I first experienced sleep paralysis when I was about 10 years old and it was extremely frightening! I began researching the subject when I started
high school, and a year later it happened again. I understood a little more what was happening this time, so it wasn't so bad. Recently, my interest
in the subject was sparked again. I have done some experimenting and this is the technique I have developed to induce sleep paralysis.
I'm going to be saying to relax a lot in these directions. That's because it's really important! Now, this can be a slow process so it requires some
patience. I'd guess that it takes about an hour or so. Also, to help keep yourself from falling asleep, I would recommend trying this sometime during
the day when you aren't tired.
- Wear something comfortable. I wear what I wear when I go to sleep.
- Lay comfortably on your back and be sure to minimize any distractions (turn your phone on silent). Make sure your position is comfortable
everywhere, even your mouth!
- Now, focus on your breathing and relaxing your entire body. With every breath you take in, say in your head "Mind awake," and as you exhale say
"body asleep". Also, with every exhale try to relax your body more and more. I even get to point where I try to relax my body more and more with every
inhale too. Once you feel your body is completely relaxed move onto the next step!
- Focus on your toes. Relax your toes even more than they already are. Imagine losing all feeling in your toes. And image that you no longer have the
ability to move your toes.
- Do this process with every section of your body starting with your toes and then move up to your feet, then your ankles, then lower legs, upper
legs, hips, abdomen, chest, shoulders, upper arms, lower arms, wrists, palms, fingers, neck, and finally your face. Take your time with this. I spend
about two or three breath cycles per section.
- Now your physical relaxation process is complete. Your body should almost feel like it is floating. At this point you can finally stop repeating
"Mind awake, body relax".
- I've found that it is required to relax your mind a tad to jump-start the process. Almost like distracting it from the real world, though don't fall
asleep! Do this by daydreaming. Sometimes it is difficult to just automatically start daydreaming. I like to do something that I know really well in
my head. For example, I'll play disc golf at my favorite park and I try to imagine everything with as much detail as I can. But try not to do the
thing where you accidentally move your physical body with the movement of your body in your daydream!
- After a while you will start to feel slight vibrations and hear buzzing sounds. These vibrations will grow stronger and stronger and it may even
feel like your bed is shaking like there is an earthquake or something.
- You must continue to relax. I tend to become excited and short of breath at this point. Just relax and breathe normally. Take a deeper breath if you
need to, it's okay!
- It may be necessary to continue your daydream, as this will distract you from the vibration process. I would recommend this, actually.
- At some point you will begin to feel pressure at the end of your bed like a cat jumped on it.
- This pressure will slowly travel up your body to your head. At this point, it is possible to hallucinate visually and audibly. This is because you
are technically dreaming and these dreams can be projected into the real world, a hallucination. But with all of my experience with sleep paralysis I
have never hallucinated.
- Now you are in sleep paralysis. Your entire body is now paralyzed and you are unable to move. This may be uncomfortable but hang on! You're almost
- Continue to relax until the vibrations subside.
I have yet to get this far in my practices. But after this point some say you can leave your physical body, communicate with your spirit
guide/guardian angel/higher self/subconscious, view your past lives, etc.
Note: If you feel the need to swallow, it's best to go ahead and swallow. It won't mess you up too much. And having the distraction of the urge to
swallow will be worse than going ahead and swallowing. With itches, if you ignore them they will typically go away eventually. But if you have a cat
fur or something on your face then get rid of that thing!
Note: Auditory hallucinations can begin to occur during the relaxation process. Actually, many of you have probably experienced this while falling
asleep. There have been times when I'm falling asleep and I'll hear a breath, someone saying my name, or even a loud noise. These are all auditory
Note: To minimize visual hallucinations, keep your eyes closed. Duh!
Note: Your experience with the vibrations and buzzing may be different from what I've described. It appears that everyone's experience with this is a
little different, actually.
Good luck and have fun!
P.S. I would recommend researching sleep paralysis, lucid dreaming, out of body experiences, astral projection, etc. before attempting
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