“All the things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams.” ~Elias Canetti
This image is an attempt to cleanse my dream states, filled again lately with what is known as Sleep Paralysis. I have experienced this sleep state for about twenty years, but last night was the first time in about 5 years. Please read the following, it is so important for those having this type of dream state to know they are not insane! It can be a frightening experience to many regardless of how many times the experiences has occurred. Most often it gives a sense of knowing one is dead, yet having the hearing, and smell working fully, allowing the person comfort of knowing they have not yet passed into another world.
Have you ever felt like you were awake but unable to move? You might have even felt afraid but could not call for help? This condition is called sleep paralysis.
Sleep researchers conclude that, in most cases, sleep paralysis is simply a sign that your body is not moving smoothly through the stages of sleep. Rarely is sleep paralysis linked to deep underlying psychiatric problems.
Over the centuries, symptoms of sleep paralysis have been described in many ways and often attributed to an “evil” presence: unseen night demons in ancient times, the old hag in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and alien abductors.
Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It occurs when a person passes between stages of wakefulness and sleep. During these transitions, you may be unable to move or speak for a few seconds up to a few minutes. Some people may also feel pressure or a sense of choking.
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Composed in Photoshop with layers altered individually through filters, such as Fractalius, Norton, Topaz, blending modes, and Mystical Lighting. Sleeping woman image has had distortion filters applied to create a lifting appearance from the main figure. Two other images were layered in, all adjusted as well in various filtering modes. Textures were also added in on various layers, adjustments made to them as well.
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