This was my experience in a dream last night. I'm not trying to make friends or be cool. I just have to get this off my chest, literally and it
seems like there's a bit more going on.
I was sleeping. Dreaming in some other "place." When I feel my body having a really hard time breathing.
There is a part of me that just wants to ignore it but finally I get back into my body. I look up in my dream, I'm in my bedroom, but there is a
figure sitting on my chest.
It's hard to make out. I knew it was a woman from the contours of her body. It was black like a shadow but it had faint blue lines/energy outlining
and defining her face with broad segments.??? Sorry hard to explain, like her features we're deformed or she had a swollen face. It was all droopy.
I fight to get a breath in while she's still on top of me and then I see this black shadow cat in the corner of my bedroom, walking on a shelf above
the door. I watch it's tail morph into a snake's tail. It's legs and back are changing, lengthening our to make big black hooded snake. Yet
somehow I knew it was going to be a dragon and I didn't want none of it.
A voice in my head is saying "Wake up. WAKE UP."
I did. Thankfully. I immediately focused on my breath, grounded my self in my integrity and did my clearing thing. "Namu Amida Butsu"
Whatever, no big deal. Crazy dream.
I get a little more curious later on and I figure I had a case sleep apnea. I check it out on the net, mmmmp maybe. Then I came across sleep
paralysis on wiki. Can be caused by a migraine. I did have a pretty bad headache yesterday. Okay check.
I start reading about the folklore.
"The original definition of sleep paralysis was codified by Dr Johnson in his A Dictionary of the English Language, then calling it nightmare, the
terminology of the term nightmare has since changed. Such sleep paralysis was widely considered to be the work of demons and more specifically incubi,
which were thought to sit on the chests of sleepers. In Old English the name for these beings was mare or mære (from a proto-Germanic *marōn, cf.
Old Norse mara), hence comes the mare part in nightmare."
Folk belief in Newfoundland, South Carolina and Georgia describe the negative figure of the Hag
who leaves her physical body at night, and sits
on the chest of her victim. The victim usually wakes with a feeling of terror, has difficulty breathing because of a perceived heavy invisible weight
on his or her chest, and is unable to move i.e., experiences sleep paralysis. This nightmare experience is described as being "hag-ridden" in the
Gullah lore. The "Old Hag" was a nightmare spirit in British and also Anglophone North American folklore.
Really.... What the hell did I do to her?
Hag in folklore. wiki en.wikipedia.org...
A hag, or "the Old Hag", was a nightmare spirit in British and Anglophone North American folklore. This variety of hag is essentially identical to
the Anglo-Saxon mæra — a being with roots in ancient Germanic superstition, and closely related to the Scandinavian mara. According to folklore,
the Old Hag sat on a sleeper's chest and sent nightmares to him or her. When the subject awoke, he or she would be unable to breathe or even move for
a short period of time. Currently this state is called sleep paralysis, but in the old belief the subject had been "hagridden". It is still
frequently discussed as if it were a paranormal state.
I got Hag-ridden.
Just to be clear. I didn't know of the connection beforehand. The only hag I ever knew was Cailleach from celtic lore and she watches the
I just thought it was pretty weird to find a myth in the South where I live that claims a "Hag" sits on your chest, keeping you from moving and
breathing and the exact thing happened to me.
It's a mystery....
Thanks for your time, Wyl