posted on Aug, 16 2008 @ 09:55 PM
I notice there's a lot of individual threads about sleep paralysis, mainly personal accounts, questions and opinions.
Many people are firm with the biological and scientific explanation of the body being paralysed by the natural hormonal response of sleep, whilst the
mind suddenly awakens from the sub-conscious dream state to a semi-awake 'half dream', thereby the 'sufferer' experiences a state of confusion
unable to comprehend their situation... experiencing hallucinations both audibly and visualy (and to a point physicaly).
Whilst others truly believe that its a one of a kind experience, a step into a kind of lucid state of being, many accept that it is no doubt a
biological state, but also firmly believe that its much deeper than that... A kind of step away from the physical reality, into a spiritual or dream
I personally speak from experience, having 'suffered' from this on and off over many years and tend to sway with the second opinion.
Maybe just maybe, the biolocal state is a result of the dream-like state, possibly re-routing the brain patterns or something?
Maybe a kind of 'tuning' or 'untuning' of reality due to the strange perspective. I'll try and explain the best i can:
From my experiences, i have noticed that my emotions can be the very things that are affecting A) the lucidity B) the 'feel' of the situation and C)
how far 'in' to the experience i can go to.
For example, my most memorable experience seemed to last for ever, whilst my most recent experiences seem to be very short events, in a sense that i
have adjusted to the feeling and gained a slight form of control.
If and when i want to wake up, i can force my self awake with the very thought of 'finding the feeling in my toes'.
I also noticed that the handful of times i was feeling depressed, i got rather scary visuals and feelings and very strange and distorted sounds, but
the times i was feeling ok, i went beyong the paralysis into lucid dreaming (flying and beautiful colours and the feeling of being free).
I do believe the paralysis state can lead to lucidity, its just a matter of riding the experience, rather than fighting it... as fighting it can also
bring on the disturbing or unsettling scenes.
The very first time i had it, I was scared to death, all the electricity in the room was buzzing so loudly, i could hear radios playing through walls,
i heard people talking very, very fast and i also experienced a strange jolt through my feet and spine and brain... And as soon as i started feeling
scared it was almost manifested an entity of the things i was fearing.
Seriously i knew something was just out of eyeshot, looming at me from the corner of the room.
An example of the 'depth' feeling, is when two years ago, I was having a bad time and needed to really sort my life out, having gone through a bad
break up and living in a bad series of moments i was feeling somewhat depressed and even to apoint considered suicide.
One night i felt the usual signs and I totally let go, not even caring about anything, i had a bizarre feeling of being taken 'out' of myself and
was somehow millions and millions of miles away, deep underneath the surface of a distant alien sea. Just inanimate and safe... and far away from all
The best time I had was as i say, i swayed myself into a lucid dream as i was feeling especially relaxed), in my dream I was walking down some
beutiful hills and grass and plants. They were all extra colourful and i the next thing i knew i was running down the side and i was suddenly just
gliding down, so i just started swooping up and down and around a valley...
So yeah, three different experiences (from many), but from three different emotional states... With the nervousness and anxiety of a first time
leading to a very disturbing state, whilst the time i was feeling lost with myself led me to a distant neutral place and the relaxed state took me
I some know this may seem like gibberish to some, but i hope some people understand where i am coming from?
I'd love to read about people's experiences, any thoughts from non-experiencers and experiencers alike. Opinions and theories welcome...
Thanks in advance
Mr - L