Ever had an experience where you were awake in bed and could look around your room but could not move or speak? This is called Sleep Paralysis and is often accompanied by vivid and usually terrifying hallucinations.
I’m interested in collecting anecdotes on these experiences, as well as out-of-body experiences, so please share any that you have had. I’ve had numerous ones myself–probably several pages worth. It would be an even better thread if posters would read some of the other posts and respond with elements of similarity they have experienced.
My most recent: my dream turned unpleasant and I wanted to disconnect from what was going on, so I lay back and closed my eyes, pretending I wasn’t there. Everything was white (it was bright outside both in my dream and in the room) and I open my eyes in my bed., only to discover that I couldn’t move. I felt annoyed by this because I was eager to get out of bed and begin my day (I have experienced SP a lot, and it is rarely terrifying anymore). As I lay helplessly stuck, I studied the detail in my room to verify how real it all was. I noted the strands of hair below me on my pillow when I looked down. Then as I looked back up, I saw two things in my room.
First I noticed, on the heap of clothes and other items on the floor of my messy room, a strange toy. It was the figure of a clown face, as if made out of plastic. Then I saw that there was someone standing behind my dresser. It was a child: I could see a sliver of her arm poking out. I mustered all my energy and said “Who are you?” and as I said it, for a minute I felt as if my head were lifting (out of my body). The words rang out loud and clear, and I felt the vibration in my chest of speaking. Normally, during sleep paralysis, one is not able to speak, and this is one of the few times I have ever successfully heard/felt myself speaking during SP.
The girl stepped out from behind my dresser and didn’t say anything. She looked about 7 years old and was wearing a white nightgown. She just stood there. Shortly thereafter, I regained muscle movement (woke up fully) and of course she and the clown toy were gone. But the hairs were indeed in the same position I had observed them in.