SLEEP PARALYSIS: FRIGHTENING FEELING BETWEEN SLEEPING AND BEING AWAKE

 

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MEDICAL DISORDER OR ACT OF UNSEEN EVIL?

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Brian is so tired. He is almost 28 years old but he feels him as 100-year-old man with the biggest burdens ever. Brian can´t sleep or at least he cannot sleep normally. His life is not anymore life; it is just a shadow of the life this young man once used to have. He was popular baseball player, beloved among girls, very handsome and successful consultant in Brown Brothers Harriman & Co, with the office directly located on Broadway. That was long before everything started rolling down, dragging him into the abyss of fear and hallucinations. Brian Cliff suffers from sleep-time paralysis and nobody can help him.

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However, Brian is not the only one but the one that shares the destiny of 8% of people with this sleeping disorder. Some reports even come up with the 28% of humans that face with the scary sleep but all is still in the domain of wandering and wondering. The medicine is not yet capable to offer the solution for this harmless disorder that turns people dreams into the real nightmares.

What we know about sleep paralysis so far? According to experts, sleep paralysis is a temporary inability to move or speak in the moment of waking up or simply falling asleep. It occurs to every person once in a lifetime or even twice but to some people it happens regularly and it causes severe problems, in spite of fact that is considered as benign phenomena:” During an episode of sleep paralysis you may: find it difficult to take deep breaths, as if your chest is being crushed or restricted; be able to move your eyes – some people can also open their eyes but others find they can’t;have a sensation that there’s someone or something in the room with you (hallucination) many people feel this presence wishes to harm them; feel very frightened. The length of an episode can vary from a few seconds to several minutes.” After that episode, the life should be back to normal but not many people can feel themselves happy after they have experienced the horror of waking up or getting asleep. Some have fear that the same will happen again and some are stuck in the world between sleeping and being awake, trying to find the way out.

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The main problem is that majority of human beings is very fragile during the sleep time and that the feeling of fear is always more intensive: „Sleep paralysis happens when parts of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep occur while you’re awake. REM is a stage of sleep when the brain is very active and dreams often occur. The body is unable to move, apart from the eyes and muscles used in breathing, possibly to stop you acting out your dreams and hurting yourself.” In other words, based on scientific approach, the sleep paralysis occurs when the person is awaken before the cycle of REM is complete. There are two chemicals in the brain, GABA and glycine and they are responsible for switching on and switching off the neurons that make muscles active. If one is awaken before the body is ready to be moved, he or she may experience the sleep-time paralysis. In ordinary sleepers, the body is ready before the mind is active. In sleep-paralysis experiencer, the mind is active before body is on.

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The background of the sleep paralysis is under research in medical field but also in the area of demonology and paranormal phenomena. The question is why someone hallucinates during this scary phase. The doctors believe there are three types of those hallucinations: The presence of an intruder, the pressure on the chest and levitation and out-of-body experiences: The first, sensing an intruder, may be caused by the combination of lower sensory detection thresholds and high activity in the amygdala, the emotional center of the brain. Breathing difficulty is due to paralysis of the muscles in the upper airways that causes feelings of choking and suffocation. Lastly, out-of-body experiences are associated with structures in the brain known as vestibular nuclei that co-ordinate body movements. The feeling of viewing oneself from outside the body occurs because of a connection problem between brain activity and body control.”

This factual explained sleep paralysis confronts the folklore, urban legends and the thrilling chapters from the book of demonology. In ancient age, the people have believed in evil forces that attacks individuals during their sleep. It has been known as “ghost oppression”, especially in Chinese culture while Turkish demonology calls it “the dark presser”, Germans claim there are “passing witches” and British talk about “Stand-stills”. Every culture has its own expressions of bad spirit that endangers innocent people in their sleeping moments. Nowadays, some patients have reported that they have been victims of dark energy presented around them, while they have been limited in their moving and breathing. It is always the same evidence that some evil spirit is hiding itself or even crushing the breathing mechanism, causing the panic attack and fear in targeted people. The thriller movie “Dead Awake” from 2016 has elaborated this problem and shown the nature of sleep paralysis through the supernatural dilemmas. Unfortunately, instead of entertainment, the story of this quality leads public into the deep water of misunderstanding and illogical fear. The person that experiences sleep paralysis on daily level is enough scared because of the neurological disorders and the impact of hallucination makes things worse for the state of spirit. The imbalance between body and mind that indicates sleep-time paralysis is stressful and frightful in spite of fact that is harmless. The natural heed of every single living being is to breathe, to be able to survive and live. In the cases when that is impossible or limited, the person is scared and project the first level of hallucinations and illusions. The old, primitive fears, imprinted in humankind genetic code, is just a trigger for the individual under panic attack. Instead of common sense, the fear brings demons and witches, letting them to make theater of horror.

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In each natural situation, there is a safe corner for supernatural imagination. In that way, the mind can overcome the accumulated pressure and uncontrolled stress, blaming for all the outer negative entity and washing hands from own responsibility. It is easy to discuss these phenomena from the rational level as a normal sleeper but I personally share the belief that fear is the biggest myth ever and must be defined and demystified so the people could be able to have lives free from their own inner darkness and fragility. If we make to understand all from the logical base, we will be able to defeat all obstacles through the logical and available methods.

The person that has SP must be willing to try to detect underlying struggles and to replace them with positive solutions. The first step is to stop problems to influence the sleeping peace. The second step is to work on the problems during the phase of activity and to protect the routine of coming sleeping. If the sleep paralysis goes further, it is necessary to be advised by professionals who will offer the appropriate treatment and not drawing the demons on the wall.

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The sleep paralysis is common, happens to all people sometimes and it is definitely not caused by Devil´s legion but by certain neurological processes and mental difficulties. It is not meant to be eternal burden but to be solved through the active and passive medical approach, adjusted to the needs of the individual that is facing it.

We must stop searching for evil spirits in some far away world, accusing them for all bad luck we have. In 21st century, the myths are made to be broken and to be forgotten through the advanced strategy of science. Remember, every demons has its letter in science. Everything could be explained, everything could be expounded, sooner or later. We do not need demons outside of us to show us that they have been inside of us all the time.

It is evening and Brian Cliff  is learning  how to chase his own demons away and to not let them win. Not in sleep and not in life itself.

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7 thoughts on “SLEEP PARALYSIS: FRIGHTENING FEELING BETWEEN SLEEPING AND BEING AWAKE

  1. Naturally, Sarah’s brilliant article brought to mind the Gothic painting ‘The Nightmare’ (1781), by the Anglo-Swiss artist Henri Fuseli (1741-1825): a young woman in deep sleep with her arms thrown below her, and with a demonic and apelike incubus crouched upon her chest.

    The painting’s dreamlike and haunting erotic evocation of infatuation and obsession was a success: after its first exhibition (i.e. The Royal Academy of London, in 1782), critics and patrons reacted with horrified fascination and the work became widely popular, to the extent that it was parodied in political satire and an engraved version was widely distributed. In response, Henri Fuseli produced at least three other versions.

    Interpretations vary: simultaneously, the canvas seems to portray a dreaming woman and the content of her nightmare. The incubus and horse’s head refer to contemporary belief and folklore about nightmares, but have been ascribed more specific meanings by some theorists. Contemporary critics were taken aback by the overt sexuality of the painting, since interpreted by some scholars as anticipating Jungian ideas about the unconscious.

    The early meaning of ‘nightmare’ included the sleeper’s experience of weight on the chest combined with sleep paralysis, dyspnea or a feeling of dread. The painting incorporates a variety of imagery associated with these ideas; depicting a mare’s head and a demon crouched atop the woman. In Old English, the name for these beings was ‘mare’ or ‘mære’ (from the proto-Germanic ‘marōn’; cf. Old Norse ‘mara’). Thus, comes the ‘mare’ in the word ‘nightmare’.

    The painting ‘The Nightmare’ influenced Mary Shelley (1797-1851): there is a scene from her Gothic novel ‘Frankenstein’ (1818). She would have been familiar with the painting, because her parents, Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin, knew Henri Fuseli. The iconic imagery associated with the Creature’s murder of the protagonist Doctor Victor Frankenstein’s wife seems to draw from the canvas: ‘she was there, lifeless and inanimate, thrown across the bed, her head hanging down, and her pale and distorted features half covered by hair.’ The novel and Henri Fuseli’s biography share a parallel theme: just as his incubus is infused with the artist’s emotions in seeing Landholdt marry another man, Mary Shelley’s monster promises to achieve revenge on Doctor Victor Frankenstein, on the night of his wedding. Like Frankenstein’s monster, Henri Fuseli’s demon seeks to forestall a marriage.

    The North American writer Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) may have evoked the painting ‘The Nightmare’ in his short story entitles ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ (1839). His narrator compares a painting hanging in Usher’s house to a Henri Fuseli work, and reveals that an ‘irrepressible tremor gradually pervaded my frame, and, at length, there sat upon my heart an incubus of utterly causeless alarm’. Edgar Allen Poe and Henri Fuseli shared an interest in the subconscious: Henri Fuseli is quoted as saying “One of the most unexplored regions of art are dreams…”

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  2. Another educational article, Sarah !

    Sleep paralysis and all diseases, be they physical or psychological, can be explained scientifically and logically. Ascribing this or any other disease to the presence or doing of spirits or ghost is nothing but irrational !

    The patient has to try to meditate and to bring himself/herself to a state of awareness and control over oneself. I totally understand and appreciate that this is easier said than done, however, the person has to both try medication and believe in it ! Believing in something is key, as it invokes positive thinking, which leads to cure !

    Thank you so much, Sarah, for your research and educational articles ! We learn so much from them ! And, as always, the writing is excellent and the illustrations are great !

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  3. Hey, how’s it going?

    I want to pass along some very important news that everyone needs to hear!

    In December of 2017, Donald Trump made history by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Why is this big news? Because by this the Jewish people of Israel are now able to press forward in bringing about the Third Temple prophesied in the Bible.

    Jewish Rabbis have publicly announced that their Messiah will be revealed in the coming years who will be a leader and spiritual guide to all nations, gathering all religions under the worship of one God.

    Biblical prophecy tells us that this Jewish Messiah who will take the stage will be the antichrist “who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4). For a time he will bring about a false peace, but “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (Matthew 24:15)…then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21).

    More importantly, the power that runs the world wants to put a RFID microchip in our body making us total slaves to them. This chip matches perfectly with the Mark of the Beast in the Bible, more specifically in Revelation 13:16-18:

    “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”

    Referring to the last days, this could only be speaking of a cashless society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Otherwise, we could still buy or sell without the mark amongst others if physical money was still currency. This Mark couldn’t be spiritual because the word references two different physical locations. If it was spiritual it would just say in the forehead. RFID microchip implant technology will be the future of a one world cashless society containing digital currency. It will be implanted in the right-hand or the forehead, and we cannot buy or sell without it. Revelation 13:11-18 tells us that a false prophet will arise on the world scene doing miracles before men, deceiving them to receive this Mark. Do not be deceived! We must grow strong in Jesus. AT ALL COSTS, DO NOT TAKE IT!

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    People have been saying the end is coming for many years, but we needed two key things. One, the Third Temple, and two, the technology for a cashless society to fulfill the prophecy of the Mark of the Beast.

    Visit http://WWW.BIBLEFREEDOM.COM to see proof for these things and why the Bible truly is the word of God!

    If you haven’t already, it is time to seek God with all your heart. Jesus loves you more than you could imagine. He wants to have a relationship with you and redeem you from your sins. Turn to Him and repent while there is still hope! This is forever…God bless!

    “EITHER HUMAN INTELLIGENCE ULTIMATELY OWES ITS ORIGIN TO MINDLESS MATTER OR THERE IS A CREATOR…” – JOHN LENNOX

    We all know God exists. Why? Because without Him, we couldn’t prove anything at all. Do we live our lives as if we cannot know anything? No. So why is God necessary? In order to know anything for certain, you would have to know everything, or have revelation from somebody who does. Who is capable of knowing everything? God. So to know anything, you would have to be God, or know God.

    A worldview without God cannot account for the uniformity and intelligibility of nature. And why is it that we can even reason that God is the best explanation for this if there is no God? We are given reason to know or reject God, but never to know that He does not exist.

    It has been calculated by Roger Penrose that the odds of the initial conditions for the big bang to produce the universe that we see to be a number so big, that we could put a zero on every particle in the universe, and even that would not be enough to use every zero. What are the odds that God created the universe? Odds are no such thing. Who of you would gamble your life on one coin flip?

    Is there evidence that the Bible is the truth? Yes. Did you know that the creation accounts listed in the book of Genesis are not only all correct, but are also in the correct chronological order? That the Bible doesn’t say the Earth was formed in six 24-hour days but rather six long but finite periods of time? That the Bible makes 10 times more creation claims than all major “holy” books combined with no contradictions, while these other books have errors in them? The Bible stood alone by concurring with the big bang saying, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1); and says our universe is expanding, thousands of years before scientists discovered these things. Watch a potential life-changing video on the front page of http://WWW.BIBLEFREEDOM.COM with Astronomer(PhD) Hugh Ross explaining all these facts based on published scientific data. He has authored many books, backed even by atheist scientists.

    Jesus came to pay a debt that we could not; to be our legal justifier to reconcile us back to a Holy God; only if we are willing to receive Him: “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23).

    God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten son, so that whoever believes in Him, through faith, shall not perish, but have everlasting life. Jesus says if we wish to enter into life to keep the commands! The two greatest commands are to love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind; and your neighbor as yourself. All the law hang on these commands. We must be born of and lead by the Holy Spirit, to be called children of God, to inherit the kingdom. If we are willing to humble ourselves in prayer to Jesus, to confess and forsake our sins, He is willing to give the Holy Spirit to those who keep asking of Him; giving us a new heart, leading us into all truth!

    Jesus came to free us from the bondage of sin. The everlasting fire was prepared for the devil and his angels due to disobedience to God’s law. If we do the same, what makes us any different than the devil? Jesus says unless we repent, we shall perish. For sin is the transgression of the law. We must walk in the Spirit so we may not fulfill the lusts of the flesh, being hatred, fornication, drunkenness and the like. Whoever practices such things will not inherit the kingdom (Galatians 5:16-26). If we sin, we may come before Jesus to ask for forgiveness (1 John 2:1-2). Evil thoughts are not sins, but rather temptations. It is not until these thoughts conceive and give birth by our own desires that they become sin (James 1:12-15). When we sin, we become in the likeness of the devil’s image, for he who sins is of the devil (1 John 3:8); but if we obey Jesus, in the image of God. For without holiness, we shall not see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).

    The oldest religion in the world is holiness through faith (James 1:27). What religion did Adam and Eve follow before the fall? Jesus, Who became the last Adam, what religion does He follow? Is He not holy? He never told us to follow the rituals and traditions of man but to take up our cross and follow Him (Luke 9:23). There are many false doctrines being taught leading people astray. This is why we need the Holy Spirit for discernment. Unlike religion, holiness cannot be created. It is given to us from above by the baptism of the Spirit. Jesus is more than a religion; He is about having a personal relationship with the Father. Start by reading the Gospel of Matthew, to hear the words of God, to know His character and commandments. Follow and obey Jesus, for He is the way, the truth, and the life!

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About Sarahowlgirl1982

I am a master of Political Sciences, with special focus on Security Studies, Islamic Counter Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction. I enjoy discovering and commenting things which are " in the air" but still not spoken.I also do like science writing and planing to move myself into the pure science journalism !