El Guapo, on Thursday, June 25th, 2009, 1:01 PM, said:
The one that I used to have as child was very scary to me, because I was claustrophobic. When we lived in So Lake Tahoe we had an A frame house. My bedroom was huge, almost 25X20 but it only had two straight walls, the others came to angle on the floor, because it was the roof. So the space was not fully usable. The peak of the ceiling I believe was 12 or 14 feet. My bed went head first into the A frame roof, so if I sat up to fast and was all the way back, I could hit my head on the ceiling. I would find myself drifting asleep and having very real nightmares where I was frozen in my bed,
unable to move and I was getting very very small compared to the room, or the room was getting bigger and these giant spheres with spikes on them were falling out of the ceiling, which was kindof being transparent with the starry sky, upon me. These sphere looked like old school water depth charges that you might see in old movies or cartoons.Kind of like this, without the other gadgety stuff or coffee:
I was never hit with the spheres, but they went past me or just disappeared. It was the not being able to move and the feeling that I was actually awake that was the most disconcerting. I have had the dream a few times as an adult, and it has been at points of my life when the stress was unbearable.
Southern Buddhist, on Thursday, June 25th, 2009, 6:18 PM, said:
Don't know for sure about the spheres, but when we go to sleep, part of our brain induces a temporary paralysis. It's the failure of this paralysis that lies behind sleepwalking. Most people only experience the paralysis after the they to sleep and it is stopped well before they wake up. Sometimes, though, you can wake up while the paralysis is still in effect, and many people find it terrifying. It's exactly this, a sense of being frozen and unable to move and helpless.I've woken up that way, too. Depending on how alert I am, I can find it very peaceful. When I was younger, I was aware of my body looking to all the world like I was asleep, but my mind being wide awake.I've also had the feeling of getting larger or smaller just as I was falling asleep. My guess is that the system of the brain that maintains our spatial awareness is cutting off for the night. As for the spheres, I would suggest floaters. I often saw a black background filled with red or green "tingles," tiny bright lights, when I closed my eyes as a kid.
I've experienced sleep paralysis numerous times in my life......I didn't find out exactly what is was until a couple of years ago, when I had a particularly scary episode. I did some googling and found out that indeed, there is this phenomena called Sleep Paralysis. From the bit of reading I did......it is caused by, as Buddhist indicated, awaking while the normal paralysis of sleep is stilll in effect. I read that hallucinations are common and can be visual or auditory or tactile, as well as sensations of smells and levitation. I don't have visual hallucinations........mine are hearing and feeling......including one episode of (the sensation of) levitation. Mine seem to centre around a similiar theme........I hear someone walk into my room.......can hear footsteps, breathing. I feel someone sit on the bed or even get in under the covers.......can feel the pressure on the bed, feel the blankets and sheets moving......I've heard and felt breathing in my ear, and the pressure of a body beside me. All while being completely unable to move. It's terrifiying, but once I figured out what it was, I have the ability to control it more now. I can talk myself out of it, and with a lot of effort, force myself to move and "break" out of the paralysis. Crazy shit.