Originally Posted by Midwinter Mist
I was waking up in my dream, unaware it was a dream. Then, I felt my dream body paralyzing, immediately feeling fuzzy and heavy, and I wondered if by accident I was astral projecting for the first time. However, I was struggling to breathe. I didn't feel good, and I considered the possibility that I was being violated by this throbbing, negative energy. It seemed ridiculous, but what would evil care?
I started to call upon angels and imagine white light, but it wasn't helping. I managed to clap my hands and snap out of all of it, but dream-tiredness dragged me back down into it, my eyes closing to the darkness, the weight holding me down.
I remembered a topic I saw on here, in which somebody felt terrified by accidental astral projection.
However, this time, I managed to shift away the negativity and rid the feeling of 'violation'. It was still hard to breathe, but I wondered if that was just the paralyzed body breathing on a very low scale during rest. I was trying to move my astral body, but ended up shaking my head to stop, but once again I was pulled down through a feeling of tiredness and again it went on. .
This is classic sleep paralysis. Though not that common, happens to more than half of people at some time in their life. For some unlucky ones more than once a month. I have found that sleeping in unusual positions where the neck is not supported tends to cause this to happen more often (though still rare).
Sleep paralysis is often associated with the exit or return part of astral projection (OBE), but in no way required to project. Points for trying to exit from this state.