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What is sleep Paralysis?
Sleep paralysis is often caused by sleep deprivation. Our bodies crave REM sleep so much that this REM sleep occurs when we are still awake. Multiple nights of Insomnia is often the culprit of sleep deprivation.
Sleep paralysis is the sensation of being aware that you are consciously awake, but are paralyzed, and unable to move any part of your body. This can last for merely a few seconds, or can continue for several minutes.
Some people may feel pressure on their body, or sense a presence in the room with them during sleep paralysis. Many times people experience an entity sitting on their chest, choking them, or even trying to have sex with them.
(Why oh why doesn’t a Succubus follow me back from dreamland, and have her way with me?)
I have had my own personal experience with sleep paralysis, but unfortunately never with the Succubus.
It all started with a dream that I have had many times in the past. At the top of a very tall skyscraper was a flag pole that stuck out several feet away from the building. At the end of this flag pole was a brass ball.
I am deathly afraid of heights, but for some reason it was my job to polish the brass ball. I had to shimmy out across the pole, hold the pole with one hand while my frail body hung down forty stories above the ground, and polish the brass ball with my other hand.
You guessed it… I slipped, and was free falling. I could feel that falling sensation until I woke up in bed with my heart racing just before hitting the ground in the dream.
When I woke up I could see my room, but I could not move my body. I could not move my eyes to look around the room, but I could see through them.
I knew I was awake, and this was not part of the dream, but no matter how hard I tried to move, I was paralyzed on top of my bed. I could also sense that something was in the room with me. It was not quite benevolent, but it didn’t feel evil either.
I couldn’t see it, but I could feel it pulling on my ankle. I had the feeling that it was trying to pull me, my spirit, out of my body. I remember thinking, leave me alone for what seemed like a few minutes before it stopped, and I was able to move again.
Throughout time, among people of different religions, similar stories have been told.
Sleep paralysis can occur at the onset of sleep, this is called the hypnagogic state, or predormital sleep paralysis. When it occurs durning the transition between sleep and wakefulness it is known as the hypnopompic state, or postdormital sleep paralysis.
Now it is time to address the elephant in the room, or more precisely the evil presence that followed you back from dreamland.
Some say this evil presence is just a hallucination, others are not so sure.
A good friend of mine who is not inclined to make things up told me about her experience with sleep paralysis.
She awoke after a unit of sleep accompanied by a dream that she had no recollection of. She too was paralyzed on her bed completely unable to move. She could see a shadowy figure out of the corner of her eye hovering near the side of her bed.
This shadowy figure seemed evil to her, but would be passed off as a hallucination by many people except for one small thing.
Her dog who slept on her bed apparently saw it too. She said her dog was standing on her bed, facing the shadowy figure, and growling at it. Eventually this shadowy figure left, and my friend was able to move again.
What is a Jinn?
The Jinn is a supernatural entity that desires to enter into the human plane of existence. Its origins are Arabic in nature, but other religions have similar entities that cross over from the spiritual plane of existence to the human plane of existence as well.
Jinn’s are not purely evil, nor are they a being of absolute love. Like humans in the earth life existence they all have their own personalities and objectives, but they all endeavor to interact with those of us still alive in physical reality.
The Japanese call this entity Kanashibari, in China it is simply called, ghost oppression, and in Africa it is referred to as, “The devil riding you back.”
Frightening stories of supernatural entities following us back from dreamland have been told throughout time, and throughout the world.
Are we all merely hallucinating, or is there really another existence that we all venture into in dreamland?
What is the real purpose that all beings require sleep? Is it because our bodies need rest, or is it to reconnect with our higher self on another plane as well?
How to break free from sleep paralysis?
The first thing we must do is realize, and understand what is happening to us. We came out of REM sleep too quickly, and our bodies are still paralyzed to keep us from acting out our dreams.
One of our bodily functions that we can all easily control is our breathing. We all know that sleep breathing is slower and deeper than our natural breath. So focusing your attention on your breath, trying to breathe faster and shallower will aid you in regaining control of your body.
It will also be helpful to try to move your eyes, or twitch a finger to emerge from your paralysis.
You have a new “Friend” in the room with you. According to some esoteric beliefs, you ventured into its territory when you entered into dreamland, now it has followed you back to yours.
Know that you are the powerful master in your reality, and the entity is merely an annoying gnat. Plagiarize a line from the movie Amityville Horror, and tell it, “GET OUT!”
Sleep paralysis is nothing to worry about, it has happened to many others before you. It quickly dissipates, and is rarely a regular occurrence.