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The old hag syndrome

I will talk today about what scientists call ”The old hag syndrome” from both scientific point of view and occult, trying to get the two close together and even find common points here and there. This phenomenon is related to the sleep paralysis and basically means that one that is asleep ”wakes” up paralyzed and sees an old hag riding his chest and draining him of energy. It is not something that belongs to some people or one culture but as far as I’ve read, it belongs to humans as a race. We find it in Sweeden and Norway where is called ”mare”-” a supernatural creature related to incubus and succubus. The mare is a damned woman, who is cursed and her body is carried mysteriously during sleep and without her noticing. In this state, she visits villagers to sit on their rib cages while they are asleep, causing them to experience nightmares”.”In Fiji, the experience is interpreted as kana tevoro, being “eaten” by a demon. In many cases the demon can be the spirit of a recently dead relative who has come back for some unfinished business, or has come to communicate some important news to the living. Often persons sleeping near the afflicted person say kania, kania, “eat! eat!” in an attempt to prolong the possession for a chance to converse with the dead relative or spirit and seek answers as to why he or she has come back. The person waking up from the experience is often asked to immediately curse or chase the spirit of the dead relative, which sometimes involves literally speaking to the spirit and telling him or her to go away or using expletives”. Same in Turkey the experience is causes by a ”cin”-”djin” in arabic; we also have ”zmora” in Poland,”kikimora” in Russia,”Nachtmahr” in Germany,”ephialtes” in Greece and ”mar/more” in Ireland.

When I first read about this subject I tried to give as much scientific proof as I could and what I’ve found could explain some of things. So, when we sleep ‘”You have two stages of sleep,” Dr. Mignot explained. “You have the first type called ‘slow wave’ sleep or ‘non-REM’ sleep, which is the first stage of sleep you achieve. During that stage of sleep your brain waves, which [are measured by an] electroencephalogram (EEG), kind of slow down. You’re groggy, you don’t think a lot, and if one wakes you up, you wake up confused and not really thinking anything specific. And then after about an hour and a half, you go into another stage called REM sleep, or Rapid Eye Movement sleep. During REM sleep you have these rapid eye movements, or twitches of the eye. You are completely paralyzed, and you’re actively dreaming.” -Professor Emmanuel Mignot -Director of the Center for Narcolepsy at Standford University. Dr.Mignot points out that it is mandatory that during REM sleep one to be paralyzed, other-way, that person could hurt himself.”You have to realize that if you were dreaming that you were running around and if you were physically able to run, you would be kicking in your sleep. You could kick your significant other. This problem does exist; it’s called REM Behavior Disorder, [though] it’s not very common. In general, fortunately, you are paralyzed.” So, in a nutshell you are not awake but fully dreaming when this happens, but it looks to your ”other”, that you are under some kind of attack. Just like when,during sleep, one arm hurts and we dream of someone twisting it.

Now let’s look one some ”old hag” stories:
“About a year and a half ago, I was awoken in the night by a strong, warm breeze. I could not move and could not scream. It lasted about 30 seconds and was gone. I saw nothing. Last week it happened again. I was lying in bed and again was awoken. I felt a very strong force holding me down. I could not sit up. I tried to scream for my daughter and could not get any noise to come out. I tried to hit the wall with my arm and this force would not let me. It again lasted about 30 seconds and was over. I really don’t believe in ghosts and didn’t see anything at all. I am just really scared and confused”.

“I am a 27 year old female and have been suffering for the past 12 or so years. It started just being unable to move, like someone was on top of me, pinning me down. And although I was trying with all my might to move or to scream, all I could do was barely wiggle my toes and faintly murmur. In the beginning it was very frightening and I would try with all my might to wake up. Upon waking I would be unable to resume-sleep for at least a few hours. Now I have become somewhat used to them. Sometimes I even lie back and see how long I can take that awful, overpowering feeling. In the end, I always try to wake myself up. Over the years this “thing” has kind of metamorphosized into a dark being, something who is doing this deliberately to me for some reason. I guess this is something that I may have invented in my head to deal with it. I am not really sure. After I got used to it, I never really questioned it. It still occurs about every 2 months or so. Sometimes once a night, other times it can happen several times in one night”.

“In March 2003 I investigated four sinister cases of ‘Old Hag Syndrome’ across Liverpool. The syndrome has been recognized by psychologists for many years, but no one is sure whether the cause is supernatural or simply the product of a half-awake mind. Victims wake up in bed to find that they cannot move, even though they can see,hear, feel and smell. They often experience the feeling of a great weight on their chest and sense that there is a sinister or evil presence in the room. This presence sometimes manifests itself as an old hag with evil-looking eyes, hence the name of this syndrome. A fortnight ago, a 27-year-old man named Tony woke at his home in Kensington at three in the morning and found himself unable to move a muscle. He panicked, as he struggled to breathe, then he opened his eyes – and saw an old woman with a black shawl leaning over him. She started to cackle, and she started to stroke Tony’s face with what felt like bony fingers. The face of the night visitor looked very sinister, and the woman muttered something unintelligible. She leaned forward and began to kiss Tony, and a terrible stench filled his nostrils. He tried desperately to regain the power of movement, and he suddenly screamed out and pushed away the eerie figure. The old hag was nowhere to be seen”.

Here I quoted only 3  cases but if you look over the internet there are hundreds of similar cases, allover the world and about 90% of them talk about the same old woman with greyish long hair, rotten teeth and stinky breath. Now it would be a bit odd that all of the REM sleepers experience the same thing, don’t you think?

From what I’ve read, most of the cases refer to young teenagers and young adults, majority males from cities. Now, we all know that young people are filled with lust and desires, with greed and ego so I assumed that they might be cases of parasites or larvae that possess the victim to fulfill their own hunger for certain types of energy. Even so, why would be the same image everywhere- old hag? For that answer I’ve been thinking of what C.Jung said about collective archetypes: “archetypes are models of people, behaviors or personalities. Jung suggested that the psyche was composed of three components: the ego, the personal unconscious and the collective unconscious. The collective unconscious, Jung believed, was where these archetypes exist. Jung suggested that these models are innate, universal and hereditary. Archetypes are unlearned and act to organize how we experience certain things”(Archetypes- Psychology Definition of the WeekBy Kendra Cherry).The shadow, the animus, the anima, the great mother are just a few of the  archetypes and what he is saying regarding them is the fact that they also represent transition, like a rite of passage of the old tribes, they prepare us for the next stage in life or is a test for the Self. So, the ”old hag” might be a form of the ”shadow” that is not fully satisfied in the ”normal”life so it manifests in dreams, and even I could add that one, could create, unwillingly ”larvae” from the collective unconscious.

Another characteristic of the ”old hag syndrome” is the fact that the majority of victims are sleeping face up when they get ”attacked”.Now if you know about kundalini, then you are aware of the fact that it is the spiritual machine of the body and ”face up” position make it to run slower and even blocks it. This is the reason why many report paralysis that last up to 3 hours. Yoga or any other practice that helps your kundalini and chakras to flow naturally would prevent the blockage.

I wish you good night …and sleep well…

Article by Kirke

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