Monday, October 7, 2013

Sleep Paralysis – Spiritual experience or hallucinations?

By Arjun Walia via Collective Evolution, 6 October 2013

How many of you have at one time or another woken up unable to speak or move? If you have, you are not alone. The classic definition for this phenomenon is called sleep paralysis. It may last a few seconds, several moments, or occasionally longer and usually occurs right before you are about to fall asleep or wake up. 

Many people report feeling a “presence” that is often described as malevolent, threatening or, evil, and usually experience a tremendous amount of terror.  The presence is usually seen, felt and even heard. People also report unique experiences like the sensation of floating as well as out of body experiences, and believe the phenomenon to be an extremely spiritual one. In the modern medical world, these experiences are defined as hypnagogic and hypnopompic hallucinations (0), which is often the explanation when conventional modern views of spiritual experience is combined with medical ideas that label direct spiritual experiences as psycho-pathological.

 It is well understood that sleep paralysis coincides with  physiological mechanisms in the brain. What is not well understood are the strange experiences individuals have when experiencing sleep paralysis.  The discussion of spiritual experience as an explanation for a bizarre and complex phenomenon that little is known about has been suppressed thus discouraging discussion of it in modern society.(1)

Beginning in college and graduate school I was particularly interested in the beliefs of ordinary people, especially the ones that were treated as nonsense in the academic world. The academic world treats spiritual belief in general that way. I was interested in alternative medicine at the same time for the same reason. Right from the beginning I was convinced that ordinary people are smarter, are more sensible than they’re given credit for by scholars, and that traditions that are wide spread and deeply held probably have more rational basis, and more observation built into them than the theories that I was taught in graduate school. I couldn’t believe that all the beliefs of ordinary people that are not part of the academic worldview were nonsense. I have the impression that the academic world might be a little to narrow, and that regular people might have something to offer about it (sleep paralysis) through their experience and what they believed about things. There are beliefs that are based on experience that have been dismissed as superstitious beliefs that bear much more investigation, these are experiences that are built into the spiritual traditions all over the world. In the modern western world, for at least the past one hundred years these phenomena have been explained on the basis of psychopathology. So the discovery that those experiences are common and that they occur among ‘normal’ people, that they are not in fact indicative of any type of disease has tremendous importance for medicine. This isn’t a new phenomenon, we erased the knowledge of these experiences from the cultural repertoire – Dr David J Hufford, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus, Penn State Medical School (1)

Right from the get go, almost all scientific approaches to the phenomenon of sleep paralysis assume that the experiences that stem from it are hallucinations. Rather than coming from the standpoint of complete neutrality, most studies completely shut out the idea of any reality behind ‘hallucinations.’ Just because there are measured biological and chemical activity during the sleep paralysis phenomenon does not mean that there is a causal relationship between the two. There are other things we must take into consideration, and as quantum science is showing us, there are definitely worlds within our world that we are not able to perceive. There is definitely a non-physical aspect to science in general that we are just beginning to wake up to.

The day science begins to study non-physical phenomenon, it will make more progress than it made in all the previous centuries of its existence – Nikola Tesla

Spiritual Experience

Modern scholars have found spirit and spirituality hard to define, and as mentioned earlier usually places these topics within the circle of ridicule amongst the scientific community. Many reading this probably have a good idea of the terms that fit under the umbrella of “spirit” or “spiritual.” They involve out of body experiences, visits from entities not of this world, near death experiences, frequency, vibration and more. It’s important to realize that many experiences people have within the “spiritual” realm occur when one is fully conscious, awake and alert and not during what sleep researchers call sleep paralysis. Our level of scientific understanding is not advanced enough to explain certain phenomenon, so sometimes they are grouped into the category of hallucinations when they are really phenomenon we do not understand and cannot yet explain in a scientific manner.

At the same time, some of the phenomenon described that arise from sleep paralysis could very well be hallucinations, although I don’t believe this to be the case. I am very open to the idea that what is experienced for some during ‘sleep paralysis’ is indeed intertwined with the true nature of reality we clearly do not yet fully understand. The point is we don’t yet know for sure, and for the scientific community to assume and label them as definite hallucinations and as a figment of the imagination is wrong.

Scientific evidence for out of body phenomenon isn’t prevalent, but it’s hard when most scientific phenomenon is suppressed. I’m talking about all of the developments within the world that are classified for the sake of national security. This isn’t a secret anymore, recent leaks from the NSA were responsible for the very first public disclosure of a black budget, and the Canadian government was recently outed for the muzzling of scientists(2). This coincides with the remote, viewing experiments that involved the intelligence community and Stanford University, among others.

(3)(4)(5) It’s interesting that there is also science and official research behind these types of phenomenon that give further credibility to it. It is even more interesting that it is within the hands of the intelligence community, extremely classified and washed away in secrecy, just like the experiments conducted at Stanford University. Among the varied hallucinations associated with sleep paralysis, out of body experiences and vestibular motor sensations represent a distinct factor.(6) Remote viewing is the ability of individuals to describe a remote geographical location up to several hundred thousand kilometers away, this phenomenon has be proven time and time again, and shortly after its publication the program was instantly shut down by the department of defense.

We have many examples of phenomenon that would fit under the “spiritual” umbrella, and who are we to say that the experiences that occur within sleep paralysis are not indeed real phenomenon. Sometimes, ideas and concepts can be a threat to power, to control and to the overall perception humanity has of reality as a collective. If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. If the planet changed the way it looked at this phenomenon, surely it would contribute in one of the biggest paradigm shifts the planet has ever seen, and this is exactly what is continuing to unfold on planet Earth today.

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Linda said...

I have heard Ram say that it is when we have come back into our body and with a bit of a jolt that's woken us up and sometimes with a gasp. I've had this experience with an OBE too -we're not fully conscious of who we are or where we are....just need a little time to remember :) (I didn't read the article btw, so I hope my comment is valid).

Laron said...

I believe it to always be related to the moment our astral body either returns or departs as that is when we are falling into the sleep state(or waking from it) where its completely normal for us to be in a state of being paralysed.

So .. in other words, agreed Linda.

Aliveinthewastelands said...

Peace be upon all
Hey there Laron good to see your up and about in the world. Havent been following ur blog since the peak of the madness in june. I have had many experiences with sleep paralaysis. Lately they have been associated with amuch lesser extent of terror and pressure than before. What ive seen is that generally sleep paralysis occurs with a lot fear and darkness. Normally when I have positive feedback or a good dream and I am suddenly woken up I feel certain vibrations. But whenever ive had sp I have had demonic or dark entities involved and I fight off the fear by reciting certain religous verses or chants. But the fact that people right next to you d9 not feel it makes me believe its not really a worry on this plane of existence. Hope you have safe and enjoyable return back home.

Laron said...

HI Akram, great to hear from you.

Have you tried any clearing techniques of your bed and the surrounding room before going to sleep on a regular basis? And/or any protective visualisations before going to sleep?

I have helped a number of people in different situations relating to strange events and experiences they have had while they sleep and in those relaxed states and they have all been successful in removing the negative or uncomfortable experiences as a result.

Shamini G said...

Hi Akram. What Laron says is true. I've had similar experience to yours all my life. I followed Laron's technique and it worked. I can sleep peacefully now. He helped me and a friend too. I can never thank him enough for it. Give it a go Akram.