--- Bill Smart <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > Panda-Banana-Sock, > > I do not believe this is any kind of 'demon > possession' or 'witchcraft'. I > think things like that are just tags we put on > things we don't understand, > but want to.
My cat may understand my vacuum cleaner in similar terms! Sometimes I feel if any being was in the room with me, to them my fear would look equally as unnecessary as when the cat darts out of the room when it sees me bring out the vacuum. > According to Buddhist philosophy, all phenomena are > 'samsara', or illusions. > I don't completely buy into that position, but in > truth don't concern myself > with such explanations, or even the need for them. > You experienced sleep > paralysis. You experienced loss of motor control. > You experienced fear. > That is all there is to that. As far as I'm > concerned further explanations > are not necessary, or even possible. I admit, I am grasping toward a state of mind and an achieving an explanation, but it's so damn interesting! I mean, come on!! > If sleep paralysis becomes a real obstacle in your > life, then I advize you > to seek professional, perhaps medical, help. Until I develop narcolepsy with episodes of paralysis at work, this will not be a major obstacle for me. The biggest problem with it is that I lose a few hours of sleep per year over it. The only other symptom I could claim from these experiences is "chronic acute curiosity". I don't even necessarily want the episodes to stop, but to just be able to see where it would go if I didn't resist. > I think meditation (zazen) is the right approach for > this, but I think zazen > is the right approach...for everything. Zazen is > just the right approach. > I don't think you should think of zazen as remedy or > solution for this. You > should not be doing zazen to achieve anything. > There are no goals for > zazen. Without denying any of what you say, I still believe zazen can help. A person may not be practicing zazen to achieve any benefits, but nevertheless, benefits such as better blood pressure and lower stress level (and apparently living to be 200) are benefits that the medical community has known that meditation will provide. I am confident that in addition to those benefits, zazen can help me "ride out" an episode of sleep paralysis. I guess the key is not to practice for the purpose of reaping its benefits, but to just be doing zazen for the purpose only of doing zazen, and to being accepting of its benefits for the purpose only of being accepting of its benefits. Thanks for helping me to see it this way! If I can tame this paralyzing ox, I will make sure to ride it over to you in the middle of the night to give you my thanks!! > Sweet Dreams! ...Bill! LOL, yeah right! I guess instead of counting sheep, I should be counting breaths. That's something I can do even when paralyzed. Thanks again for sharing your experience and views. ____________________________________________________________________________________ Be a better friend, newshound, and know-it-all with Yahoo! Mobile. Try it now. http://mobile.yahoo.com/;_ylt=Ahu06i62sR8HDtDypao8Wcj9tAcJ Current Book Discussion: any Zen book that you recently have read or are reading! Talk about it today! Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/ <*> Your email settings: Individual Email | Traditional <*> To change settings online go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/join (Yahoo! ID required) <*> To change settings via email: mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/