Sleep Paralysis

Sleep paralysis is a natural phenomenon that happens to most people every night of their lives. Many scientists speculate that sleep paralysis naturally occurs to keep us from acting out our dreams. Can you imagine what would happen if you actually acted out your wildest dreams? The results would be crazy at best and downright dangerous at worst!

While most people don’t realize they’re in sleep paralysis when it happens, a few people do wake up during this stage of sleep. Sleep paralysis, in this case, can be very scary. It’s often accompanied by hypnagogic imagery and noises, as well as a sense of not being able to breathe. If you’ve ever experienced sleep paralysis while being lucid, you know that it’s not necessarily a pleasant feeling. In many people, it even induces a sense of panic.

Still, sleep paralysis can be used as a gateway for lucid dreaming. If you already experience sleep paralysis and know that you’re experiencing it on a regular basis, you’re already on your way to having lucid dreams. Since you have to be in that stage between wake and sleep in order to be aware that you’re experiencing sleep paralysis, you’re primed and ready to fall into the real dream world with your awareness still intact.

There are several different ways you can use sleep paralysis as a gateway to lucid dreaming. You may want to try different options to see what works best for you, since different people prefer different methods with this as with regular lucid dreaming induction techniques.

Remain Calm

One thing to note is that you definitely need to learn to remain calm during sleep paralysis. It’s not always easy, but it helps to acknowledge that you’re in this state. Knowing that you’re in this state and that it’s natural can help you be more calm and collected.

Sleep paralysis doesn’t happen to me all that often when I’m aware of it unless Iā€™m intentionally bringing it on to induce an OBE. However, when I do experience sleep paralysis unintentionally, I can still find it hard to keep myself from freaking out! The thing that seems to help me most is focusing on taking long, slow, normal breaths. Since your chest and throat muscles are more relaxed during sleep paralysis, this may seem difficult at first, but it’s definitely possible to remain calm and collected by remembering to breathe normally.

Using Sleep Paralysis for Lucid Dreaming

Once you realize that you’re in a state of sleep paralysis, there are several different ways to enter into the lucid dreaming state. One is to simply imagine that you’re in a particular place. Tell yourself where you want to go or what you want to do, and watch the dream materialize out of the darkness.

Another option is to focus your eyes on the point in the middle of your forehead. Let the hypnagogic lights focus there, and then go through the tunnel that will most likely form. You can come out on the other end getting a surprise about where you’ll end up, or you can intentionally tell the tunnel to take you somewhere.

Finally, you can simply let sleep paralysis turn into a lucid dreaming experience. Often times, just sinking back into a dream state puts you in a world of color and geometric imagery that’s really quite stunning. From there, you can often control your dreamscape like you would in any other lucid dream.

Using sleep paralysis to get into a lucid dream isn’t for everyone, but if you already experience sleep paralysis and don’t know how to do it, why not use it as a gateway into something new and beautiful?

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