Drawvember, Day 2: Imaginary Friend
So, I’ve never really had an imaginary friend. I said this to my husband and he laughed saying “YOU HAVE LOTS OF IMAGINARY FRIENDS!” - referring to the growing collection of strange objects and artifacts I collect and .. err.. often give names to. But, that’s not really the same. The way I see it, an imaginary friend can’t exist anywhere outside your own head.
I DO, however, experience fairly frequent episodes of sleep paralysis. This is when your mind wakes up from sleep, but your body is still under the control of the brain juices that keep you from moving around while you dream. In this state you can experience extremely realistic hallucinations. For some reason, many people who experience sleep paralysis have the same kind of “waking dream”. Often they are being pinned down, watched or prodded. It’s thought that this experience is where tales of demonic possessions or alien abductions come from. It can be nightmarish, but sometimes it’s just plain weird. When I’m in the right state of mind, I can sort of hang out and have a laugh with my imaginary visitor.