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Sleep Paralysis - My Experience and Findings
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How it started...
It was around October 2002, another normal day in Karachi, Pakistan where our family was sitting in the lounge watching tv, and my sister was asleep in the bedroom. People who have lived in Karachi, know very well that the electricity supply is not the most reliable commodity available, and we used to have frequent power outages, mostly in the nighttime during summer, when power consumption for air conditioners was at its peak.
The power went out, so we switched on the natural gas lamp in the kitchen which provided us with some light into the lounge. We then started talking on various topics as we could not sleep due to the intense heat and it was around 1:30am when i heard my sister who was sleeping, firstly in a crackled voice and the second time a much louder and clearer voice shout "is anyone there ... is anyone there...".
We didn't know what had happened so we all jumped out of our seats and ran to the dark room, other family members followed with candles. We asked her what happened and she said she could not breathe or move.
No one had ever heard of anything like it, so we were all a bit worried. This started to happen more frequently with time, like every other day where she would wake up screaming the same thing and it was always between 12am and 4am for some reason. We have a cousin who is a doctor and lived on the floor below us and we troubled him the first few times to see what was going on. After a while I knew there was no medical help for this kind of issue.
The situation with my sister got worse, it came to point where she started laughing in someone elses voice and the episodes lasted for hours ... I have never been more scared in my entire life. We are a religious bunch and we are muslims so my father used to read the Quran to her when she was in this state, but i will not eleborate on that further as we are talking about sleep paralysis in this article.
About 1 month had passed and at this stage I started worrying as soon as the sun went down because i did not know what was going to happen that night.
Ramadan is our holy month, where satan is locked-up for the whole month and where we fast daily from sunrise to sunset. At the time I thought it's definitely something to do with satan and now that the holy month of Ramadan is upon us, nothing will happen to my sister for the whole month. I was proved wrong in the early days of Ramadan when it happened again and it had left me a little perplexed, and questioning the whole situation and that part of my belief system.
I used to meet up with my friends at a cafe every night from about 8pm to 11pm. When i really got worried about the whole situation at home I had to talk my friends about it, to see if they knew anything about this kind of thing and to get some support. One of my friends (i'll call him John) had experienced sleep paralysis before and he told me what had happened to him. He has also seen a dark shadow and has also met the dark shadow in person, once again a different story.
We decided that we needed to go and see a spiritual person, who might be able to help us understand what was happening and provide us with a solution. The question was "who to go to?" there are many spiritual people in Karachi who are fakes and just do it for the money and others do the opposite of what you ask so we needed a trustworthy person. While discussing with my friends, luckily another friend (i'll call him Ted) walked in the cafe and I told him the story. Ted said that he had been to all the spiritual people in Karachi and knows one guy (will call him Sam) who is visiting Karachi from another city in Pakistan called Lahore.
So we decided to go visit Sam the spiritual guy. The next day instead of sitting at the cafe with John, Ted and other friends we, went to meet Sam. The norm in Karachi is just to show up at someone's place without calling ahead and making an appointment. We knocked on the door of his house and found out that Sam was attending a wedding ceremony somewhere and would be back in about 30 mins. So we waited for him in the car.
I was expecting an old man with white hair and a white beard and a typical muslim cap which we wear when praying and the typical pakistani outfit called shalwar kameez, but when i saw Sam, he seemed in his mid 40's, no beard, no cap only a moustache otherwise clean shaved, and about 6foot 2inches in height, wearing a dress pant (khaki's) and an office type blue coloured shirt.
I was introduced to Sam by Ted and I was invited into the house...
Have you ever heard about the Jinn?
The Talk with Sam...
After seating ourselves in the lounge and settling down, I explained the whole situation to Sam and asked him if he had any solution to the problem.
He got up and grabbed a pen and a blank piece of paper, then asked for my sisters name and my mothers name. Once I had given this information to him he started doing some mathematical calculations and continued for the next 5 minutes or so, then ended up with the number 7 on my mothers name and circled it. Then he worked on my sisters name and ended up again with the number 7 and circled it. So basically there were two number 7's circled on the paper. Then he started his explanation.
The results on the paper meant that my sister was possessed with a Jinn, and he said he could not help because he was leaving the city in 2 days time. So I had to find a local person who could help with removing the Jinn that was troubling my sister.
I will just put the definition of a Jinn here and will discuss about it in another article. Definition is taken from wikipedia.
Jinn (Arabic: جن ǧinn, singular جني ǧinnī ; variant spelling djinn) or genies are supernatural creatures in Arab folklore and Islamic teachings which occupy a parallel world to that of mankind. Together, jinn, humans and angels make up the three sentient creations of Allah. According to the Qur'an, there are two creations that have free will: humans and jinn. Religious sources say barely anything about them; however, the Qur'an mentions that jinn are made of smokeless flame or "scorching fire". Like human beings, the jinn can also be good, evil, or neutrally benevolent.
So, that explanation cleared my thoughts about satan being locked up in Ramadan with these things still happening. I asked him a couple of questions about her screaming when she wakes up and why all that was happening. Sam explained about the Jinn further.
He told me they are just like humans and they have kids too, the kids can be naughty and one of the tricks they play is to scare humans. They can change their shape (similar to genies as seen in movies/cartoons) and if they want to scare someone all they need to do is float under any object like a cup on the table and "stand up" or lift it. The human can only see the cup in mid air and 90% of people will scream and run off. That's the end of the Jinn kids fun.
Others however watch the humans in their houses and end up loving them. Now if you have someone you have loved, especially a kid in the house maybe. Sometimes you want to hug them so hard that the kid cannot breath. Similarly the Jinn comes on top of you and spreads itself over your like a blanket and gives you a great big hug. You cannot move because it's holding you and you cannot breathe because it's either covering your mouth and nose like a blanket or has your chest pressed down that you cannot inhale. It will hold you as hard as it can but cannot kill you as they have not been given the power by Allah to do so. Even so, if they are hugging you they would not want to kill you. Once you are close to being out of breath, they let go and you are free again. Sometimes the naughty kids, will rotate you in your bed while you are awake and you'll be rotating on the bed or being dragged here there and everywhere (this happened with my friend John). Some people wake up screaming because of being out of breath and just frightened by the whole situation, others do not scream. Everyone's reaction to it is different and in my sisters case it was the screaming scenario. And this is basically the explanation of Sleep Paralysis.
I asked him how to protect my sister from all this. One thing he mentioned was that there is always a path from the door of any room to the window, like a small passage. He mentioned to stay clear of that passage when sleeping, meaning the bed should not be in the middle of the window and the door. The chances of a passer-by Jinn messing with you is higher if you are in it's route. He also said to remain in the state of ablution (it's a Ritual of purification with water) while going to bed. In this state the Jinns cannot come within 20 feet or yards of you and also told me one or two prayers for protection.
After a few days of talking with Sam I personally experienced sleep paralysis for the first time (I did not use his advice for protection against the Jinn on myself), I could not breathe when i woke up and could not move anything but the tip of my index finger. I could open my eyes and could look in one direction, could not move my head at all, I tried to move as hard as i could but it was no use. I knew exactly what was happening, which i guess is why i was not scared at all. I started reading the protection prayer known as the Ayat-ul-Kursi (works without ablution too) and as soon as i finished the last verse I was free and could breathe again.
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After meeting Sam I felt much better and understood what was going on. I had one or two more sleep paralysis episodes but haven't had any in quite a few years now. My sister's episodes did reduce but did not end with Sam's advice. It took about another year to clear out her problems. We had to get further help from a local person and now she is totally fine.
Even if you do not believe in my findings, I hope you enjoyed reading this hub.