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Strange Dream Or Something Else


I don't have many experiences to share but I remember this one very well.

It was a few years ago now. I was on my early twenties, still living with my parents. I'm pretty sure I was asleep. I was in bed, I was lying on my back but it felt like someone was lying underneath me with their arms wrapped around me tight not letting me go. And I remember struggling to get out of it and looking up at my ceiling seeing black shadows flying around in a circle. I was aware of my surroundings completely, it was as if they were mocking me.

I felt totally trapped but after what felt like forever trying to break free, my head jickered off the pillow after I shouted let me go. It was like I forced myself out of a dream but I could still vaguely see the shadows spinning around the ceiling.

The weird thing about it was that the thing that was holding me down felt to me like a previous boyfriend. And no, it wasn't me missing him as we only went out for about 2 weeks (I wasn't really into boyfriends until later in life).

I've had a couple of experiences like this which I have thought I have forced myself awake from dreams but after readings stories on this site I'm not so sure they're just dreams. Like what happened last night. I was asleep but not for very long. I know this because the movie I fell asleep to was only halfway through.

I got this feeling someone was touching my bum. I was trying to move away to get the feeling to stop but I couldn't move... And as I said in a post I had no idea whether my eyes where open or not but it felt very real and I seen a lump shape under my covers. I was trying to shout out Jesus's name as I have read that will help but my mouth wouldn't move. I kept trying to say it in my head but it was like I was tongue-tied.

Eventually I managed to move my elbow and got the right words out. I didn't really feel scared though, I felt more annoyed... I would really like to know if this was a dream or if it had more to it.

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lexi-loo (1 stories) (175 posts)
9 years ago (2015-09-03)
dreams can be very confusing and leave you thinking 'was it a dream, was it more than a dream or even was it real it can be a scary feeling when you experience those things

Sorry to hear about your dad and I hope you can feel him with a happier pressence
msforgetmenott (17 stories) (316 posts)
9 years ago (2015-09-03)
Hi Lexi-Loo,
I am trying to do catch up and have just read your story.
Tweed is wise, had I only kept a journal.
Dreams are confusing of that, there is no doubt. I have often thought they help you work out a problem, or help you to make decisions. Sadly, I seldom remember my dreams as I did when I was young.
Your dream really hit home for me as I had a flash dream only a few nights ago, almost identical.
To explain, a flash dream is what I call it as it comes and wakes you in a flash of (usually) fear. Often happening the very instant you reach sleep state.
I was being held by a very large, strong arm, but was also twisted/pinched by the other large hand. Then heard my name said loudly in my Father's voice. All left me as I instantly woke. There is still a mark, now days later, where I felt the pinch. I yelled and woke my husband, that is how I know I was only asleep for minutes.
My Dad passed, almost 16 years ago. I am knocking myself out, trying to figure, how and why it happened. He sounded so angry...upsetting, glad there were no shadows in my dream, that would have put me over the edge.
lexi-loo (1 stories) (175 posts)
9 years ago (2015-08-28)
i apologise for the late reply I keep forgetting I have to check the story/post for recent comments

I think dreams could possibly be premonitions that everyone has some may even take years to come true just my opinion 😊

My aunty said to me once that she thinks everyone has psychic abilities we just don't know how to use them, its a possibility as if god created life it could be that this is his way of guiding is through life or 'it makes sence in my head just not sure how to put it to words'him showing us that we are all connected if that makes any sence (just an idea) ❤
Miracles51031 (39 stories) (4999 posts) mod
9 years ago (2015-08-27)
RedWolfe - I had a dream that took 2 years to come true, so maybe it's different for each person. I think everything has to be in place before the dream becomes reality. Which is why journals are great LOL
RedWolf (31 stories) (1292 posts)
9 years ago (2015-08-27)

As Tweed has suggested you should keep a journal. Dreams are strange things. They may be of someone you haven't seen in a long time and miss dearly. Then you will get a phone call from that person saying they are in town and would like to get together. That's a pre-cognitive dream. Be sure to write these types of dreams in your journal and if it doesn't come true within a month just write next to that dream it didn't come true.

I have had dreams like this that have come true. If it weren't for the fact that I mentioned this dream to someone nobody would believe me. Ex. I once called a friend in Pennsylvania and asked when her eldest daughter was due. She said she wasn't pregnant. A few months later she called me and told me her daughter WAS PREGNANT but hadn't told anyone for the first couple of months. She asked me how I knew and I told her I had a dream that she was.
lexi-loo (1 stories) (175 posts)
9 years ago (2015-08-26)
but as for the tv thing I don't believe in coincidence, maybe if it was a one of but it has happened quite a lot through my life

And when I have been thinking of something and someone says it out loud it hasnt been part of a conversation I have had its just been random thoughts
lexi-loo (1 stories) (175 posts)
9 years ago (2015-08-26)
yeh I am a positive person, id rather walk around with a smile on my face as I mostly do... I sometimes feel like I'm blind to everything that goes on around me like I'm in my own wee bubble but yes like you said the minute I feel negativity my mood can change in the click of a finger
bigryan020192 (4 stories) (26 posts)
9 years ago (2015-08-25)
i get the experience all of those things! My belief is that you, I'm sure, are very much a positive people person who dislikes negativity, so when someone comes in with a negative vibe it rubs you the wrong way. I hate negativity, there is so much to appreciate in life, most of the time you just need to look at the small things, health friends/family ect. People who have a reason to be negative like people with depression, serious issues ect ect usually had behind a positive, happy go lucky front (im not saying they should have to be but living with people with depression, I know how they act in public). People who are negative for no reason just need to go to a comedy club or play with puppies and chill out:p

The tv thing I personally think is purely coincidence. In conversation a particular question or comment is bound to happen. Example is if someone says they have won money then the normal question or comment that someone may beat pip you to the post with is ' how much?' or how?' if I'm making any sense. I'm quite a spiritual person and I believe in psyco-telekinesis. I have sometime gone to ask a totally unrelated question or comment and someone else has asked first. I believe that being spiritual I have have allowed/share my thoughts subconsciously, maybe the same could be for you. But hey I could be totally wrong
lexi-loo (1 stories) (175 posts)
9 years ago (2015-08-25)
hi and thank you for your post

Its deffo not narcolepsy as I don't sleep that much I'm usually the go to sleep late wake up early person... I suffered anxiety when I was 24 due to something that happened to me but I dealt with that and its no longer an issue in my life

I don't get migraines or any headaches really and I harldy ever get sick apart from the odd cold now and again and I wouldn't really say insomnia as I don't really have trouble falling asleep once I'm tired

I do sometimes feel like if someones happy I'm happy and if someones grumpy I tend to get in a bad mood really quickly

Ive always tried to look at the normal suggestions of things first than the para

There is though times were I can be thinking about say a movie I haven't seen in years and it will come on tv the next day and things like I could be sitting thinking about something and a minite later someone will say what I was thinking, I don't really know if any of these things are related to one another but would like you to share your thoughts on it.
bigryan020192 (4 stories) (26 posts)
9 years ago (2015-08-25)
Hi Lexi-Loo,

There are a few explanations of what could be happening to you of which ill mention 2.

Firstly in most cultures and religions there is a demon known as the sleep demon, or the nightmare demon. There also malevolent spirits/entities which can cause sleep paralysis for example Lietuvēns or Pesanta. In European culture there is a demon known as incubus, from the Latin word incubo which translates 'nightmare', I won't go too much into him as this demon is a nasty son of gun, but the lore states that the incubus lays on top of the person however you stated that you felt the presence is underneath you with its arms wrapped around you. Unfortunately I don't know of any at this time.

The other thing as tweed suggested is that its it sleep paralysis which may not be anything supernatural at all. Sleep paralysis, in a non paranormal context, is a neurological phenomenon where you are still in a sleeping state but you start to become conscious and aware of what is around you, faster than your brain allows you to awake causing a temporary state of paralysis. I'm not going to bore you with how you actually dream otherwise this comment will be 100+ paragraphs long haha (not really). There is a very interesting youtuber called 'thoughty2' who explains very well in a video how your brain creates dreams, but maybe because your brain could be partially dreaming, it could be hard for your brain to differentiate what you are dreaming or what you are consciously seeing.

I in no way am asking you to share any details as this is a very person thing to delve into, but insomnia, narcolepsy, constant migraines, anxiety disorders, depression and obstructive sleep apnea have all been linked to sleep paralysis. If you feel suffer from any of these then please for your own health go and see a doctor, there is much they can do to help

Keep us updated and take care
lexi-loo (1 stories) (175 posts)
9 years ago (2015-08-25)
hey guys its not always happened that often just maybe 2 or 3 times that I can remember...

Tweed I will have only have been in the house I'm living in now for a year come october and I have never felt scared, I have got a little sister age 9 and I had her up with my mum and my little sisters friend... They had been running about my hall and her friend screamed and said she seen a ghost in my bedroom but I kind of just laughed it off as kids scaring themselves I never really gave it anymore thought.

But I would agree to the sleep paralysis theory and I haven't really experienced any bad feelings lately that I can remember I'm always a kind of happy bubbly jokey person, but I can be a very grumpy person when I wake up for about an hour and as soon as I get outside to the fresh air I'm back to feeling happy again.
Goggzy (guest)
9 years ago (2015-08-25)

You bet me to telling lexi-loo to keep a diary of what happens and I also believe this was sleep paralysis the best thing to do with sleep paralysis is go back to sleep (a bit hard since sleep paralysis can be scary)
Tweed (35 stories) (2501 posts)
9 years ago (2015-08-25)
Hi Lexi-Loo,

Best thing you can do in my opinion is keep a journal. That, and perform a cleansing/shielding of your choice, to be on the safe side, and it's a good idea regardless. Personally I feel what's happened to you is sleep paralysis, which is a pain and can be terrifying. It's similar to a night terrors and not necessarily paranormal.
Has there been any weird goings on while you're awake, during the day perhaps? Anyone ever been to your home and reported anything strange? These are the sorts of things to think about to determine whether or not you're dealing with a ghost or not. A journal will definitely help with this too.

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