I am currently writing this with one of my living cats by my side, craving some attention. Since as long as I can remember, I have been a magnet for animals and vice versa. The connection has always been there. I have tattoos of various animals covering my body out of love and respect for them, including my cats! It is no surprise that I am less haunted by the human species and mainly haunted by cats. The best kind of haunting, in my opinion!
During times of stress and difficulty, I will see a cat jump into the sofa to greet me, only for a small amount of time, then it would vanish. Initially, I would think that it is one of my existing cats, yet they would all be either outside or asleep in another room.
Some of these entities are jet black, or they appear to have similar features to my living kitties.
Upon recording our Spirit Animals episode, myself and Melly experienced a collection of cat-related synchronicities. We would open Facebook and see reports of famous cats who had passed over, our friends posting images of their cats and posts from our friends asking about seeing spirit animals. We went outside for a break and saw cat-like figures in the flat opposite. Were our minds becoming accustomed to the idea that cats are always around us, or was this some sort of sign?
Tune in to our episode to find out about our experiences and discover how other animals see the world!
Sleep paralysis is a very intense, terrifying experience. It usually happens just before you sleep or just as you are waking up. It typically includes a high-pitched ring or a buzzing sound, followed by the feeling of electricity running through your body, an intense pressure followed by paralysis and hallucinations. The below illustration by Melly shows just how scary these hallucinations can be.
For some reason, I never spoke about sleep paralysis as a child. I thought people would think I was crazy. It wasn’t until later years that I finally did some research into my experiences and realised that it is a widespread experience. In recent years, I have tried to embrace these experiences and pay attention to my surroundings when sleep paralysis occurs.
Recently, I have witnessed many shadow figures roaming around the room along with inaudible conspiring whispers. On one occasion, I could see the faint shape of my Nan who passed away a few years ago, sitting on our coffee table watching me.
Are these experiences hallucinations, or are we being paid a visit?
Many articles suggest that Sleep Paralysis occurs during adolescence and times of stress. They suggest that this experience is a sign that the body is not moving smoothly through the stages of sleep. Research indicates that experiencing sleep paralysis upon waking up is your mind regaining consciousness before your REM sleep cycle is finished (Rapid Eye Movement).
Sleep Paralysis is also associated with abductions, amongst other things which we mention in our second episode. https://www.podbean.com/eu/pb-v4cu5-e02826
This episode also talks about a recent terrifying experience, when meeting this guy:
Here is the art work I mentioned at the end in the first episode that I completely stumbled across whilst researching! Also see the incredible storey she tells us regarding her experience in the photos below!
we would like to say a huge thank you for allowing us to share your storey and art work and an even bigger CONGRATULATIONS on the birth of your baby! We wish you lots of love and joy with your wonderful little bundle! Lots of love Mel and Corrine!
Myself and Corrine decided we would love to share our personal experiences with the world and perhaps try to understand why we were having these experiences.. but a long the way we noticed that things were not going to run smoothly.
On the first day we were set to record, Corrine hadn’t managed to get much sleep, which was interesting in its own right as we were discussing dreams and sleep paralysis episodes! Come the morning she was just too exhausted to record that day and already had many other things she needed her remaining energy for, so with no hesitation we pushed the date of recording back for a week! The following week we were ready to record, when it was my turn to have issues, a large delivery arrived and it took us about an hour for me to put it away, then by the time we had finished tidying away the shopping my two children wanted all my attention post bedtime. So once again we needed to change the date.
Our third date arrived and I managed to change my own location so that I could have no distractions, Corrine had slept usually and things were going fine, until Corrine’s home become flooded from the storm! Her utility room and bathroom were so flooded that they had to remove the floor and furniture, the cupboards also then needed to be pulled out! That’s when we started to think someone really didn’t want us to start this podcast!
A new day starts and we are optimistic and ready to go, I get into my car and the heavens open as I close my door, I sit in the storm for a moment but I knew that it shouldn’t effect what I am doing on my end, I continue to the studio and step out of my car and into a deep puddle, I carry on inside and set up my equipment! But sadly the tech Gremlins had other ideas and would not allow me to connect to the internet, my laptop decided to have a mind of its own also! We tried a few days later and then had issues with children appearing outside, they were playing loudly, screaming and singing, which was lovely to hear but was causing issue’s whilst we were recording so we decided to try again another day!
In the end we decided to meet up and use social distancing to record! This worked well, however we did get distracted by the awesome storm that lit up the sky and shook the building for the entire night!
Finally we managed to record, but of at the end of recording and returning home to edit, the tech gremlins came out to play once again! My laptop was not playing ball and the website had stopped working on us also!
So keep your fingers crossed for us, we feel it has been a very interesting journey just to set this project up and we are so excited to share what we have been up to! We are either experiencing very well timed unfortunate events, or we are on to something and something is on to us!