I have experienced a few things like this that I do not know what to make of.
I have talked to people who I respect that shot it down hard and fast sighting scientific explanations for things people experience in this state- which apparently to some people because there is a scientific explanation- even a half assed one- it somehow makes it magically/spiritually insignificant. I do not necessarily agree with this line of reasoning.
And forgive me if everyone has seen me mention this to some degree elsewhere on the forum. BUT, the most significant this I have seen to make me think this state truly does create an environment that encourages phenomena, was my daughters night terrors and surrounding events. She would see things and experience things and say things all in that super freaky- eyes -open appears awake but isn't state- and sometimes it seemed to be "just" a night terror. OTHER times- I FELT what she was saying. I have no doubt something had been there. Hell, she could say "the man" and I could describe him and her confirm that's what he looked like. Sooo, for this reason - I think there is SOMETHING to this. Though it's possible- I was feeling what she felt and this confused the issue for me- because well, that shit happens too.
I know there is a whole other thread dedicated to this- which I intend to read, but have not yet. But, along these lines, I think it is very interesting that people experiencing sleep paralysis often ALSO experience the old hag vision/dream. People from different cultures describe the same damn thing. Sleep paralysis being scientifically explained or not- I think this is likely not a coincidence. The best explanation I have heard is the idea that the "old hag" is an archetype that people fear that is not limited by culture. Therefore people "dream" the same thing. I call bullshit. I mean yes that's POSSIBLE. But if you pole a bunch of people around the world as to what things they fear the most- I bet "an old woman sitting on my bed" would come in really low on the universal "shit I'm scared of" list. (At least amongst those who have never had those "dreams.") Now- if you told me they were dreaming of a clown sitting on their bed- then I would buy it- lol.
Edited by Oroboros, 29 July 2016 - 05:43 AM.