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Grandpa And Sleep Paralysis


My parents divorced in 2004 when I was 12. The main reason for the divorce was because my grandparents (on my Dad's side) would get involved in my parents marriage. Anyway, my Grandpa died in 2001 and soon after he began haunting our house.

The water would turn on by itself, the TV would turn on, we would hear footsteps in the hall, pictures would fall off the wall, and we would always feel like we were been watched. Anyway, everything began to settle down when we started having Masses said for him. I firmly believe in purgatory and I think it was his way of asking for help (prayers).

Well in July of this year, I had a strange dream about him. I dreamt that I was that my grandparent's house (which is only a 5 minute drive from where I live now) and everything felt weird. I was in the Kitchen standing next to the table when I looked up and saw Grandpa walking towards me. Mind you, he looked more like a shadow but I could make out details of him (his face, build, etc).

I ran into the laundry room and stood in one of the corners; he then followed me in there. Lord have mercy, I was SCARED! He stood in the door way and then walked up to me. What was strange was that I was asleep but awake at the same time. I woke up to find myself lying on my back and I couldn't move. I then closed my eyes again and he was getting closer to me.

I started to pray for help and that was when he backed off. I think he wanted to tell me something. I was too scared to find out what. I opened my eyes again but I still couldn't move; I said the Our Father then I was fine. What was weird was that it was not like a normal dream because I could control my thoughts, words, and actions. It was my first (and I hope last) experience of sleep paralysis.

Do ghostly encounters have to do with it? Opinions and comments would be greatly appreciated!

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biblefreeme (2 stories) (137 posts)
12 years ago (2010-10-28)
in your dream he was probably just trying to thank you for the masses and say he was ok now and he probably came to you to maybe apologise and because you are the one that he can reach maybe he thinks you will understand as you are more aware
DCinAZ (guest)
12 years ago (2010-10-21)
Sinner, I waited to comment on your story because it brought back a lot of bad feelings for me. Don't worry though, things do get a little easier as time goes by. I had something similar happen when my stepdad died, he was a mean, awful, hateful person and forgive me for saying this but I'm just glad I no longer have to deal with that evil S.O.B.! I cannot for the life of me remember one happy or non-terrified moment I ever spent in his presence. I never could see what my mother saw in that wretched excuse for humanity. The guy never gave any clue that anyone had broken one of his "make it up as he goes" rules, you had to guess as you were flying backward on the way to the floor. Whew! Sorry, maybe I shouldn't hold that in so long huh? Anyway, when he finally died I had some pretty intimidating visits for quite some time. I guess he wasn't done tormenting me... I am the original "redheaded stepchild" by the way. 😜 Now, I could advise you to let go of those bad feelings, because that is best for YOU. But if this mean old guy still looks at you menacingly and with evil intent then you have no other recourse than to defend yourself. What worked for me was one day I realised what a joke he was and how pitiful it was for a grown man to be such a bully to someone who had no way to defend herself. It made him so much smaller and weakened his grip on me, and the next time he showed his ugly face I started to laugh! I just pointed my finger at him and got the biggest bellylaugh going and I couldn't stop! The more I laughed the more he faded out until he was completely gone. No sight, sound or presence to be found. And he's never come back, not even a hint. He may be stuck in purgatory for all I know, but I doubt it. He's too mean to give in and I'm sure he's pestering someone else, but he won't come back this way. Of that I'm sure. I guess my point is this, some people are just mean and they'll carry that into death. They get a sick thrill out of making you react, so don't...they hate it when you don't show them the fear they think they're entitled to. That's all it took for me, so don't give up. Stand tall, you're worth it! ❤
Iluvanimals8 (4 stories) (41 posts)
12 years ago (2010-10-16)
I believe anything is possible, with God that is. I understand how you feel, feel free to check out my storys.
Vikstal (4 stories) (64 posts)
12 years ago (2010-10-13)
Nah, sounds like just nerves were playing a trick on you.
You might have felt like there was some unfinished business between you two and that triggered the dream.
And sleep paralysis is sleep paralysis. Just nerves.

I suggest you think what the "unfinished business" may be and put your mind at ease about it.
sinner (guest)
12 years ago (2010-10-12)
As I mention in the story, He stood in the door way and looked like he was hesitating to come near me (I wear the Brown Scapular and St Benedict medal). Maybe it was an evil spirit... Thanks for the help guys!
robertar (223 posts)
12 years ago (2010-10-12)
Bad sign. I was going to ask how to differentiate between granddad and spirit impersonating. Then you mention it backed off while praying. That's what unclean spirits do.
dreamergal72 (6 stories) (793 posts)
12 years ago (2010-10-11)
Light up white candle forgiven that would work I been told.
It's not right to ruin your parent's marriage.
lauren318 (1 stories) (23 posts)
12 years ago (2010-10-11)
it is possible he came to you in a dream to maybe apologize or to set something straight about the situation maybe even to ask your forgiveness... It could be a number of reasons
BadJuuJuu (guest)
12 years ago (2010-10-11)
Well, he could have wanted to apologize for trouble he caused in life. Or, and I don't mean this to be insensitive, he just wanted to stir up drama. I believe that a person's personality doesn't change after death. Someone who enjoyed stirring up trouble in life will continue to enjoy stirring up trouble after death. Praying rather than talking to him may have been the best course of action.
sinner (guest)
12 years ago (2010-10-11)
I have never really liked my Grandpa becuase he wrecked my family. Why would he come to me in a dream? Your thoughts on it would help greatly!

Thanks for reading my Post! My first story is called "Uncle Mike"...feel free to read that one too...
KimSouthO (27 stories) (1960 posts)
12 years ago (2010-10-11)
I am not so sure I believe in actual purgatory, but I do believe that some have a harder time crossing over than others do. This may be tha case with your grandpa.

What was your relationship with your grandpa? I read some hostility in the fact that you feel your grand parents interferance helped end your parents marriage, but you do not really say what your relationship is and/or was?

Thanks for sharing!
God Bless!
lauren318 (1 stories) (23 posts)
12 years ago (2010-10-11)
Yes most definitely! A lot of passed loved ones visit our dreams to talk to us or tell us things but if you are scared they will go away. Their intentions are not to scare you although the situation is freaky and naturally people do get scared. Emotionally if you think you can handle seeing him talking to him etc then he will gradually try to come back but if not he will leave you alone I had similar experiences when I was younger so I do understand how you feel.

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