself attacking my dad. What is interesting is that she saw the creature dissipate into "particles" when it disappeared.
While we are talking about this, I tell him that it's interesting how he describes the paralysis because it's the same feeling I had the other night when dozing off in between being awake and asleep. Out of nowhere I feel what seems like a bolt of energy take over me, paralyzing me. I can't move or scream, yet I'm fully aware and can still see out of my half-closed eyelids. I feel the force imposing itself onto me almost like its suffocating me and I naturally resist due to fear what is happening. I get a scary sensation of there being an evil force at work. I eventually will myself out of this state. I tell him that this happens to me on occasion but have become a little more aware when this happens and can anticipate the fight to get out. What is even more interesting was the time before this one where I was in the middle of a dream where it is dark and I'm driving in car that had multiple colors like that of soapy bubbles where it breaks up the light to all the colors of the rainbow. I'm not driving long when I see a blurred image of a black devil head and I hear a voice say, "There is evil there" and boom, the bolt of energy shoots through me, I can't move, get scared and begin to pray which helped me get out of the paralysis.
My dad is kind of shocked after telling him this. He then proceeds to tell me that the state I was in is the "star-gate" and that the fear is something from pre-imposed interpretations of the unknown which made sense to me. The Mayan symbol for conjuring is a hand grabbing a fish but I'm unsure if I'm the fish or the hand. After reading that this a beginning stage of astral projection I began thinking that next time this happens I will try push the fear aside and ask to be shown. Is there any advice one can give the next time this happens like what to expect and how to be safe? Also, would the taz-gargoyle like creature be an example of astral wild life? If so, has anyone witnessed a materialization of a being like this and/or heard of it physically attacking someone?