DISCLAIMER: I know that what I am about to post here is against popular opinion and will probably annoy / anger many people who have been investing so much time and energy into lucid dreaming, but I feel responsible to prevent as many of you as I can from opening the same miserable door that I have. If I can prevent just ONE of you from getting to the point I am at now, the time I spent writing this post will not have gone in vain.
Hey everyone. This is going to be a long read, so I apologize in advance, but I feel this warning is needed. As you can see by my join date, I have been practicing lucid dreaming for a long time now. Over the course of my time here, I contributed in various ways by writing a couple articles for the Lucid Library and composing a technique that a lot of people had great success with. Many, many years has lucid dreaming been a big priority in my life. However, I am coming to regret tampering with this.
Near the beginning of 2012, I was approached in a lucid dream by an older looking man in a suit and tie. The vibe that I picked up from him was different than what I felt from my autonomous dream characters. He seemed more alive and conscious of what was going on than they did. He extended his hand and asked me if I would like to make a deal. Being utterly creeped out by the feeling this man was invading my lucid dream, I declined and told him to bug off.
Immediately I found myself in bed, lying in sleep paralysis with a black cat with no face sitting next to my pillow staring a hole through my eyes. The terror was extreme and unimaginable. I wasn’t a Christian at the time and had no belief in Jesus so I just laid there completely unable to escape while this demon psychologically harassed me for a good 5 to 10 minutes, which seemed even longer than it probably was.
Ever since then, I have consistently been attacked by demons in the early morning hours, during sleep paralysis, approximately 3 or 4 mornings a week every week. The attacks are always terrifying and have involved being clawed at, strangled, suffocated, electrocuted with energy and even raped. Yes, raped and I am a male. Not the most pleasant experiences. Combine the physical pain of the aforementioned types of experiences with the overwhelming sensation of pure, innescapable terror and you can get a rough glimpse of what I and many others who experience this must have been through.
Before any of you say this is a completely scientific phenomenon, it is not. Sleep paralysis is a natural phenomenon, yes, and sometimes it’s natural to be conscious during it. Over the last 9 years I have been practicing lucid dreaming, I have casually been in and out of sleep paralysis hundreds of times, but the difference was there were no demons or feelings of a dark presence in the room. Sleep paralysis is normal, yes, however demonic attacks DURING sleep paralysis are NOT normal.
Until spring of 2013, nothing I had tried would make these experiences stop. I could try holding my breath to escape them, I could try shaking myself awake or crying out for help but none of those attempts ever succeeded in waking me up. I was forced to live through 5 to 10 minutes of unimaginable horror every episode. That was until I swallowed my pride and did what many people had suggested prior and to call out in the name of Jesus Christ for aid. The first time I tried it, the experience ended abruptly. I still thought that the Bible and everything christianity taught was a ridiculous story to try and guilt trip people into being good slaves to the system so I brushed it off as mere coincidence.
However, every time sleep paralysis set in and demons invaded my room, the same trick worked wonders to bring me out of it. After enough times, I decided there must be something to it. I started investigating the Bible and found other stories of previously atheist people who have been down the same path as I have where occult practices (such as lucid dreaming and astral projection) had lead to endless night time demonic assaults and ended up finding Christ through witnessing his name stopping the attacks.
Have the attacks stopped? No. They are less frequent than they once were, but they still happen. However, they last no more than 20 to 30 seconds now because I know to instantly call out to Jesus to wake me up.
I have had other spiritual experiences that I find too sacred to describe online during these situations recently that have solidified my faith in Christ and, as terrifying as these attacks have been, I am grateful to have them as they have given me a pure knowledge that the gospel of Christ is true – which extends far beyond mere faith.
I urge you all to stop heading down this path. Consciousness in sleep opens doorways to dimensions where Satan has his kingdom and you do NOT want to experience it in the same way I had to. If you’re not already christian, it’s not like I am going to call you to repentence and say you have to turn to Christ or anything. Choose whichever path you choose (buddhist, hindu, islam, atheist), but I am just begging you not to go down this one. However, Jesus does love all of you.
While I can’t literally go back and kick these demons in the nuts for the last couple years of pure hell and torment, I can metaphorically kick them in the nuts by preventing them from gaining access to all of you in the way that they have me. Again, if I can stop just one of you from having to learn the hard way as I have then my time spent writing this post was worth it.
Good luck, whichever path you choose.