Last week ended one of the longest stretches I had ever had in my life without a sleep paralysis attack. My last one previously was on April 7th, 2013. I know this because it was one of the most terrifying attacks I had ever experienced. I couldn’t forget it. It haunted me all day. I had to write a poem to try and shake off my fear.
The demon seems to be back. I’m not sure I believe there really is a demon haunting me, but I am writing this at 2 AM, January 15th, 2015. Over a year and a half without out an attack had been great. I’ve now had a second attack in as many weeks. The first attack of this year was strange, atypical. Instead of my haunting demon, I merely thought there was a burglar in the house and I was unable to move to defend myself. But the attack I just woke up from was the most intense attack I think I ever had.
It’s been thirty minutes since I woke up and I am still shaking.
Before, the demon—the shadowy presences I often see during my sleep paralysis attacks—would stand at the door of my bedroom just staring at me while I lay pinned on my bed, unable to move. Tonight, it hovered over me, an inky shadow, drifting slowly closer to me, trying to touch me. To enter my mouth. There was a whispering voice. I couldn’t understand it, I had never heard it.
Never before had the demon of my hallucination enter my room. Sleep paralysis is so insidious. I try to rationalize it away as a nightmare. Some product of my subconscious. It couldn’t really be a demon. But when your lying there, unable to move, seeing this inky darkness swirling above you full of hatred, it is so hard to be sure.
There is one thing that almost convinces me that it is real. The door opening. A few years ago, I began to notice a pattern that proceeded my attacks. My bedroom door would open. I had a bad spate, where I would get attacks every few weeks. There was this moment when I would dream my bedroom door open and I would know an attack was about to happen, feel my body begin to paralyze, and I would wake up. After a few times of waking up, the attacks lessened. I was on to it.
Then things changed in my dreams. Instead of the door opening on its own, it would be people I know coming into my room on innocuous requests. Tonight, right before the attack, I dreamed my roommate was dropping off a package that had been delivered. It tricks me. It gives my subconscious a plausible reason why my bedroom door is opened before attacking.
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See. It’s so hard not to think it’s a real demon and not just some vagary of nerves firing in my mind. It is so insidious. It undermines my belief in what is real and solid and what is in my imagination, blurring the lines. Where do dreams and nightmares end and reality begin?
J.M.D. Reid is an aspiring Fantasy Author living in Tacoma, WA. You can check out his Blog where he has written several poems and articles on sleep paralysis, including Hovering, inspired by his latest attack. You can like him on Facebook and follow him on twitter @JMDReid.
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Thank you to all those who have read the screenplay and have been showing support sharing the story. I wrote this screenplay; which is a Psychological Drama with intentions to bring awareness to sleep paralysis while presenting the audience with scientific and spiritual questions. I have journeyed far to get this story out so we can get the funding to produce it. If you decide to read it you can help by sharing it with others so it can spread through word of mouth.
I have heard so many stories from Sleep Paralysis victims and I have learned that pre-existing belief systems can affect the content of the hallucinations themselves during the paranormal phenomenon. I’m not sure if that explains why for centuries people from all cultures all over the world have experienced demonic encounters during sleep paralysis. This story “Aimless” tackles this mystery with its own twist for that answer people have been seeking.
This is a fictional story that was written to provoke some spiritual questions with a touch of controversy.
LOGLINE: Demons seek out people with little or no faith and give them a deceptive dream about the “truth” of existence during Sleep Paralysis. This knowledge drives the receivers insane and they end up Aimlessly wandering through life a lost soul.
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Sleep Paralysis Stories – I was in college studying for a Psychology degree while taking screenwriting classes. I was halfway done writing this psychological drama “Aimless” when I underwent Sleep Paralysis. It had been years since my last episode but after being reminded of the terror, and the feeling of an evil presence suffocating your soul; I made sure I included it in the screenplay. Sleep Paralysis has always happened to mankind and every culture has its unique explanation of it. Why does it only happen to a select few and why do so many people have demonic experiences such as myself? The Movie Aimless tackles these questions and presents the audience with science vs. spirituality and faith vs. logic.
This campaign and film project is important to me because I know if I can bring awareness of the phenomenon about sleep paralysis to the general public; together we can ask the right questions to get closer to spiritual answers about human existence.
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Sleep paralysis causes – your body not smoothly moving through the sleep cycles. In many cultures over the centuries, sleep paralysis causes have been attributed to spiritual and evil explanations but there is a science behind it as well.
Sleep paralysis causes – when hormones produced by the body to help you sleep (and paralyze you as well) do not wear off as you wake up. This means that you remain temporarily paralyzed but conscious. Sleep paralysis is caused at one of two times. If it occurs while you are falling asleep, it’s called hypnagogic or predormital sleep paralysis. If it happens as you are waking up, it’s called hypnopompic or postdormital sleep paralysis. It has always happened to me while I was waking up but that is just me. Many people have sleep paralysis while napping which is a sign your body is not getting enough sleep and you are not on a consistent sleep pattern. Your body has systems within systems so your brain chemicals may be out of sync.
As many as four out of every ten people may have sleep paralysis. This common condition is often first noticed in the teen years (which is true for me). But men and women of any age and ethnicity can have it. Sleep paralysis may run in families but the bigger question is; many people in the population experience these conditions so why is it that only 40% of the population experience this phenomenon? What is so different about this 40% that the other 60% do not exhibit?
Factors that may be linked to sleep paralysis or more likely to experience it include:
- a lack of sleep or sleep deprivation
- sleep problems such as narcolepsy
- a sleep schedule that changes, irregular sleeping patterns – people with irregular schedules or who work shifts are more prone to sleep paralysis
- mental conditions such as stress or bipolar disorder
- sleeping on the back
- substance abuse
- use of certain medications
- age – it is more common in teenagers and young adults
- family history – you may be more likely to have sleep paralysis if another member of your family also has it; however, this is an area where further research is needed
Almost every culture throughout history has had stories of shadowy evil creatures that terrify helpless humans at night. People have long sought explanations for this mysterious sleep paralysis and the accompanying feelings of terror, which is why I thought writing a screenplay on this topic, would bring more light to this debatable subject.
This would be the unscientific explanation of Sleep Paralysis but I think we all should be open minded and consider it. I know that we are spiritual beings no matter if you believe in a religion or not but our pineal gland which is in our brains (also called the seat of the soul) has much to do with sleep paralysis. Speaking for myself I did have a lack of sleep and stress and my mother has experienced it making me more prone to it but there was also another factor. I am not here to try to convert beliefs but again I was living a sinful life and I think that had to do with my experiences of feeling and hallucinating demonic entities, it was a reflection of my subconscious mind manifesting which was not free of sin. I feel like this subject needs more attention scientifically and spiritually and from this film about it titled Aimless; maybe we can learn more about human potential and the mind itself. Everyone is different so I always tell people to analyze their own behavior and attitudes to figure out the causes. Everyone is going to have a different solutions, so what sets off sleep paralysis for you may be different for another. No one knows your life better than you so be honest with yourself analyzing your lifestyle and maybe you can determine the cause of sleep paralysis and come up with your own way to prevent it.
Any sleep paralysis causes you can think of that was not listed above?
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Cyrus L.R., a local Columbus Screenwriter/Producer wrote his first screenplay titled “Aimless” about the phenomenon of Sleep Paralysis while in college. He did not know that he would struggle for years seeking a job after getting his Bachelor of Arts degree. As time passed and things did not pan out, he knew he had to focus on his film project. He started his own film company, 12 Stones Productions, and took marketing and producing into his own hands. His credit score was not loan worthy due to school loans and, although his business plan was polished, he had yet to meet a willing investor. After doing some research online, he learned of Individual Development Accounts (IDAs). He contacted East Columbus Development Company (ECDC) to get more information and soon was enrolled in the ECDC IDA program. The insights on economic development learned through the education programs at #ECDC were beneficial for his business. The credit repair, personal savings, and 2:1 matched grant money helped him get a top of the line camcorder, office devices, and a new website created by Creative Business Intelligence for his business. Cyrus is currently in the fundraising stage for his film project “Aimless” and is trying to get Columbus involved as much as possible.
While taking the IDA classes, Cyrus often donated his time and financial gifts to ECDC because he believed in the purpose of the organization. He’s a firm believer that people who are willing to take courses and demonstrate that they are responsible, by completing the IDA program, deserve grant money. Following his donation near the end of the program, he was asked by the Executive Director, Bernita Gatewood, to be on the Board of Directors. He gladly accepted, and has been helping the organization with marketing and major decisions as it relates to internet marketing and information technology. So not only did the ECDC’s IDA program help him with startup funds, but it led to a position that will help him become a community leader and more connected to resourceful people and other companies within Columbus.
Cyrus has expressed his thanks to the sponsorships and funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Franklin County Economic Development and Planning Department (CDBG), City of Columbus Department of Development and PNC Bank for making his hard-working and entrepreneurial experience a worthy journey thus far.
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I was recently on Talktainment Radio talking about the film project “Aimless” We are still in the fundraising stage so please listen to the podcast on our homepage and share to show support.. http://www.themovieaimless.com
Through the years of chasing my dream of making this film a reality; I have found that Sleep Paralysis can affect anyone from age, race and culture but it is particularly more prevalent in certain areas. Those areas are Indonesia and Bangladesh and surrounding areas with the demographics being males aged 18-24. In Bangladesh, the phenomenon of sleep paralysis is referred to as boba meaning “speechless” for the reason that people can’t move their body and can’t talk even if they want.
it is called kelumpuhan tidur. So the question is why does this phenomenon occur in these areas/culture more than the Americas or anywhere else.. is it their cultural beliefs? The myths and stories that keep getting passed down from generation to generation, genetics, or the combination of both, nature vs. nurture. There is a great thread/discussion on the hallucinations during #SleepParalysis on Ask.com; please chime in… Leave your opinions and comments below.
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Paralysis in sleep is a normal condition. The body secretes hormones (Glycine, GABA) which relax certain muscles and prevent you from acting out your dreams. If it didn’t you would be in quite some danger every time you went to sleep. The process of waking up might seem quite simple to you. But it’s actually a complex process involving many physiological changes. One of these is the reversal of the paralysis. People experience sleep paralysis (Gui Ya, Kelumpuhan tidur, dormire paralisi) when the hormone doesn’t wear off fast enough as they wake up. They remain paralyzed though conscious. Because they have little sensation from their body, if they are lying on their backs, it can feel like someone is sitting on their chest or lead to the fear of someone choking you. Eventually the paralysis departs and you return back to a normal state.
If you know someone who has experienced this phenomenon they may try to explain how terrifying it is… Here are some ways to break free from sleep paralysis next time it happens.
- Do not fear the experience (this is very difficult and takes mind control) the more you fear it the more intense the paralysis becomes and the longer it may last…
- Wiggle your toe or maybe try to clinch your fist… (yes I know you are paralyzed so this may not seem like an option but again it is a test of will power)
HOW TO STOP SLEEP PARALYSIS
- Don’t fight it – go with the flow… understand that this is a unique experience and nothing negative is going to happen to you although you may feel like there is.. this can lead to an out of body experience – astral projection… you will then have a personal testimony that you are a spiritual being having a human/earthly experience.
- Control your breathing… relax and determine what type of breathing calms you down.. short quick breaths (like you are having a baby) can bring you out of the paralysis faster.
- Have your sleep partner wake you up by shaking you back to normal (you may have to grunt to get their attention, and this may not work if your partner is sound asleep next to you already)
- Call out in the name of JESUS (your faith in JESUS as your protector will have this experience dissipate immediately) Checkout http://www.Facebook.com/SleepParalysis to see the testimonies from people this has worked for (including myself!) Luke 10:17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
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Some people feel left out and get upset with the fact they have never experienced this; sometimes once in a life time paranormal event. They must not understand the terror that comes with it; and should appreciate the fact they haven’t experienced the torment as 40% of the population does. I would imagine that the percentage is higher; seeing that most people don’t even talk about it or share it with others because it can be so freakish and anyone would look at you demented that hasn’t experienced it.
It has happened to me pretty much half my life (less than 10 times total) beginning from age 10 to about 22. I would go years without an experience; then have 1 episode in a year then go years without having it. It wasn’t until I was in college and I learned about it in one of my PSYCH courses. My eyes illuminated and was relieved I wasn’t crazy (well I am crazy just not as much as I thought) and that other people have experienced it and it has a medical term to it. What offsets this phenomenon?; the experts in this field don’t even know. They say it is due to stress and lack of sleep.. if that was the case I would be having #SleepParalysis every damn day… in fact all of us would, not just 40% of the population. There is something else involved and although it usually happens when sleeping on your back I have a few occurrences of it happening while sleeping on my side.
After studying and analyzing this mystery for years I have come to spiritual and scientific conclusions (even though I believe the two can not be separated). After interviewing people and evaluating the insights of people who have experienced it I did find a trend. Sleep Paralysis usually occurs in people between the age of 16-25 and they are mostly male. Although it can happen to anyone from anywhere it does seem more apparent in minorities. In fact India is where many of my fans are from second to America, talking to people from there it is almost an epidemic; where it is called eureup-eureup and kelumpuhan tidur. Studies have also shown that it happens more to college students (this is also when I had my most vivid experiences); although people in college tend to be between 18-23; people that age not in college had less experiences.
I have also noticed that it happens to people that are not of Christian faith, and this is where the demon hallucinations come into play. It is something that is genetic (my mother has had experiences) even though you can be the first in your family to encounter it. So the main questions are; what offsets this random occurrence and why does it end when reaching your late 20’s? I studied the Pineal Gland (Very important! Some of our drinking water actually calcifies this gland.. it should be taken care of.. I find Simple Sunsets to have pure #EssentialOils as nutrients for the brain) and the chemical released from it called Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) which is responsible for the hallucinations. I am more than convinced this is an experience that allows you to encounter the spirit world giving proof that there is more to life that meets the eye.
I would not have agreed with the following superstitious religious babel years ago.. but another factor is if you are involved in any cult like practices.. demonic books, ouija boards, Charlatans, occult learning, mystics and magic you are opening the gateway to have these dark hallucinated entities pursue you. So are you in your 30’s and it has never happened to anyone in your family.. then you are most likely free and clear. If you are a 19 year old Indian boy in college and you don’t have a religious belief… you may be what’s next on the devils agenda but hopefully the experience will lead you to religious truth like it did for me…
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“What is truth?”
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
..Then I called out help me Jesus and immediately the field was broken, the demon gone and I was free to move. I have always thought these little liars were demons
I hope in sharing this story it will help someone who is being approached by these demons. Call on the name of Jesus….. it totally works. The demons RUN!!!!
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What is Sleep Paralysis? Did you know we are all paralyzed when we sleep?
Paralysis while asleep is a normal condition. The body secretes hormones which relax certain muscles and prevent you from acting out your dreams. If it didn’t you would be in quite some danger every time you went to sleep. The process of waking up might seem quite simple to you. But it’s actually a complex process involving many physiological changes. One of these is the reversal of the paralysis. People experience the fear of sleep paralysis when the hormone doesn’t wear off fast enough as they wake up.
They remain paralyzed though conscious. Because they have little sensation from their body, if they are lying on their backs, it can feel like someone is sitting on their chest or fear of an evil presence attacking them, a very paranormal experience. Eventually the paralysis departs and normal functions can be resumed.
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People Hallucinate Demon Encounters During Sleep Paralysis All Over The World… Does That Mean They Are REAL?
What Causes Sleep Paralysis?
The most common causes of sleep paralysis we have dealt with is people that have in some way been involved with various levels, even very light level occult practices. Things such as Ouiji boards, tarot cards, most types of meditation, spirit channeling, even obsessive research about the occult and/or UFO’s can be an open doorway for some people.
Generally, the deeper the person goes into the occult the more doors they open, and the more authority the demons gain over them (Sleep Paralysis Demon), which can lead to severe fearful physical attacks and even abductions in some cases. It is important to realize that the demons gain more authority over you the deeper you go, the more you “embrace” the experience. That is, they have a keen interest in a person becoming more active in the occult.
This questions was answered on Ask.com; Check it out.. Great Responses!