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The Salem Witch Trials and Sleep Paralysis

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The Salem Witch Trials and Sleep Paralysis

Introduction

In the annals of history, few events are as shrouded in mystery and intrigue as the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Set against the backdrop of colonial America, this dark chapter saw the town of Salem, Massachusetts, gripped by hysteria and paranoia, leading to the wrongful persecution and execution of numerous individuals accused of witchcraft. Yet, amidst the fervor of the trials, there exists a curious connection to a phenomenon that continues to puzzle scientists and storytellers alike: sleep paralysis.

The Salem Witch Trials

The Salem Witch Trials unfolded in a time of religious fervour, social tension, and fear of the unknown. Beginning with accusations levelled against Tituba, a slave woman accused of witchcraft, the trials quickly spiralled into a frenzy of accusations, trials, and executions. The town was consumed by paranoia, with ordinary individuals accused of consorting with the devil and practicing dark magic.

 

Connecting the Dots

It’s intriguing to consider the parallels between the symptoms of sleep paralysis and the experiences attributed to witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials. Accounts from the time describe individuals experiencing sensations of pressure on the chest, seeing shadowy figures, and having vivid hallucinations - symptoms that bear striking resemblance to those of sleep paralysis. Could it be that some of the accused were actually experiencing Sleep Paralysis?

The Power of Perception

Perception plays a crucial role in shaping our understanding of historical events like the Salem Witch Trials and phenomena such as sleep paralysis. In a society gripped by fear and superstition, it’s possible that individuals experiencing sleep paralysis may have interpreted their symptoms through the lens of witchcraft, reinforcing existing beliefs and fueling the hysteria of the trials. As our understanding of sleep paralysis evolves, we’re reminded of the influence of culture and belief systems on our interpretation of the unexplained.

Conclusion

The parallels between the Salem Witch Trials and sleep paralysis offer a fascinating glimpse into the intersection of history, science, and human experience. While the trials may remain a haunting reminder of the dangers of fear and paranoia, they also serve as a testament to how society changes its perception in shaping our understanding of the mysterious and unexplained. As we continue to unravel the mysteries of both past and present, we’re reminded that truth often lies at the intersection of belief and inquiry.

 

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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.

 
 
 
 

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The Entity Said his Name was Frank!!!

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The Entity Said his Name was Frank!!!

An Encounter with a Fear-Inducing Sleep Paralysis Presence

As I begin analysing the sleep paralysis data gathered last year, I am struck by the profound depth and intrigue of the findings. The revelations are so compelling that it feels imperative to share them with this esteemed community. The piece of data I am presenting in this post is intentionally without an introduction or conclusion. This is an invitation for you to engage, to offer your insights and interpretations of this experience. A pseudonym has been used to respect the privacy of the individual who generously shared their personal journey with me. My heartfelt gratitude extends to this participant for their openness and contribution to our collective understanding.

During my sleep paralysis, I heard one of the spirits in my ear, and it was like, ‘Come on’. If you have ever seen the Power Puff Girls, it was like the Red Lobster dude. This being sounded very similar to HIM, it was very androgynous, and creepy.

 

So, I’m closing my eyes and I’m not gonna look at this thing, and the thing says, ‘Open your eyes I know you wanna see what I look like. Come on just one little peak. Just look at me! Look at me! Look at me! Look at me! Look at me! Look at me!’ Then the tone of voice changed cos it was mad, but I wouldn’t look at them and I wouldn’t give them any of my energy, nothing. I was furious, and then I opened my eyes, and I could move, and then I was awake, and I didn’t have SP for a long time after that.

I got kind of cocky because I know what they’re after. They’re just after my fear. I felt very cocky that there was nothing they could do to me as I had this process. I took a nap. It’s always the naps, the naps are where like sometimes you have like the craziest sleep paralysis. I don’t know why, but I was in bed, and everybody’s biggest fear right is like when your feet are not under the cover fully.

 

Everybody’s biggest fear is a hand coming and grabbing your legs and pulling you off the bed right, and that’s what happened. So, I’m just laying there, I’m paralysed, and then I just feel this hand wrap around my leg, and just start grabbing me very slowly and dragging me out of the bed, and then I start laughing. I start laughing because I’m aware that this is not a dream, and I start laughing. I’m like you literally know what you’re doing, you’re trying to make me afraid so you can feed off of me and it’s not going to work, because I know your tricks. I know this is a dream, and I can literally just call in Jesus to get rid of you. Simple as that. And so, then they actually came out of out of the shadows, and they’re like this black cube. They looked like a speaker or like a heater. It was weird, but they were like a black cube, and they started talking to me, and it was weird because this thing had like a whole personality.

So, they’re talking to me, and this thing is smart. I underestimated this thing in the dream and looking back upon it now, I realize how smart they really are. So, when they realized that they couldn’t feed off my fear they will try to get the next best thing which is usually anger, or frustration, because that frustration is desperation and desperation is a lack of faith right? And so if you don’t have faith in that you believe that you are in control, you are giving them the power to feed off of you, if you don’t realize that you’re in control.

 

So, he kept poking me and he’s like ‘Well, I’m, Frank.’ I’m literally praying trying to rebuke this demon, and it just starts poking me. He’s like, ‘hey? I just sang all this stupid stuff,’ like literally saying the most annoying stuff ever in like the most annoying toy voice, and I actually stopped praying. I saw him and I’m like ‘Shut up!’

 

That’s where I messed up. I diverted my attention, and then I started feeding him and I didn’t even realize it because I thought that the only thing they could feed off was fear, so I thought I was safe. ‘Shut up. Oh, you’d love that!’ And then he goes again, starts poking me, saying all these things, and then he started saying like really bad jokes, and I was so mad at him, and I was like ‘fuck you’. I just started getting so mad and so frustrated to the point where I became aware that I was paralyzed again, and I completely forgot that I was actually the one in control, and I forgot that I had the ability to pray and rebuke him.

I don’t know if there’s like really even a gender. He goes onto the wall, and he turns into a shadow, and he turns into the shadow of a dog, and he’s like running along the walls, and then shape shifting into different creatures like shadow creatures running along the wall.

 

I lived with my uncle at the time and I was like ‘Oh thank God my uncle’s here, he can wake me up’ and then I became paralyzed and I’m like ‘Oh, my gosh! Thank God you came here to save me I was dealing with the SP and I’m so glad that you’re here, and I’m awake now’. And then he starts laughing, and then like he has this like a freaky smile, and he’s like ‘I got you again,’ he’s like ‘you really thought I was gone’. That’s how he couldn’t make me afraid at first then he tried to get me angry to get my defences down.

 

It’s literally warfare, it is so strategic and you can’t underestimate them at all. They will use your emotions against you. They will weaponize your anger, your fear, your frustration, your insecurities, everything.

 

Tracy

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As I begin analysing the sleep paralysis data gathered last year, I am struck by the profound depth and intrigue of the findings. The revelations are so compelling that it feels imperative to share them with this esteemed community. The piece of data I am presenting in this post is intentionally without an introduction or conclusion. This is an invitation for you to engage, to offer your insights and interpretations of this experience. A pseudonym has been used to respect the privacy of the individual who generously shared their personal journey with me. My heartfelt gratitude extends to this participant for their openness and contribution to our collective understanding.

About Sheila Pryce Brooks

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.

 
 
 
 

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Sleep Paralysis as A Spiritual Experience: The Pursuit of Validation Part 2

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Sleep Paralysis as A Spiritual Experience: The Pursuit of Validation Part 2

As we continue with the second part of Stacy’s post we consider the impact that sleep paralysis has on our lives socially and concerning others.

Do we keep it a secret or share it?  Is there shame and stigma or is it accepted?  Whilst we are discussing sleep paralysis, this dilemma could be applied to many other conditions that have the potential for scepticism.  Once again I thank Stacy for sharing.

Well, we refuse to discuss these experiences with others (Muzammil et al., 2023, p.). But that is only the first part. As we attend to this version of us that cannot discuss SP with others (the outward self), some address the second, ‘inward’ self in private. Exploring the division between these two identities is fascinating. It is like having a secret hobby that nobody else is allowed to know. A private exploration of meaningful experiences in an attempt to rediscover the control and community we once had in our social circles.

To validate SP experiences, some individuals will seek validation within spiritual frameworks. If you are interested, search ‘Is Sleep Paralysis Real?’ and have a look at some of the answers to these questions. Threads and threads of individuals receiving two completely different answers: 1.) It is not real (gives in detail scientific explanation of sleep cycles and REM) and 2.) These are real demonic entities, they are after you because you are good/bad, religious/non-religious, special, or psychologically unwell, and witnessing these difficulties manifests into symbolic forms.

Through anxiety and stress toward our experience of bodily doubt in the night, we search to find ways to answer this experience in the only way we know how: through validation. We do not want to be seen as ‘crazy,’ so to validate SP, we ask those who will accept the nature of this discussion. But, this leaves individuals vulnerable to just about any spiritual interpretation, whether it is simply meaningful or truly frightening. It is up to these individuals to decide what they choose to engage with, of course. However, by granting these experiences greater spiritual credit, we may lose control of an environment that exists purely to validate already terrifying supernatural beliefs (Solomonova, 2018, p. 1). We must be careful with how we navigate through spiritual frameworks and make sure to offer those with SP greater comfort and support.

Perhaps the situation involves more division than we initially understood. The ‘inward’ self explores SP as a subjective spiritual experience with an additional impersonal, somewhat anonymous community. The ‘outward’ self goes to work, and school, and has a stronger closeness to people. The ‘inward’ self has the capacity to emotionally affect the ‘outward’ self in what they find (certain negative spiritual beliefs can intensify feelings of guilt or being a ‘bad’ person), but the relationships we have with ‘real-life’ people could dismantle these worries altogether. If someone we know could listen to these worries and subjective spiritual experiences in their entirety (even the disturbing stuff) and tell us, “But, you are a good person?” would that not stand for more than a demonic attack? Maybe I am too optimistic about the power of friendship, yet I believe this is worth trying.

In order to create the right environment to discuss SP in the way the ‘inward’ self prefers, society has to understand that this discussion does not seek to prove SP is a subjective spiritual experience; rather, it aims to show how this is already the likely interpretation for those who experience SP. Therefore, if we remove the current social understanding that those who experience SP find comfort in scientific explanations and replace this with an understanding that these experiences are already meaningful, then the discussion can naturally gravitate toward meaning, experience, and belief. The scientific does not support the lived experience of subjective spiritual experiences. To unravel this, we should approach SP how those who experience SP do and work backward.

 

These are just my thoughts, but I hope you find them interesting.

 


 

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Sleep Paralysis as A Spiritual Experience: The Pursuit of Validation Part 1

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Sleep Paralysis as A Spiritual Experience: The Pursuit of Validation Part 1

Stacy Cameron is a sleep paralysis experiencer who offered to write a guest post . As a young sleep paralysis experiencer, her post is welcomed as I share it with you today. It’s a 2-part post that is based on her subjective experiences.

 

I could hear bubbles inside my ears, a strange sensation – almost electrical. The internal vibration in my mind was so heavy I couldn’t lift my head off the pillow. When I opened my eyes, I could see a dark shadow with white eyes staring at me, looming over my sister and me, reaching its arm towards us. I tried to scream for my dad, for my sister to wake up, but my voice was hollow and underwater. I realized I could not move. I thought I had died, that my soul was stuck in this in-between land with something evil trying to take my life. But then I shot awake. Quietly, I went downstairs to sit with my dog. I didn’t bother to share this with any adult in my family.

 

I am twenty-two now, and just like every other night for the last sixteen years, last night I had sleep paralysis (SP). This time I was in a farmhouse, derelict, with a central wooden staircase. Suddenly, a red ball began chasing my sister and me up the stairs. This peculiar supernatural ball kept repeating the word “mum” in a child’s voice every time it landed on a step. I grabbed hold of it with so much fear, and my sister froze. “Brooke! What are you doing?” Without a second thought, I threw it back down the stairs. It hit the floor but did not bounce. It was dense. It was as though we had thrown a bowling ball down a well, yet this was clearly some sort of dodgeball based on the distinctive sound it made when it chased us. A horrible sense of dread went through me as I watched it sit so still and lifeless. Both of us started screaming and crying. I immediately needed to get out of this because it was too painful to stay there. I managed to wake up, but I couldn’t move my arms, so I fought as hard as I could to wake up.

 

The next day, I sat searching ‘red ball meaning in dreams,’ ‘What does it mean when you see something inanimate die in your dream?’ and ‘What did my dream mean?’ I was in the middle of a café with my partner discussing his lab work. I was barely present for this conversation. My mind was elsewhere. Am I angry about something? Am I stressed for some reason? I kept this experience to myself. I watched my coffee go cold on the table as my eyes saw through the conversation happening before me. That red ball, the screaming; it is all I can think about.

In current SP research, very little is known about SP hallucinations (Sharpless & Grom, 2014). Simultaneously, no treatments exist for SP, and as a result, the focus has shifted to overcoming this problem by trying to find a robust, reliable preventative solution to these experiences (Sharpless & Grom, 2014). Although society attempts to scientifically explain SP as a disruption in our REM cycles, this is not entirely true for every instance or occurrence of SP (Jalal & Ramachandran, 2014). The body is unreliable for those who suffer from SP; we learn through this experience of fear and paralysis that we can no longer trust our body to move on command. This trust in our bodies is damaged. As a result, just like any other physical or mental illness, this changes our perception of the world and cultivates new fears of ‘existential uncertainty’ and ‘exposure’ (Carel, 2016, p. 96). Carel explains how this bodily doubt “challenges the everyday veneer of normality and control that we cultivate as individuals and as a society” (Carel, 2016, p. 96). Perhaps this can explain why those who suffer from SP have a fear of being seen as ‘weird’ (Cheyne, 2003): we realize this experience makes us different and separate from others. Therefore, it is now too difficult to trust what we once knew or thought about our bodies.

We can add another layer to Carel’s argument and suggest that this bodily doubt is even harder to endure when the experience of paralysis is separate from the version of us that exists. In reality, we did not experience paralysis because our bodies were asleep, preventing us from waving our arms around while we dream. Yet, our experiences were real in how we believe we genuinely experienced paralysis. During SP, these feelings of exposure and isolation in Carel’s description of bodily doubt are intensified through these hallucinations. When these dark shadows present themselves to us, we learn the body is weak and barely contains the strength to save us from danger.

 
 

How can you communicate this intricate relationship with body and mind when the relationship is… mind and mind? This is why most refuse to visit a healthcare provider for these experiences (Muzammil et al., 2023). It is an impossible task to explain the subjective experience of SP with any meaningfulness attached to the experience with anyone. Carel states this meaningfulness attributed to bodily doubt makes sense, “the meaning is doubt itself” (Carel, 2016, p. 94). In this particular case, the experience of paralysis, with an added layer of hallucination to explain this paralysis, with the knowledge that this experience in reality never occurred, is incredibly difficult to explain and describe. It is too easy to subject yourself to the high likelihood that other people could simply deny this experience because it never occurred. But it did. So, what now?

Part 2 to follow.

I’d like to formally thank Stacy for her personal experience.

 

 

 


 

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About Sheila Pryce Brooks

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A List of Spiritual Words & Terms and their Meanings

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A List of Spiritual Words & Terms and their Meanings

A glossary of spiritual words and terms that has been developed to help with your spiritual growth and development.

 

A

 

Astral body:  The astral body takes the same image as the physical body but is formed of finer matter. This is the link between cosmic energy and the nervous system. A subtle counterpart of the physical human body accompanying but not usually separated from it in life and surviving its death

 

Aura: The aura is the energy field that resides in all living beings. Some are born with the ability to perceive auras. When seen, auras sometimes appear as colours that reveal an individual’s spiritual and emotional personality. It can also appear as a bright light around living being.

 

Avatar: An avatar is a person who had been born as a god and therefore is not in need of spiritual training from Spirituality Expert.

 

Astral realm or plane: The place where a persons spirit goes after dying. It is a place of existence inhabited by astral bodies. It is located directly above the earth.

 

Astral projection: Astral projection, is a term used to describe an out-of-body experience that assumes the existence of a subtle body called an “astral body” through which consciousness can function separately from the physical body and travel throughout the astral plane.

 


B

 

Body-Mind centering: A movement-reeducation approach that explores how the body’s systems contribute to movement and self-awareness. The approach also emphasizes movement patterns that develop during infancy and childhood. Incorporates guided movement, exercise, imagery, and hands-on work.

 

Buddhi: Inner wisdom or intellect.

 


C

 

Chakra: There are seven main chakras in the body and they are energy centers.  They are located in the crown of the forehead, between eyebrows, in the neck, heart, navel, genitals, and rectum. They are linked to different mental states and colors. The word derives from “Chakra” which, translated from Sanskrit, means “Wheel.”

 

Chi: The universal lifeforce that forms the basis of traditional Eastern medicine and Taoist principles.

 

Here’s a list of the different psychic abilities that have been grouped as Clair’s.

 

1. Clairvoyance

 

Clairvoyance is the ability to gain information about an object, person, location, or physical event through extrasensory perception. Clairvoyance or clear seeing is the most visual of all the Clairs. You receive pictures in the form of images in your mind’s eye. They may be vivid dreams, visions, mental images, or mini-movies. You may be able to see colours of aura etc.

Images may be literal or metaphorical.

You may be inclined towards this Clair if you’re a visual person and often visualize solutions to problems. You may be good at directions or visualizing spatial problems.

 

2. Claircognizance

 

The ability for a person to acquire psychic knowledge without knowing how or why he or she knew it. You know it to be true in your mind’s eye, even though you did not hear or see it.

It may be a stroke of instant information or a download.

This Clair can also manifest as instincts.

 

3. Clairaudience

 

Clairaudience or clear hearing means that you are able to hear voices or messages from the spiritual realms. You may hear them in your ears.

An example is, that you may be driving and suddenly hear ‘left turn’ even though you are the only one in the car.

You might be inclined towards Clairaudience if you are naturally attuned to sounds, music or toning.

 

4. Clairsalience

 

The ability for a person to acquire psychic knowledge by means of a smell. Insights come through the perception of a smell. Such as smelling your deceased grandmother’s perfume when there is nobody else around.

These odours can also be perceived and not actually carry the physical sensation of smell.

 

5. Clairgustance

 

The paranormal ability to taste a substance without putting anything in one’s mouth. Those who possess this ability are able to perceive the essence of a substance from the spiritual or ethereal realms through taste.

You may, for example, taste the favourite food of a deceased loved one.

 

6. Clairtangency

 

The ability to perceive information by physical touch. Any psychic information is triggered when you physically touch or handle a person or thing. You are able to perceive facts about things or people by touching them.

You may gain insights into people by touching their watch or their hand.

 

7. Clairsentience

 

Clairsentience is a clear physical feeling. You actually feel the physical feeling in your body that others are experiencing.

An example is if someone is having a stomach ache, you feel either pain or a sensation in your stomach too. You may also be able to feel emotional injuries where they manifest in the body.

 

8. Clairintellect

 

Clairintellect is clear thinking. This happens when your thoughts can manifest as your intuition. You may also notice that in conversation your words come through and seem like they are words from a higher source of consciousness.

This can manifest as having ‘epiphanies’.

You may be inclined towards clear thinking if you are very left-brained and are a linear thinker.

 

9. Clairempathy

Clairempathy or clear emotion is sensing other people’s emotions, thoughts, or symptoms. It is an awareness of emotional energy. For example, someone crying might make you cry.

It’s important, as a Clairempath to understand how to balance your empathy, how to not take on the ‘stuff’ of other people, or walk into energy fields.

The difference between Clair’s ‘empath’ and ‘sentience’ is empaths sense the emotion and sentiences physically feel it.

 


 

D

 

Determinism: The philosophical assumption is that all behavior and observable events have been caused.

 

Dualism: In philosophy and theology, a system that explains all phenomena in terms of two distinct and irreducible principles, e.g., ideas and matter (as in Plato, Aristotle, and modern metaphysics) or mind and matter (as in psychology). In theology, the term refers to a concept of opposing principles, e.g., good and evil.

 


 

E

 

Ego: A person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance.

 

Enlightenment: Awakening /becoming enlightened to ultimate truth (in Buddhism). Or, in Hinduism, the state of divine experience is represented by the god Vishnu. This is the ultimate goal of Buddhism. Perhaps the most famous example is the Buddha, who achieved enlightenment under the Bodhi tree.

 

Extraterrestrial: In or coming from a place outside the planet Earth.

 

Ethereal body: The etheric body, ether-body, æther body, a name given by neo-Theosophy to a vital body or subtle body propounded in esoteric philosophies as the first or lowest layer in the “human energy field” or aura. It is said to be in immediate contact with the physical body, to sustain it and connect it with “higher” bodies.


 

F

 

Feng Shui: Ancient Chinese spiritual art form which integrates spirituality into decoration and environment.

 


 

G

 

Guru: A spiritual master.

 


 

H

 

Holistic/Wholistic: An adjective that means targeted to the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. Wholistic medicine considers not only physical health but also the emotional, spiritual, social, and mental well-being of the person..

 


 

K

 

Karma: In Jainism, Buddhism, and Hinduism, Karma is the idea that this life is the result of mental and physical actions in previous lives. In the modern-day, it is often used to mean that good or bad actions in the past have led to certain consequences.

 

Kundalini: Derived from Sanskrit to mean “Coiled.” Refers to the psychic energy in our being that is dormant at the base of the spine and which may be activated through specific practices.

 


 

L

 

Lucid dream: A lucid dream is a type of dream in which the dreamer becomes aware that they are dreaming. During a lucid dream, the dreamer may gain some amount of control over the dream characters, narrative, or environment; however, this is not actually necessary for a dream to be described as lucid.

 


 

M

 

MANTRA: In Hinduism and Buddhism, the mystic words are used in rituals and meditation. It is believed to have the power to bring into being the reality it represents. The use of such mantras usually requires initiation by a guru or spiritual teacher.

 

Meditation: The action or practice of meditating. A core technique in Buddhism and Hindusm, and general health practice. Discipline in which the mind is focused on a single point of reference. Employed since ancient times in various forms by all religions, the practice gained greater notice in the postwar U.S. as interest in Zen Buddhism rose. Meditation is now used by many nonreligious adherents as a method of stress reduction; known to lower levels of cortisol, a hormone released in response to stress. Enhances recuperation and improves the body’s resistance to disease.

 

Medium: The practice of being the communication point between a deceased person (or animal) and a living being.

 

Mindfulness: A type of meditation originating in Buddhism. The practice of being consciously aware of the present moment in a non-judgmental fashion. Rapidly growing as a general health practice.

 


 

N

 

Namaste: A spiritual word derived from Hinduism. Used to greet someone. Translated, meaning “I see the sacred in you.”

 

Non-physical: Having no body, form or substance.

 


 

O

 

Om: The primordial sound and the root of sounds and letters.

 

Oneness: The realization and condition of being in a state of oneness with all reality. Cessation of self.

 


 

P

 

Prana: The breath that sustains life. Prana is the essential energy that sustains life. In Yoga, the cosmic life force. Often called ‘Chi.’ Prana enters through the mouth and nose and fills the body, sustaining life.

 


 

S

 

Shaman: Among tribal peoples, a magician, medium, or healer the Sharman owes his powers to mystical communion with the spirit world. Characteristically, a shaman goes into auto-hypnotic trances, during which he contacts spirits. Shamans are found among the Siberians, Eskimos, and Native American tribes, in S.E. Asia, and in Oceania.

 

Sleep Paralysis:A globally reported phenomenon that takes place during the sleep state.  It is sometimes referred to as the ‘waking consciousness’, a sleep state whereby the individual perceives that they are awake.  It is during this state that sleep paralysis takes place with some or all the following features: sensing, feeling and seeing an evil entity, breathing difficulties, bodily pressure on the chest sometimes from an evil entity, suffocation, out-of-body experiences including floating and seeing one’s body from above and intense fear.  The individual feels that death is imminent.  In contrast, extreme bliss is sometimes cited during the experience.  There are no treatments to permanently stop or remove sleep paralysis and no conclusive reasons for the occurrences. 

 

Spirit: The non-physical part of a person which is the seat of emotions and character; the soul.

 

Spiritism or Spiritualism: The belief is that the human soul survives death and can communicate with the living through a medium sensitive to its’ vibrations. The communication may be psychic, as in clairvoyance or trance speaking, or physical, as in automatic writing or ectoplasmic materializations.

 

Spiritual/Shamanic Healing: Practitioners regard themselves as conductors of healing energy or sources from the spiritual realm. Both may call upon spiritual helpers such as power animals, angels, inner teachers, the client’s Higher Self, or other spiritual forces. Both forms of healing can be used for a range of emotional and physical illnesses.

 


 

T

 

Third Eye: One of the chakras activated by meditation. Activation of the third eye chakra leads to improved clairvoyance.

 


 

If you would like to add a spiritual word or phrase to this list, please put it in the comments below.

 

This list will be continually updated.

 

As we journey together.

Sheila Pryce Brooks

About Sheila Pryce Brooks

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.

 
 
 
 

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Whilst I don’t define myself as a psychic/medium, I do pick up on energy and can ‘read’ people often unintentionally and without the person realising what is taking place. For example, when I am with a group of people I can ‘home’ in on the person and see their past and future.

There have been many situations when the experience has been frightening. In such situations I remove myself from the space (as far as possible) and readjust my personal energy and spirit, to bring it back into balance. The experience leaves me unsettled. My personal balance needs to be restored quickly.

 
 

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There is evidence to suggest that shift work is a key factor in having sleep paralysis episodes. The erratic nature of the sleep schedule impacts on the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep stage. This is the sleep stage where we dream, and changes in sleep contribute to frequent sleep paralysis episodes. Having said this, not everyone who works on shift patterns experiences sleep paralysis. And not all sleep paralysis experiences work on shifts.

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