You are asleep, maybe dreaming and suddenly you wake up in a dark room, you cannot move your body and it feels like a heavy weight lies on your chest! You struggle and then finally you break free and you sit up in bed, gasping, your heart beating overtime. You are scared, really scared, you either search for your husband/wife sleeping next to you or you switch on the bedside lights. You are in your room, you were sleeping and now you are awake! Now you will go online and search for what could have happened to you. You see exotic terms like sleep paralysis, astral projections, near-death experiences and go wow! This is special! You get piqued enough to buy a class which will teach you to enter the other dimensions and the domains of modern-age spiritualy.
‘Sleep paralysis’ has a very simple reason. But modern scientists have not yet learnt to ‘see’ the movement of pran/vital energy in the body. Once they start ‘seeing’ the movement of pran in the body, the medicine as a profession will practically cease to exist! And the doctors will turn into seers and sages, healing with touch and energy work!
A quick recap of the energy structure of your body. There are several energy vertices/chakras in your body, there are several thousand energy channels/naadi and there is the energy/pran. The 6 popularly known energy vertices/chakras, Muladhar, Swadhistahna, Manipur, Anahata, Vishuddhi and Ajnya are located in the thinnest energy channel/naadi called the Chitrini, which is inside the Vajrini, this is inside the Sushumna. This Sushumna runs along the spine of the body. The chakra is one end of the Sushumna is the Ajnya, between the eyebrows at the other end is the Muladhar at the coccyx. The 2 other major naadis, Pingala and Ida also run along the spine. There are other energy vertices in your head, like Sahasrara, Mulbindu, Vama, Jeyshtha, Rudri etc. The Soul/Jeevatma resides at the Kuthasth which is linked to the Ajnya chakra.
Now the source of the pran is the Universe. (Actually called Hiranyagarbha, the sum of the vital energy/Samashti समष्टि pran of the Universe.) This enters into your body through every pore of your body, also through the Sahasrara and most strongly through the breath, your nose. This pran through the breath reaches the area of the ajnya and then travels through the Ida, Pingala or Sushumna naadi whichever of the three is active. Pran moves in a downward direction and gets distributed to the entire body through the naadi network. The lower 6 chakras and their associated naadis are responsible for distributing the pran to every part of your body, the organs of sense and action. This is the movement of the pran when you are awake (Jagruti). Thus the body gets its real energy to work.
The food that we eat is not the real source of energy. The Universe offers a greater source if you are capable of taking it. Most real enlightened souls/seers/sadhus do not need to eat or drink. They can maintain their physical bodies on the energies of the Universe. If you do your sadhana/dhyan etc rigorously your food intake will reduce too. So in short, the body works only if the pran is distributed in body.
Now when you sleep/Nidra. The Jeevatma is the controller of the body-Robot. (Jeevatma is the Atma/soul + the Karmic baggage that he carries). He schedules maintenance for the Robot and also some rest time for himself. So during sleep, the pran/vital energy from the breath is diverted upwards to the chakras in the head. When you sleep, your eyeballs rotate upwards and also your tongue turns upwards in your mouth, this is the physical indication of the upward movement of pran. The body is maintained at the basic level needed for keeping it alive no more, it is now in suspension. Your body is now not alive in the sense of regular normal life, it is in suspended animation, the senses are shut down and the organs of action are shut down. Now the Controller checks out where all his Robot is damaged, and allocates pran to that part. So thus your Jeevatma targets those weak/damaged/diseased body parts and repairs them. (If you are not well, try to sleep as much as possible, this helps faster recovery.) During this period the Jeevatma also rests, it contracts itself, it withdraws to the area of the Kuthastha, ‘behind’ the Ajnya chakra and puts itself in suspended animation too.
Then as you prepare to wake up from your sleep, the Jeevatma first wakes from his rest. He again sends his energies through the Robot-body. This is the alpha brain wave state that we experience as we wake up normally. The direction of the pran is reversed, it starts moving downwards and enters the chakras and naadis of the body. Thus your organs of sense and action become active again, the Robot is animated. And in less than a minute you wake up completely.
Now you know the movement of vital energies during awake and sleep states.
When you are doing astral travel, your astral self (it is very tiny, about the size of your thumb) moves with the Jeevatma from the Kuthasth to the astral dimensions. During this period the Jeevtama does not rest. And the pran which were supposed to be repairing the body are used up in powering the travel and work in the astral.
In sleep/Nidra, the Jeevatma, also looks up into the information stored in the sub-conscious mind, this act is seen as a dream/Swapna. Time is such a paradox! In our dreams we might live out an entire life, but the dream ‘time’ lasts for maybe 30 seconds to a minute. You may have noticed this, you see a long dream and throughout that long dream you faintly hear your alarm clock in the background. Then you wake up and your alarm is actually ringing. So however long that dream was, it was just as long as your alarm clock was ringing in the ‘time’ of the awake state.
Sleep paralysis happens like this. Your Jeevatma is looking for some information within your own sub-conscious. Thus you are dreaming, watching a soothing scene. If the information was not very palatable, scary even, the Jeevatma withdraws in a rush and ‘wakes up’. And your dream has gone haywire! The Controller has woken up from his rest. But his Robot-body is still shut-down, in suspension. This is the instant of ‘sleep paralysis’. It takes just a few seconds for the Controller to shift the movement of the pran and for it to start moving downwards and powering up your organs and body parts. But as time is relative, you feel these few seconds as endless. The weight you feel on ‘yourself’, is the weight of your own body on your Jeevatma! You are your Jeevatma, soul-self, you are light, lighter than the air. The weight of this 70kg Robot-manifested-physical body is an unbearable weight for the soul-self. A mind-bender, strange but true!
So sleep paralysis is not a problem, most of us will experience it a few times in our lifetime. But for some of us, who have bad memories buried in the sub-conscious it will happen more frequently. There are several easy ways to resolve this,
- Physical factors – ensure you are comfortable in bed, clean sheets, blankets etc. Sleep with your parents, children or spouse in the same bed so that there is a sense of security.
- Emotional factors – Talk about your problems to your best friend, spouse, parents or anyone you trust. Also trust yourself.
- Spiritual factors – this is to check the room for negative energies, eg ley lines. Use cleansing equipment like lemons, sea-salt, peacock feathers etc.
- Energy work – use methods like guided meditation and resolve your energy imbalances. Do your cleansing, grounding and shielding regularly. Listen to your intuition. Start a baby energy practice and stick to it.
So this turned out to be a post more on the movement of pran, but unless you understand how your body energies function you cannot understand more about yourself and the things happening to you. Sleep paralysis is quite a normal thing which will happen a few times to everyone. And if you do not understand you will react with fear. Do not be afraid, everything has a reason. And the sooner you understand the free-er you will be.