modernthing - I have been smoking now for a number of years. I find it reduces my anxiety, and I am not the kind of person to get nightmarish 'visions' or anything like that, especially when I am smoking, and especially when I am awake. I am not a paranoid person by nature and so I get no paranoia when smoking. When I am smoking I fall asleep much easier, have less dreams and less experiences. Smoking also reduces my anxiety - I smoke to loosen myself up and to help me sleep. I know this is quite unorthodox but personally I find this helps. I began to get these experiences during sleep before I was smoking, too, so I don't think it plays much of a factor personally.
My experiences during SP are never evil, I just thought that when I got my first taste of SP as it is a very, very frightening experience. Now when I get it, it's just more of an annoyance. But lately, since reading about other stories and maybe its relation to OBE's I have wanted to learn more, and the next time I get SP I want to be able to control it a bit better. Before when I have experienced OBE's I have felt like I can't walk, like I have fallen out of bed and try to wake myself up asap as I am not 100% sure if I am sleepwalking because it feels so vivid, and so don't want to take the risk that I may actually be awake and then end up hurting myself in some way by falling over or hitting my head against something. My OBE experiences have been quite scary, but now I have learned that maybe if I compose myself, maybe I can go on a few adventures without feeling scared of hurting myself, and explore this whole new world. Thanks.