For anyone else who's enjoyed reading other people's accounts, I thought I'd also share two of the most bizarre SP experiences that I've had. Both of
these actually occurred when I was very unwell, so they lend weight in my mind to the 'sleeping body / conscious mind' theory - they also seem pretty
typical of SP hallucinations experienced by other people.
The first happened about 15 years ago when I was suffering a very nasty bout of gastroenteritis.
I 'woke' in bed in a state of SP to find a little creature sitting cross-legged on top of the TV watching me . . . yes, I know that sounds insane
The 'creature' for want of a better word was about a foot tall, completely naked with leathery skin and vaguely reptilian in appearance.
If I had to equate it to something people would recognise I'd compare it to a Gremlin from the film of the same name, but it was altogether rounder
and plumper and instead of the pointy ears it just had little holes in the sides of its head where ears should have been.
There was no sense of fear, or threat. Just complete curiosity about what I was seeing combined with the knowledge that it was an hallucination and if
I wanted to I could think it out of existence just as easily as it had appeared. For its part it was just staring back at me mirroring the same
curiosity that I felt.
I don't know how long this went on for, but it seemed a long time. Then my stomach decided to rebel about the half glass of water I'd drunk earlier
and I snapped out of my state of paralysis to lunge for the sick bowl at the side of the bed (sorry for the mental image) . . . when I looked back it
had gone so had that SP episode.
The second experience is probably the only one that's actually frightened me.
I had a confirmed case of swine flu in the 2009 UK outbreak and was dosing on the sofa pretty much totally incapacitated.
Again I half woke in a state of SP, this time to find a dark figure standing over me watching. There was a definite sense that it was a female figure
and elderly, but her features were shaded under a hood so I couldn't make out the details with any real clarity.
Unlike every other SP experience I've had there was something ominous and very frightening about this particular hallucination.
And while normally I feel complete control during SP and know that I can wake out of it any time that I want to . . . this time, despite not liking
what was happening I found my eyelids weighted closed and felt a complete lack of ability to influence or rewind what was going on.
There was a moment when she seemed to register that I was conscious and looking back at her, then she moved closer and started to reach her right hand
out towards me.
The moment that I totally freaked out was when she actually touched me on the wrist. You see, instead of the very human, fleshy hand that I could see
her touch me with, what I could actually feel was cold, bony and almost skeletal.
With that I jolted fully awake, heart pounding, cold sweat the lot . . . not the slow, controlled rise out of SP that I usually manage.
Despite what I've said about finding SP a pleasant experience, that particular one is an instance I NEVER want to have again.
And for the record, neither do I ever want to experience swine flu again !!!
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