Saturday, May 9, 2015

Sleep Paralysis and Atonia

The community thought I was crazy, said it was impossible, but I achieved it: I have intentionally triggered sleep paralysis.

I won't say it took a lot of practice, though I will say it took some doing. I don't really know how to explain it (which makes this whole writing about it deal difficult), but if you have any experience with metacognition, you may be more able to achieve the desired effect.

It wasn't so much thinking about how I think, but thinking about how I feel (in a tactile sense). Sleep paralysis isn't true paralysis, only the sensation of it, so I created a scenario in my mind where I couldn't move, and tried to replicated it externally. It's not dissimilar to my astral projection proposition.

Lo and behold, it worked. Not right away, but it did work. And after some experience, I can replicate it without needing to go through the whole mental rigamarole, even selectively, which is a real handy trick if I expect to be sitting somewhere for long periods. I just numb the area that's not going to be doing any moving (takes about ten to fifteen minutes for the sensation to kick in) and then I don't have to worry about muscle or joint discomfort, pins-and-needles, or any of that jazz.

Not that I felt much concern about the effect, I feel none at all, which was the whole point: one of the best ways to eradicate fears of something is to learn how to control it.

If you want to try it out, I wish you the best of luck. If you have any questions, I'll answer them to the best of my ability, but I can't make any promises.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Death and Dying In Dreams

No. Just no.

If you die in a dream, you do not die in real life. It doesn't happen. I've done it myself, everything from plummeting to my death to drowning, even having the dream starting with me dead. I'm clearly still here.

Dying in a dream isn't even always a trigger to wake up. More often than not, it seems, the dream continues after you've "died" in it, whether you're a ghost, a reincarnated being, or find yourself in some sort of afterlife. Also, however you continue the dream may not necessarily reflect your personal views on the matter or indicate any degree of doubt in your personal views.

Worth noting as well: experiencing death in a dream does not automatically classify it as a nightmare. Rather, death is a mere consequence of actions that may be inherently positive.

Besides, if someone died in a dream, and then died in real life, how would you know? Though the techniques and technology do exist to determine what someone is dreaming, they are not used on a broad enough scale to determine that people actually do die in their dreams.

I think the more appropriate question is: if you die in real life, while dreaming, what happens then? Does your soul continue dreaming? Do you then die in the dream? I know that the dream does not physically affect the waking life, my question is if the reverse is true.