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Anyway, whenever I experienced it... it involved a feeling of extreme urgency. I could see everything around me and I desperately wanted to wake up. I would get all sweaty because my muscles were trying so incredibly hard just to move the sheets off of myself.
I mean, when I experience sleep paralysis... I don't see any ghosts or shadows, and I don't hallucinate. It's just normal. If anything, I think I leave my body. I'm lying there, with my consciousness (since it's the only thing that's awake) trying very very hard to accomplish the usual things I do to wake myself up. I put all my mental energy into getting the sheets off of my body, maybe trying to swing my legs over to the side of the bed (but since I'm paralyzed, all of this is futile.)
I feel that it's possible that my consciousness leaves my body during this time, because after my failed attempt at getting my body out of bed. I end up 'walking' around the room turning on all the lights (except, of course, this isn't really happening because my body is still lying in bed). And I always get frustrated, because none of the lights I'm trying to turn on actually turn on. Sillily enough.... occasionally my consciousness ends up in my car trying to turn on the engine so I can go to Dunkin Donuts and get a coffee. But, obviously, since I'm not really sitting in my car - nothing works. Eventually I am woken up naturally, and I find myself covered in sweat and just relieved that I've finally accomplished what I've been trying to accomplish all along.
Originally posted by OwenGP185
I am not sure what you mean by positive? To give an answer, the first few times I had sleep paralysis by accident I was very scared and knew nothing of the situation, plus I had some black figure holding me down into my bed as I span . However as an experienced meditator and astral projector I now find accidental sleep paralysis to be useful as it is a perfect shortcut to projecting. I think negative experiences are common because the brain has natural reactions, it is like asking has anyone held a boiling pot and had a positive experience, there is a reason your brain feels pain or fear etc.
Originally posted by xFloggingMaryx
Has anyone had a positive experience with sleep paralysis?
Originally posted by Bob Sholtz
recently i've been having panic attacks, and initially we couldn't determine the cause, but i believe they're being caused by nocturnal seizures.
it seems once i get sleep paralysis when i'm trying to fall asleep, i'll get it about 25-30 times in a row before i actually fall asleep. often times my jaw will clamp and release, or twitch open and closed a number of times without my control.
Originally posted by Bob Sholtzi'd say my experiences with it have been mostly negative, but i am happy that i've experienced it. it's like trying an exotic dish that you know is going to taste horrible, but you're curious anyways, and you want to be able to say "yeah, i've tried that"
Originally posted by Morgenstern89
I've never had a negative experience with it. It freaks you out for a few moments, but that's about it. Certainly nothing like what some people claim to experience. I'm surprised it leaves them feeling so emotionally shattered. It feels like your heart is beating out of your chest sometimes, it feels like you can't breath, but other than that, it's fine. I've only had one experience where it felt like there was a presence, and it was when I wasn't fully conscious, the other times I've been completely alone.