Waking paralysis (also called sleep paralysis) is extremely common:
you wake up paralyzed, or suddenly become paralyzed while relaxing
or trying to get to sleep - but while still awake. Most people will
probably experience it at some time.
This can be terrifying, as the cause is
always unknown at the time.
Paralysis is a well-known symptom
associated with out-of-body experience; natural projectors will,
more often than not, be found to suffer frequent bouts of waking
paralysis throughout their lives, especially during their teens and
twenties. I was plagued by it during my childhood, teens, and
twenties. It slowly lessened in frequency over the years, but only
after I began regular energetic development and learned how to
project in my early twenties.
I still get it occasionally, a couple of
times a year. Waking paralysis is extremely complex and no single
explanation can really explain its causes. The two most popular
theories are dissociation and spontaneous projection.
Dissociation: The general
scientific explanation is that the brain dissociates itself from
its physical body during sleep, as it enters the dream state,
ostensibly to stop the physical body from thrashing about,
mimicking its dream actions and injuring itself. Waking
paralysis is said to occur when the mind accidentally wakes up
inside its dissociated sleeping body. This explanation does have
merit, as the physical body does progressively dissociate itself
from its mind during sleep, and during the trance state.
However, I do not believe this explanation holds all the
Entering the trance state brings the first symptoms of
dissociation; the deeper the trance state attained, the more
difficult movement becomes. But dissociation brought on by the
trance state comes on slowly, in degrees, over many minutes.
Waking paralysis, on the other hand, comes on very swiftly,
usually within only a couple of seconds. And I have never
experienced full waking paralysis during trance, not even during
the virtual catalepsy of the deep-trance state.
Spontaneous projection: The
popular New Age explanation is that waking paralysis is caused
solely by spontaneous projection, more specifically by a
projection that is about to occur or is trying to occur. Many
people recommend, because of this, that waking-paralysis victims
relax and go along with the experience, so they can convert
their waking-paralysis episode into a full OBE. This explanation
also has merit, as paralysis definitely appears related to some
aspects of projection.
However, in my opinion, waking paralysis
is a complication of consciousness with many contributing factors. I
think it is more complex than is commonly believed.
Waking paralysis is often not accompanied by vibrations or other
projection-related exit sensations. Very often, for no apparent
reason, people will either suddenly become paralyzed while relaxing,
or while trying to fall asleep, or they will wake up to find
themselves paralyzed. Everything is quiet and they have no major
projection-related sensations (vibrations or rapid heartbeat); they
just find themselves suddenly and inexplicably paralyzed.
Many people (myself included) can detect the onset of a
waking-paralysis episode, especially when it comes on during a
relaxed but awake state. They feel an almost irresistible sinking
sensation moments before the onset of paralysis. This happens very
quickly, with only a couple of seconds' warning. While the sinking
feeling can be called a projection-related symptom, this is often
the only sensation experienced during the entire paralysis episode.
Most paralysis episodes, in my opinion, happen after the projection
exit has occurred. Full waking paralysis cannot occur before the
projection exit. So, why are no projection-related exit sensations
usually experienced during waking paralysis? The most logical answer
is that spontaneous natural projection has already occurred, and the
exit sensations have already passed, or have been missed altogether
due to the mind-split effect.
The paralysis victim either sleeps
through them and wakes up paralyzed, while an OBE is in progress, or
the symptoms are so swift and mild they go unnoticed, as with
remote-eye projection (see chapter 5). The physical/etheric mind
awakes inside its dissociated, mind-split, paralyzed physical body
during an OBE, while its projected double is out and about.
When projection exit symptoms are experienced only at the beginning
of a waking-paralysis episode, it is a fairly safe bet that a
spontaneous projection was taking place at that time. The projection
exit has been missed due to the mind-split effect. This has left the
projector's physical/etheric mind (original copy) fully awake and
paralyzed during the remainder of that projection. The projection
itself is causing the waking paralysis.
While some waking-paralysis victims claim to succeed at converting
it into a projection, the vast majority fails to do so. Most people
are too afraid at the time to even contemplate a conversion. Those
who do try for a conversion usually fail, even if they completely
give in to it and genuinely go along with the whole experience.
They usually lie there paralyzed until
it ends on its own accord, or until they manage to move a part of
their physical body and thus break out of it. In this case, they
have succeeded in aborting the projection and forcing their
projected double to reenter and reintegrate. This ends the
paralysis, but causes their projected double's shadow memories to be
lost in the process.
If paralysis is caused by a projection already in progress, as I
suggest, then it would obviously not be possible to have another
projection at that same time. This may account for the extremely
high failure rate of attempts to convert waking paralysis to OBE.
If an episode of waking paralysis has no projection-related symptoms
during its onset, but is later converted successfully into an OBE, I
would suggest that the projected double has been reeled in after an
unnoticed exit (the one that caused the waking paralysis), but with
only partial reintegration taking place. It has then been
immediately projected out again, but this time produces normal
projection-related symptoms because of the presence of awake
consciousness during the second exit. Memories of the first exit
(the cause of the waking paralysis episode) are not downloaded into
the physical brain.
These are automatically overwritten
during the second exit, leaving no trace of what really caused the
waking paralysis in the first place.
I would suggest that when an entire episode of waking paralysis is
accompanied by vibrations, plus other exit-related sensations,
internal energetic mind-split conflicts (most likely caused by the
presence of awake consciousness during the projection process) are
stalling the spontaneous-projection mechanism. This is another
complication of consciousness. Actual projection may or may not
occur. In this case, attempting to convert waking paralysis into an
OBE by relaxing and going with the experience, or by using a
projection technique to aid it, will have much more success.
I have experienced waking-paralysis episodes literally hundreds of
times, but have never managed to convert one into an OBE. I have had
hundreds of spontaneous projections from the waking state, or have
wakened in the middle of them, but these always result in either a
partial or full OBE. I perceive a marked difference between
spontaneous projections and waking-paralysis episodes. Each feels
quite different and, while spontaneous projection is quite
acceptable to me, I absolutely loathe waking paralysis.
I consider spontaneous projection and waking paralysis to be two
different sides of the same coin. Sometimes spontaneous projection
is experienced and remembered, but at other times waking paralysis
is experienced and remembered. These are two different aspects of
spontaneous projection, caused by the mind-split effect, providing
two totally different experiences.
Only one side of a spontaneous
paralysis-cum-projection episode is usually remembered - the side
perceived and remembered by the physical/etheric mind. The other
side, that of the projected double, is neither perceived at the time
nor remembered after the event. Shadow memories are completely lost
because of the trauma or excitement waking paralysis always causes.
This trauma firmly cements the physical/etheric side of the
experience into physical memory, totally disallowing any shadow
With certain types of projection, exit symptoms can be extremely
mild, often not noticed at all. This is most common with projections
involving the brow or crown centers. This indicates natural
clairvoyant potential, often unsuspected. It also means the
projector has the potential for high-level projections, because
clairvoyance and high-level projection are intimately related. It is
possible, therefore, that some types of waking paralysis are caused
by brow- or crown-center projections in progress, where the exit has
Fear and dread accompany many waking-paralysis episodes, often with
a tangible feeling of presence coming from a particular direction.
Fear may be caused by mind-split effects combined with emotional
feedback (fear and anxiety) between the physical/etheric body and
its projected double during a real-time projection.
Other kinds of projections may also contribute incidences of waking
paralysis and spontaneous projection. There is a strong possibility,
for example, that akashic pulse episodes - astral wind - may prove
to be a major contributing factor in some waking-paralysis episodes.
An akashic pulse episode could, conceivably, force projection on
people who are deeply relaxed, even though they are technically
still wide awake.
They could then experience waking
paralysis while left awake inside their physical/etheric mind, until
their projected double is released and allowed to reenter and
reintegrate after the akashic pulse episode is over.
We will look at the akashic pulse in
The physical/etheric mind on its own does not usually have the power
to animate its physical body during an OBE. To awaken even partially
and restore some degree of physical movement, the reintegration of
the physical/etheric with its real-time double appears to be the
minimum requirement. To restore full waking consciousness and
functionality, the complete reintegration of all subtle bodies is
Another contributing factor may be that the state of energetic
development of paralysis sufferers may not allow conscious-exit
projection to occur easily. This creates internal energetic
conflicts that stall the projection mechanism, causing waking
paralysis to occur more easily than projection.
Early conscious projection exits are usually marked by extremely
heavy vibrations, rapid heartbeat, and other heavy energy-movement
sensations. These heavy sensations always reduce in severity during
subsequent projections. Logically, there must be a reason for this
progressive lessening of sensation. The answer, I think, is that
increased energetic development reduces internal energetic
Attempts at conscious-exit projection
involve a lot of primary-center activity, and a great deal of energy
flows throughout the etheric body, which forces some degree of
energetic development to take place. This forced development appears
to account for progressively milder exit sensations being
experienced during subsequent projections.
If you add energetic underdevelopment to potential conflicts caused
by mind-split, and take into consideration shadow memory download
problems and other complications caused by the presence of waking
consciousness, you have a recipe for disaster. Waking paralysis can
thus occur at any time and for many reasons, because of the delicate
interactions between these potential complications. In most cases,
the waking-paralysis victims remain none the wiser before, during,
or after the fact, because of the nature of the mind-split effect.
The following two scenarios may explain some other types of waking
paralysis, in particular those where strong feelings of fear and
dread and a tangible sense of presence are involved. Both of the
following scenarios involve strong emotional feedback between the
physical/etheric body and its projected double, interfering with and
stalling a projection in progress.
Emotional feedback has many similarities
to astral feedback, but happens on the emotional level only.
therefore, only felt, not realized.
Paralysis and the Physical Body:
The mind awakens inside its
paralyzed physical body. It may or may not have felt any
projection-related exit sensations earlier. It has awakened for
a very good reason: Something has just scared the daylights out
of its projected double! It has no way of knowing this has
happened, though, or that it is actually in the middle of a
projection. It just wakes up paralyzed and scared, sensing a
tangible presence somewhere nearby in the room. It cannot move
to see what it is sensing, so its fear steadily increases, and
floods along the silver cord and into its projected double, as
it fights to break free of the paralysis.
The projected double keenly feels this new surge of fear. It has
no apparent cause or source, but is sensed as coming from a
particular direction - from its body, although the projected
double does not know it. The projected double now begins to feel
a strange pressure dragging upon it, a pressure coming from its
own physical/etheric counterpart as it desperately struggles to
break free of its paralysis. This struggle has the effect of
dragging the projected double back toward its physical body. The
projected double does not recognize this dragging force for what
it is, and so fights against it with everything it has.
Fear escalates quickly on both sides, as both aspects feed and
compound the emotional feedback problem. Both sides of the
mind-split - physical/etheric and projected double - are scared
to death; each senses a tangible dread presence coming from a
particular direction - coming from each other, but neither side
knows this. The tug of war continues until either the physical/etheric
side succeeds in dragging back its terrified projected double
(which is usually the case), or until the physical side faints
or gives up and falls back to sleep again in exhaustion.
Paralysis and the Projected Double: The following scenario again
relates to emotional feedback, but in this case a conflict
between the dream mind and its projected double, where the dream
mind has not actually awakened inside its physical/ etheric
A projected double is floating about in
real time, having fun and minding its own business, when it suddenly
has a fright. It sees some bushes moving in the shadows and its
imagination plays tricks on it: an ominous shape reaching for it. It
freezes, not knowing quite what the shape is or what to do about it.
It tries to flee, and suddenly senses a very tangible fearsome
presence right behind it. An irresistible force starts dragging it
backward. It tries to move away, but suddenly feels weak, as if its
very life force were being drained. It now feels trapped and has
extreme difficulty moving.
The dream mind, throughout this, feels the initial fear surge from
its projected double, but does not know the cause. The fluid dream
state changes at this point and takes on a more sinister aspect. The
dream mind may even slip into a nightmare. The dream mind does not
awaken inside its physical/etheric body, so it doesn't actually
experience true waking paralysis. It will, however, experience a
dream-state version of waking paralysis or a slow-motion type of bad
The projected double feels trapped, snared by some powerful unseen
evil foe. Now so weak it can barely move, it feels like it is wading
through rapidly setting concrete. No matter how hard it tries, it
cannot seem to break the grip of its unseen assailant. Weak,
trapped, and afraid, it moves one step closer toward absolute
The fear increases and the projected double fights in vain, growing
steadily weaker. The sense of dread increases, and fear builds into
mindless, paralyzing terror. It cannot move at all now and feels a
cold weight spreading through its chest. The dreadful thing behind
it is getting closer and closer, dragging it heartlessly backward
toward its evil clutches. The monster almost has it now and is ...
just... about... to ... grab it! The projected double can almost
feel the monster's fetid breath on the back of its neck.
The unseen monster has it now, and is
raising its dreadful ax, when, suddenly, the projector wakes up in a
pool of sweat, heart pounding, gasping for breath, and shaking with
terror. Memories of the projection (just a bad dream?) flood the
projector's terrified mind.
The dominant memories retained after any waking-paralysis episode
always come from the strongest and most memorable side of the
experience, the side most traumatized. This is usually the physical/etheric
side, as that side of the mind-split has a much more direct effect
on the physical brain than shadow memories generally do.
If the dream mind does not awaken inside
its physical/etheric aspect before the end of the paralysis episode,
these memories will be from the projected double's side of the
mind-split instead. Sometimes, because of the complex and unreliable
nature of shadow memory downloading during reintegration, these
memories will become mixed.
Memories of a bad dream, plus a
terrifying projection experience, plus waking up paralyzed and
terrified, blend into a uniquely compounded shadow memory download.
Ways to Break Paralysis
Learning and practicing conscious-exit projection reduces the
frequency of paralysis episodes. Projection attempts encourage the
energetic development of the projection mechanism within the etheric
If projection is unacceptable due to
fear of OBE, short daytime projection attempts are advised.
Energetic development work, like meditation and energy work, as well
as developing other core skills, will also help resolve
projection-related energetic and mind-split conflicts, which are the
underlying causes of waking paralysis.
Many people advocate giving into waking paralysis and attempting to
convert it into an OBE. I would advise doing this only if vibrations
or other projection symptoms are present; otherwise it seems a
pointless exercise. If paralysis is frequent, this would definitely
be worth a shot at least once. If the conversion continually fails,
and no reliable way is found to stop paralysis episodes, a
progressive course of energetic development and meditation becomes
the most viable option.
The simplest and most direct approach, the one most people prefer,
is to clear the mind (refuse to fear) and concentrate on moving a
single big toe. For some reason, a big toe is the easiest body part
to reanimate during a waking-paralysis episode. Once a big toe
moves, even slightly, waking paralysis will end.
To increase the effectiveness of the above technique, I also
recommend using the brushing awareness action (see chapter 12) on
the big toe to break paralysis. This helps by strengthening body
awareness there, making it easier to force movement.
Paralysis, like spontaneous projection, is more likely to occur in
certain resting and sleeping positions. Lying on the back, for
example, tends to promote both projection and waking paralysis for
most people. It is worthwhile checking to see if the resting
position is a factor, and avoid those positions most likely to
promote waking paralysis.
When waking paralysis strikes a deeply relaxed but still-awake
person, or one trying to fall asleep, it usually comes on with a
noticeable sinking sensation, giving a few moments of warning. That
is the prime time to fight off paralysis. Rolling out of bed as
quickly as possible (you have to be really, really quick) stops
waking paralysis before it can take hold. I recommend getting up and
taking a short walk, or raiding the refrigerator at this time, as
eating helps. It is not advisable to return to bed for at least ten
minutes, or waking paralysis will usually happen again immediately.
Keeping a clear mind and refusing to fear during a paralysis episode
will, in most cases, reduce emotional feedback. If both the
physical/etheric mind and its projected double stay calm, the
severity and duration of paralysis episodes can be greatly reduced.
Overtiredness and sleep deficit are, more often than not,
contributing factors with frequent waking paralysis, as well as with
frequent spontaneous OBE. Avoiding overtiredness, especially during
the week surrounding the full moon, when spontaneous OBE and waking
paralysis are more likely to occur, is strongly advised.
Food can also play a part with waking paralysis. An empty stomach
tends to increase energetic activity within the etheric body,
thereby increasing the likelihood of waking-paralysis and
A heavy meal can make projection more
difficult, as it significantly slows energetic activity in the
etheric body and promotes sleep.
Unwanted Projection Symptoms
Frequent bouts of waking paralysis and spontaneous projection are a
big problem for some people. Most people prone to this cannot stop
it from happening and do not like the experience one little bit.
Often, they dislike the idea of any kind of deliberate projection.
They just want to be left alone so they can sleep in peace.
This condition will normally happen to those prone to this condition
only a couple of times a year, in clusters of a few days or so at a
time, usually around the full moon. In rarer cases, however, this
problem can be much more pronounced. If this continues overlong, it
can develop into a severely debilitating health problem. Many people
try to avoid sleep entirely to avoid the disturbing symptoms.
This is the very worst thing anyone
could do! Avoiding sleep has the opposite effect and will greatly
worsen the overall condition. Lack of sleep also causes a loss of
appetite, which, in itself, further aggravates the underlying causes
of the condition. An empty stomach heightens energetic activity in
the etheric body (raising its vibrations), which greatly increases
the likelihood of waking-paralysis and spontaneous-projection
Frequent waking-paralysis and unwanted spontaneous-projection
episodes, especially if involving great fear, can generate an
extremely unpleasant psychological condition that can become more
and more debilitating the longer it is allowed to continue.
Long-term sleep deprivation plus a profound loss of appetite can be
extremely debilitating and even physically damaging.
Combined with other serious health
problems, this condition could even be fatal if left unattended for
The first thing to address with this type of problem is the sleep
deficit, which is the major underlying cause of the whole problem.
This is also the factor most easily rectified. I strongly urge
people with this condition to seek prompt medical advice and to tell
their doctor exactly what is happening. Sleep disorders like this,
regardless of their actual cause, are well known to medical science,
and doctors are thus well versed in their treatment. A doctor will
usually prescribe a specific type of sleeping medication designed to
promote long-lasting, dreamless sleep.
This can also stop spontaneous OBEs and
As the sleep deficit is overcome and the normal sleep pattern
returns, appetite will return and the projection-related symptoms
will begin to ease. Keep in mind that any medication must be taken
regularly, as prescribed, until the sleep deficit is completely
overcome, before it can be stopped, or the problem may recur.
Sleeping in a well-lit room with a TV or radio on low, plus napping
during daylight hours, will also help with the fear problems that
can be caused by repeated spontaneous projections. If the presence
of light inhibits sleep, wearing a sleep mask will help. Also, if
spontaneous projections are unavoidable, daylight ones are much less
Even the most timid of reluctant
projectors will usually find daylight projections enjoyable, or at
the very least bearable.