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Sorry I've been away so long.Thank you for your suggestions,I have already done research on this and there is nothing a doctor can do about it because it is supposedly a natural occurence.It's supposed to keep you from acting out your dreams while you sleep.Only thing is I'm not asleep and it's not the paralysis that scares me but the things going with it.There is always something supernatural happening at the same time.And most of the time it's negative.I know when they meam now when they say somthing like my blood ran cold.You get like a chilling sensation throughoutyoue whole body but it's not coming from the outside,it's coming from the inside and that is a very different kind of sensation of cold.   
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It's perfectly natural for our voluntary muscle system to become paralyzed in sleep. It keeps us from thrashing around and hurting ourselves every night.

My experiences began when I was about 4, taking naps in my parents' bed. I'd "wake up" terrified and unable to move. I'd usually be lying face down with my hand in view. I always knew I was actually asleep, though I'd sometimes think that I could "see" what was really going on in the room, or at least "sense" it. I would be desperate to wake up for real; my greatest fear was drifting back into unconsciousness. So I'd try with all my will to lift my hand. The idea was that if I could lift it up far enough and drop it I would wake up.

Sometimes I would seem to be successful, lifting my hand about six inches off the bed and slamming it down, only I wouldn't really wake up, only seem to wake up into another dream of not being able to move. Sometimes I would wake up, tho.

It got particularly bad in college, happening every time I went to sleep for weeks at a time. I would always wake up exhausted and miserable. It was guaranteed to happen if I tried to sleep during daylight hours.

By this time I'd done as much research on sleep as a kid in high school can do and had figured out a system for reliably waking myself up. I learned that we have voluntary and involuntary muscle function and that the diaphragm is unique in that it is both. I discovered that even in sleep paralysis I could control my breathing. So my eventual method of waking up was to hyperventilate. Ugh. If I hyperventilated I knew eventually I'd wake up feeling absolutely aweful--exhausted, head-achy, sick with the after effects of terror--but I'd wake up. The best case scenario was if I had a girlfriend sleeping with me, 'cause then when I hyperventilated it would usually wake her up and she'd wake me up before I really wore myself out.

I eventually went to the councilor at my school because I was having trouble functioning at all, but he was no use. He gave me a ten minute word association test and decided that I was lying to him and that he couldn't help me. What a colossal prick! So I was on my own.

I've always been a lucid dreamer; not every dream, but several times a week at least. When I was younger I'd take the opportunity to fly, but soon I became fascinated by the lucidity itself. I was fascinated with the idea that my mind was generating the world of my dream (I've subsequently learned that that's not quite true, but anyway) and would go investigating. If I was lucid dreaming in a house, I'd open all the drawers and cabinets, closets and rooms to see what was there. As I got older, I'd use the dreams to practice doing things I was too afraid to do when I was awake, like go to the house of a girl I had a crush on and declare my undying love. That level of control would usually fail, the more conscious and willful I became within the dream, the more etherial the dream would become until there was nothing but white light and I'd wake up.

The key to really harnessing the power of my lucid dreams was when I started dealing with the consciousness of the dream directly. I did this by asking questions of the "people" in my dreams. I found that if the dream started to fade I could get help from the dream itself by asking the people in the dream for help. Eventually, the people in the dream would reveal themselves as relatives who'd died, angels and spirit guides. I found out that the woman who'd introduced me to witchcraft had been visiting me in my dreams for years before I met her, training me in astral projection and shamanism. Things really took off from there!

Anyway, getting back to the sleep paralysis, I eventually found the courage inside to confront these occurences head-on with my knowledge of lucid dreaming. I knew that I was always terrified in these dreams, but I wanted to know of what exactly. I discovered that what I was afraid of was simply death; I feared that I would die if I lost consciousness. My conscious self knew that that was not really possible, no one dies from simply falling asleep. I took to securing my room at night, not because I consciously feared someone would come in and kill me, but so I could reason with myself during sleep paralysis that I was safe.

The real healing started when I found the courage to consciously let go and willfully allow myself to lose consciousness. That was not easy, it literally took me years to finally find that courage in me. But when I did, the true power of dreaming opened up to me. The spirit animal, a beautiful white horse would visit me and I eventually realized that I was to ask him to take me with him.

To make a years long story short, I discovered that my sleep paralysis was a kind of panic attack brought on by post traumatic stress. I discovered that the terrible nightmares I used to have as a small child (these were in addition to the sleep paralysis) weren't really dreams at all, that I'd only called them dreams to protect myself from the truth. The thing is, when my father and I would take naps together in my parents' big bed, my father would wait till I was asleep and molest me. My terror of losing consciousness during sleep paralysis was my terror of what my dad did to me.

I have since learned a lot about childhood sexual abuse and been through a ton of therapy (if any of you reading this are survivors of this kind of abuse, I encourage you to get therapy; there really is a way to heal from that stuff; you're not alone), but my healing started with the lucid dreaming and the lesson of my paralysis.

I don't know what has triggered the sleep paralysis for you other folks, but I suspect that the answer lies on the other side of the terror. I encourage any and all of you to let go and move into the terror to find out what's on the other side. Dreaming is the safest way to investigate our terrors and confront our demons. Fear in these cases is absolutely a guide post saying, "This way lies your power."
Hey, hey, hey, don't be mean. We don't have to be mean, because, remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cd27 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December/02/2005 at 4:06am
woah cool. i had a few times that scared the daylights out of me...i would like go to sleep and i guess go into sleep paralysis and then wake up, but couldn't move. i tried to move, but my body just wouldn't move. it was SO scary. i thought i was in a coma. that same night it happened like 6 times in a row. every time i closed my eyes it would do it again. it happened a few more times after that, but ever since then i've been unable to fall into sleep paralysis and OBE. i wish i could.

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whenever I fall into sleep paralysis, I find it much easier to teleport and phase through solid objects. No bee s, I've done it before, teleporting is fun, but phasing hurts like bloody hell. For some odd reason, every once in a while (every 2 or 3 months), I have a dream where I'm running away or fighting someone, and I get surprised or attacked, I feel my self moving in real life. one time I actually jumped out of my bed, because I was swinging at the air, and flung myself off my bed.
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