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Pinned Down In Bed

 

This encounter happened in an old B&B in the Old Town section of Edinburgh, Scotland. I lived in Scotland, about an hour and a half north of Edinburgh, for about 3 1/2 years (Summer 07 to sometime in 2010). Once while living there my aunt came to visit and we thought it'd be fun to spend the weekend (2D/1N) in Edinburgh.

The one night we spent in the old B&B was a strange one (I do recommend the place though, the people/staff were wonderful). I think it was the Broughton Hotel. We were sharing a large bed in what I think was the top floor, as if they'd converted the attic into a room. It had that oddly shaped ceiling. Anyway, everything was great until I woke up partway through the night, sometime in the wee hours of the morning. It was almost pitch black in the room but even though I could not see anything/one, I could feel as if something was staring at me. Hard. And not necessarily nicely. I decided to try and mentally block myself off from it and create a barrier in my mind. I imagined a protective bubble sealing my aunt and I off from this being, if there actually was one.

Well, that pissed it off. I felt it stride up on me and even though my eyes were closed, I could feel it getting right up in my face. Then it happened. I couldn't move. It was completely pinning my entire body down into the bed. I tried to touch my aunt right next to me but couldn't. I tried to scream to get her attention but all I could manage was a squeak. Eventually it must have been satisfied because it released me. I curled up into a ball and started praying. At some point I no longer felt its presence and I fell asleep from exhaustion but slept horribly.

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BeautInside (2 stories) (186 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-10-21)
Then it could be feeding on your fear... As I said I'm not an expert but I know that when something like that happens you have to stay strong. I know it can be hard, but if you do that it won't be ale to feed on your fear and will eventually give up.

God bless ❤
danigrl8484 (3 stories) (5 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-10-21)
Yes, the only reason I imagined the bubble was because I was afraid. I've felt like things were staring at me before throughout my life but rarely has it caused me to be afraid like that.
BeautInside (2 stories) (186 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-10-20)
I am no expert, but if you didn't feel scared then it shouldn't be able to do anything to you... Were you affraid when you thought about creating that protective bubble or only after feeling that you were paralysed?

God bless ❤
danigrl8484 (3 stories) (5 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-10-19)
As much as I'd like to have believed it was sleep paralysis, I don't think it was. The paralysis didn't start immediately after imagining the bubble, it was probably about 10 seconds later. And I laid awake in fear for at least an hour...
fishskywalker (1 stories) (12 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-10-19)
Did the pressure start at your feet then upwards? Same thing happened to me, but I could fight it off. I think if you stay positive and don't be negative it can feel the difference.
BeautInside (2 stories) (186 posts)
+1
6 years ago (2011-10-19)
Though I would love it, I didn't manage to read it with a Scottish accent.
That's a very interseting story, as you mentioned that you woke up in the middle of the night and you felt the presence and only after trying to protect yourself and your aunt using a "shield" you felt unable to move, I am going to put the chance of sleep paralysis to the side (at least for now). If that is so, that would have to be a strong entity. Were you scared while you created that "protective bubble"?

God bless ❤
aussiedaz (18 stories) (1276 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-10-19)
I could feel as if though someone was staring at me?...usually the trigger that stimulates our subconscious into sleep paralysis? Was you half asleep? Usually the right state of consciousness for these types of experiences to play out and I imagine you were scared as well...it's possible that a malicious ghost may have been in the room and you were picking up on its presence, but the actual experience of feeling paralysed was all your own doing... I have laughed at my own bouts of S/P during the exact same type of experience as yours and It did not make it mad at all... In actual fact, it disappeared in a second, because my conscious state of mind took control of the situation and my sub conscious suppressed the experience in a anti response type of reaction... I'm more afraid of the living mate, not trying to be jovial about your story, just endeavouring to remove the myth about demons/hauntings associated with sleep/paralysis... Thank you for sharing.

Aussie.
aussiedaz (18 stories) (1276 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-10-19)
I could feel as if though someone was staring at me?...usually the trigger that stimulates our subconscious into sleep paralysis? Was you half asleep? Usually the right state of consciousness for these types of experiences to play out and I imagine you were scared as well...it's possible that a malicious ghost may have been in the room and you were picking up on its presence, but the actual experience of feeling paralysed was all your own doing... I have laughed at my own bouts of S/P during the exact same type of experience as yours and It did not make it mad at all... In actual fact, it disappeared in a second, because my conscious state of mind took control of the situation and my sub conscious suppressed the experience in a anti response type of reaction... I'm more afraid of the living mate, not trying to be jovial about your story, just endeavouring to removing the myth about demons/hauntings associated with sleep/paralysis... Thank you for sharing.

Aussie.
lsandhu (2 stories) (360 posts)
+2
6 years ago (2011-10-18)
I take those who have mentioned sleep paralysis to mean that if that is the case, this was something in your head, like a dream (or waking dream, or nightmare, more like). However, there's also the possibility that there was something there in the room. I guess it's impossible to know for sure. I have had similar experiences, although I believe my inability to move or speak at the time was caused by the fear (in other words, I don't think I was physically pinned down, I just couldn't make myself move as I was too terrified). If there was an external force at work, it must have been able to read your mind if it knew about and became angered by your mental efforts to block it.
DeviousAngel (11 stories) (1910 posts)
 
6 years ago (2011-10-18)
LOL Fanny, I thought I was the only one who read it in a Scottish accent. I agree that it follows the cookie-cutter scenario for sleep paralysis, but it really could have been something.
Fanny (2 stories) (105 posts)
+2
6 years ago (2011-10-18)
First of all, I read that with a Scottish accent!

Second, Wow what an experience! Something like that happened to me and it was really frigtening. The only real differnece is I was at home. My boyfriend who was asleep beside me didn't notice a thing. It's really hard to keep calm when you can't move. In my panic I accidently banished my ghost accross the street... Oops sorry neighbour! 😆

Best,
Fanny ❤
cosmogal926 (9 stories) (1223 posts)
+2
6 years ago (2011-10-18)
I think a lot of people are probably going to say that this sounds like sleep paralysis. Being that you were in Edinburgh which is notoriously known for it's history and ghosts I would say there is a really good possibility that it was a ghost. You must have been terrified. Thank you for sharing your experience. 😊

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