There’s a lot to unpack in this question.
The first is the fundamental difference between sleep and meditation. As someone who has experienced sleep paralysis chronically for many years, I have made the study of sleep part of my well-being practice. Not only this, my experiences have taught me the spiritual nature of sleep and all it contains.
Sleep serves several purposes. It is taken for granted and grossly underestimated. It does not simply help to rejuvenate the body and provide rest. Whilst these things do take place, the overwhelming purpose is the release of our ethereal or spiritual-energetic body, which is weighed down by our physical body and the various emotional blocks that we have. It is whilst we sleep that we can release resistance and bring the physical body back into balance.
Sleep also provides an opportunity to experience other activities:
With all of these, you are not alone. You are constantly surrounded by a team of spiritual energies; guides, angels and other persons who are interested in you.
Meditation, on the other hand, provides an opportunity for you to let go, release resistance and enter the same plane of existence or dimension that you enter when you sleep. When you fully immerse yourself within a meditative stance, you are no longer aware of your environment and time stands still. At this place the overlap between sleep and meditation takes place. A profound experience.
Whilst profound, consciousness is retained and the meditator is brought back to full awareness after a specific period of time. I have heard of some people who were able to maintain this state for a number of years.
On a more general note, many people fall asleep during meditation and enter the sleep state experiencing the points listed above, awakening with limited or no memory of them taking place. This generally happens due to fatigue or limited intention setting.
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Sheila Pryce Brooks is an expert in sleep paralysis and extraordinary spiritual experiences. She is passionate about illuminating the overlap between sleep paralysis, spirituality and science through research and education and she has since dedicated her life to helping others manage and transcend sleep paralysis and other extraordinary spiritual experiences.