Before I begin my actual experience, I think a bit of back story might help for insight. I've grown up around things of spiritual/paranormal nature. My Father, earlier in his life, was avidly into metaphysical healing, tarot readings, and other things of similar nature. Maybe I'm just more open to these types of things, I really don't know. I've often thought that my small run-in with an Ouija board could have opened a door to what happens to me, too, but again, I really don't know. Perhaps someone with more insight could provide a shinning light on my situation.
For the past few years I've had several different encounters with paranormal figures, and I am usually very reluctant to speak about them, for fear of being misunderstood. One in particular seems to come back often, and in unexpected moments of my life. A black figure, who by it's essence feels male to me, has been showing up in the dark for quite some time. At first I would just be lying in my bed in the dark, and would feel the room change. Out of the blackness I could make out the outline of something much darker, the 'figure'.
It started out by it just standing there and me taking notice. There had been an occasion where I had bunk beds and a friend of mine, sleeping on the top bunk, told me one morning she had noticed a man standing and watching her. I only ever see the outline, never the man, but her getting the gender right left me a bit unsettled.
There were a couple instances where I would wake up in the night, and the feeling would creep up, beginning with my legs, that something was nearing me. I would feel pressure on my legs. Sometimes it would merely hold them down, other times it would wrap it's hands around my ankles, and other instances it would pick up my legs and move them. I've always been unable to move or speak during those early encounters.
The two most recent with this same being have been within the past year. I had been lying on my bed about to go to sleep when I felt the presence of the figure behind me. I felt a pressure on my cheek, as if a hand were being pressed upon it. Normally I feel terrified, or nervous when it's around, this was an encounter of a calmer nature.
The second, and most recent, happened within this past November. It happened at a friend's house, and this is the first time something has ever followed me out of my bedroom (or at least, to the best of my knowledge). Her and I both fell asleep on her living room couches, and before I had fallen asleep I recall sensing it standing in the darkness of the lower level bar area, just watching me. (For a mental picture, the layers of the house were living room, then the kitchen/dining area, and where the figure was sensed happens in this open bar area slightly lower than the kitchen, by about two stairs.)
I awoke to a feeling of something actually lying on my legs and trying to reach up and grab my arms, in an assumed attempt to fully pin me. During this encounter, opposite of the normal situation where I am unable to move or speak, I was able to struggle and actually call out my friend's name. It went away.
In the morning when she awoke, I told her what had happened and she told me she had sense something in the house, too, and that she remembered hearing my voice but she was too deep into sleep to really acknowledge my call.
Aside from speaking with my Father about this, I've only ever told my friend (who I had called out to in the most recent experience) about this being. Any insight into what the possibilities of this are, or similar experiences would be appreciated greatly. I have never been sure as to the nature of the figure, it could just be playfully messing with me and my initial fears are just an overreaction, or it is something much darker.