Shadow

by Grant
(Scotland)

I've experienced sleep paralysis several times before when I was around 16 or so, but I'm currently going through a stage of extreme sleep deprivation where I can be awake for 3 days straight at a time, where even sleeping pills don't work anymore, and the sleep paralysis has become more common and more frightening. My earlier sleep paralysis experiences consisted of the paralysis, but no visions, but recently I have woken to a shadow sitting on the end of my bed, which then slowly turned round to face me, but I snapped out before I could see features etc. Then last night, I woke to see the light underneath the door being blocked out as if there was a figure standing outside my door. It has now gotten to the point where I no longer wish to sleep, as I find these experiences extremely terrifying. Several times I've gone to bed, promising myself not to panic if sleep paralysis occurs again, but each time it occurs, I can't help but struggle to regain control of my body and scream out, which takes about 20 seconds to achieve. What makes it so terrifying is the fact that my surroundings are exactly the same as they are when fully awake i.e the can of anti perspirant that I leave on my bedside table in real life will be there when experiencing sleep paralysis. I can't go on like this.

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by: Grant

Hey guys, thanks for the comments. Firstly, to becka, i did'nt actually go anywhere exactly, everytime i was 'conscious' i would be riveted to the bed, basically paralysed except for eye movement. Pretty terrifying when theres something in your room with you that seems truly real. I dont mean to do it, but yeh apparently there is a way to control it and use it to make the experience more comfortable, pleasurable even, where they can even leave the body and move freely around the room, but is'nt something i would like to pursue. To shana, my sleeping has calmed down now, i moved in to a new place and slept like a baby the first night i got there, and i hav'nt experienced it since :) il copy and paste your comment though for future use in case though

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by: Becka

So you're saying that your subconsious spirit leaves your body? I've heard of this before when your spirit leaves your body and people can go different places. Have you ever gone to visit anyone you know? I am so fascinated by this, can only certain people do that? Sorry for all the questions. Becka

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by: Shana Ashley Williamson

Do not fret. I have Narcolepsy and Sleep paralysis with Hypnagogic Hallucinations are very common. I can tell you I have had many terrifying experiences but you have to tame yourself. You might need to learn to meditate before sleeping. Simply calm your mind and you are more prone to sleep peacefully or to not scare your own self if you do have a brief state of sleep paralysis. To meditate simply breathe in deeply through your nose and out of your mouth, very deep and hold it all in and then release. Also is good to imagine white light going into your nose as you inhale and black light coming out of your mouth as you exhale. This is common way to bring in peaceful energy and release pint up negative energy from the day. As you begin to feel light headed imagine a rainbow of colors penetrating the top of your head where your soft spot once was (babies have them) also called your crown chakra and imagine the colors flowing through your entire body all the way to your toes into the ground and imagine there are roots coming out of your feet with the colors as they sink into the earth and just feel the energy encompassing yourself and then change all the color to blue and breath in and out and say a prayer whatever affirms your beliefs and then you are calm, grounded, and centered all in one. After this when you are falling asleep try to remember that this Sleep paralysis occurs normally for everyone while falling asleep and while awakening in order to prevent you from acting out your dreams (ie. running if you are running in dream). And sometimes while in this state a part of our minds awakes (the subconscious part I believe) and tells us that this is not right we can not move. But the thing is your body is still asleep and dreaming and your mind is awake. So you have to remember this and not freak yourself out because whatever you think of will manifest right in front of you as if you were in a dream. It is basically awake dreaming. And it can be a good thing if you were to say imagine Jesus, whatever you believe in right there and then simply calm down walk (your spirit.consciousness) out of your body, look at your body on the bed. Go forward into a lucid dream (that which you can control) or stay on that plane you are already on and go from there. It is all quite technical and you are best doing some research and learning to not be afraid. That is the best advice I can honestly give and I have been experiencing it since I was a small child. Good Luck, Peace and <3 ASH

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