To go into it deeper... I first lay down, relaxe take a few deep breaths and focus on the darkness behind my eyelids. Once I see the colors of morphing lights I start to think of a scenerey and thast when I feel my body become heavy and my limbs feel weightless and feel like they have switched postions (I lay with palms down, feels like they turn over upwards). I keep my focus and then I start to feel the chest pressue which is fine I can manage my breathing and heart rate just fine. Once my body decides to vibrate is where I loose all focus and my heart beats outragesly and I try all I can to stay calm but I can't seem to and it vanishes...
lucidinthe sky wrote:alcohol messes up my dreams
Me too. I get no dreams when I drink too much. But sometimes it's fun to enjoy waking life.... but I never expect a dream afterward, so I am never disappointed. I know it would be a night of recuperation, not dreams.
But back to the topic: How to manage sleep paralysis. The key is to not get too excited. Write down the things that worried you and when you feel them again, they won't worry you as much.
I've only ever experienced this phase after a lucid dream (one in which I find out while in the dream). So perhaps I was in a calm state to begin with because of that and that's why I was successful. I have never experienced the symptoms of sleep paralysis and been conscious from the waking state. I think I almost have several times but always 'snap' out of it.
But here is an experience I had 2 days ago, and since you brought up O.B.E's I thought I would mention it. I never tried to have an O.B.E., but I think this may have been close:
I was in a dream, and lucid. At the end, there was a lanky, but very tall security guard and he was going to fight me. I knew I couldn't take him. But I just let it play out. He came at me, I threw a punch. It had no effect on him, his belly was at my head level. I just gave up and watched. He beat me up, but I felt no pain. It was disorientating, but I knew it was a dream and just watched. It wasn't long before it faded to black. Most people would wake up at this point, or even sooner. But don't. Just stay.
It was pitch black and I started to hear a ringing in my ears. Like after a night at a rock concert. Then I saw 'in the distance' a ball of light. It wasn't pure white though, it was yellowish like an incandescent bulb. It was a bit blurry too as though I was seeing it through my eyelids. It got closer. Then it took shape. I saw my eye, in black and yellow, no other colors, and the eye was looking from side to side and up and down wildly. I thought to myself, "That's probably what my eyes are doing right now." (REM). Then I saw both my eyes as though I was pressing my face to a mirror. (Still in black and yellow/golden, and the ears still ringing). It was like the back of my eyelids were mirrors. Then I heard a loud banging on the door of my room. (That would have woken me up if I hadn't experienced it before). But I was determined to just ride it out and see where it takes me.
And then it got weird, and I have never had this happen before.
I started to breath heavily out my nose and every time I did, I felt warm air blowing on the back of my neck. It was like I was 2 people, separated by a foot or so, and the other was behind me breathing on my neck. I breathed again and felt the warm air again. I just surrendered to it. After 4-5 more, the feeling on the back of my neck felt like someone pouring cold water on it. I thought to myself, "Why wouldn't that wake me up?" I was so calm I still didn't wake up. I did soon after, but I was in a different place and lucid right away.
The more you experience this phase, and write down your observations, the more accustomed to it you will become. And the more accustomed, the more relaxed you will be and not 'snap' out of it. I am no expert and will have failed attempts in the future, but practice makes perfect.
But here's my thoughts about the almost O.B.E. I have a feeling that if I could have somehow 'shifted my focus' to the 'being behind me', and then 'rolled out' or 'gotten up', it could have become an O.B.E. I felt like I was separated, but I was predominantly the one in front who was aware he was in bed. I hate to use the term 'astral body', but that is a good description of what I felt behind me.
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