- Mental Health
What is dream paralysis? One possible cause of nightmarish sleep paralysis and its prevention
I am by no means an expert on dream paralysis and I don't know just how many types there are. I know what I had experienced and what I learned from it. Through the retelling of my own experiences, I am hoping that someone else with the similar kind of experiences might be able to help him or herself. It's very possible that your experience is not at all similar to mine. In that case, I would love to invite you to share your story and your knowledge on this subject.
My Personal Experience with Dream Paralysis:
When I was fourteen, I started to have very frequent episodes of Dream Paralysis. I was absolutely horrified. I would wake up in the middle of my sleep, unable to move my body, with my mind caught between sleeping and waking. In my experiences, I would be conscious while having the most terrifying nightmare all at the same times. The most frightening thing about this kind of Dream Paralysis is the intense fear about "being taken over" -- the feeling about another malignant presence. It happened to me so often at that time I actually figured out a way to "break the spell." I learned that if I just focus all of my energy on moving one single finger, as soon as that finger started to move, the spell would be broken and the worst would soon be over. Night after night, I would make one finger move, got myself out of the paralysis and went to knock on my parents' door. At the end, my poor sleep deprived parents made me memorise an entire prayer, word for word by heart, so I could learn to calm myself at night.
It was only after twenty years, during one conversation about dream paralysis, my father finally confessed to me that the house we lived in at that time was indeed haunted. At when I thought back, my frequent episodes of Dream Paralysis stopped AFTER we moved out of that house when I was fifteen. My father is a very spiritual and intuitive man. He said he knew the house was "not clean" (which is another way to say "haunted" in the Chinese terminology), but we were too poor at the time to move. Another strange episode that happened at the same house was to one of my cousins, who was but an infant at the time. My mother and her sister ran the front of the house as a hair dressing salon. One day, a three year old girl came to the saloon with her mother. While the mother was getting her hair done, the toddler wondered into the bedroom where my infant cousin was sleeping. She proceeded to bite his little face. By the time the adult arrived, the baby's face was covered in bloody bites. The nature of the incident was so appalling, I wonder if the earth bound spirit had a hand in that as well.
When I got older, I only have very very infrequent Dream Paralysis episodes, and it often happens at a hotel room somewhere (I was a flight attendant for 13 years) when I was extremely exhausted from working all night without sleep. Another time I had a Dream Paralysis episode at home, and it was after i just lost my uncle. A friend of mine (who one could call a "specialist" in all areas of earth bound spirits) confirmed that it was caused by an "ancestral spirit" trying to make contact. Wherever I was when an episode happened, I would immediately cleanse the energy of the room using "Energy purification and protection visualisation" (please refer to my hub under that name, in fact, you can find the quick link at the bottom of this article).
What I have learned is this: Dream Paralysis only happens to me
1. when I was young and defenceless and living in a haunted house;
2. when my energy level is very low and my physical body is extremely exhausted. When I am "stretched too thin,"if you would.
3. when my energy level is very low and exhausted PLUS I happen to be in an environment that is energetically "unclean" - ie, infested with an earth bound spirit.
Keep your energy level at a healthy level and the energy level of your environment clean and purified, for me, is a sure way of keeping Dream Paralysis at bay.
I am aware that my story and my method lack scientific and medical background. It is just my life experience and what I learned from it. I hope you find this helpful. If you are one of these lucky person that has never have to experience anything like it, then I am very happy for you also.
written by Vera Lin, 2012