I totally agree, BadKarma: the Sleep Paralysis transitional state of consciousness inherently has several features that make it uniquely qualified as
a springboard to much more incredible journeys of the mind.
People, PLEASE......take advantage of we SP/OBE/ASC vets, and the limitless information available with just a few keystrokes and keyword searches and
LEARN about the mechanisms that have been well-researched state of consciousness, ok?
I just shake my head in frustration when, response and experience related above shows lazy reasoning and the same surrender to fear that I have to
wonder if we've made ANY progress since the Dark Ages when demons, Succubi and Incuubi ruled the Night.
Now, I could write a book, trying to answer, point for point, in the above thread, where several of you have already allowed yourselves to take that
huge, intellectual-leap-off-the-cliff-of-REASON and Rationality, and assume some type of creature or entity or demon or Old Hag, attacked you, causing
paralysis, the inability to control your breathing and the associated halllucinations, and show you one study after another, using subjects who are
unfortunate enough to have recurring Sleep Paralysis episodes under controlled conditions (usually related to, but not exclusively determined by,
epilepsy, narcolepsy or related neurological abnormalities) who, step for step, point for point, fear for fear, entity for hallucination, explain in
great detail how and why there is every reason to believe that all the now predictable elements of the SP episode recur in amazing similarity,
cross-culturally, within and between all socio-economic levels, and why, once understood, can be turned around so that you LOOK FORWARD to the next
episode, whereby you can learn to manipulate your visual and auditory surroundings in astonishing and wonderful ways, let alone, use this unique
transitional state of consciousness to springboard yourself into a Lucid Dreamstate or, as B adKarmah indicated, use it as the perfect prelude to an
It took me about 10yrs and 20 episodes (filled with all the fear and creatures you experienced) before I learned how to control my fear (I relaxed and
hummed a soothing Grand Funk Railroad tune....some folks pray, others concentrate on moving a toe, or finger....), and got to the point where I
realized that some of the neurochemicals associated with dreaming were still active in my brain, while "wide awake" (just as your body remains
paralyzed by the REM-based chemicals that keep you from acting out your dreams), and learned how to manipulate my visual field to the most dramatic
and entertaining effect!!! For example, I telepathically demanded that my personal, attacking, nocturnal shadow creature move over where I could see
him / It , and do an Irish jig for me!! and I'll be damned....he DID! I then turned him into little girl, skipping rope and sucking on a jawbreaker
(he didn't like that at all !!!! and ended up having it turn into Donald Duck and had him stand on his bill! Having realized, now, that EVERYTHING
I experienced was a direct result of ignorance, fear of the unknown and silly superstition, I proceded to get more and more elaborate in my
manipulations of my environment, those next subsequent, all too infrequent, Sleep Paralysis episodes, to the point where I now have a virtual smile on
my lips whenever I pop out of REM, realize I can't breathe or move, because I can now use those few minutes to create ANY DAMNED UNIVERSE my
imagination can produce, and then, knowing through repetion over the years about when the paralyzing neurochemicals will finally flush out of my
system and allow me to move again, I close my eyes and take advantage of the last few minutes of paralysis by relaxing comletely and allowing myself
to float up and out, skimming over the trees, scaring an owl or two and doing summersaults at 10,000ft, feeling the moist clouds sprinkling my face
and hands as I play SUPPPPERRRRRMAAAAANNNN!!!
Please guys (and gals)....READ any of the dozens of excellent papers now available on the web about the mechanisms involved....you have NOTHING TO
FEAR BUT FE......well, you know the drill
Time and again, as you study more and more and read the hundreds of similar stories out there, they are
going to tell you essentially the same story as my own: that is....once you understand what's happening, and learn to relax, against all your
instincts that tell you to FIGHT IT!!!.....you'll find out, like we have, what a wonderful opportunity the SLeep Paralysis episode is to springboard
you off to higher and wonderfully fulfilling new heights of intellectual, emotional and, yes, spiritual, experience.
here's some links to get you started and feel free to U2U me or email, if you want to discuss it further. Not only am I an experienced OBE'er,
Sp'er and dream traveler, but I spent thousands of hours doing experiments on all these unique States of Consiousness in a sleep lab I had control of
in college for 3yrs.....leading to the only double major (psychology and Parapsychology) ever awarded by a California University.....so I know each
side of the issue intimately, the subject and the scientific. Take advantage of my experience and knowledge....that's what it's there for!
or, monitor alt.dreams alt.dreams.lucid and alt.folklore.ghost-stories....SP is discussed often there.