With Halloween just passing, people think nightmares are made of horror stories around the campfire and fantasies told in jest but what I pose to you are a reality and not just at certain times of the year but all year round.
A woman goes to bed healthy with no physical ailments, then it heard to cry out in her sleep, and then the next morning is found dead. This same scene is repeated over and over. The doctors can’t seem to find any physical cause for the mysterious deaths, but people whisper of demonic beings and horrific dreams.
As you would imagine there is a significant amount of folklore and mythology built up around this fatal disease but I’ve found in my research that there is always truth in them! Apparently, people tend to forget that we live in a natural world surrounded by the supernatural.
One perfect example is that of the 11 victims who were all Filipino sailors, in the 1960’s. A Dr. Gonzalo Aponte was called to the US Naval Hospital in Guam to investigate the strange deaths, who seemed to have died inexplicably in their sleep days after complaining of nightmares. The case turned up few concrete details, even after autopsies of the bodies were concluded.
Dr. Gonzalo researched other incidents and found reports regarding Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal Death (SUND) dating back as far as 1917. In the early 20th Century an American anthropologist wrote about the Bontoc’s belief in the Li-mum, or “fiendish nightmares caused by sitting on the sleeping individual’s chest and stomach”. Similarly, the English word nightmare originally referred to a “mare”, a female spirit, who was believed to suffocate sleeping victims.
Then, we move onto the 1980’s case of 18 Laotians covered in the NEW YORK TIMES here:
Apparently, 18 healthy Laotian refugees died mysterious under these same circumstances. The cause of the deaths in the early morning hours remains a mystery. Given the diagnosis of “probable cardiac arrythmia” or irregular heartbeat, the pathologists were reluctant to advance it publicly. On the basis of reports from medical examiners who examined the bodies, preliminary analysis pointed to “natural causes” and in effect, ruled out accidents, foul play and suicide.
The syndrome is called “banging,” a Filipino word for “nightmare,” is described in medical literature as “nightmare death syndrome.”
In fact, this is common in Singapore, with 43 deaths per 100,000. Creepy, eh?
Nightmares are no doubt horrible, and I am here to tell you that I have experienced a ‘shadow figure’ nightmare which was very real. I feel in my gut that this ‘thing’ was not just a dream-figure but it was very real and used my sleeping state to advance its attack on me. Describing in detail, falls right into the category of thousands of others who have experienced the same events.
Your conscious that your asleep, but feel like someone is in the room with you, and as suddenly as you realize this you become immobile. Unable to move, speak or fight back in any way. It’s almost as if you’ve been drugged somehow.
Now, in my experience there was just a 7 foot shadow man, but people tell of their experience and speak of a ‘old woman’ or hag which accompanies the shadow figure. The old woman is said to sit on the person’s chest, and she’s heavy enough that the person can hardly breathe. She chokes the person and the shadow figure attacks in other ways.
Why can’t anyone around you hear what’s going on, you feel as if you’re wide awake and yet no one responds to your attacks. In fact, if you tell your friends, family or even your doctor, they believe you to be losing your grip on reality, even insane. Get over it!
Being plagued by these entities, some have had them all their lives. But how, why, and what are they?
NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
“In the middle of the night they hears these horrendous screams and crashings and they ran in and he’s thrashing on the bed. They ran to him and by the time they got to him he was dead. They did an autopsy on him and there was nothing physically wrong with him, And I just though: “My God.”
Craven recalls reading about the reports in LA Times about these children. Apparently they were so terrified that they didn’t want to go to sleep-afraid of something in their dreams. Eventually the doctors convinced the parents that lack of sleep (Deep REM) would result in hysteria, they told the children to go to sleep. They never woke up.
Wes Craven is excellent as skimming the boundaries between the imaginary and real, toying with the audience’s perception. The name, Freddy Krueger originally came from school where he has been bullied by a child named Fred Krueger. The content of the movie originates with the real life reality that this does in fact, happen to most of us.
DEVIL IN THE ROOM
This is a title of a recent short film, produced by Carla MacKinnon, about her own experiences from her waking up several times a week unable to move, but she didn’t call ‘ghostbusters’, she began to research the phenomena.
I have always been a very active dreamer. Terrifying nightmares were regular occurrences for me throughout childhood and adolescence. But there was another kind of dream I’d get – one I could not make sense of because it did not feel like a dream at all. I would wake up feeling alert. My body was tingling and had the sensation of being under pressure, as if it was wrapped in a solid sheet of static electricity. When I tried to move, I found myself immobile. Worse still, I had the strong sense of being watched. Sometimes the watcher was visible as a human or monstrous form beside my bed, sometimes an invisible sensed presence. One this was certain – it was malevolent. These episodes lasted anything from seconds to minutes and left me feeling vulnerable and confused, as if I had been touched by something evil and otherworldly.
It was not until I was in my mid-twenties that I heard the term ‘sleep paralysis’, and realised that my experiences were not only explicable, but relatively common. When entering the REM phase of sleep (most commonly associated with dreaming) the brain induces muscular paralysis, a precautionary measure to stop a person physically acting out the actions of their dreams. Normally this paralysis ceases before the dreamer wakes. Sometimes though this process is disordered – the paralysis might occur before the sleeper is fully asleep or continue into wakefulness. The result of this is that a person will find themselves seemingly awake and aware in their bedroom, unable to move.
In some cases, the combination of waking and dream mental activity can cause hallucinations. People may hear noises or see shadowy figures around them. Hallucinations can also be olfactory, and some people report feelings of being moved, or even out-of-body experiences. Shortness of breath and a pressure on the chest are also common.
It is thought that at least a quarter of people experience some form of sleep paralysis in their lives, with around 5% suffering associated by hallucinations and unusual bodily experiences. The chances of an attack increase with disruption of sleep patterns, stress and drug use. In many parts of the world mythologies have arisen which relate to the sleep paralysis experience. The best known of these are ‘The Old Hag of Newfoundland’, believed to sit astride the sleeper crushing the breath from their bodies and the ‘Kanashibari’, a Japanese demon whose name translates roughly as ‘bound in fastened metal’. It has been suggested that many alien abduction experiences and religious visitations may also be rooted in sleep paralysis.
I decided to initiate a project exploring and raising awareness for the phenomenon of sleep paralysis. The Sleep Paralysis Project would consist of a short film, a series of events and a web resource. The project was launched at the Dana Centre in January 2013 as part of the London Short Film Festival, and continued throughout the year. I interviewed dozens of sleep paralysis sufferers from all over the world, many of whom experience extremely frequent and severe episodes. I spoke to people who had been misdiagnosed as epileptic or schizophrenic, and people who believed themselves to be under attack from demons, or the devil itself.
In creating Devil In The Room, the short film at the heart of the project, it was important to me to balance the scientific voice with a more subjective, internal voice. This comes in the form of two narrators, presenting different angles over the top of a visual representation of a sleep paralysis experience. The film combines live action and animation techniques to create a reality that is insecure, in a constant state of transformation. I’ve tried to combine scientific and cultural information with an unsettling, frightening atmosphere and the odd dash of humour. END
The STUFF Dreams Are Made Of…
More investigating gleaned the other underlying causes, one could also be something referred to as Brugada Syndrome, which is linked to people of Southeastern Asian descent. Seems it’s an inherited heart rhythm disorder and people who carry the SCN5a gene are more susceptible to this ‘ailment’.
Then, we have the New Age prophetic dream interpretation websites which tell you that seeing a ‘shadowy figure’ in your dream represents characteristics which you have not acknowledged or incorporated into your own personality.
If you believe this then it seems one might just “INVITE” said figure into your person, am I right? What better way to have a demon possess your body.
Some see more than one shadow figure which even communicate to one another and all but one leave, but the oddity of it is that these beings do communicate to some people telling them they are ‘lucky’ to see them. Stranger yet, some describe these beings as sexually aggressive. Quite often people describe the smell of something dead, and some even find dead animals near their home afterward.
Let’s not forget that these entities have enough energy to enter your dream state and they use our energy to gain enough power to do their will upon us. Some experience a series of attacks (scratches, bites, etc). This tells me they are malevolent, no doubt about it.
People, including myself describe these beings as tall as 7-8 foot tall.
Why do people describe them as being male?
Here’s my take on “SHADOW FIGURES”
Shadow People, Shadow Folk, Shadow Beings, are all seen as dark silhouettes of a human-shape, generally male. Some say when they first noticed them, it was like a mist or smoke, then as time goes by they gain power and become a full figure. These accounts are from all over the world, and not going away, in fact the phenomena is exponentially getting worse. The more consistent accounts of shadow people typically describe a feeling of dread, and if you own pets, these pets react to their presence. Lightening speed is associated with these beings because they are supernatural. They often appear in mirrors and this to me is just a portal for their entry, and are said to travel through solid objects as well.
I believe them to be the exact opposite of an angel, or a good spirit. These beings are most likely associated with demons and appear just as their name describes them to be a ‘shadow’. Now, the one I saw in my paralyzed dream state was 3D, although it was solid black, you can sense their a being. There is absolutely no light in them whatsoever. Some describe them as having a hat, or long coat, even wearing a cloak.
I believe these beings to be similar to a demon in that they have turned their soul/spirit from GOD. They are from the ‘dark side’ of the supernatural, therefore they are dark entities. They appear to be a higher presence in the dark side, meaning they have immense power and decidedly use it on humans. They feed on us, and our energy.
Interestingly, these may be the boogie-monsters which hid under our beds and in the closets of our room when we were children, and even as adults. Although it seems they target children, they also target those who have lost their faith. And, I also believe they target Believer’s to test their faith. I remember having reoccurring dreams in my childhood of something chasing me in the woods, I wonder if it was a shadow entity.
Often people report seeing these figures after ‘playing’ with a Ouija Board. They think of it as a toy, something fun to do when your bored! This is NOT a toy! And you more than likely opened a portal for it to cross over into this dimension.
“Hauntings” seem to go hand-in-hand with these figures. In fact, if your hearing things moving and noises, just plain weird things going on in your home, it’s most likely a shadow figure. In fact, if they happen mostly at night, this is when these beings come out! If you are being targeted and are waking up with bruises and scratches, sheets/covers being ripped off while you sleep, you may want to rethink your situation and get your Bible out!
Demons love to cause fear, this is what they want to happen! They feed off of fear. It’s a demon and the description of a ‘shadow’ figure in your doorway, then you blink and it’s hovering over you…is not just a scary thought but a reality for some.
Seriously folks….if these things are attacking you…take out your Bible. Repeat Scripture before going to bed. Say a prayer before sleeping EVERY night to keep the hedge of protection over you. Some have even has success in placing their Bible under their pillow.
When it happens, immediately think the Name of Jesus Christ. Most likely you won’t be able to speak at first so think it, then when you are able SCREAM out JESUS CHRIST deliver me from these demons!
Do a house blessing. Buy some sea salt, olive oil and put a cross (in olive oil) over all entries and exits (even closets) in your home. Repeat prayers while doing this. Take sea salt and place it on all entries and exits of your home, including windows, doors, closets, basements, attics, EVERYWHERE!
Keep repeating this until you begin to FEEL relief. Then, keep doing it at least once a month. Demons will return to test your faith.
Don’t take this lightly. They have enough power to torture, and KILL. So this is serious!