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I grew up in southwest Colorado. There has always been a feeling of something around me that I can almost see but not quite. I'm not sure if it's because I grew up in the land of the Anasazi where it seems every house is built on a spot where the old ones lived and died. I was told stories of skin-walkers and other such things since I was young, such stories are very common. So I'm no stranger to paranormal stories. The following is a true story.

My first undeniable experience happened when I was 16. I woke up sometime in the night to see a dark figure standing by my bed. My first thought was not ghost or demon I just thought there was someone in my room. Then the figure moved closer and it was still the darkest thing in the room light seemed not to touch it. When it was right next to me it put its hand on my face and I could no longer breathe. I don't remember anything after that. I would have thought I was crazy then but my mother told me the next morning that she had seen the same figure by her doorway she was terrified and said it was a very evil presence. She had prayed to God until it went away. It might be important to note at this point I still was a believer in God and the Bible in the Baptist manner. My mother removed all Native American things from our house and our pastor blessed the house.

Nothing else happened until I was twenty. I'm in the coast guard at the moment and had just been stationed in Washington. I had been living in my apartment for no more than a month when I awoke on night to see the same figure standing by my door, I reached for my knife and when my hand closed on the handle I was paralyzed by pure fear. The figure then walked around my bed laid down next to me and put its arm around me. It arose a few moments later and went towards my window and dissipated. About two months later I moved into a new house with some friends from work. I only saw the figure once when they were there. It was the same feeling of fear when I awoke and the figure was sitting on my windowsill then I doesn't remember anything.

One roommate moved out and another went to the Persian Gulf for a year. Only one room mate said anything a bout ghosts however all he would say was the house was haunted. About 4 months after my last roommate left the figure started showing up more frequently. After a while I could hardly sleep, I would awake at the slightest sound figure related or not. I will tell you of the worst times. One Saturday morning, it was 6:30 I know because I reached over and picked up my phone to see what time it was, I rolled back over and thought I should get up and go run. Then I heard four loud footsteps outside of my room. I was facing my wall so I rolled over and reached for my pistol. I was not sure it was the figure I thought it was a person, I was not going to shoot the figure, doubt it would work. But as I reached for my pistol I could almost see the wave of fear as it washed over me and paralyzed me. Then when I tried to move and yell out the pain started, it was not like needles but knives sticking in every inch of my body. As I was about to pass out it all stopped and I got up. I did not see the figure this time maybe because it was a little light out side.

The next bad one was at night. I awoke to the paralyzing fear as usual the figure was standing on the bottom left corner of my bed. Rolling over I grabbed my knife and was trying to crawl away when it grabbed my leg and lifted both my legs in the air and I remember it laughing then my memory is blank.

A few weeks later I was talking on the phone telling one of the few people I can talk to about these things when I hear a loud clunk upstairs. When I went up to investigate the sound I found the ward I had made on the heater vent by my bed. I know the wind didn't nock it off and it did not just fall. It was on my dresser and between it and falling off the side it did was a large stack of books. Nothing too bad happened after that only just me waking up to the feeling of fear and something watching me but no paralysis. Then I called a paranormal investigator. He told me it was probable that it was sleep paralysis. But he thought the incident with my mom, the ward, and the fact that it has never happened on water interesting (I spend about every other week on a ship). He said to write down everything that I did the day before an experience to see if there is something triggering it. However since I called him nothing has happened, that was five months ago.

All this made me think of my childhood. I used to have night terrors and sleepwalk. My mom, dad, and brother said they would awake to me standing over their beds starring at them. It always freaked them out. Once I remember seeing myself outside my body sleepwalking. I don't know if the events are related. I stopped sleepwalking at about age ten. I am now 22 almost twenty three. That's my story, it is a true one. Thanks for reading.

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Javelina (4 stories) (3749 posts)
10 years ago (2011-06-20)
Thank you for replying so promptly. The reason I asked was because there are certain Guidelines we are expected to follow when we post in the comment section of stories. Did you happen to read through the rules and Guidelines section during your signing up procedure? It's a very important part of system they have set up for all of us. It might be a good idea to do so now, before the day is over. That way you will be better prepared for what goes on here when it starts to get busy and we have members from all over the world posting comments at once. Sometimes it can be hectic, but that's part of the fun side of this website. Being able to communicate with people from all over that have taken the time out to learn our language. I'm just trying to get you prepared for what we do and the rules we are all expected to follow.
Thank you,
zzsgranny (18 stories) (3326 posts) mod
10 years ago (2011-06-20)
donathan: If you don't mind, I'd like to offer my opinion on your first post...

I think it's too verbose, and lengthy... Some of the points you made may be lost when people try to remember what it is they're reading...

Another thing we stress on this site, is that there are folks from all walks of life, every creed, religion, and race... We try to avoid the notion that there is only way to deal with the problems put forth by the author...Tolerance, and an open mind will take you far here...

If I may suggest to you, read the "Comments Guidelines" at the bottom of the page... Thank you for your concern, and I look forward to hearing more (just not so much at a time 😆) from you!
donathan (2 posts)
10 years ago (2011-06-20)
Hello I am happy someone is fascinated with my presence to this site.

I happened to find this site by searching the web. I was interested in how demons affect or even approach people in today's latter and modern world. Mainly because my brother had an experience last night of numbness and he saw a figure's head that looked like a doll with a brass colored face and eye sockets that were empty. I think like large coins something like this--> (O O) He explained that he resisted the numbness more powerfully than the first time and was able to rise out of the intensity of its power as the demon seemed to try harder. These two visits occured within the past 2 weeks. My brother explained that the demon had less effect on him than the last time and that this was the second time he encountered this phenomena also the demon had appeared more vividly the first time. The second time it appeared to be more blurred in appearance or transparent were you could see through it.

Strange enough I said a very powerful and emotional prayer the day before asking for God to put back the efforts of satan. Because by circumstance it seemed that my family was under heavy demonic attack through circumstances. I could feel it beyond seeing it but everything seems to be correcting itself and the family seems to be coming more empowered and experiencing togetherness. I know God has intervened as a result of the Prayer.

The thing is these things are not uncommon. I had the numbness 3 times when I was younger around 11 and could identify no demonic presence at the time but certainly deemed it supernatural as a child and until today before my brothers experience. My mom experienced this on several occasions to the point were something also put something on her face where she could not breath or at one instance when something was sitting on her. But God has saved and empowered her. My mother's brothers also saw strange things when they were younger at the same time but didn't tell anyone for fear of seeming insane. Heck even a kind friend of my mother that goes to our family church that is currently in her late 50's had an experience when her parents left the house and something made loud footsteps touched her and even shown a light in her face but a voice told her not to open her eyes. It eventually left and never bothered her again. I believe she was not to open her eyes so she would not see something so terrifying that it would scare her to death. Also fact: demons have no respect for persons even Jesus was tempted many times by a fallen angel (demon) so it comes to us all whether we can detect them or not. Some of us are blind and some of us are not.

These demons seem to go further based on the level of fear you show them. The best remedy is to exchange that for deep respect in God and to move when he says to move and not when some evil entity scares us to death because we lack his protection.

I am interested on your opinion the previous post I made. Was it good, informative, what do you think I could work on?

Thank you,
Javelina (4 stories) (3749 posts)
10 years ago (2011-06-20)
[at] Donathan,
First, I'd like to say WELCOME to YGS.
Second, can you please tell tell me what brought you to the "Your Ghost Stories" website? It always fascinates me, when we have new people join up, to find out how and why they chose this site.

Thank you,
Javelina 😊
donathan (2 posts)
10 years ago (2011-06-19)
Natfish thank you for sharing this with everyone!

Ghost, humorously playful spirit, angel, or demon. Whatever the persona, it is definitely real! Just as it showed its dominance over Natfish, this entity proves that it is real as a testament to us all. This is no game but a serious matter. Sadly, based on how Natfish describe this persona, I know it is the later! A demon!

What manner of spirit would cause a child to sleep walk and stare at his parents at odd hours of the night? Or cause one to have out of body experiences, making you watch your body do something else? And let me guess, the terrorizing nightmares were about you or your loved ones being hurt or dying? People ghost have no such power! You certainly don't have such powers while you are alive why then when you are dead? I don't care if when you were living you were an evil and ridiculous person or if you were as happy and gay as a fruit cake on Okinawa's white beach! We have no such powers or motives when we die. Dead people neither see or hear anything when in the grave. When a person dies they are as they were asleep and lose all hate and love toward others as the bible explains.

It bugs the heck out of me to see that people are so EASILY confused by these liars (demons) that they actually think there is nothing but people in the whole universe haunting/protecting themselves. Believing the songs and films that these demons cause people to literally make! People look in the right places! We are all being setup to be just were we are headed as predicted directly by the bible in these last days before the much needed return of the Christ!

Angels are servants of God and are formal. They will let you know either by vision or by mouth if not by the first appearance that you are directly related to the purpose at hand as the bible illustrates. Demons are informal and are liars they most likely use their lying talent in the end to kill, steal from you, and to destroy. They are easily overwhelmed by God but are rebellious against all that he is. As discussed in the bible both angels and demons have displayed psychic powers by reading minds in the book of genesis. The devil/satan even caused Jesus to have an out of body experience to tempt Jesus into worshiping him! And boy did demons possess people back then to the point of causing one to know the future, have super strength, or cause flat out pain, fear, madness, etc. All for their ultimate purpose of killing stealing and destroying lives and nothing else! So please do not allow your thoughts to be restricted by saying demons cannot mess with you, a pastor/preacher, or the pope because they have come to Jesus to bother him or just as he was going through a city he did encounter them and Jesus is to be king of kings and high priest and son God! If we would READ the bible and test everything it says with science and experience we would know even more so about God and where his mind and zeal will lead all the nations in these last days and even why these things are happening.

Now that we are all enlightened, knowing that there are no ghost but angels and demons only, I can discuss Natfish's circumstance. Notice how Natfish had out of body experiences and how he would sleep walk to stare at his parents before his first undeniable encounter. I believe that Natfish is most senstive and weak so this entity was after him from his youth. And through his body staring at the lives it could possibly destroy. God is in utmost control of all things but he chooses to let you do what you want UNLESS it interferes with his master plan. So what you are willing to have done trumps what satan is willing to have done.

Natfish according to the first experience, your mother is right. This is an evil and filthy spirit (demon). Angels would never come against you in any harmful manner that is against your will. But demons would cover your face to the point that you cannot breath for no good reason but to toy and send the false message (a lie!) to say that your life is theirs. Your life is your own and Gods alone!

I know the story written above and I should not comment on all details because this is already quite lengthy. I'm not going to explain all of the details but this entity seems to desire your body by striking fear and pain into you. If it wanted to kill you it would have done it along time ago. It wants to do what they have been seen to have done before which is possession. This does not have to to happen! I will give you directions that you should follow to the T!

NEVER communicate with evil unless you have a lot of control over yourself ie have done righteousness caring for the poor needy and not focusing on low evil or perverted thoughts and follow the ten commandments in the bible or the evil entity can overpower you. If you communicate you invite for a discussion and an answer you may not like or thought was possible! Inviting evil is very bad! And usually the righteous person would rebuke and shame the evil away from their presence or have authority from God to have his/her desire honored.

Second cast away all fear! The only real way to do this that is absolute is really fear God and to resist satan then he will flee from your presence. You have to draw close to God I am telling you this other stuff is a distraction ie ghost and other bull all lies spurred by satan and other unclean spirits and people that were full of them or simply that do not know much about anything. Fearing God means to have strong high up-most respect for your creator. Resisting satan means to resist pulls and desires that favor evil rather than righteousness. Know that a righteous person not the simple person that lacks control and sometime wishes for good on others will have all needs taken care of by God.

Lastly you need to put on the whole armor of God! Not some cracked up saying! Do not be foolish and ignore all that I am saying! You should have the full protection of the highest and strongest most feared being in the universe. Do mountains hide from the face of demons? NO but they crumble and tare apart by the approaching presence of God almighty! Demons simply fear his son's name! Therefore honor and hear God out. Your fear must be replaced by faith in God and in yourself for all of the righteous reasons. Then your light shall break forth like the dawn and healing, protection, favor, and prosperity will chase you instead of demons. I can tell that Natfish may... Believe in God but not fear him! Else he would know better. For faith start with Daniel and see what God did for him. That is the name of a chapter in the bible. Also read Ephesians chapter 6 to know how to attain this highly protective armor and to know more about this struggle against satan.

Also if you are in big trouble with demons, I mean it and need help know that even if they let up for a year they are most likely still waiting for the right moment to strike. So contact this number and tell them the full story they know that these things exist and will not make fun of you! This is a serious matter and some people are in deep trouble and pain. But these people are righteous and can help you! Call (704) 844-1970 and even take a look at their website at

Hope this was informative and helpful at the same time!

Best wishes!
kitethurn (2 posts)
10 years ago (2010-10-22)
wow I remeber my experence with a shadow figure. Don't know why but something in the back of my head say that it would be worst if I fought back and evenchaly I suddly passed out haven't seen another one yet.
hannie2 (1 stories) (9 posts)
11 years ago (2010-08-16)
I think you are having something called Sleep Paralysis. It's when your mind is awake, but your body is still in dream mode, which makes your body paralyzed. Hallucinations and other supposed paranormal phenomenon can occur during SP. I've had sleep paralysis a few times, and every time it's the exact same thing. Just as I am dozing off, I wake up to find that I am paralyzed. I hear someone talking in a muffled voice, and see a figure in my hallway. Sometimes, the bed will shake. It's also linked with Out of Body experiences and sleepwalking.

You can google it to find more info. About it. Good luck! 😊
natfish (1 stories) (11 posts)
11 years ago (2010-08-15)
I think that it made me paralyzed with fear. I could feel it come over me like a wind hitting me. And I don't know anyone who drowned. If it comes back I'll try some EVP stuff and maybe not treat it as a threat. I don't know should I try to talk to it, I was under the impression that was not wise.
MyChaoticPeace (1 stories) (108 posts)
11 years ago (2010-08-13)

I didn't mean the SP fit:) I meant a attached entity:)
cosmogal926 (9 stories) (1223 posts)
11 years ago (2010-08-13)
Hi MCP, I can see how sp can be tied into these experiences. It just seems like there was more to it. You're right maybe an update will help. Take care ❤
MyChaoticPeace (1 stories) (108 posts)
11 years ago (2010-08-13)

It seems to fit in my opinion. I suppose it mostly depends though on the feeling it give to the person involved though. I look forward to an update so we can get some more direction:)
cosmogal926 (9 stories) (1223 posts)
11 years ago (2010-08-13)
Hmmm interesting, it doesn't seem like sleep paralysis to me. I am leaning more towards the possibility that this spirit/entity attached itself to you when you were younger. When you said that it laid down next to you in bed and put it's arms around you, was it like a hug or did it feel like you were being pinned down? From your experiences with it, it seems like this thing likes the challenge. So everytime you go for a weapon it's like party time for it. I have heard from somewhere (can't remember where) that spirits can not travel across water. I always thought that wasn't true, but since you had no troubles while you were at sea maybe there is some truth to that. I'm glad that it has not bothered you lately, and I hope it's gone for good. Thanks for sharing, and take care 😊 ❤
Pendragon (6 stories) (296 posts)
11 years ago (2010-08-13)
Bella - lots of people say Thanks For Reading at the end of their stories. I know I do. People are taking the time to look at your story and offer advice. They don't have to. It's a quick thank you for your time. These are supposed to be true stories, not made up ones. It's natural to say "thanks for your time", like when you apply for a job, or you write an important letter to someone one.

Why would that be creepy and awkward?

Penny ❤
BellaPhantom12199 (1 stories) (13 posts)
11 years ago (2010-08-13)
um ok? Thanks for reading? For a ghost story? Really? Wow 😕 that is kind of disturbing and awkward
Pinkzilla (35 posts)
11 years ago (2010-08-13)
I agree with Pendragon. This thing isn't a demon and is probably just wanting some attention. I also agree about doing some EVP work... You may find some answers that eay.

MyChaoticPeace (1 stories) (108 posts)
11 years ago (2010-08-12)

That makes sense. Caused momentary harm as retaliation but no lasting marks or harm... Still sounds a little on the risky side.

That's what makes sense to me.

Know anyone that may have drowned or been harmed around or in water?
Anything in your home that could be connected to someone with that history?
Pendragon (6 stories) (296 posts)
11 years ago (2010-08-12)
I think the responding with a weapon, actually, could have been what aggrivated the spirit to it's final, angry phase, now that I look at this again. I think the spirit was trying to tell you, "Haha! Your weapons don't work on me! BUT LOOK WHAT I CAN DO!" Just being arrogant, like most dead things.

MCP - I agree - Demons could care less about water. A soul that ended up dead because of water would most definitely want to avoid it.
Aaron_G_B (37 posts)
11 years ago (2010-08-12)
the sleep walking almost sounds like something was trying to possess you the shadow figure and fear sound like either a demon or angry spirit and you said you could move after waking up but before the "entity" paralyzed you? Sleep paralysis is from the moment you wake up there is a link describing it on the main page of this site that explains it a little better also I have read that when a person is being haunted the activity will start, last for a couple weeks then die down for a while

Now I want you to take my advice with a grain of salt as I am no expert and my advice comes from reading about others experiences if there is advice from other people on here that makes more sense by all means listen to them.

All the best, hope you find the answers you're looking for.
MyChaoticPeace (1 stories) (108 posts)
11 years ago (2010-08-12)
It could be a number of things.

Pen, I find it interesting as well that it left when that one time without incident, however, the writer responded in the same way each time. Reaching for a weapon.

Was it your own fear that made you paralyzed or a feeling the being gave off?

Water scares it? Demons have no fear of water... But a human spirit might if their end had something to do with it.
Pendragon (6 stories) (296 posts)
11 years ago (2010-08-12)
You're going to get a lot of people that jump on here and cry out about demons. It could just be an angry spirit, not a evil/demonic one. It could have been upset that you were trying to fight it, rather than talk with it. It almost seems like it doesn't like water, but needs help, and it knows you're one of the few around it that can help. I think this is why it has followed you around for so long.

The fact that you acknowledged it and it disappeared could mean that it was happy to be recognized and finally left.

If it hasn't been back in a while, I woudln't worry. If you notice it coming back, try doing an EVP session with it on your own, and ask it why it's there, and why it's been mean to you. My shadow person likes to scare meif I ignore him too much, so I think it could just be a case of that.

You say that you used to be a baptist - You're not anymore? Are you now agnostic, or Catholic/Christian instead of Baptist? Let us know if anything else happens, and please, do not take what the religious, over-preachy people have to say on the subject to heart. They mean well, I think.

Penny ❤

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