There are a lot of experiences that we have as Souls residing within contiguous spiritual space that we take for granted, or that we never talk about with people because we’re not sure how they’re going to react.
The seemingly dichotomous nature of our perceive reality (black/white, good/bad, us/them) makes us seem isolated in our minds, alone in the world. Sometimes these experiences may even seem wierd, or out of place, even though we’re the ones experiencing them! And, they even seem like something that will mark us as crazy or, Heaven forbid, different.
One of these experiences is something that is called, as defined by Stanford University no less, sleep paralysis. The official definition of the term (from the website) is:
“Sleep paralysis consists of a period of inability to perform voluntary movements either at sleep onset (called hypnogogic or predormital form) or upon awakening (called hypnopompic or postdormtal form). Sleep paralysis may also be referred to as isolated sleep paralysis, familial sleep paralysis, hynogogic or hypnopompic paralysis, predormital or postdormital paralysis.”
The phenomena has been studied by Clinicians and Doctors using human test subjects in sleep labs. Simply stated, people go to sleep, their REM (random eye movement) is monitored – as are their alpha, theta and delta rhythms/waves – which are endemic to the sleep and near-sleep-states. These doctors even say that sleep paralysis is closely related to narcolepsy, which seems to be an inability to regulate sleep on a consistent basis.
But the real truth is, while much of what is stated by these researchers is applicable on the surface – and according to the most obvious and psychologically appropriate aspects of its occurence – these facts are by no means the entirety of the story. There is more to what goes on in our bodies than can be fully explained by dry, clinical theories regarding the transport and transformation of different chemical combinations and energy exchanges.
A more holistic form of truth is, that the psychiatrists and others who relegate the experience of sleep paralysis to the fully material (incarnate spatial) realm, don’t really know what they’re talking about. Because, for the most part, they haven’t experienced it. They haven’t explored it. They haven’t related it to the thousands of years of spiritual and mythological documentation which is, really, quite explicit on the topic.
Sleep paralysis is nothing new, nor is it a purely physical reaction that consists of the misfiring of some nerves or the failure of some mechanism designed to keep you from harming yourself. But it is a mechanism of sorts, one that is recognized across the world in many cultures.
So, in that vein, I’m going to share a few of my experiences, since I consider myself somewhat versed (experientially) in this one particular area, if no others.
My earliest memory of sleep paralysis occured at about the age of eight. My family lived on the island of Crete, Greece at the time, because my father was in the Air Force and there was a base there, Iraklion Air Station, which has since been turned over to the Greek government.
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