Sentient Sleep Paralysis Mist Caught on Tape?

From Examiner:

“I’m a rationalist and a very skeptical person with no previous interest in paranormal activity, but after doing some research it seemed like there was a possibility that this entity is real,” Pike said.

On one evening last week Pike decided to place a camera in his bedroom to document what he was experiencing on his sleepless nights. Pike set up a camera facing the bed and went to sleep with the lights on. The footage that he captured was shocking. In the video, around the 30-second mark, an eerie mist rises to the ceiling from Pike’s bed.

“I have watched the footage over and over trying to figure out some logical explanation for what could have caused the image of what seems to be a ghost, but I haven’t been able to come up with a solution,” Pike said about the video. “I am really starting to believe that I captured the entity I saw during my paralysis on video. This terrifies me so much that I can no longer sleep in my room.”

Okay, so I normally avoid the vast majority of Ghost Hunters-eque crap like the plague. Never even made it through a single episode of any of those shows, because well, they’re just so vapid. All right, I’ll now be a little more specific as to why I think they’re so stupid (other than the obvious fact that people running around acting scared in night vision is boring with a capital B). I just don’t think you can study this sort of thing and get any compelling results while fully awake and/or sober. Understanding things that involve “spirits” involves, gasp, trying to get into the spirit’s headspace from a perspective of consciousness. In my experience this also involves accepting the idea that one of the basic concepts that we blindly accept as fact, that consciousness must inhabit a physical body and exist within a linear time-stream, is total nonsense. I might point out that pretty much all western intellectual thought is based upon that variable being true. It’s not. Sort of where we’re currently at and why none of this shit seems to make any “rational sense”.

So why am I posting this video then? Well, firstly, I just did a couple interviews for a forthcoming sleep paralysis documentary. I’ve also been seeing the topic of sleep paralysis pop up increasingly as of late on the internets. Apparently more people “suffer” from these experiences than I realized. To those people I would point out that sleep paralysis is the gateway to astral projection, and if you learned to focus, you’d probably find that it could be used to your advantage and potentially open you up to some of the most profound inner mindgasm freak-outs imaginable. But…it’s…so…terrifying. Yeah, not going to argue with you there. As a matter of fact, the reason I stopped fooling around with Robert Monroe’s astral projection techniques years back had to do with some incredibly frightening and sexually invasive encounters.

As a matter of fact, after doing an acid magick ritual in 2012, I started having experiences where I wake up in the sleep paralysis state only to find what I can describe as black mist entities trying to pull me out of my body. I’d love to let them full-on abduct me, but the primal fear response kicks in and I snap back to waking consciousness with a start. Because of this, I’ve entered a phase where they’re simply showing up and hovering around in my presence without trying to pull me out of my body because they know that’ll scare the Christ out of me. The last time this happened the entity held up a mirror and showed me that from its perspective (and mine when I’m separated from physicality) that I look like a monkey (I write about this sort of thing on Facebook all the time, friend me). Which is the primary reason I find this video intriguing. This is a guy who’s been struggling with sleep paralysis for years and decided to set up a camera to see if he could catch one of the spirits that torment him on tape, and he did. Why do I personally find it intriguing? Because what he caught on tape looks like black mist. Go read through my FB magick feed. There are so many references to black mist entities it’s amazing. One of the most consistent themes actually, and as a matter of fact, a few months ago I woke up in one of these states surrounded by them. There was like a feeding frenzy of sorts going on above me and just as I was wondering what the hell was up, one of them separated from the rest, attached itself to my head and telepathically informed me that “YOU ARE A SPIRIT MEDIUM”. Noted.

So is this one of these sleep paralysis mist entities caught on tape? I have no idea if it’s faked or not, but I’m now going to have to try something like this someday, especially because I’m currently in the process of buying a decent video camera. In my case, it’d probably be a bit easier to whittle down the tape as you could see me waking up with a start and focus right around that period to see if anything shows up visibly. You also might see my dog wake up startled before I do, as on several occasions I’ve gotten the vibe he’s sensing them too and reacting to their presence. In closing, here’s a picture of Zeke dressed as Yoda because you’re welcome. Stupid outfit I put on, treats I can haz?

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Thad McKraken is a psychedelic writer, musician, visual artist, filmmaker, Occultist, and pug enthusiast based out of Seattle. He is the author of the books The Galactic Dialogue: Occult Initiations and Transmissions From Outside of Time, both of which can be picked up on Amazon super cheap.
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26 Comments on "Sentient Sleep Paralysis Mist Caught on Tape?"

  1. erte4wt4etrg | Jul 19, 2014 at 1:14 pm |

    Don’t have to be separated from physicality to see we look like bloody monkies lol

    • Echar Lailoken | Jul 19, 2014 at 4:48 pm |

      Be gone demon!

      • OMG. We’ve had an insane influx of spam posts, and I’ve been trying to mark as many as I can. Sorry about that!

        • Echar Lailoken | Jul 19, 2014 at 7:41 pm |

          It’s not your fault. It’s probably the same person. Is there a IP ban option? They’ve evolved to using a truncated link to bypass spam block. I wonder if Disqus has some heavy guns to use?

          • I’m not sure. I’ll have to look into it. I just emptied our spam queue, so I can’t analyze IP addresses. I’ll keep my eye out, though. Luckily they all post at once and I can easily snag them in the comment dashboard and mark them as spam that way.

          • Echar Lailoken | Jul 19, 2014 at 8:41 pm |

            If they really want to be a jerk, they can change their IP almost as easily as changing their SN. Back in the day of message boards, there was the global ban, but that can limit access for people who haven’t done anything. There was also a time limit alotted between posts to keep from the oldschool flood spamming ctrl C cntrl V until there’s a gigantic string then cntrl v cntrl v cntrl v…

            I noticed there’s a limit on the same message in the same thread, however is this the case for other threads? Maybe first time or newby posters can be limited to how quickly they can post a message? Again, this is going off of oldschool message board mod powers.

            However, sometimes enacting these can limit the flow of interaction of people who actually bring something to the conversation. Anyhow, spammers must perish!!!

        • Eugene is getting smarter, it can’t be helped.

  2. The first few times I watched this, I could not see anything,probably because where I was was too bright. Just watched it at home and I was able to see a very faint shadow kinda rising up from the foot of the bed. Pretty fucking cool, man:) Kinda creepy too, of course.
    It’s the abyss staring back at you;)

  3. Echar Lailoken | Jul 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm |

    I am skeptical of the video, it’s likely faked. I do find it interesting though.

    I had a sleep paralysis experience earlier this year. I woke from a dream and couldn’t get up, and woke into another dream where I was stuck, into another dream and finally arose. I was aware that it was a sleep paralysis experience while being lucid. I remember there was a little panic, but being aware that it was a sleep paralysis experience calmed me.

    I figured out that my sleep apnia mixed with a magnetic necklace/choker that I wore, my pillows, and a higher dose of melatonin encouraged this expeirence. I haven’t had it since. I must admit the waking into other dreams was a neat, but the inability to get up was a bit alarming. I basically couldn’t breathe and was trying to, and this woke me. I got rid of the necklace and rearranged my pillows.

  4. Adam's Shadow | Jul 19, 2014 at 4:39 pm |

    I’ve had several intense experiences during hypnagogic states, mostly from my childhood, and they almost always involve threatening spectral figures looming over me or “consuming” me. I’m not going to comment on the veracity of this video, because der interwebz r stoopid w/ this stuf; however, I will say that this sort of thing, regardless of how you interpret it, is fairly common. So I see a lot of parallels between what’s purportedly in this video, what you’ve experienced, Thad, and my own experiences.

    If they do have some sort of independent “reality” apart from the psyche, or even if they don’t and are just a byproduct of hypnagogia, they are not an indicator of anything pleasant or “positive;” they are usually traumatic, and they definitely were so for me. Those early childhood experiences have stuck with me for a long time, and I’ve even had friends, family, and lovers since that time tell me of sleepwalking episodes or conversations I’ve had with them that I do not remember: conversations where my voice is lowered and guttural, where my body language is threatening, where I seem “like a different person” (girlfriend’s words, not mine). I try to keep an open mind about these things, not leaning towards a completely rationalist or mystical/paranormal explanation, but simply as a significant part of my life, especially my internal life. Occasionally I still wake up outside and have no memory of how I got there, with cuts and bruises on my body.

    • Yeah, when I was a child it seemed like I was getting sleep paralysis almost every night with horrifying visions of hammerhead shark-headed entities made of black shadow standing over me, and wow I’d almost completely forgotten I used to sleepwalk too. God even writing about it now I can feel the sensation intensifying. I absolutely hated that film, ‘Paranormal activity’. ever since seeing it the fear has become concentrated towards open doors in the room at night due to the films reminding me so effectively of what it’s like. I’m hearing all the time that this is the gateway to astral projection and I really am burning with curiousity, but the sleep paralysis doesn’t happen much anymore and I haven’t figured out a way to overcome the fear in whatever way is necessary. I try to placate myself with the notion that it’s purely a psychological projection, or using a technique an exorcist told me where you ‘suck’ the shadow into yourself and transform it into light. I haven’t got the hang of it yet.

      The most curious thing to happen in my pursuit of astral projection and lucid dreaming (something else I don’t seem to be able to do easily), is when I engage in automatic writing the sleep paralysis shadows tend to appear in a much more dilute form where it is easier to apply will mixed in with the release obtained from entering the automatic trance. I’ve had some pretty interesting conversations and visions with them using this method. I post my automatic stuff in my facebook notes for the curious although if you’re a stranger to my personal memetics it might not mean much to you. Hell sometimes I write stuff and *I* have no idea what it means, sometimes I’ve come out with stuff in a language I don’t even speak.

      • Impress your fiends for fun & profit!

        Glossolalia, often understood among Protestant Christians as speaking in tongues, is the fluid vocalizing of speech-like syllables that lack any readily comprehended meaning, in some cases as part of religious practice. Some consider it as a part of a sacred language. It is a common practice amongst Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity.

        Glossolalia also sometimes refers to xenoglossy, the putative speaking of a natural language previously unknown to the speaker.

        (Via: duh Wikus)

        • Would be great if it didn’t just come out a nonsense garble when that happens. I don’t find it that impressive, there’s so much information all jumbled up from a lifetime of exposure words from other languages seem bound to crop up sometime, nonsensical or not. The good stuff for me is coming closer into contact with these unconscious contents whilst awake.

      • Adam's Shadow | Jul 20, 2014 at 12:41 am |

        I need to start keeping a dream diary, so I like that you keep a record of what happens to you in this state. While I don’t think of myself as advanced at astral projection or lucid dreaming, I find both of them great techniques to practice, although I inevitably end up walking down a long and dark hallway with a distant, lit door at the end that I can never quite reach.

    • Ghostlore | Jul 20, 2014 at 1:54 pm |

      For the record, I too have had sleep paralysis episodes where I have encountered various non-human ‘beings’. I think there are only a few possible scenarios for the experiences many of us have had:

      1) Bitch, chew crazy: It’s not real. It’s in our head. Things like this absolutely do not exist and we are doing nothing but allowing our powerful imaginations to get the better of us. If we are to be fair, then like it or not, this is entirely plausible, as there is no substantial evidence except anecdotal experience to back up our claims. The video above, while compelling, is hardly conclusive.

      2) Autobots, roll out: It’s a construct. Some aspect of our subconscious mind, in some yet-to-be-explained way created a form with enough intensity that it is able to manifest itself to the point of being (in the case of the video above) visible. In some cases, the construct can be hostile, in some cases beneficial, depending on what aspect of our subconscious was used during it’s encapsulation.

      3) This shit is real, yo: Extra-dimensional beings exist, and parasitically attach to us to feed off us, in some yet-to-be-explained energetic exchange. Perhaps this is simply an undiscovered, yet natural process within the universe. Perhaps this is even vital: e.g. like a virus which seeks to grow and spread through a herd of hosts, perhaps these entities are the spiritual equivalent of a virus that seeks to spread itself throughout our energetic collective. At the end of the day, the virus may indeed take a few casualties, but the majority of victims either adapt and overcome, or remain unaffected and the herd is strengthened as a whole.

      4) OMG, WTF and ??? etc: Sort of a combination of #2 and #3 above: We manifest a construct with some sort of subconscious energy (i.e. a dark anger or fear) and some external entity, being drawn to that sort of ‘vibe’ attaches to that construct and uses it to it’s own benefit/survival.

      I think that whatever case is true above, it is an exciting opportunity to delve into aspects of ourselves and our places in the universe that have not been fully explored. *Something* is going on…there are too many similar cases from around the globe for this to be dismissed out of hand. It deserves serious inquiry.

    • Same here: used to happen to me very often as a teenager. Every time was different, but the first time was for sure the most terrifying of all: I woke up and there was this black “demon” figure floating in the corner of my room. I could hear it calling my name in the wind. I looked at the clock, it was around 7h30. I could hear my mom and dad talking about the grocery list. I was trying to call them, but no sound was coming out. I was trying to get up, but I was stuck to the bed. Then I looked up and caught “It’s” gaze. I cannot begin to explain how it felt. It was like I could feel my soul leaving my body and I could not stop staring through those eyes, they were swallowing me. At one point I was able to turn my head and close my eyes. although I am not religious, I started praying since that was the only thing I could think of, and after a few minutes the “feeling” dissipated, I opened my eye and the figure was gone. I was able to get up. I looked at the clock again: 7h35. my parents were gone at the store. I was so freaked out I ran to the neighbors crying. They did not understand anything I was telling them. My parents eventually came home and I told my mom. She told me it had happened to her before, and to call my Gramma. My Gramma told me not to worry, that these were just dreams and that most women in my family have them. they called it “pesant”, which means “heavy” in english, probably because you feel heavy and cannot move from your bed. I much later learned it was called hypnagogia.

      Anyway, it did happened many many time after, but was never as horyfing as the first time. It was alway very different, sometime I could just feel the presence, sometime there would be someone, often floating around my room dressed in white robes and trying to talk to me, but I would always shut my ears because I was scared. Sometime I would be floating above my body and see myself in bed. I always knew it was coming because I could feel it, I cannot really explain the feeling, but it did feel weird right before, like a tingle. After a while I decided that I did not want it to happen again and found a way to stop it before it starts. It started happening less and less and stopped. Every time I would start to feel it was coming, I would suppress it right away. I don’t know how I managed to control it that way, but it did not happened to me since I was 17. Now even if I try or want it to happen, nothing happens…

      It seems like these are dreams, whether or not the entities are real is another story. But for me anyway, although I seemed to be aware of my surrounding (can see the real time on the clock, can hear conversations going on in the house), my eyes were always shut and I was not moving (although it felt like I was trying to get up, trashing around my bed, etc). It happened many times while my boyfriend was laying beside me, and every time, he told me that I was asleep and not moving while all this was happening.

      • Adam's Shadow | Jul 22, 2014 at 4:33 pm |

        Thank you for your story. Since I posted this comment, I’ve gotten several responses reporting similar experiences, and it’s very heartening.

  5. InfvoCuernos | Jul 19, 2014 at 5:12 pm |

    This video, coming at the same time as the “mouse soul” video makes me think that maybe someone has figured out a new trick of how to fake a soul on video. Just think about how long we have had cameras and now, within the space of a week we have two soul/spirits caught on camera? Now I am going to use the old “I don’t believe in coincidences” saw that people on both sides of the septic fence love to run out.

  6. 480p?

    Does he not know how to upload to 1080p? Maybe it was an artifact of his shitty camera overheating. Or a bug moving across the light source.

    Nothing about this implies dimensionality or actual “presence”. It doesn’t look like mist, it looks like a moving Rorschach blob layer courtesy of AfterEffects, Premiere, or other non-linear video editing software.

  7. Faked? I’d have to be able to actually see something to think it was faked. I can’t see a damn thing. No matter, I’m obviously missing nothing.

  8. Saint Eli | Jul 20, 2014 at 7:45 pm |

    Anyone seen a movie called Ink? The “incubi” that seep under the doors out of pools of shadow to bring nightmares were pretty damn freakish..

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