Over the years I have had several occurrences where I would wake up to paralysis; I could only open and move my eyes, nothing else—scary, right! As a medium, I have had my fair share of paranormal visitors and experiences, and not all were nice ones. Before I learned about my ability and how to apply what I have learned about spirit, and the sometimes suppressing feelings I would have upon waking were quite frankly scary as h***! BUT, today, I believe differently. I do not believe that there is an invisible force holding me down, stealing my life force, or ghosts playing games with me during sleep. I believe it is a very natural thing. Through experience and research I have discovered that during REM the paralysis is a result of muscle atonia (muscle weakness) when your mind is no longer communicating with your muscles. In short, while you are sleeping/dreaming you are simply out of your body, so don’t buy into the hype that this type of paralysis is a paranormal attack. More than likely it’s NOT!


Periodically, and what always seemed to happen after discovering that I had a little ghostie in my house with me (this happened a LOT), I would awake to what would seem like my entire body was being held down. Strangely, I could open my eyes and look around the room, but nothing else worked—no other physical movement except my eyes. I would scream and scream for my then husband to help me, but he would never hear me, he just laid there sleeping peacefully. I could hear myself scream from the inside, but nothing would come out. One good thing about these episodes (if you can call it good) is that they did not last for long. Once the episode was over I was convinced I was just attacked by a ghost holding me down. I never knew why I just thought it was a GHOST!


As time went on in my life, and I began working at understanding ghosts/spirit better, my abilities better, the paranormal better, and intuition better. I developed a whole new outlook at the spirit world and realized I had many more abilities than mediumship to learn about. I learned that I could do a variety of intuitive modalities naturally, such as: remote viewing, telepathy, precognition, astral traveling, and more to the point of this article, I discovered what it was like to have an OBE (out of body experience). Without my efforts to understand, and except these innate abilities, I would have never discovered that all the paralysis I had experienced early on, that scared me so much, was really only me astral traveling and being out of my body during sleep. When my physical body woke up I was simply not back from my astral travels yet and the paralysis result was NOT spirit or ghost related but soul sailing. NOTE: these are my accounts and personal experiences only, and I am not in any way discounting experiences from walk-ins or other possessive entities that others have encountered. But those are few and far between—still very real, but I am primarily accounting a misconception for many that think they are being attacked, but more than likely they are having an OBE.


This particular paralysis (in my opinion and experience) is simply this; when our physical and biological body is sleeping in bed (or wherever that is for you) the soul self is astral traveling or what I like to call "Soul Sailing"—TRUST ME we ALL do this whether you know it or not. Call it dreaming if you like, but you are definitely out of your physical body during the REM cycle of sleep. The REM (rapid eye movement) cycle is the deepest state of sleep, and while you are in this state the physical body will sometimes wake up before the soul self (the astral traveling part of you) has had a chance to reunite with each other. This causes the physical body to be somewhat suppressed, and the reason your physical body is suppressed without the soul self is  . . . well no one fully understands this completely, but the physical body cannot live without the soul—its a fact. Fear kicks in, and more times than none, this experience is chalked up to a paranormal attack, which is again in my opinion, simply NOT the case.

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Comment by Regina Chouza on February 17, 2016 at 4:06pm

Hi Renee,   Thanks for the reply, and don't worry.  

I'm still relatively new to the editing team, but I can give you a few suggestions based on my experience writing articles for OM Times. The general themes you have chosen are great, we typically look for articles that help raise consciousness and expand our way of thinking in a positive, empowering or uplifting manner.

What I usually do, personally, is think of a topic that I'd like to cover, and search "OM Times" to make sure that same theme hadn't been covered in the last few months, at least not from the same angle. In the Metaphysics category we look at a huge range of subjects:

Afterlife communication, astrology, angels, psychic gifts, law of attraction, chakras, crystals, healing, numerology, past lives, palmistry, tarot, channeled messages, animal communication,  dream interpretation, Ayurveda & herbs, quantum mechanics, ESP, telepathy, precognition, psychism, karma, synchronicity, astral projection, paranormal, free energy, out of body experiences, UFOs, reincarnation,  and psychic phenomenon (to name a few)

There are also other editors who look after spirituality, personal growth and healing/health.

I hope that helps?


Comment by Renee Christine Martine on February 17, 2016 at 1:44pm

Thank you Regina for the reply and info to submission rules. I should have looked my more closely. Is there a section that reflects what OM is currently looking for? I usually write what comes to mind, but I would certainly like to write for desired content as well. Thanks, R`

Comment by Regina Chouza on February 15, 2016 at 6:55pm

Hi Renee, Thanks for posting this article. My name is Regina, I'm the new Metaphysics editor at OM Times. This subject is really fascinating but unfortunately the piece doesn't quite fit our submission guidelines. I'll copy-paste a summary below, though you can find all the details here:

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- Original content, in other words, it hasn't been posted in other magazines or in blogs.

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- Please include an Author Bio with links to your profile and any information (up to 60 words)

- The submission guidelines also have certain indications for pictures (see link above).

- Title reflective of the general theme (up to 60 characters)

- Article length: 700 to 1200 words

Please let me know if you have any questions, and feel free to resubmit.



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