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My experiences
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I used to be terrified of sleep paralysis, but now I look forward to it. I now view it as a challenge.

I used to be afraid that something bad would happen when I woke up and couldn't move, and that if something did happen, I'd be screwed because I wouldn't be able to escape, or react to the situation.

I have two types of experiences to share:

!. Recently, I woke up in the wee hours of the morning, only to feel like someone was sitting on my chest. This was different from regular sleep paralysis in that I could feel a force pressing down on me. In this context, I'm not talking about evil forces; I'm talking about force as in a push downward.

This was the most bizarre experience I've had with sleep paralysis.

2. The typical type of sleep paralysis. I'd wake up at night, like many of you who have experienced it, unable to move. I can move my eyelids, my eyeballs, and to a slight extent, my neck. I don't recall being able to move my hands or fingers, or feet, or mouth, but if I tried really hard, I could raise my head only a few inches.

To what extent were any of you able to work against sleep paralysis?

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#2
In my own experience 'sleep paralysis' only became 'night terrors' when I "worked against it. When I finally came to realize most of my physical was asleep and if I embraced that then I started to feel more comfortable with what was happening in my mind. Once I got over that any lingering fears were assauged. Today there is never cause to fear my rest. It's my rest and I'm in control of it.
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(01-18-2016, 04:40 PM)Vercingetorix Wrote: In my own experience 'sleep paralysis' only became 'night terrors' when I "worked against it. When I finally came to realize most of my physical was asleep and if I embraced that then I started to feel more comfortable with what was happening in my mind. Once I got over that any lingering fears were assauged. Today there is never cause to fear my rest. It's my rest and I'm in control of it.

That's pretty cool. Nice name, btw Smile

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(01-18-2016, 07:48 PM)TerraformerX Wrote:
(01-18-2016, 04:40 PM)Vercingetorix Wrote: In my own experience 'sleep paralysis' only became 'night terrors' when I "worked against it. When I finally came to realize most of my physical was asleep and if I embraced that then I started to feel more comfortable with what was happening in my mind. Once I got over that any lingering fears were assauged. Today there is never cause to fear my rest. It's my rest and I'm in control of it.

That's pretty cool. Nice name, btw Smile

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#5
Many things are brought up when sleep paralysis occurs. I remember how some will tell me its an malevolent spirit trying to seize my body. We must have faith and invite positive energies in our lives.
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(01-18-2016, 04:29 PM)TerraformerX Wrote: I used to be terrified of sleep paralysis, but now I look forward to it. I now view it as a challenge.

I used to be afraid that something bad would happen when I woke up and couldn't move, and that if something did happen, I'd be screwed because I wouldn't be able to escape, or react to the situation.

I have two types of experiences to share:

!. Recently, I woke up in the wee hours of the morning, only to feel like someone was sitting on my chest. This was different from regular sleep paralysis in that I could feel a force pressing down on me. In this context, I'm not talking about evil forces; I'm talking about force as in a push downward.

This was the most bizarre experience I've had with sleep paralysis.

2. The typical type of sleep paralysis. I'd wake up at night, like many of you who have experienced it, unable to move. I can move my eyelids, my eyeballs, and to a slight extent, my neck. I don't recall being able to move my hands or fingers, or feet, or mouth, but if I tried really hard, I could raise my head only a few inches.

To what extent were any of you able to work against sleep paralysis?

I've had 2 (maybe 3) experiences with sleep paralysis. (It's been a while since its happened). These happened before I found out that it was "a thing". Each time I'd wake up in the middle of the night completely unable to move. The first time was by far the scariest, and I felt the choking sensation around my neck and chest compression, like an invisible force was sitting on top of me with its hands around my neck. I was a new Christian, and I knew the power of the blood of Jesus Christ, so in my mind I repeated "I plead the blood of Jesus Christ" over and over until the choking ceased. I still couldn't move, and then the choking came right back, even stronger this time. And again I repeated "I plead the blood of Jesus Christ" in my mind and not shortly after it was gone and I could move.

The following 2 experiences with it were similar but not as extreme. The first one was by far the scariest.
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(01-18-2016, 04:29 PM)TerraformerX Wrote: I used to be terrified of sleep paralysis, but now I look forward to it. I now view it as a challenge.

I used to be afraid that something bad would happen when I woke up and couldn't move, and that if something did happen, I'd be screwed because I wouldn't be able to escape, or react to the situation.

I have two types of experiences to share:

!. Recently, I woke up in the wee hours of the morning, only to feel like someone was sitting on my chest. This was different from regular sleep paralysis in that I could feel a force pressing down on me. In this context, I'm not talking about evil forces; I'm talking about force as in a push downward.

This was the most bizarre experience I've had with sleep paralysis.

2. The typical type of sleep paralysis. I'd wake up at night, like many of you who have experienced it, unable to move. I can move my eyelids, my eyeballs, and to a slight extent, my neck. I don't recall being able to move my hands or fingers, or feet, or mouth, but if I tried really hard, I could raise my head only a few inches.

To what extent were any of you able to work against sleep paralysis?

After about 20 years of sleep paralysis I have had three instances that went beyond regular SP, one was me being on my ceiling while also laying in my bed, another was myself and another person experiencing it together, and then towards the end after all those years was a deep vibration felt down deep in my bones and not in any way a vibration felt externally. No longer experience it though and feel good about that because just lost so much sleep through the years due to one SP episode after another in the same night...major PIA since after awhile i just gave up on sleeping those nights.

ETA: A few others to note: Blinds rattling and the feeling of someone looking at me grinning maliciously while rattling them, walking across my bed (not me), feeling breezes around me like people walking around, whispering in my ear - which was closest to when they completely stopped. FWIW, at no time when i had them was i able to move any part of my body and could not open my eyes during them at all, a real struggle actually. Finally, that i can recall clearly, was feeling as though i was being ripped out of my body, although not a believer in OBE's so dont want to give that impression.




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