For years I've grown used to hearing voices either talking to each other or acknowledging me when I'm about to fall asleep or just waking up. When it happens I can hear the voices clearly, but never really tell what they were saying and I always could get this feeling of how many people were there along with a general idea as to where they were in the room. That was usually all there was. It never involved anything else like a physical touch or something like that, until a few months ago when I was trying to get some sleep.
I'm one of those people that like to sleep completely under the covers and on my side. Usually I sleep facing the closet, but that night I was struggling to get comfortable so I tried sleeping facing the night table next to my bed. My covers were pulled over my head because I feel more comfortable sleeping like that and at the time I thought I had found the best position so I closed my eyes and tried to get some sleep. I was just starting to relax, still completely awake though, when I felt this pressure next to me on the bed. The pressure started to shift, almost like someone was sitting on the bed and leaning over to reach something on the other side. Right when I felt that shift I got this tingling feeling on my back by my right shoulder with an added pressure like someone pressing down on it lightly. At that point my eyes were wide open under the covers and I started gripping onto my covers in complete panic mode but trying not to move.
I closed my eyes as tightly as I could and I felt the pressure on my back go away and the tingling feeling move up to my ear. That's when I heard this female voice say something along the lines of either, "Everything is going to be alright" or "You're going to be alright" and then the pressure moved back to my back like they were patting my back. The stranger thing was, even when I was freaking out, this image of a little girl flashed in my head and she was lying in the same position I was and she had short curly blond hair in pigtails.
Like past experiences with the voices I could feel that there were others in the room and it felt like there was a woman who was the one sitting on the bed with me, a man standing by the other end of the bed and I got the feeling that he was the only one of them that could tell that I was there and he was just watching with a little concern for the girl but not a lot.
When the pressure went away and it felt like the room was empty again it took me a few good minutes to build up the confidence to pull away the covers and look around to see if anything or anyone was there. I know it wasn't sleep paralysis because I had full control over my movement, despite the fact that I was trying to stay as still as possible and waiting the whole thing out in panic mode, and I was definitely wide awake after feeling that pressure on the bed and the pat on my back.
I'm more than happy that I haven't experienced that again since, although there have been plenty of times where I've gotten that feeling that it might happen again but it never does. However, I do still think the man is around. I keep picturing him looking like Quentin Collins from Dark Shadows, though. I assume that's probably him trying to give me an image I can recognize that is similar to his own and letting me know that he's still around.