Originally Posted by SeventySeven
One of mine.
A couple years back i moved in with a girlfriend of mine. One night i awoke to a "shimmering shadow" looming over top of me i was paralyzed and unable to move, i felt terrified i kept opening and closing my eyes until the feeling passed and the shadow was gone. My girlfriend was awakened when i shot up out of bed, i told her what happened and i always wondered if she thought i was nuts.
In these situations you need to exhaust all natural things, before elevating to paranormal event.
It is possible that you were still in a state of sleep paralysis, but partially awake from a dream. This is actually a fairly common event.
It is just one possible explanation. Had you considered that before?