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First Time Sleep Paralysis/Bedside Figure

 
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First Time Sleep Paralysis/Bedside Figure
Long-time lurker, second-time poster.

George Carlin said, "Nothing is as boring as listening to another person talk about their dream." I know that if anywhere that statement is not true and people ARE interested in each other's dreams - especially when it comes to sleep paralysis nightmares - it would be the GLP community.

Long story short: I had my first ever sleep paralysis episode which included a "visit" from the ubiquitous bedside figure. I am no stranger to nightmares or lucid dreaming; I have one at least one nightmare a month, and every three months or so, I have a nightmare so terrible that my mind has mercy on me – becomes lucid – and I am able to “divert” the attention of the nightmare antagonist until I can force myself to wake up. I was not able to do so this time.

I understand that shadow men and old hags are the most common bedside figures. During my dream, I saw a hooded figure, like a monk. Of course, I could not see his face, but he was definitely male.

In the dream, I’m sleeping in my bed from my childhood home. I open my eyes and the hooded-figure is standing to my left, in front of my bedroom window. It is night, but the moon is bright enough where I can see his robe is brown and he is holding a pillow. Again, I cannot see his face. He says, “Earth is being invaded. We are putting all of you out of your misery before things get too bad here.” I am not sure if he and his “kind” were doing the invading, or if it was something else doing the invading, and he was working for a third party. I did get the impression that there were billions of him, and one of each of his kind was in every household at that moment to kill everyone on the planet. He then started lowering moving the pillow toward my face in order to suffocate me. I did not get the impression that he was “evil.” Rather, the feeling I got from him was that this was just “business”. However, I think this is what made it all the more frightening because there would have been no negotiation, no pleading, no begging; he was simply there to get a job done – “they” ALL had a job to do, it was nothing personal. As usual, my mind tried to intervene because things were getting too scary. My mind tried to wake itself up, only this time, it wasn’t working. He was suffocating me with a pillow. Then suddenly, my mind woke up, but my body was still being suffocated. I tried to scream (in real life…I think) and tried to move to shake the last vestiges of the dream off, but I could not move. I was completely powerless. At last, my mind and my body finally synced, and I woke up officially, gasping for breath.

The nightmare aspect itself is not what's got me shaken up (this was FAR from the worst nightmare "plot" I've ever dreamed), it's the following that's blown my mind:

1. The absolute CLARITY of it; how 3-dimensional it was, for lack of a better term. The fear element was so REAL, that my reaction was stunned disbelief, which I believe is how I would react in real life if I were about to die, not just simple fear, but more like a "OMG this CAN'T be happening, not to ME!!" feeling. The plain old terror of “Aaaaagh, I’m being chased by zombies!” is almost cute compared to this.

2. The fact that I’ve experienced something that I’ve read about from many others, but not quite ever took seriously as a cultural-crossing event. It has been a challenge to my thought system. This must be what a person who sees a UFO or a ghost for the first time might feel like.

My question is this: did I experience something which for mysterious reasons millions have experienced throughout history, or did I dream this because it was embedded in my psyche due to reading others’ experiences?

Thanks, GLP! Sorry this is so long.
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i know exactly what you describe so perfectly
monk, brown robe, to the left of me also

the one i saw was very short but did not make it less intimidating

had glowing eyes

did mot do anything like you describe but def was not good and def wanted me to see it

so scary and so real when i think of it now my heart races and i start to sweat from fear.

what the hell? literally
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I had one once when I was camping out in a field outside of a small town. It was in late fall and the rain was starting to come down pretty bad so I looked for a secluded spot and setup my pup tent. I was about 21 I guess. After drifting off to sleep I was awaken by a dark figure setting on my chest. I struggled for what seemed like forever but in reality it probably was less than a few seconds. My eyes were open and I could see this strange shadow getting off of me and drifting through my tent wall.

It happened over 30 years ago and it still makes my skin craw when I recall it.
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please put a bowl of sea salt under your bed and in sprinkle in the four corners of your room. before falling asleep burn one or two leaves of dried white sage and cedar leaf. this will help keep entities away.
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Something I found useful is to use your emotions to empower your will and learn to take control of the experience. Remember when you are lucid dreaming you can change the entire dream if want, from demons to puppies and rainbows if you want. It just takes a little practice focusing your will to achieve your desired results "dream". The trick I found to will power is trusting yourself or having confidence in yourself. Simplifying things can help a lot here to keep things in context. And remember in your mind you are capable of anything!

Something else you can try is practice wiggling your toes, try to move each on it's own with no movement from the others etc. Next time you have sleep paralysis you'll have a big jump on breaking free by wiggling your toes. And once you do a couple times it's become pretty easy.


Granted shadows may be more astral realm type, but the controls are very similar to dreaming from my experience. Meaning you can do some pretty crazy stuff with practice.


Edit: to answer the question ;)

If you were just reading about the subject it's likely from association. However, a hacked quote from the moth-man prophecies "perhaps they notice you, you noticing them?" which is why you saw the shadow?

Last Edited by Coma Patient #7 on 01/28/2013 04:52 PM
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Something I found useful is to use your emotions to empower your will and learn to take control of the experience. Remember when you are lucid dreaming you can change the entire dream if want, from demons to puppies and rainbows if you want. It just takes a little practice focusing your will to achieve your desired results "dream". The trick I found to will power is trusting yourself or having confidence in yourself. Simplifying things can help a lot here to keep things in context. And remember in your mind you are capable of anything!

Something else you can try is practice wiggling your toes, try to move each on it's own with no movement from the others etc. Next time you have sleep paralysis you'll have a big jump on breaking free by wiggling your toes. And once you do a couple times it's become pretty easy.


Granted shadows may be more astral realm type, but the controls are very similar to dreaming from my experience. Meaning you can do some pretty crazy stuff with practice.


Edit: to answer the question ;)

If you were just reading about the subject it's likely from association. However, a hacked quote from the moth-man prophecies "perhaps they notice you, you noticing them?" which is why you saw the shadow?
 Quoting: Coma Patient #7


Awesome quote! Than you for taking the time to supply such great feedback and an answer.
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Re: First Time Sleep Paralysis/Bedside Figure
please put a bowl of sea salt under your bed and in sprinkle in the four corners of your room. before falling asleep burn one or two leaves of dried white sage and cedar leaf. this will help keep entities away.
 Quoting: seer


Thank you seer, i will certainly do this. It just so happens i bought some sea salt for the first time do to the master cleanse diet. How's that for synchronicity!
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I had one once when I was camping out in a field outside of a small town. It was in late fall and the rain was starting to come down pretty bad so I looked for a secluded spot and setup my pup tent. I was about 21 I guess. After drifting off to sleep I was awaken by a dark figure setting on my chest. I struggled for what seemed like forever but in reality it probably was less than a few seconds. My eyes were open and I could see this strange shadow getting off of me and drifting through my tent wall.

It happened over 30 years ago and it still makes my skin craw when I recall it.
 Quoting: TCS


Oh wow, that's 10 times worse! What a terrifying event. I am sorry you've had to live with this all these years and still have to deal with the trauma.

Thank you for sharing.
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i know exactly what you describe so perfectly
monk, brown robe, to the left of me also

the one i saw was very short but did not make it less intimidating

had glowing eyes

did mot do anything like you describe but def was not good and def wanted me to see it

so scary and so real when i think of it now my heart races and i start to sweat from fear.

what the hell? literally
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 4508529


Thank you, that is amazing.
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It can be very strange and scary, you just have to remember that you cannot be harmed in the state, even though it feels that way.
controling the fear and understanding the dream state makes you control it better.

It can be hard, since some of the things you experience like this can be very disturbing.
I think that talking and analysing it like you do now helps to overcome any fear of it.

I agree that trying to move your body helps aswell
this will help you go from paralyse to lucid instead, or even stop your paralysis completely.
:)
I never tried the toe wiggle, I move my hands up to my face and wave them infront of me, when I see them floaty I know it's a dream and I can go lucid.


I have seen a robed figure aswell now that you got me thinking, was black and red robe though, and only saw him once.

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A lot of people at my University (as I came to find out) had a nocturnal encounter with what we simply refered to as the shadow. Understand that I was studying theology and basically adhered to the dryest sort of world view and evangelical posture imaginable.

However, it was during this time that I experienced a vivid lucid experience in dream state. I experienced this exact paralysis that you wrote of. It was during this temporary paralysis that I saw a shadow man crawling with his arms and legs down my ceiling and then down my wall and then appearing to my right side. I sat up in my dreamstate body and watched him. He reached out and took hold of my penis. It was as if he was gaining some sort of pleasure from it and this held me in a paralysis of suspended animation for a few seconds until my dreamstate body threw a left hook directly at his face.

I try to be a kind and gentle person, but I've always been something of a scrapper as well. When I saw the situation, I didn't so much feel alarm as I felt anger. This I do not understand. I should have felt fear as the spectre was most frightening. But I didn't. It just sent me into a rage and I started throwing punches until I awoke in a sweat.

The next day, my suite mate told me of a similar encounter he had the following night. That is what started the discussion and I told him my story. We came to find out that many other people had such encouters with this entity going back a long way.

I have no desire to make up such a story. In fact, I wish I were making it up as it would make it a lot easier for me to just laugh it off when I could claim it was a hoax. But the problem is that I'm not making it up.

I think it was shortly after that time that I began a long term quest to find answers and to learn techniques of spiritual protection from such spectres from Biblical Psalms. I have not ever had such an encounter before or since.

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It can be very strange and scary, you just have to remember that you cannot be harmed in the state, even though it feels that way.
controling the fear and understanding the dream state makes you control it better.

It can be hard, since some of the things you experience like this can be very disturbing.
I think that talking and analysing it like you do now helps to overcome any fear of it.

I agree that trying to move your body helps aswell
this will help you go from paralyse to lucid instead, or even stop your paralysis completely.
:)
I never tried the toe wiggle, I move my hands up to my face and wave them infront of me, when I see them floaty I know it's a dream and I can go lucid.


I have seen a robed figure aswell now that you got me thinking, was black and red robe though, and only saw him once.
 Quoting: Michael_


I find great comfort by what you wrote. It might just make the difference between shock and learning something should I ever experience this again. Thank you so much.
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What I don't understand about SP is how damn evil the dreams are. Like nothing I could ever explain. I did some research and it is a common theme among those who have SP. even scientists are sure why this happens.

All I know is that when I have SP, it is seriously disturbing and not from this place.
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It can be very strange and scary, you just have to remember that you cannot be harmed in the state, even though it feels that way.
controling the fear and understanding the dream state makes you control it better.

It can be hard, since some of the things you experience like this can be very disturbing.
I think that talking and analysing it like you do now helps to overcome any fear of it.

I agree that trying to move your body helps aswell
this will help you go from paralyse to lucid instead, or even stop your paralysis completely.
:)
I never tried the toe wiggle, I move my hands up to my face and wave them infront of me, when I see them floaty I know it's a dream and I can go lucid.


I have seen a robed figure aswell now that you got me thinking, was black and red robe though, and only saw him once.
 Quoting: Michael_


i sometimes have sleep walking mixed with a type of sleep paralysis with no paralysis and just the hallucinations and i have ended up hurting myself a few times.

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