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#1 Myst

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 04:49 AM

Part of me does not want to post this. A lot of you will probably think I'm crazy after reading this.. but here goes.

I know we have already have a thread for Prayer Requests, but I'm a bit shaken up by this and would like some Prayer.

I've been having Sleep Paralysis. It happened two or three times in the past, but for the past year it's been more frequent than usual. I did some research online and many people believe that Sleep Paralysis is a form of possession. I've said Prayers to prevent Sleep Paralysis, and sometimes they work, sometimes they don't.

I've discussed the subject with my parents, and they always shake their heads, saying there's no such thing as sleep paralysis and that I was probably just having a nightmare. It's very frustrating to tell them this time and time again and never have anyone believe me.

The Sleep Paralysis started for me back in 2006. I was going through a lot of problems back then and was still coping with the loss of a loved one. I don't want to go into detail about that subject, but I basically had the mindframe that life wasn't worth living with that person out of my life. I didn't care about anything and would spend many late nights just walking around my town in the dark, with nowhere to really go.

I'm afraid that during those times, I may have had a spirit follow me home, because it was shortly later that I had a terrifying experience. I woke up with no control of my body and was completely mute. I could breathe, but it was very hard. I began panting heavily. I tried yelling for someone to help me, but nothing came out. I opened my eyes and there was a black figure standing in my doorway walking towards my bed.

I said an Our Father and a Hail Mary and broke free of the Paralysis. The figure was gone. At that time I didn't tell anybody, because I knew nobody would believe me. A week or two after, I realized I needed to make changes in my life. I tried moving on, and stopped wandering around in the dark every night. I went just about three years without a single episode of Sleep Paralysis.

Then in 2009, I had Sleep Paralysis again. In 2010, I had another episode, this time the black figure returned. It was standing over my body, strangling me. I felt like I couldn't breathe. I reached my arm towards it trying to fight it off. I managed to wake up. I had a few other occurrences. One time, I felt like my entire body was being poked with needles, (My eyes were closed so I didn't see the black figure) another time I felt a burning sensation, (again, eyes shut) and a few weeks ago, I was lying on my back and had another episode of Sleep Paralysis. There was mucus buildup in my throat, (I had a cold) so I could not breathe AT ALL. But I couldn't get up due to the Paralysis, and couldn't alert anyone that I was unable to breathe. I was lying there, frantically saying Prayers my head, thinking I could die at any second.

Please say a Prayer for me. I want to stop being afraid. I keep a Rosary and Bible next to my Pillow every night, but I still get these attacks. I just want them to stop.

I know I must sound crazy to a lot of you, but believe me, this is real.

Edited by Myst, 25 June 2011 - 04:54 AM.


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Posted 25 June 2011 - 05:56 AM

Ur not crazy. I have heard of stories like yours before. I can't say much regarding advice except for say the name of Jesus as loud as u can. And look up some verses about fear. God has not given us a spirit of fear but of hope power and a sound mind. The spirit who is in you is greater than the spirit who is in the world. I will pray for you.

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 08:15 AM

You are definitely not crazy. I've heard of horrible things about evil spirits. I even know people who have seen them. You've got my prayers. Have you tried casting them out of your house in Jesus' name? That's how it was done in the Bible and a few other cases if I'm not mistaken.

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 08:20 AM

I'm not positive you're actually dealing with a spirit (though I don't discount it either). Sleep Paralysis is a very real, very scientific thing, and a lot of people experience it in a very similar way (dark figure, strangling, etc). The reason you feel like you can't breathe is because essentially your body is still asleep and your breathing is extremely slowed, so much so that it seems nonexistent to you.

I honestly don't see how reciting a Lord's Prayer or Hail Mary could help the situation if you're dealing with a spirit. If you're convinced it is one, why don't you say a personal prayer, actually related to the situation? Asking God for your daily bread isn't necessarily the best thing to do when you see a dark figure over your bed.

Now oddly enough, the only reason I know a lot about sleep paralysis is because it happened to my friend once on a trip, and it took us a while to finally wake her up. 3 years later, it came to certain people's attention that she had a demon in her life (call it "possession" if you like). Now, I honestly don't believe the two are related. When she got Sleep Paralysis she was a vastly different, Christian person in comparison with the drunk addict who had the demon influencing her.

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 08:44 AM

I honestly don't see how reciting a Lord's Prayer or Hail Mary could help the situation if you're dealing with a spirit. If you're convinced it is one, why don't you say a personal prayer, actually related to the situation? Asking God for your daily bread isn't necessarily the best thing to do when you see a dark figure over your bed.

The prayer (no matter the content) could be a catalyst for waking up his body, perhaps even with spiritual help. I'm with you in that I think that this sounds like non-spirit-related sleep paralysis, but that doesn't mean spiritual remedies would be entirely ineffective. Heck, it may even be possible that many things we now have scientific evidence and explanations for today may still have a spiritual cause that we just choose to ignore. The cause of sleep paralysis isn't 100% certain.

Now, that being said, Myst: You definitely have my prayers, but I think the most effective course of action for you would be to research sleep paralysis as a scientifically proven phenomenon, and prove to your parents that what you're dealing with is very real and not a nightmare. They may not be able to find you any sort of "cure," but knowing they are around to help you could be a help help in relieving some of the stress in your life right now, which could be a huge factor in why these episodes keep happening. And if the sleep paralysis persists, you may want to be checked out and make sure you don't have narcolepsy. There could be some sort of remedy for your situation in that case.

Don't stop praying. At the very least, prayer is helping you relax and reminding you that you're not alone. But do keep in mind that this is almost certainly not a bad spirit that's haunting you, like in classic folklore. You are a child of God, and while I'm sure Satan would love to get his hands on you, it's not really that easy. The bad things you see or feel during these episodes have no power over you whatsoever, and can be whisked away as easily as a bad dream. If saying the name of Jesus loudly or screaming a Hail Mary helps, then fine... But that in and of itself is not your cure. Your own mind is what summons this stuff, and so your stress and fear is what feeds the dark figure you've been seeing. Find a way to remind yourself that you are in control (and that God is by your side) and I think you'll have an easier time dealing with this.

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Posted 25 June 2011 - 08:59 AM

The prayer could be a catalyst for waking up his body, perhaps even with spiritual help.

Oh, I don't mean saying the Lord's Prayer is useless. I simply mean that if he's dealing with a spirit and not a natural, scientific thing, maybe he should pull out bigger guns than just recitation. :winkwink:

Now, that being said, Myst: You definitely have my prayers, but I think the most effective course of action for you would be to research sleep paralysis as a scientifically proven phenomenon, and prove to your parents that what you're dealing with is very real and not a nightmare. They may not be able to find you any sort of "cure," but knowing they are around to help you could be a help help in relieving some of the stress in your life right now, which could be a huge factor in why these episodes keep happening. And if the sleep paralysis persists, you may want to be checked out and make sure you don't have narcolepsy. There could be some sort of remedy for your situation in that case.

I agree with this. Supposedly one of the best remedies for Sleep Paralysis is having someone close-by speak your name or shake you a little bit. Obviously this isn't practical if you wake up in the middle of the night with it, but if it happens right as you wake up you could ask your parents to come in and wake you a little bit beforehand.

Edit: One thing that really makes me doubt that it's a form of possession, aside from the lack of any respected Christian source, is that so many people have experienced it. As many as 60% of people all around the world claim to have experienced it at least once, and many only once. If it was possession, why would billions of people experience it only once or twice in their lifetime? Obviously you're one of the exceptions as it's not an isolated event for you, but I don't see how it would be caused by spirit visitation for some and not for others.

Secondly, Sleep Paralysis is a natural thing and serves a purpose: it's meant to keep you from thrashing around in your sleep or acting out your dreams. The only problem is when it "glitches" and leaves your body that way even when you're trying to wake up.

Double Edit: Also, here are some suggestions for dealing with it in addition to going to a Doctor:

Sleep paralysis is frightening, but sleep specialist Clete Kushida, MD, PhD, says people can take steps at home to stop the episodes.

Skip the nap. "Nappers seem more prone to sleep paralysis than non-nappers," Kushida says, "unless the nappers always sleep at the same time each day."

Get as much sleep as possible. "There seems to be some evidence that people who are sleep deprived enter REM very quickly, which means they're still awake as their body gets paralyzed," Kushida says.

Don't sleep on your back. Sleep experts have found a correlation between sleeping in a supine position and being vulnerable to sleep paralysis.

Seek care. Because sleep paralysis might be linked to other sleep disorders, including REM disruptions and narcolepsy, it's important to see a sleep specialist if your paralysis occurs often, Kushida says. And if you're dealing with high levels of stress or anxiety, consult a mental health professional.


Seeing a "demon" in the room, a dark figure, an attacker, etc is a very common part of Sleep Paralysis, so I wouldn't worry too much. In fact, worrying about it might just be increasing your problems. The most likely explanation is that you're experiencing a hypnagogic hallucination, which occur when you're between waking and sleeping. I've experienced these myself, and they can be incredibly vivid and realistic. It's only after the fact that I realize that there's no way there was a gigantic boulder in my room.

Edited by Colonel Link, 25 June 2011 - 09:16 AM.


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Posted 26 June 2011 - 09:09 AM

Thanks for the Prayers and advice everyone. I've researched Sleep Paralysis before. I haven't always assumed it was something demonic. I've gone back and forth between thinking it was something scientific and something demonic. It's only lately after getting these attacks more and more often, that I've assumed I might be dealing with something Spiritual.

I understand there's probably a scientific explanation for these attacks, due to the body going through various stages of REM during sleep. But at the same time, why do I see a dark figure? I don't think there's any scientific explanation for seeing a figure trying to attack you.

The reason I say the Lord's Prayer is because that's how Jesus said we should Pray and also I don't really know what else to say. I can't move, and there's a demonic-looking entity approaching me. My mind pretty much draws a blank. All I know is to call out to God for help so I start saying the Lord's Prayer.

And FYI, no attacks last night.

Edited by Myst, 26 June 2011 - 09:24 AM.


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Posted 26 June 2011 - 09:25 AM

I understand there's probably a scientific explanation for these attacks, due to the body going through various stages of REM during sleep. But at the same time, why do I see a dark figure? I don't think there's any scientific explanation for seeing a figure trying to attack you.

While I'm not really an expert on sleep paralysis, I believe the "dark figure" experience is shared by many/most people who suffer from it. It's essentially a hallucination, but it may help to think of it the same way you'd think of sleep paralysis as a whole: Your body/mind is struggling in a spot between being awake and dreaming. So while your eyes are physically open, you'll see things that aren't there. Because you know in your mind that you should be able to move, yet you cannot, the mind tries to explain why you're immobile, and so it make the assumption that something or someone is on top of you. This is especially true if you're having trouble breathing.

Most scientifically minded people think episodes like this are one of the primary causes for "alien abduction" stories. People wake up not being able to move, they think they see a mysterious dark figure above them, and so they assume it was aliens experimenting on them. You, being a more religious person, would only naturally see "demonic force" as a more plausible explanation than aliens.

While I've never experienced sleep paralysis myself, I have experienced a somewhat similar phenomenon in the form of night terrors. I had them some as a child (many children do. It's more common with them), but I know of at least one instance where I experienced them as an adult. I woke up, lifted my head, and could have sworn I saw a massive spider crawling right at me. I bolted up, fell off my bed, landed on my knee and hobbled into the living room. It wasn't until after I was out there for a few minutes that I really woke up, and thought to myself, "What am I doing?" I remembered the whole thing, but remembered it more like you remember a dream. Sure enough, I went back and searched my room high and low, and there was no sign of any large arachnids.

Dreaming is an odd phenomenon in a lot of ways. It only gets weirder when you're dreaming while awake.

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 02:03 AM

In the Eastern Orthodox Tradition we have prayers that we say before sleep. You can find them in their entirety here. I hope this helps I will be praying for you.

I find particular comfort in this prayer.

"O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere present and fillest all things, Treasury of good gifts and Giver of Life, come and abide in us, and cleanse us of all impurity, and save our souls, O Good One."

Also the prayer of St. Marcarius the great.

Prayer of St. Macarius the Great to God the Father

O Eternal God and King of all creation, Who hast granted me to arrive at this hour, forgive me the sins that I have committed today in thought, word and deed, and cleanse, O Lord, my humble soul from all defilement of flesh and spirit. And grant me, O Lord, to pass the sleep of this night in peace, that when I rise from my bed I may please Thy most holy Name all the days of my life and conquer my flesh and the fleshless foes that war with me. And deliver me, O Lord, from vain and frivolous thoughts, and from evil desires which defile me. For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Also another part of the night time prayers that may be a little more specific to your situation.

"O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, for the sake of Thy most honourable Mother, Thy fleshless Angels, Thy Prophet and Forerunner and Baptizer, all the God-inspired Apostles, the radiant and victorious Martyrs, the holy and God-bearing Fathers, and by the prayers of all Saints, deliver me from the besetting presence of the devil. My Lord and Creator, Who desirest not the death of the sinner, but that he should be converted and live, grant also conversion to me, wretched and unworthy, snatch me from the jaws of the pernicious serpent, who is ravening to devour me and drag me down to hell alive. My Lord, my Comfort, Who wast clothed in corruptible flesh for my miserable sake, deliver me from misery and grant comfort to my miserable soul. Implant in my heart to fulfil Thy commandments, and forsake my evil deeds, and to receive Thy joys. Save me, for I hope in Thee, O Lord. Amen."

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 06:48 AM

Try reading a courage-related bible verse right before bed. Cast your cares upon God, seek out a pastor, pray with your friends. On the scientific scale, drink lots of water, take medicine to loosen your lungs, and start eating citrus (oranges, peaches, limes), and if all else fails, beg God for help. No matter how bad your life is, he`ll hear you.

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 07:12 PM

Thank you all for your support and concern. I'm starting to believe it may just have been a hallucination as Sargus said, but I'm not entirely sure. There's still no explanation for the feelings I had of needles poking my body and the burning sensation I felt on two occasions. Thank you for those Prayers, six.




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