The Banyan tree

by Camarin “Purity” Chargualaf (UNCC)

I think I was about seven years old at the time. My mom, dad, little sister and I went to stay at a hotel in Hawaii. There was this tree outside our balcony — it looked like an ancient Banyan tree. In Guam, this tree signifies  that it is the home of the ancient spirit called the taotaomona. It is told that if you don’t ask permission to do anything around their home, they can potentially cause harm. My mom didn’t realize that the tree was outside our balcony and put her shoes outside to dry. Let it be known that she did not ask permission to put them there. So the next morning after waking up, my mom had noticed some red marks on her arm. It looked as if someone had grabbed her arm. She then realized that there was a Banyan tree outside, so she quickly removed her shoes and then put them inside.

Another time was when my aunt, a few of my cousins and I were hanging out at the entrance of the Fort Bragg military gate. It was around 12 am and we were waiting for a parent to pick up a friend of ours. We were all joking around when all of a sudden, I had noticed a figure of a man walking a few feet away from us toward a light pole. I looked away and then I looked back and the man was gone. I got so freaked out that I could not sleep alone that night. I had to sleep with my 15-year-old sister. Some older sister I am, huh?

Sleep paralysis

by Victoria “Fae” Sun (GVSU)

I suffer from a terrible thing called sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis is a condition in which your body falls asleep, but your mind is fully awake. You are completely aware of your surroundings, but you can’t move at all.

Doctors don’t know what causes the body to function like this, which makes it even creepier. I have read that people go through sleep paralysis when ghosts are trying to contact them. CREEPY.

1. Last winter, I was sleeping next to my boyfriend. He had already fallen asleep, and I was lying on my back with my left side against his right side. Just as I was drifting off, I suddenly felt this heavy weight on top of me, and I couldn’t move. I had gone through sleep paralysis before, so this didn’t really freak me out. Usually if I just ignore it, it will go away by itself in a few minutes. However, what really scared the crap out of me this time was that I heard a little boy’s voice whispering in my ear on my RIGHT side, which was against the wall. That’s when I tried to move my head away from the voice and I tried to scream. But obviously, because of sleep paralysis, I was unable to move or speak. I kept my eyes shut as tight as possible and just prayed that the voice would go away and that I would be released from paralysis. It eventually did, but I was unable to sleep for the rest of the night.

2. A few weeks ago, I was again, sleeping next to my boyfriend. This time, I was laying on my side with my back to him. My face was facing the closet door. Just as I felt myself drifting off a TINY bit, sleep paralysis struck again. I opened my eyes just a tiny bit right before it completely set in. And what really made me want to scream this time, was that there was a girl standing in front of me by the side of the bed. She didn’t move, or say anything to me. She was dressed in all white, and I couldn’t see her face because it was out of my peripheral vision. All I saw was long hair and a white dress, with dainty hands.

Imagine how scared I was to have some random person standing by the side of the bed, watching me sleep. And I was the only one that was aware of this person. I tried to force my eyes shut and to move my left hand out as far as possible to push her away. I tried to utter the words “stop” and “no”. Nothing worked. She was still standing there. At that point, I was so freaked out that I said in my head “OK. If you’re going to take me, then just do it now. I give up. There’s no point in fighting you, because I won’t win anyway.” Right after I said that, she disappeared and I could move again.