reply to post by kitkatcat
The most intense sleep paralysis case I ever experienced involved a bogeyman beneath my bed. The short of it goes something like this:
I went to bed, sleeping on my back (something I don't usually do) and woke up sometime during the evening (I couldn't tell actual time due to being
paralyzed). When I woke I got the creepy sensation of something watching me from among the shadows. I keep my door sealed and curtains closed when I
sleep, so it gets very dark.
Anyway, as a student of dream psychology my waking-self quickly realized what was happening. I tried to reign in my emotions and get control of the
situation. At that point I could hear something sliding out from under my bed. Next thing I know there's some kind of scaly paw or claw rubbing up
against my cheek. It was done in a tender fashion, but, obviously, meant to be unsettling as all get out.
This, sure enough, ignited my emotional responses all over again. I could feel panic setting in, and I was still paralyzed. I concluded that only part
of me was actually consciously trying to wake up, the other half was content to subsist between sleep and waking. So, I decided to use a trick an old
co-worker taught me for when I am having a lucid nightmare: turn the object of fear, into something comical.
I have a large, stuffed, carnival game style Panda beside my bed whose quite popular with my lady friends. I found him one day on the streets of a
near by city, abandoned, and decided to keep him. So, I decided that the scaly claw-thing was actually a soft, fuzzy, panda bear paw. Which totally
worked, as I could feel the scales turn into fur. I felt a bit of confidence and pride at having successfully done that.
My bogeyman bedroom invader wasn't done with me yet though. As soon as the creepy claw was no longer effectively frightening me, I began to feel a
heavy weight pressing down on my chest. The standard "pressure" of a demonic encounter, obviously. Except, being stuck in sleep paralysis on my back,
I had no choice but to look forward, right where the pressure should have been. There was nothing sitting on me, so I quickly concluded, once more,
that it was still an effect of my lagging brain wanting to remain in whatever dream I was going to have had.
At this point, after waking up paralyzed, having auditory and physical hallucinations, and being stuck like this for what seemed like a good ten
minutes (no doubt much shorter) I decided that I had had enough and it was time to fully wake up. So, as the stuffed bear simultaneously sat on my
chest (invisibly) and stroked my cheek with its paw, I focused on moving my left hand's ring finger.
All day I wear a pentagram ring given to me by a really close friend. At night I take it off and sleep without it. So, it's kind of a totem for me
("Inception" style). I can beat sleep paralysis by focusing on the weight of the ring on my finger when I'm dreaming. Which is what I did this time.
Once I confidently convinced myself the ring was on (and therefore I was awake) I "grabbed" the invisible stuffed Panda and chucked it off my chest
and across the room. Doing so shot me up in bed, thus breaking the paralysis.
And that's how I used my will to overcome the Devil... after I turned him into a fuzzy teddy bear.
Although, to be honest, the last thing that happened (during my throwing of the invisible bear) was a mischievous cackling laughter. The
bear/demon/hallucination was laughing at the fact that I had overcome it. Whether that suggests an external consciousness or not, I can't really
But yeah, there's my sleep paralysis story.
Edit to add
: I noticed somebody above posted about lying supine increasing the chance of sleep paralysis, that is very true for me (I even
pointed it out in my own recounting above). I have never had a waking paralysis while lying on my side, or my belly. But have had extremely frequent
cases of it while lying on my back (daily even, I tested to see). More than likely, the continuity of occurrences while on my back suggests some kind
of sleep condition.
~ Wandering Scribe
edit on 9/8/13 by Wandering Scribe because: see above