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Oliver Sacks - Christina sees a wild eyed man

Identifier

001541

Type of Spiritual Experience

Vision
Hallucination

Number of hallucinations: 1

Background

The links to the succubus and incubus concepts are there to show the connection, there was no sex here.

 

A description of the experience

Oliver Sacks – Hallucinations

Christina K' is prone to sleep paralysis and often her hallucinations go with this, as in the following episode:

I had just lain down in bed, and after a few rounds of changing positions I ended up face down. Almost immediately I felt my body go more and more numb,  I tried to "pull" myself out of it, but I was already too deep into the paralysis.

Then it was almost as if someone sat down on my back, pressing me deeper into the mattress  . . the weight on my back got heavier and heavier', and I was still not able to move.

[Then] the thing on my back got off and laid down next to me

I could feel it lying beside me, breathing. I got so scared and thought that this couldn't be anything other than real ….  because I had been awake all along.

It felt like an eternity before I managed to turn my head towards it. Then I laid eyes on an abnormally tall man in a black suit.  He was greenishly pale, sick-looking,  with a shock-ridden look in the eyes.

I tried to scream, but was unable to move my lips or make any sounds at all. He kept staring at me with his eyes almost popping out when all of a sudden he started shouting out random numbers, like FIVE-ELEVEN-EIGHT-ONE THREE TWO- FOUR-ONE-NINE-TWENTY then laughed hysterically....

I started feeling able to move again,  and as I came back to a normal state the image of the man became more and more blurry until he was gone and I was able to get up.

The source of the experience

Sacks, Oliver

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Incubus
Succubus

Science Items

Atonia

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Narcolepsy

Commonsteps

References