That experience led me to start researching sleep paralysis a bit which led me to this site and to my purchase of the book Exploring The World Of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge. I have since attempted to have lucid dreams, but it's been a lucid dream & paralysis type state that I have been able to achieve – if that makes sense?
Both RECENT experiences so far have had similar qualities and both were equally TERRIFYING. They started when in my dream I became aware I was dreaming – which instantly caused a shift from a dream state to a sleep paralysis type state. This is where things get a bit confusing as to what I was experiencing - it was a sorta lucid dream / sleep paralysis combo?
No longer in my dreamworld - I was in my bedroom in the dark. At first I was paralyzed while experiencing the onset rush of the SP – I then was able to rise (dreaming lucidly?) I reached for the light but it wouldn’t turn on – which caused me some panic as it was pitch black, (darker than my room actually is). I walked towards my bedroom door and passed through it. On the other side of the door I bumped into a woman who said nothing, but I felt the most incredible fear as she was inches from my face and appeared ghostly pale – the rush of fear instantly transported me back to my bed where I was once again completely paralyzed only there was something in the bed w/ me, a force thrashing me back and forth, it would occasionally let up and pin my body against the wall – It was as if the force was expressing dominance – I was helpless and it continued to violently reposition my body – I was finally able to wake myself up straining as I attempted to open my mouth to scream for help.
I'm 30 years old and never have I been more terrified! I turned the light on and was frozen in fear for almost an hour. I left the light on that night and didn't get out of bed until the sun came up!
I had one more similar experience – I went from a brief lucid dream state to the sleep paralysis lucid dream "combo" state. Again I was in my room in the dark I lied paralyzed and heard girls chanting in the hall outside my room. I was once again thrashed about and had my body pressed up against the cold wall near my bed- it didn’t last as long and I was able to wake myself up using the simple technique where you concentrate on moving one finger.
I have since taken a break from attempting to have a lucid dream!
Anyone else have similar experiences? I don't think what I have experienced were lucid dreams, nor do I think they were just simple sleep paralysis hallucinations, but some sorta back and forth combination of the two.... These experiences were unlike traditional dreams as they are more like memories from actual physical happenings. VERY vivid and unwelcoming!
I wonder are lucid dreams intensely vivid as well? ...
Anyway thanks for reading -Tom
If you break it all down in to a time sequence and associate the feelings and dream or images you may get a sense of how it all unfolds.
One interesting point I noticed was that I would get more of these attacks SP when I slept on my belly with the covers off and in colder weather. I think I would sleep lightly and the cold would somehow increase the chance of waking while still sleeping.
Very short answer is that instead of being aware of being awake and asleep at the same time you are a victim of it
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