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Sleep paralysis: the good, the bad and the ugly

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We have covered the issue of sleep paralysis (aka might terrors, etc.) in the article Sleep paralysis in the Bible and also with regards to Chris White’s book Sleep Paralysis – What it is and How to Stop it which we reviewed here.

As you can get the details from those previous postings we will, herein, simply note that the sleep paralysis phenomenon is very ancient; see the Bible article and more below. It denotes waking up conscious but unable to move (beyond minor movements such as those of the eyes) along with dreadful sensations such as fear, being physically touched and/or assaulted by seen or unseen beings, etc.

Herein, our purpose is to consider how within pop-occulture, sleep paralysis is being popularized as a wonderful experience thus, the “good” within our title.

For example, the Huffington Post has, for whatever reason, been at the forefront of this as they published various articles on this topic such as, Ke$ha Says She Had Sex With A Ghost (September 27, 2012 AD). Ke$ha is a very troubled pop singer who peppers her lyrics and videos with references to witchcraft/satanism (see here for some such images and which are also viewable here in video format).

In a typical monosyllabic pop-thought manner, the article ends with a dismissive, “OK Ke$ha, whatever you say.” Yet, Ke$ha, who has surely opened herself wide (as she admits) to whatever level of demonic possession, is touching upon an ancient occurrence:

And what do you do when you have sex with a ghost? You write a song about the experience…her new song "Supernatural." "It's about experiences with the supernatural... but in a sexy way," she told Seacrest. "I had a couple of experiences with the supernatural. I don't know his name! He was a ghost! I'm very open to it…The theme of this record [Warrior] is magic. I went on a spirit journey by myself…I just went around the world… just went on this crazy spirit quest. I got hypnotized…" [emphasis added for emphasis]

Other pop-star who have entertained the ideal of demonic (aliens, gods, etc.) lovers are Katy Perry about whom you can read on this topic here and Lady Gaga, see here.

More recently, the Huffington Post published Natasha Blasick, Actress, Claims 'Ghost Sex' Is 'Really Pleasurable' (April 30, 2014 AD):

She's had sex with a ghost -- twice…“I was laying in bed and then I felt something enter the room and I couldn’t see anybody…I could feel that somebody was touching me and the hands were pushing me against my will and I could feel the weight of the body on top of me. I couldn’t see anybody but I could feel the pressure, the energy, the warmth pushing in different directions”…

Although Blasick is married, she said her ghost sex antics have given her something more than traditional nookie ever could. “It was fun. I think ever since I was a child I always wanted to know if there is anything more to this world, I was always asking the questions, and I think this made me feel kind of reassured that there is something more than what we can see with the naked eye"…

Alexandra Holzer, a ghost researcher and HuffPost blogger, says people who experience ghost sex don't feel "warmth" of the kind that Blasick alleges. "The people who report having sex with a ghost report feeling pressure on them and even penetration, but ghosts don't have warmth," Holzer told HuffPost. "When they're in the room, it's a very cold environment." [emphasis added for emphasis]

Note that this was done “against my will” and so she is now preaching the gospel of enjoying supernatural rape. So, yes, there is something “more to this world…than what we can see with the naked eye”; there are demons who rape you and make you believe that it was a good thing.

There was also the article, Ghost Sex At Ohio Haunted House Arouses Interest Of Paranormal Researchers (November 02, 2011 AD):

A house in Euclid, Ohio, is arousing interest from ghost researchers because the owner claims that she has seen two ghosts having sex with each other. Dianne Carlisle claims that she has seen afterlife amore…"It looks like, like ghosts having sex"…investigator David Jones…says…"It's possible that the ghost could be [Carlisle] from an earlier age"…Carlisle claims she has pictures of the ghosts "getting busy" that were snapped by her four-year-old granddaughter…"I've never seen two dead people who were conscious entities have intercourse," [paranormal expert Amy] Allan told HuffPost Weird News. "I have heard of people having sex with ghosts, but not this"…

One more article and we will then consider some ancient history. This one is titled, "Some of My Best Friends Are Ghosts!" Alexandra Holzer (November 03, 2011 AD):

...one does not have to be a ghost buster in life to appreciate the dead or comprehend them even. No. Quite the opposite.

Father [her dad, Dr. Hans Holzer whom she describes as the “great original Ghost Buster himself”] respected both the living and the dead but some days he just preferred the dead over the living. Why, you may ponder? First off, it is because he found people to be rather difficult and pretentious at times, whereas some of his ghost pals -- not so much. He enjoyed his conversations that were always chronicled for his upcoming books with using his trance-mediums, as he was fascinated with what the mediums had to say and how deep they go to see 'inside' the soul and 'outside' the layers. After all, 'they' where once 'us'…they were more appealing to converse with than a human being…certainly the [human] females aged between 20-40 did well by him as some were his 'Medium in-training' gals… [emphasis added for emphasis]

Not ironically, the ends the article by referring to the “friendly neighborhood ghost!” which, of course, brings to mind an early attempt to get kids and pop-occulture at large to think in terms of “Casper the Friendly Ghost.”

That “'they' where once 'us'” is, of course, a hypothesis. As we elucidated within our article Murky theology from “Real Clear Religion”: ghosts of the dead; demons make for a better explanation as they seem to hang around, in a manner of speaking, family groups and thus, will know all of those things that no one else but so and so could possibly know.

So now, back to ancient history as we consider some statements found within Donald A. MacKenzie, Myths of Babylonia and Assyria (1915 AD), chap 4 “Demons, Fairies, and Ghosts”:

Some of the supernatural beings resemble our elves and fairies and the Indian Rakshasas. Occasionally they appear in comely human guise; at other times they are vaguely monstrous. The best known of this class is Lilith, who, according to Hebrew tradition, preserved in the Talmud, was the demon lover of Adam…

Lilith is the Babylonian Lilithu, a feminine form of Lilu, the Sumerian Lila. She resembles Surpanakha of the Ràmàyana, who made love to Rama and Lakshmana, and the sister of the demon Hidimva, who became enamoured of Bhima, one of the heroes of the Mahàbhàrata, [Indian Myth and Legend, pp. 202-5, 400, 401] and the various fairy lovers of Europe who lured men to eternal imprisonment inside mountains, or vanished for ever when they were completely under their influence, leaving them demented. The elfin Lilu similarly wooed young women, like the Germanic Laurin of the "Wonderful Rose Garden", [Teutonic Myth and Legend, p. 424 et seq] who carried away the fair lady Kunhild to his underground dwelling amidst the Tyrolese mountains, or left them haunting the place of their meetings, searching for him in vain:

A savage place! as holy and enchanted

As ere beneath the waning moon was haunted

By woman wailing for her demon lover . . . [ellipses in original]

His flashing eyes, his floating hair!

Weave a circle round him thrice,

And close your eyes with holy dread,

For he on honey dew hath fed

And drunk the milk of Paradise.

[Samuel Taylor] Coleridge's Kubla Khan…

A Tyrolese folk tale tells of three magic maidens who dwelt on Jochgrimm mountain, where they "brewed the winds". Their demon lovers were Ecke, "he who causes fear"; Vasolt, "he who causes dismay"; and the scornful Dietrich in his mythical character of Donar or Thunor (Thor), the thunderer. [emphasis added for emphasis]

To learn more about Lilith in particular, and the apocryphal claim that she was Adam’s first wife, see our parsed article on that issue: part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4.

One last note from MacKenzie’s book:

The Alu, a storm deity, was also a spirit which caused nightmare. It endeavoured to smother sleepers like the Scandinavian hag Mara, and similarly deprived them of power to move. In Babylonia this evil spirit might also cause sleeplessness or death by hovering near a bed. In shape it might be as horrible and repulsive as the Egyptian ghosts which caused children to die from fright or by sucking out the breath of life. [emphasis added for emphasis]

That pop-occulture shrugs off or encourages people to engage demons (which they call ghosts) in sexual union and otherwise, is one thing. But that we must be discerning and rebuke first and ask questions later, is quite another.

Beware and be aware.

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