January 2003 Page 11
by Barbara S.
I have had this happen to me for years. It didn't matter, sleeping on my back, stomach or side and I don't attribute it to indigestion. If you are fully awake and paralyzed, you would know whether or not there was some kind of unwanted force paralyzing you. It seems to hit in the state of semiconsciousness - either just going to sleep or just waking up. It feels like an evil force. I told several close friends about it over the years. Some actually claimed it has happened to them. One friend in particular that I hadn't seen for several years came to me and confided in me that this was happening to him. We became very excited that we could both talk about this thing and we compared stories. This is when it gets even weirder.
A couple of weeks prior to talking to my friend I had an episode happen to me. I awoke paralyzed in my bed, but was able to open my eyes. Next to me was a very large cat. The size of a mountain lion. I could make out its image in the darkness from the light coming in through the bedroom windows. It did not threaten me in any way; it was just sitting there. It was positioned next to me with its head toward the foot of the bed with the back of the animal towards my head, laying down. Not sleeping, awake, kind of like a sphinx-like position. When my friend told me what had been happening to him, I told him that it has happened to me off and on over the years. He told me that several weeks ago during an episode he had seen a large cat on his bed. He looked at me and said, "You saw it too, didn't you?" I guess he could tell by the look on my face that I did, in fact, see the cat. I never even told my husband about that one. I did after me and my friend talked. That is too much of a coincidence to be explained away by science.
During some of these episodes, I have been pulled through walls. I have found myself in different worlds where I could fly through universes with lights around me. I have felt like I have left my body and gone through the wall and have gone through the solar system and back again. These things seem so real and always in color. I have often tried to awaken my husband and could not move a limb. I am always exhausted after it happens. One time I was able to open my eyes I saw an image of a person but it was transparent and consisted of something that looked like sparks. Even opening my eyes is hard to do when this happens. I wonder what in the hell it is? I don't think it is something as easy as a simple "sleep paralysis."
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