three different people have written me to describe a
phenomenon known as "sleep paralysis." We
believe that this altered state is either a preparation
for an OBE or the result of waking before the spirit
has fully re-entered the body. These people write:
"In the nights when I sleep I suddenly find I am
aware but unable to move. I am like paralyzed while
asleep and cannot move. I battle to wake up and move.
Why is this happening? I am so frightened now to fall
"I was half asleep when all of the sudden I felt
a pull from my chest but it wasn't a physical sensation.
It was as if I was in the middle of a tornado - deafening
sounds, electricity coursing everywhere, every color
you can think of chaotically flashing. I felt as if
my 'spirit' was being pulled from my body through my
chest against my own will. I remember trying to yell
but nothing came out."
3. "I started having spontaneous OBEs as a teenager.
I would wake up and find I was hanging in the air in
the middle of my bedroom. Or I would wake up and find
I couldn't move my body."
response to these people:
of us leave our bodies at night. That's one reason we're
unconscious for a full third of our life. There is important
business for our soul to accomplish on the other side
while our body is asleep.
Since the spirit is what animates the physical body,
it makes sense that when the spirit is absent the body
is unable to move. It is either dead or in a state known
as sleep paralysis during an OBE.
Since this process is universal, it does not have to
be feared. People do not die from or remain in this
paralyzed state. Many have given themselves the option
of letting go and embracing the experience to see what
happens. It can be a significant spiritual experience.
May 25, 2006