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Joined: 2006/6/15
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 Unable to Wake Up

Wondering if anybody else has ever experienced something likened unto trying to wake up, but feeling as if something is smothering you / holding you down / paralyzed... being conscious, but asleep?

Koreans call it "Gah-Wee," (scissors) and tie it to demonic powers / forces...

I had a couple of experiences when I was younger...(12, 13) and never really knew what to make of it?


 2010/4/4 1:41Profile

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 Re: Unable to Wake Up

Wow, I happened to have listened to a couple interviews with people who have specifically dealt with this issue amongst numbers of people.

The individual interviewed actually offers council and biblical advice to hundreds of people whom have gone through the same thing. I know I am probably going to get hammered by folks for mentioning it, but it has been directly linked to a large amount of "Alien Encounters."

In many cases, when the name of Christ is pronounced and his blood is pleaded, the alien encounters cease.

I will try to find the link to the interview and I will message it to you.

Jeremiah Dusenberry

 2010/4/4 2:05Profile

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 Re: Unable to Wake Up

When I was younger I often had dreams where I wanted to scream but could not, and yes, it was like I was paralyzed. If I recall correctly, it was always a bad dream.

About the time the Lord got a hold on me there were two instances where I was "frozen in place" for a short length of time - but I was not asleep. It is unclear to me what the purpose of this was, but singing a hymn in my mind released me from one of them. The other one was very brief and stopped on it's own. There were no aliens - but there was smoke :)

About a year later, there was an instance where the Lord literally brought me to my knees. One instant I was standing, and the next instant I was on my knees. In that one split second I learned that the Lord is fully in control of all things, including the working of my entire body. It was a very valuable lesson that I am most grateful for.

 2010/4/4 2:48Profile

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 Re: Unable to Wake Up

I had an experience about 20 years ago that I thought was a heart attack, but your description sounds similar. I tried to cry out for help but could get no sound out, just my lips moving, then I cried out help me Lord Jesus and it was over. I know it isn't related to aliens, which I believe are really demons, but it probably was an attack of the enemy of our souls, but at the name of Jesus they have to flee.


 2010/4/4 8:55Profile

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I wouldn't say it's a demonic problem. It's simply your mind. I forget the name of the symptom, but I remember studying it in a psychology class a few years ago. I've had it happen to me several times, and so has my older sister. It's a sleeping issue. When the body sleeps, it is literally paralyzed. But something happens when you sleep sometimes, that causes you to awaken, but not fully. Thus, you can be cognizant of your surroundings, but your body is still in that paralyzed mode. Again, I don't remember the technical name for this. But it is simply a slight sleeping disorder. If you change your diet, exercise, and have less caffeine, you should be better.


I found the following link on WebMD that may help you:

Jimmy H

 2010/4/4 9:36Profile

 Re: Unable to Wake Up

Carter Conlon said that he suffered with that, it's definitely a demonic attack. I remember a brother who had an experience like your saying and he saw this thing clasping his throat and he cried out to the Lord for help and the Lord said, "go limp", when he did, it disappeared. Pray that you will call out the name of Jesus while your in this state so you can find deliverance.

 2010/4/4 10:41

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[url=]Sleep Paralysis[/url]

Just about everyone I've talked to about this occasional sleeping disorder has described the same symptoms; I've also experienced it. It seems to come and go sporadically; you can go a few years without an experience...and then have a bout that can last a few weeks straight.

The experience is not confined to those who serve the Lord: Buddhists, Jews, Roman Catholics, Muslims, Atheists, Republicans, Democrats, and yes, Born-Again Christians all experience it. It's when your mind's consciousness awakes before it sends the coresponding wake up information to the rest of your body.

The last time I experienced it (it is usually precluded by intense stress at the workplace or school, etc), my mind calmly identified the cause being the "lag" and that was enough to kickstart the nerve impulses to get the rest of my body out of sleep mode. The paralysis ended immediately. Later on that night I could feel it coming on again, I thought "Oh man, here we go again" and I immediately snapped right out of it. Whether or not it is demonic, I can't say. I do know that occultists love to use the sleep paralysis platform to astral project. That is certainly demonic activity.

There's a lot of spooky folklore surrounding SP because of the intense fear that accompanies it; witches jumping on your chest, demons riding your back, etc. At first, it is admittedly frightening, but knowing the Lord and the etiology behind the disorder will banish the fear next time you experience it.

Paul Frederick West

 2010/4/4 11:05Profile

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My husband has had this happen just a few time to him. He said it is very frightening when it first happens but as you mentioned Paul knowing what causes it and that it is a sleep disorder that is not dangerous makes it much less frightening.

God Bless

 2010/4/4 13:18Profile


Wow Paulwest that was something I never knew before. I am sure that will bring comfort to the poster, I know it has for me.

 2010/4/4 13:27

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 Re: Unable to Wake Up

Before I was truly saved, I had at least 2 occurences of the below which I remember.

I'm sleeping (not conscious at all) and suddenly I am aware that I have to say the word God to wake myself up. However, it was very difficult to say any words at all and I had to really struggle to get even 1 word/syllable out. Sometimes I had to say it more than once before I would wake up. I don't recall I was deathly afraid, maybe afraid a bit but I was so focused on calling the name God that all other things pale in comparison.

The last time (shortly before I was saved)it happened to me, I knew I had to say Jesus or God. (Now this was the only time I recall that I could say Jesus also besides God. It was always God previously). Managed to say Jesus once but did not awake. Only on my 2nd time which I managed to say God was when I woke up. (God was easier to say as it was one syllable versus 2 for Jesus. Plus bear in mind I hardly knew Jesus then)

Maybe there could have been something smothering me but I don't really recall it being like that. I could not move--that was true, but my preoccupation was struggling to say the word God. Only knew that I just had to say the word God to wake myself up and that it was imperative to wake myself up. Also, there were no dreams/nightmares during these occurences.

Now during this time, I hardly ever read the bible or attend church and seldom think of God. So its very unlikely that it was my own self thinking that I have to call God for help.

I have also had extremely bad nightmares and also at other times have the sensation that I just fell off and in none of these things have I ever felt the urge to call God. I would think that these instances would make more sense to call on God to rescue me instead on the instances when I knew I had to mention God.

Thus, I do believe that it was God that asked me to call on his name (during at least 2 of these situations) and it was not just some sleep disorder. Also, I have not had these dreams where I had to call the name of God ever since I got saved.

After I was saved, I had a few occurences of something below me trying to enter me (it did not succeed) and maybe on top of me also while I was sleeping etc (this has never happened to me when I was not saved) . But whatever it was (which is no good thing), did not succeed. Not even during these times, did I felt the urge to call on the name of God. Maybe, I somehow knew they would not succeed as I had the Holy Spirit in me.

Edited to add things


 2010/4/4 13:48Profile

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