What is the spiritual/metaphysical significance of hypnopompic hallucinations and night terrors?
Two times in the past month I have experienced what I have learned is called a hypnopompic hallucination; a vivid, dream-like hallucination seen upon waking up. The first time I had this happen I was stunned. I woke up and saw a spider crawling up my wall but as soon as I got closer to get a better look it vanished right before my eyes. It didn't fall down or crawl into a crack; it simply disappeared even though I saw it in vivid detail, walking up my wall.
The second time happened this morning. Every time I came out of sleep I got the feeling something was there. Then I opened my eyes and saw what looked like a hairy/spiny caterpillar floating horizontally right in front of my face, as if suspended by a spring. I literally recoiled in surprise, exclaiming, "JESUS CHRIST WHAT THE F*CK IS THAT?!" but no sooner did I finish those words than the apparition faded away.
I know in folklore there's a lot of beliefs that suggest there are things around us that are always there but cannot always be seen. If this is true, than I am completely uncomfortable with this idea. What if these beings are parasitic? And even if this isn't real, then it means my brain is malfunctioning, which is just as frightening.
I'd love to hear some insight on this matter from people who study shamanism, etc... And how I can rid myself of potentially unwanted spiritual/astral/inter-dimensional beings.
*spring = string
I know what you mean, I have seen the spider upon waking also. It was there and creeped across the wall just disappeared! I wish I knew what that was!
Your mind creates the world you experience. When you're suddenly "awake", parts of the brain may still be sleeping (thus being unable to display completely rational imagery). What you may experience is a kind of state where dreamlike images are imposed onto "reality". It's fascinating. People who have been meditating for many years describe experiencing similar stories in wakefulness.