What happened the last Wednesday night of April, 2008, I will never forget. For starters I will give some background. My girlfriend, Sara, lives with her friend, Jen, in a house. (Names have been changed for protection.) Jen owns the house and has for almost two years. Jen has a very good paying job, is single, and has chosen to pay off the large mortgage faster than is necessary. She is also injured, is unable to work, and so she doesn't get much per month for compensation. On top of all that she is unhappy about work, constantly worries about her life, and exercises, often pushes herself to extreme. She is good person, though, and we all love her.
Her family is of Ukrainian heritage and they go to Ukraine sometimes and it was there, years ago, that Jen brought back with her a spirit of a little girl who looks to have died in the famine of the 1930s in Ukraine. (For more information look up "Stalin, 1930s Ukrainian famine".) This little girl visits Jen in her dreams on a regular basis and it is always a calm dream and never bad or uncomfortable. Lately the spirit has materialized in solid form - both times in the form of my girlfriend.
Wednesday night I was sleeping over at my girlfriend's place. We went to bed at 10pm and fell asleep quickly, as usual. At 12:30 am we were suddenly awoken by Jen screaming outside Sara's room in the basement. She was screaming "Sara! Sara!" over and over again. Sara put on her robe and I quickly followed to see that Jen was on the ground rocking back and forth and saying to herself (or us) "I don't know, I don't know" over and over again. We asked her many times what happened and Jen would alternate between the words "ice ice ice", "I don't know, I don't know" and "thaw thaw thaw". From her one or two word sentences we found out that she had seen something in her room that frightened her.
The phrase "I don't know" referred to that she didn't know why she had seen these things. The word "ice" meant that she was cold all over. And the word "thaw" referred to the fact that she felt like she was thawing. When she was cold she grabbed her Bible and held it close to her stomach. At that point in her body, she felt the Bible warm her from the inside and her insides grow warmer and warmer therefore feeling like a thaw.
At this point we were able to calm her down just enough as to find out what she saw. We were able to guess from our questions and her nods and shakes of her head (and talking to her afterwards) that she was not able to get to sleep last night, as usual. She closed her eyes and, after laying there for a half hour thinking with all her thoughts, she felt something evil in her room. She opened her eyes to see five small shadow people, about 4 feet tall, beside her bed. They had eyes of some sort and small white jagged teeth. She also saw the spirit of the little girl up above her and she described the girl's expression as unhappy and looking at the shadows. Jen was terrified and she crouched toward her headboard as the five shadow people got closer. Then, without warning, the spirit of the little girl waved her arm from outside to inside and threw Jen off her bed and Jen ran out.
Jen called her sister in a panic but her sister didn't recognize the voice on the other side but stayed on just because she was concerned for who ever this was. Jen tried to run a bath to calm down and talk but couldn't do either and she collapsed by the bath tub. Jen hung up the phone and was able to crawl to the downstairs landing and run downstairs screaming for Sara.
After calming Jen down she was not out of the woods yet. She was still very terrified and would take in air but not breathe out - she was ventilating improperly. She would pass out for a 5-15 seconds without breathing out. We decided to take Jen to the hospital but she refused to go and certainly did not want to go in an ambulance. We told her either we drive her or she goes in an ambulance. The hospital was not far but Jen did not want people to stare at her in the waiting room for fear of them thinking she was crazy. The waiting room had only 5 people in it but we took a spot outside that area anyways because we didn't want her getting worse. We tried to calm Jen down but her breathing was getting worse and she was holding her breath longer and longer.
After 30 minutes in the waiting room, Jen did not exhale and her eyes rolled back into her head. She was rushed to the resuscitation room and security asked me to wait in the waiting room while Sara held her hand. Jen was unresponsive to anyone and anything including pain (pinch, sternum press, etc.) They were able to get her breathing normally again but she was still unresponsive. My girlfriend had a University final in the morning the next day and could not stay with her all night. I came in and sat with Jen while Sara got some granola bars and water for me. While I was with Jen, she kept looking at something on the ceiling. You could see her eyes shift to a point, fixate, and then look somewhere else again. She fidgeted, took the breathing tube out of her nose, took her hair tie out, too, but still would not fixate on my eyes or respond when I called her name. When Sara and I discussed her "mama" she stirred more than normal, a sign to me that she was might be able to hear us but not respond.
Sara left for the water and food. I talked to Jen and told her she would be alright. When she stirred and looked up and near me I got up and put my face in front of hers and called her name but her eyes did not fixate on me at all. She stayed in that condition for 2 hours. Finally, I began to talk to her in Ukrainian. I told her these words "God sees you and he sees everything. God is here..." That is all I said. I looked down and then toward the door. Jen stirred and I looked back to see that she was blinking her eyes. She was awake!
Jen was fine after that but she didn't sleep much that night and only on the couch. She was diagnosed with something. Plainly stated, instead of anxiety attacks these attacks are how her body reacts to too much anxiety - it over reacts.
For a person with feet in both worlds - science and spirituality - I can see, medically, how this is true. We didn't dare tell the doctor what she told us about the shadow people and we certainly told the nurses many times that she did not take drugs. I put Jen's fears to rest saying that seeing shadow people does not make her crazy and, in fact, it is almost normal to see them. Listening to podcasts and reading has opened me to know that there are many types of shadow people encounters.
I would not have believed this story had I not seen it for myself. If you need verification about this story there is Sara, though I doubt Jen would want to talk about this anymore than she already has. The doctor and many others have either prescribed or agreed, that Jen needs therapy to deal with things in her life.
Many questions remain unanswered for me like, why did the girl's spirit throw Jen out of bed? I am afraid if the spirit of the little girl is able to take the form of Sara and knock Jen out of bed, what else can or will it do? What if the girl is not really a spirit but a devil in disguise since it has the ability to change forms? What about the five small shadow people in her room? Now that they know where Jen is and how she reacts, will they be back? And if so, how soon? What about the Bible warming her up from the inside? And the fact that I mentioned God and seconds later she wakes up from her state? Was this some kind of possession?
We all hope and pray that Jen goes to see a therapist to deal with the repressed emotions in her life. If this is how her body reacts to extreme fear then excess fear should be eliminated. Still this event has Jen encountering a spirit, shadow people and possibly a demon. After all the podcasts and reading I have done on these subjects, what, in the realm of the supernatural, is possible after this event?