• Avoiding Waking Paralysis (Sleep Paralysis)


    This is not a simple matter.* If persons become stuck between waking and sleeping, they will probably experience some level of waking paralysis (also called sleep paralysis), often also experiencing typical OBE exit sensations, like partial or whole body vibrations, rapid heartbeat, continual falling sensation, breathing and choking problems, head pressures, the feeling of weight on the chest area, audio-visual hallucinations, and even seeing and hearing things through astral sight and hearing.* This can be terrifying if you do not understand, cannot control, or simply do not want to experience OBE exit related phenomena.

    I give detailed explanations and instructions on ways to help overcome this type of problem in my book "Astral Dynamics" but here is the short version:

    First, let us look at the basics of what happens when the above phenomenon occurs.* When persons become stuck between sleeping and waking, an OBE is very likely in full progress already.* This is not perceived or realized due to the mind split effect that occurs during OBE (see Astral Dynamics, or my online articles on this).* When persons are tired or close to falling asleep, OBE exits can occur very rapidly and smoothly and these are often not perceived for what they are; usually not.* Often, the only symptom of such an OBE exit is a slight falling sensation, as the projected double is generated and projected.* From the moment the OBE exit occurs, the projected double begins having experiences independently, and recording these memories independently from the physical body and its normal memory storage mechanism. The resulting OBE memories may or may not download after the experience; usually not.

    In a nutshell, this also encapsulates the real problem with the practice of wake-induced OBE. Projecting out of body is quite an easy thing to do and most people can accomplish this with a little practice. But remembering an OBE after the fact is quite a different kettle of fish. Downloading OBE shadow memories into recallable levels of conscious memory, so the OBE can be remembered and realized after the fact, is an extremely fickle thing. But therein also lies the key to reliable and repeatable wake induced OBE.

    The physical/etheric body/mind contains the original copy of mind, memory, consciousness and spirit.* The projected double contains a fully functional and yet independent copy of the same in pure energy form. This can be likened to the ram in a computer, where data (OBE memory) only exists while the computer is turned on and the ram chips have power. And if power is turned off (the OBE ends) before the ram data is saved to physical hard disk (physical body/mind memory storage), all data is lost as if it never existed.

    Many problems arise when the OBE exit happens unnoticed, and the physical/etheric mind (original copy) stays awake.* When this happens, varying degrees of paralysis will be experienced along with various types of OBE exit related phenomena, as mentioned above.* So as you can see, trying to stop this occurring after this much has already happened can be a difficult proposition, as an OBE is already in full progress. The fear experienced by suddenly finding oneself paralysed can be intense and even traumatizing. This usually causes strong physical body memories and this stops OBE memories from downloading.

    Sleeping position is well known to affect the likelihood of having spontaneous OBE, and of getting stuck in the in-between state. This can cause waking paralysis. Lying on your back is probably the most problematic sleeping position, and this is the most likely position to cause waking paralysis. But sensitivity to this position varies from person to person, so some experimentation would be in order.* Avoiding the sleeping position most likely to produce this phenomenon is a good way to avoid waking paralysis.

    Diet can also affect the likelihood of having spontaneous OBE.* A full stomach tends to promote deep sleep, whereas an empty stomach will tend to promote waking paralysis, if one is prone to this.

    A sleep deficit can also affect OBE and waking paralysis.* If you have a sleep deficit (if you are overtired) you are more likely to experience waking paralysis and OBE exits.* The solution is to rectify the sleep deficit by catching up on sleep.* If this is difficult, please consult your doctor for advice.

    OBE's and waking paralysis episodes are heralded by slight falling or sinking feelings.* If you feel this happening, roll out of bed immediately.* You have to be very quick for this method to work.* Once you are on your feet, do not return to bed for at least fifteen minutes, or it will likely occur again.* I suggest raiding the refrigerator at this point, as eating helps discourage spontaneous OBE and waking paralysis.

    Converting waking paralysis to OBE is common advice that I have seen in many books and websites.* But while good in theory this is not so easy or effective in practice.* And most people in this situation simply do not want to have an OBE, due to fear. They just want to go to sleep in peace.* I enjoy OBE, but I dislike waking paralysis, so I tend to break the state rather than try for a conversion.

    To convert waking paralysis to OBE, persons must reach out with their feelings and try to connect with their projected doubles.* They must feel around the room with their feelings, trying to perceive and connect.* Once a connection is made, the centre of consciousness will either switch instantly to the projected double, or this may be reeled in and then a fully conscious OBE exit may then occur. I've tried this many times, as have many of my volunteers, and this type of conversion is very hit or miss.

    Another way of reducing the likelihood of waking paralysis and spontaneous OBE is to learn how to deliberately induce one.* If you are experiencing this type of problem, you will find wake-inducing OBE relatively easy to learn, as OBE ability is obviously present.* Once you have induced a couple of OBE's, you'll find the frequency of waking paralysis and spontaneous OBE will reduce. And when they do occur, you'll find you have more control and can end them easier.

    Sleep apnea can also cause waking paralysis. This is a condition where one stops breathing many times per hour and partially awakes. This is a medically treatable condition.* It can be dangerous in severe cases. But many people do not realize they have sleep apnea as it happens during sleep. Ask your partner if you stop breathing in your sleep. Another symptom of sleep apnea is unusual tiredness during the day and the need for more sleep than other people.

    To break the waking paralysis state, the easiest way is to concentrate everything on moving a single big toe.* For some reason, the big toe is the easiest and most effective body part to use for this. Once a big toe is moved even slightly, waking paralysis is broken instantly.* I then recommend getting up and raiding the refrigerator, and waiting ten minutes or so before returning to bed, or it will likely happen again. A change in sleeping position is also recommended at this time.

    Episodes of spontaneous OBE and waking paralysis will often occur at certain times of the month or year.* Identify these times and take extra precautions, eg, take a sleeping pill, avoid the most likely sleeping position, don't go to bed hungry, don't get overtired, etc.* An alcohol-based nightcap can also help, as can certain sleeping herbs.

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