An Interesting Theory on Sleep Paralysis: How to Protect Yourself From Shadow People

Updated on August 16, 2018
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Kitty has had paranormal experiences her entire life. These experiences have fueled her passion to write about all things supernatural.

Have you ever woken up paralyzed? There might be more to this phenomenon than previously said.
Have you ever woken up paralyzed? There might be more to this phenomenon than previously said. | Source

A Common Experience: Hag Attacks and Shadow People

Thousands (if not millions) of people worldwide experience something known as sleep paralysis and search the internet for answers. Sleep paralysis can be described as being awakened at night or early morning hours to a feeling of something heavy sitting on your chest. You aren't able to move or scream, and often people have visions of a monster or person sitting on their chest preventing them from moving. These accounts of sleep paralysis also tie into the belief or experience of shadow people.

Often people see shadowy figures standing in their doorways or hovering over their beds right before or during these sleep paralysis attacks. In other countries, sometimes these terrifying experiences are known as "hag attacks", as it was said that witches or hags would sit on one's chest at night and prevent them from moving or fighting back. There is a definite link between shadow people and hag attacks...but what are these shadow people? What are these hag attacks? And why are they happening to millions of people all over the world? An interesting theory is emerging and seems to almost answer these questions...

A vampire sitting on her victim...a similar picture of what a hag attack looks like.
A vampire sitting on her victim...a similar picture of what a hag attack looks like. | Source

I Woke up at Night...Paralyzed!

Have you ever woke up late at night to find that you can't move? Perhaps you feel like something is sitting on your chest or choking you...preventing you from screaming out or calling for help. Maybe it is an invisible force, or perhaps you actually see something or someone sitting there on top of you.

You are not the first person to experience this phenomenon. In fact, there are various names for this depending on where you live. Some folks call this phenomenon a "hag attack", while others call it simply "sleep paralysis". Still others say these experiences can be attributed to a paranormal entity known as a "shadow person". No matter what you call it, one thing is for is frightening and eerily similar to what millions of people experience on a daily basis.

Now there have been various theories put out by paranormal investigators, psychiatrists, and the like as to what shadow people or hag attacks actually are, including:

  • ghosts or demons
  • beings from other dimensions
  • visitors from another planet
  • merely a psychological or physiological effect of sleeping
  • mental disorders, sleep disorders, etc.

In spite of these theories, there is a recent theory that seems to fit even better with many experiences of shadow people and the like. What if these beings are actually psychic or energy vampires, of sorts?

The psychic vampire is much different than the "undead" Hollywood vampire...
The psychic vampire is much different than the "undead" Hollywood vampire... | Source

What are psychic vampires?

We all know what a Hollywood vampire is...he sulks around at night, trying endlessly to bite the neck of an unsuspecting victim in order to suck her blood and keep himself alive. But what is a psychic vampire if not an undead creature who drinks blood for sustenance?

A psychic vampire is a being (whether on the physical or astral plane) that must feed off of others' energy in order to sustain itself. Often people use the term "psychic vampire" to describe people who seem to be physically or mentally draining on those around them, which in reality can signal a psychic vampire in physical form. But here, we are talking specifically about astral or spiritual psychic vampires..meaning beings who occupy the astral or spiritual plane and feed off of energy from human beings in order to sustain themselves.

They are basically leeches or astral parasites that have to feed off of our energy, because if they didn't they wouldn't be able to survive on any plane of existence. These beings are also known as "astral nasties" and are sometimes mistaken for "demons". I do not believe there is enough information or investigation into this form of vampirism, but one thing is for sure...they exist and might be to blame for the sleep paralysis and shadow people phenomenon.

Are Shadow People the Same as Psychic Vampires?

How can shadow people be related to psychic vampires?

If we compare shadow people experiences with psychic vampire attacks, we can see so many similarities.

  1. Their sightings and "attacks" occur at night, usually between 3 am and 5 am.
  2. The individual who sees the shadow people or psychic vampires is often-times paralyzed and can't scream or talk while these beings are around.
  3. They both have been said to have glowing red eyes.
  4. They both instill a deep fear in their victims.
  5. They both make a "rushing" noise when they come to the victim's room or when leaving the room.
  6. Often, they are both said to sit on a person's chest or strangle them in some way.

So the question stands: are shadow people the same as psychic vampires? If they are the same thing, then we know that their purpose in haunting unsuspecting people is to feed off of these people's energy. To feed off of their life-force or aura, as some people call it.

In Konstantinos' book Vampires: The Occult Truth, he presents the theory of psychic vampires and sleep paralysis to be one in the same. And if we read between the lines, we can also see that shadow people fall into this same realm of paranormal experiences.

These beings are thought to be existent only on the astral (spiritual) realm, and that is why they feed off of our energy...because our astral selves can be easily tapped into at night. We are sleeping and unaware, and often many of us are traveling on the astral plane which opens us up further to the astral world...potentially drawing towards us the shadow people or psychic vampire attacks.

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You can use sage to smudge your home and to cleanse it from any negative energy...which includes shadow people and psychic vampires.
You can use sage to smudge your home and to cleanse it from any negative energy...which includes shadow people and psychic vampires. | Source

Protect Yourself from Psychic Vampires/Shadow People

Maybe you've recently experienced sleep paralysis, along with what seems to have been a dark being of some kind hovering above you or watching you from a corner in your room. Maybe you've even come to this article in search for answers. Now that you know this experience might be something sinister that could potentially harm you, you might be fearful. Don't be afraid. We are more powerful than these beings...these shadow people...these psychic vampires. We are of both astral and physical nature, which means we can manifest in both realms. Which inevitably makes us more powerful than these psychic vampires. So how do we get rid of them? How do we protect ourselves from these astral parasites?

  • If you find yourself paralyzed during sleep or being attacked by a shadow person/psychic vampire - call out the name of Jesus and they will disappear (I am not a Christian but for some reason this always works for me! I believe they are afraid of that name)
  • Before going to bed at night or while lying in bed, visualize a circle of white light surrounding you and then surrounding your house. Keep this visualization in your head as long as you can, and until you fall asleep. Visualize that nothing of darkness can penetrate this circle of white light.
  • Circle the premises of your house with sea salt and visualize that it is a circle of protection while doing so.
  • Smudge your house using white sage.
  • If you are on drugs or any harmful substances, get clean! These beings can more easily feed off of people who are not in their right mind, people whose spiritual and mental powers have been depleted.
  • Pray for protection every night before bed and know that these beings cannot overtake you. You are a creature of light.

You are more powerful than any shadow person, because you are of the light.
You are more powerful than any shadow person, because you are of the light. | Source

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    2 months ago from uk

    Well I agree with the phychic vampire or entity they need to eat just like us after all we do stand out like a bright light to them it's the human auric field

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    15 months ago

    Last night my dog woke @ 1:50am & left the bed barking. My husband works nights so I got up to investigate. Nothing.

    Between 1:50am & 5:00am I woke 3 times with the feeling someone/thing was standing in the bedroom doorway. What was very strange is that I know it was 3 different someone's. When I woke each time I had the feeling of just seeing a paper with their name & info on. But I can't remember any of it.

    I am a witch & I'm familiar with energy & entities. These visits actually scared me which is unusual.

    Our family always has sentinels & shadow figures in & around the house. My husband & boys have seen them inside & outside the home for years. We've also had small "creatures" darting around the house. None have ever caused any harm. Every house has had someone who stands guard in our hallway, outside the bedrooms. This was different & the 1st time I was ever scared.

    Whats your opinion?

    Thank you.

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    spirito errante 

    3 years ago

    loved this article. validated what i've been experiencing since i was a little girl......TY

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    precy anza 

    4 years ago from USA

    Enjoyed reading this hub. Had experiences with sleepy paralysis when I nap in the afternoon, and felt a presence in the room, but not a shadow person thou I had seen a shadow man twice, walking. Only when it disappeared I realized it's a shadow person. Up and shared!

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    Kitty Fields 

    4 years ago from Summerland

    FlourishAnyway - Thank you!

    NadineMay - I do believe that some human beings have the ability (whether they realize it or not) to drain energy from those around them. In this article, I am speaking of a different kind of energy that is not necessarily of a "physical" being.

    Eddy - Thanks so much!

    heidi - Very true. Thanks for reading!

    bat115 - Thank you for reading and commenting. :)

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    4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    Interesting hub! If the Shadow People are real then, yes I am sure they Psychic Vampires.

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    Heidi Thorne 

    4 years ago from Chicago Area

    Unfortunately, there are too many undead psychic vampires wandering around, making life miserable for those around them. Even more unfortunately, is that some of them don't even know they are doing so. Interesting stuff, as always! Wishing everyone peace and pleasant dreams this weekend!

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    4 years ago from Wales

    Do you know I found this hub so interesting ; I am going to read it again when I've had food so I can read it properly. Great work and I shall get back to you after my second read. Thanks for sharing.


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    Nadine May 

    4 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

    A very interesting hub. I do know of people who seem to be physically or even mentally draining when they visit us. They are not aware of it, but when they leave I feel tiered. Others are the opposite, they almost energize me. I then wondered if I have drained them? During the night I have the same experience. Either I wake up feeling drained, or energized. We are energy beings so yes there are energy vampires.

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    4 years ago from USA

    This was so interesting, regardless of what one believes. I have never heard of hag attacks but have certainly experienced awakening and not being able to move or utter a word. Voted up and pinning!


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