reply to post by RevelationGeneration
I've had several instances of Sleep Paralysis in my time, as follows:
The first time, I was 21, living in New York City. I woke up, lying on my right side in bed. I could see the room; nothing appeared unusual about it,
but somehow I "knew" that something completely evil had found its way into the bed with me, & was lying behind me, staring at me & contemplating its
I think that because a part of my conscious mind had awakened, this seemed more real than dream, & I found the situation to be terrifying. My way of
dealing with threats and/or fear has always been to confront it. When I tried to roll over, jump out of bed, etc, to deal with whatever was behind me,
I found myself unable to move, completely paralyzed, & became even more terrified. Hard to say how long it lasted, as it was really a state of mind
outside of any time reference.
I still don't understand how I managed to fall back asleep, but that's what happened, as the next thing I remember is waking up normally in the
morning. Incredibly, it took a few minutes of lying in bed before I remembered, with a jolt, what had "happened" during the night.
I'm not a particularly religious person; I had previously read about sleep paralysis, & found it fascinating that I now had some firsthand experience
of the phenomenon. However, I never have forgotten how totally frightening it was!
I wasn't contacted by anything, but as I recall, I became aware of the "vibes" coming from the evil entity behind me. There were no lasting after
effects, other than a renewed sense of wonder at what life offers up in the way of experience.
The 2nd time was the next year, still in NYC, & was totally HSP: I awoke in bed to the sound of steady hissing, coming from somewhere past the foot of
the bed. I was able to look in that direction (lying on my back this time), & was shocked to see a nasty-looking, little gnome-like man, spraying
something in the air above me. When I tried to jump up from the bed, I found myself unable to move, trapped inside my body, & I realized that the man
was spraying a paralysis gas.
He gave an evil laugh, & advanced on me, saying, "I finally got you, didn't I?" He took hold of my throat, & started throwing me around on the bed.
As this went on, I got angry with the little #@@$, & was determined to fight back. This woke me up, & I found that for at least part of the
experience, I had been thrashing around on the bed, the blankets having ridden up to be caught around my neck! I realized that I was still hearing
that hissing sound even after I woke up, & found that it was the steam heat radiator's relief valve letting off excess pressure, as the radiator had
begun to heat up, probably waking me up just enough to have this incident happen.
Once I realized what had happened, I thought it was hilarious. Several years later, I came across mention of the "Hag Syndrome" in my reading, &
recognized it for what had happened that time.
I'm now in my 60's, living in San Francisco, California, & have had 2 incidents of Sleep Paralysis in the past year, both of them similar. In the
first, my deceased mother had come to visit, & was sitting in a chair by the bed; in the second, it was a friend who had dropped in. As a testament to
how strange that state of mind can be, I saw nothing unusual about my first visitor, any more than I did about the second.
In both cases, I tried to answer something said by my visitor, & was surprised to find out that I couldn't open my mouth to speak. Again both times,
I could use my vocal cords to make sounds, but could not open my mouth, so that all I could hear was a "Mmmmph, mmph" kind of thing. Eventually, I
made enough noise to wake myself up. These 2 were funnier than they were upsetting.
I think that what makes this situation so compelling is the fact that we become partially conscious during it, so it seems to be more of a "real"
experience than it does a dream. I suppose the only one of those events that even comes close to an abduction scenario would be the little guy with
the spray can. As I did find a real-world cause for the creation of that element, I'd have to say that none of these incidents involved participation
by any independent, "outside" entity.
Thanks for starting this thread; it brought back some freaky memories, & it's extremely interesting to read the experiences of others in this vein.