Hello Blue Sparks!
The kind of sleep paralysis, that feels for some people unpleasant, is experienced after waking up.
You are lying in your body, but your double has not still "hooked" in the body. With concentration you get very fast over it.
The feeling is that you can't move your body, but it doesn't hurt or something else, imagine you sit on a chair, that cut off your leg from the blood cycle and it feels asleep and you can't move it.
The same goes for the whole body, but without the tingling sensations.
It's nothing to worry about.
The sleep paralysis you experience when Astral Projection occurs is so short or nonexistent that I wouldn't describe it as paralysis, you also have control over you body at any time. It's more that you just "pop-out" at the place of no return, when you did it already 2-3 times. The holistic approach should "calibrate" you to pop-out easily. Very effective is the approach when you get back in the mornings to sleep, because you are already "calibrated".
It's definitely more for many people easier to get out in the mornings or through a lucid dream.
When you induce AP from the waking state, it takes some practice. The process you go through until the point you get out, just feels like a paradox feeling between lightness and heaviness.
You are feeling more of your inner body which feels light, and therefore you are aware that the physical body is "heavy".
A good step to begin with is to induce trance.
I'll write the next article about it.
In the web you can find free or nor legally free material you can use to induce trance. Effective is a guided induction. It really helps when someone tells you what you do, because you can shut up the thinking more easily. This thinking just tends you to keep awake, especially as a beginner.
Experiment with those guided trance/hypnotic stuff, it will make you flexible.
You can do in trance exciting stuff with your mind like accessing the Akashic Records.
Maybe I add an audio to access the Records.
You can also travel with a mental projection, without leaving your body, but I have not much experience with it, maybe you find about this on astral projection forums, it's not the most common form of projection.
Last edited by Summerbreeze; 03-17-2011 at 10:53 AM.