This morning, I experienced my first episode of sleep paralysis awareness. I didn't realize what was happening at the time, but once the sensation passed and I was calm again, I remembered hearing about sleep paralysis and I suddenly recognized what had transpired.
I had been dreaming when suddenly the imagery clicked to a new scene. I was seeing a variation of my own bedroom - it was my bedroom, but everything was bathed in an eerie blue haze. My perspective was from where I lie down on the bed, face-up. An enormous humanoid entity appeared near the doorway and half shambled, half strutted toward the foot of the bed. It looked like a surreal, grotesque version of a man - very tall and very thin, with paper white skin and long black hair. Its features were eerily contorted, and it hovered just at my bedside, regarding me and smiling maliciously.
All of a sudden, I was overwhelmed with a feeling of dread. I had the distinct impression that this presence wanted to rape me or do me some other harm. The only thing that mattered was getting as far away as possible. But I couldn't move. I tried screaming, only to choke on the words and gasp frantically instead. I could look around, but that was it. Then, almost as quickly as it had happened, something snapped into place and I could move again. The entity disappeared and I was left alone in my room. Alone, but still quite freaked out.
Has anyone else experienced this? I googled it this morning and found that it's not especially uncommon, particularly when sleeping in the supine position (something I don't normally do but had certainly done last night). Apparently the evil presence is a very popular hallucination during sleep paralysis, and I'd really rather not see that again. If anyone has dealt with similar experiences, did it happen more often after your first episode? When did you experience your first episode? Did you discover ways to manage it or influence the way it occurs? Do you think certain types of people/personalities are prone to certain sleep disturbances (and sleep paralysis issues especially)?
I've also read that there is a link between awareness of sleep paralysis and lucid dreaming. Has anyone here willfully been able to engage in lucid dreaming successfully?