Good day everyone, I hope and pray that you are all well. Ty has again written another of her much needed educational post for us to feed our mind and spirit with, and this one is on the topic of sleep. This topic is important to me because from ever since I can remember, I have always often times been disturbed while asleep. She has outlined many things that most of us may not have known. As usual Ty is a walking library, I am always happy when she send in a post, thank you Ty! Yw, we waiting on you tuh sir!
When I was growing up in Jamaica, I always had some disturbances while I slept and it was not until I grew up and began to speak to other people of my experiences that I realized that many people had the same experience as myself, yet there was still something very different about my own.
At times I would be sleeping and I want to wake up and find that I cannot wake up, I am aware of my surroundings and I can hear what is happening around me, but I cannot wake up, I am sure many of you have experienced this. The feeling is horrible, it makes one feel as if one is going to die or suffocate, (I use the word one rather than me or I because what I wrote just now was negative and I did not want it directed to me), and often times I would struggle to wake up or if someone is there with me and they touch me, I would wake up right away.
For years I was afraid to sleep by myself. After I met one of my Mentors Mr. Mitchel (Iba Mr. Mitchel), he made a concoction for me and told me how to use it and it worked. Whenever I used it, I slept and there was no problem. There was a time, I became tired of making it and I tried to sleep on my own without its help, it started again. I spoke to many knowledgeable people none gave me an explanation. I remember once while it was happening to me and while I prayed in my mind for relief,I heard a voice tell me to relax, just relax it said,and your spirit will enter your body and all will be well.
When I woke up,I thought about what the voice said “relax and your spirit will enter into your body and all will be well”. Did that mean that my brain wakes up before my spirit can join the body and make me physically whole again? Is it that my spirit traveled and my brain within my warm body is active, just waiting for the spirit to enter? I tried to figure it out.
I began to realize that anywhere I slept and there was ghost there or spirit passing through, I would struggle to wake up. This I noticed when once I was sleeping at a guest on one of my visits to Jamaica. The guest house was ran by a Jamaican Indian woman. As I slept, I saw a beautiful Indian woman in white sitting on the couch across from my bed, I was asleep but I saw her and this was not a dream. She greeted me and I saw myself greet her as well. She had the red dot Indian women use in the center of her forehead, except hers was jewelry and it went straight into her forehead. She told me that she was a doctor and that her family was from New Deli, and that she was a doctor of Internal Medicine, which the owner of the guest house son is now studying to become.
We had a good chat and she left. In the morning I told the owner and she was quite surprised because she said the woman was indeed her grand mother and that she was a doctor, and that her son was in fact studying to become a doctor of internal medicine, she confirmed all that the woman told me. I was to sleep there for two more weeks,but I never had that problem again while I slept there. Before the woman spoke to me I remembered that I struggled to wake up, before remembering tha tI should relax, I relaxed and the woman materialized before me and we spoke.
It was from there that I began to realize that anywhere spirits were and I was there they wanted to communicate with me. I am a medium you see, and if I did as the voice told me and just relax, they would have their say and leave, but there are ones who come to fight and war at times, so all are not benevolent.
I will speak more on this in the comments, nuff more fi tell, but Cami obeah mi fi mi top de long introduction dem oooo
Sleep by Ty
Sleep is a VERY poorly understood phenomena. There are many debates and theories as to what exactly consists of sleep. Most of the studies we have on sleep consists of using EEG and other techniques to measure brain wave activities.
As a spiritual concept, I think of sleep as the time in which we download information from the universe, from different time and space, into our beings. We then can use this information to form our thoughts, build ideas, and formulate our future. We also use sleep to communicate with other realms easier because our energetic frequencies are altered and allow for us to do so much easily.
What stirred my research on sleep was that recently, I was not feeling well with a horrible stomach ache. I fell asleep from exhaustion and pain. While sleeping, I dreamed of seeing my paternal grandfather, who I have only met 2 times in my life and who died when I was very young. In my dream, we were sitting down reasoning and chatting. He was telling me how proud he is of me and how much he loved me. I pointed to my stomach and he hugged me. I immediately awakened from my sleep and my stomach pain was gone. So my thought was that not only did I get rest during my sleep, but I also communicated with another realm, and received words of wisdom, emotional healing and of course physical healing.
What exactly is sleep? Is it more than just closing our eyes? These were the question that plagued me. I looked up all sorts of information on sleep. Why is it that some people can sleep a long time daily while others only sleep for a few hours? I wanted some deeper insight into sleep, apart from the cliched 8 hours of sleep needed daily for optimal health. I wanted to explore the quality versus quantity of sleep concept because this resonates with my core more.
The science is sketchy at best and most are merely theories with not much evidence to back it up. From the evidence based facts, this is what I could muster up and find.
Right before we fall asleep our brains cycle through what I call a shut down phase where you have first, short and fast beta waves followed by slower more relaxed alpha waves. If awaken during this time, you will feel as if you did not sleep and can often have hallucinations. Once out of this, we then enter sleep.There are 5 stages of sleep which we cycle through and each cycle last on average 90 to 100 minutes. When we sleep, we cycle through these stages constantly.
STAGES OF SLEEP
Stage 1: lightest part of your sleep, I call it the “just falling asleep” portion. This where you drift in and out of sleep easily and can easily be awakened. Here your brain makes mainly theta waves. If you awaken in this stage, you feel as if you did not sleep. This stage usually lasts about 5 to 10 minutes.
Stage 2: here eye movements stop and your brain waves slow down significantly with occasional spikes. Here the brain waves are mostly spindles. Your heart rate slows and this stage can last up to 20 minutes.
Stage 3: the brain waves slow down even more and often have a delta wave pattern with a few spikes
Please note that some professional associations lump stages 3 and 4 together and call it deep sleep. This is where you can have nightmares, bedwetting, and sleep walking.
Stage 4: here the brain waves are exclusively delta waves, this is considered your deep sleep and is the hardest to be awakened from. Here there is no eye activity. The main difference between this and stage 3, is that there is more delta waves.
Stage 5: this is the REM or rapid eye movement stage. It is where breathing becomes more rapid and irregular, eye movements are jerky and muscles are paralyzed. This is where you have your vivid dreams. Your heart rate increases, your blood pressure rises, males can have erections, and your body temperature usually drops. Most people experience 3 to 5 intervals of REM nightly. It is thought that if awakened during REM, you remember your dreams.
Lets get back to the quality over quantity theory. Ever wonder why a newborn looks so peaceful and angelic when sleeping? Well, infants spend more than 50 % of their time In REM, while adults spend less than 20% in REM. The older we get, the less time we spend in REM. Also of note, sleep does not progress through these stages in sequence. So you can go from stage 2 to REM then back to stage 2. Also each time we re-enter a REM cycle it gets longer. The best way to think of this, is that you are having a dream and then your dreams shifts to another location, set of people and scenario. This often dictates that you entered another REM cycle.
So sleep is not where your brain shuts down, the converse is true. It is when your brain is the most active. It is a time when the body repairs, rebuilds, and your immune system is boosted. The amount of time needed depends on the amount of repair and rebuilding is needed. This is why when you are sick with a cold, you should sleep more, so as to give your body a chance to repair and let your immune system do its work. Your body also has what is called a “sleep account”. That is when you sleep, you add to this account and when you are sleep deprived, you accrue a negative balance. If the total tally is a negative one, the body will NOT allow for a long term debt pay off, it will take it when it sees fit and so you will be sleepy in the daytime and fall asleep.
I will not delve into all the different factors that can affect sleep or sleep disorders but instead want us to focus on the factors that we can change and control. We can control our efforts to go to bed. This will be good not only for our physical health but also spiritual health. By sleeping more, we will have stronger immune systems, well repaired bodies, highly functioning brains, and better daytime acquity. Start by going to bed 15 minutes earlier daily to make our sleep account be more positive. It will also be a challenge for me but with my new slate, I will make 2015 be a great year for my brain and body.
Please feel free to share your sleep problems, your dreams, weird awakenings, spiritual encounters, etc…we all can learn form each other.
Ibi tí à ńlọ là ńwò, a kìí wo ibi táa ti ṣubú. /
One ought to focus on where one is going, not where one had fallen……Yoruba Proverb!
[Look beyond past failures.]
All religion are valid as long as it teaches peace and love…. Obara Meji!
There no disappointments in life, only lessons learned!….Obara Meji
Obara Meji is a spiritualist, Ifa-Orisa practitioner, and teacher of metaphysics. Since 2011 she has used her online platform to share her personal experiences to those seeking answers about spirituality. Her teachings will expand into short stories, novels, and public speaking to continue her mission of bringing enlightenment to the world.