I experience sleep paralysis A LOT! and have even done astral projection a few times. Usually I don't desire to anymore. I spend much more of my
effort and energy in meditation than trying to astral project or anything else. I think that's what another poster was trying to tell you. Know
yourself! above all else.
If you want my opinion..just put love in your heart and joy in your actions and you can completely bypass the wisdom gained through sleep paralysis/
projection for you are already learning it through right action. When the time is right, you will have them. When you need them, you will have them.
But when the body and soul are at peace, you usually don't even experience them much.
However, if you still want to induce the experience then read on the few tricks that usually work for me. (Bear in mind that I usually avoid sleep
paralysis/ astral projection because I believe there is more wisdom to be gained through other ways). Like all spiritual growth, it must first be
seeded in thought and intent. Go to bed with the intent on having a spiritual experience.
Then lie on your back flat so that the spinal column is straight and comfortable. Clear your mind and just mellow out. Even flexing those facial
muscles and putting a little smile on your face while your eyes are closed seems to help with the relaxation (either that or the smile just comes as a
result of the relaxation).
Next, just slip into the silence and darkness. Hold only joyful bliss in your entire being..and of course the intent for spiritual wisdom. This is my
personal technique. It seems to work just fine for me. You can really just tailor whatever technique that works for you. The honest desire and
determination to gain spiritual wisdom is the fire that illuminates our way. This is really all you need. And then all other techniques are just sort
of a mini-ritual that carries out the intent to fruition.
A couple of my meditation gurus have told me something really amazing a few years ago..Meditating on chakras, raising kundalini awareness, all of
those yogic techniques etc. etc. are somewhat unnecessary. It is a true desire for spiritual wisdom and righteousness in the heart, and blissful joy
in the soul that stokes the fire. I say bypass all those techniques and just learn from doing.
There is a Yogic analogy for this I heard somewhere. In Vedic times, they used to cast butter into the fire as part of the magic rituals they used to
do. The ceremony was only a reflection of the fire that burns inside of us. The ritual, the techniques are only a reflection of the tools we already
Hope this helps a little! Fascinating anecdote on growing up with hypocrites and being discouraged from questioning your teachings. I can relate!
All in all, if I can offer my opinion..sleep paralysis can teach you much as can astral projections, but there is also a lot to be learned from just
kicking back and doing good when you see that it needs to be done. In other words, don't forget the true reason why we seek spiritual wisdom--to serve
righteousness, goodness, and God. The specifics of methods and techniques are almost irrelevant when you are working toward the true goal.
Hope this helps!
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