Feeling paralysed may suggest that you suffered from a sleep disorder called sleep paralysis.

Alternatively it may show that in some way you lost control yesterday. Maybe you froze and were unable to think rationally? Maybe something unexpected happened and you really did not know what to do? Maybe you just simply do not know what to do? Are you stuck in a difficult situation without any options?

Maybe you suffer from terrible nerves and phobias? Were you stuck in a situation yesterday where you felt really out of your depth?

QUESTIONS to help you make associations(pick the one that makes most sense to you)
- Did you feel an actual sense of real total paralysis?
- Yesterday did you feel totally powerless and unable to act in any way?
- Have you been very depressed recently?
- Has someone been dominating you?

KEY WORDS : Dominated, powerless, depressed, sleep paralysis, shocked, having to accept,anxiety attack, panic, lacking energy, something which happened suddenly, unavoidable

KEY PHRASES(Pick a quote which captures your feelings right now. Think especially of the day before the dream) :
- "she never lets me think for myself or make any of my own decisions"
- "I really did not know how to react"
- "It all happened so quickly and we were powerless to stop it"
- "I feel depressed and seem unable to do anything"
- "I had sleep paralysis and it frightened the life out of me"


Example dream : A dream where the dreamer felt paralysed with fear was linked to a moment the day before when the dreamer had an anxiety attack in a club where he felt totally out of place.
Example dream : Trapped under a lion symbolised the dreamers thoughts about her daughters rage the day before. She was shocked and in the heat of the moment did not know what to do.
Example dream : Feeling paralysed in a dream linked to the dreamer hating her son being with her father. He did not look after him properly. Feeling paralysed symbolised her having to accept this situation she did not like - her ex had custody rights to her child and she had to obey the courts decision.
Example dream : A dream where the dreamer is paralysed took place when the dreamer was thinking how he was not able to plan properly in life. He was drifting from one thing to another and was not able to fix on something that he wanted to do. The dream caught this type of feeling "I know one of my main faults is that I am a drifter. I never seem to plan effectively and I am still very immature. It has definitely held me back in life."
Example dream : In one dream the dreamer is unable to move whilst her partner cheats in front of her. In real life she was 6 months pregnant and may have been worrying about her partners sexual needs and the risk that he might seek sex somewhere else. Paralysed maybe a symbol for pregnancy as this makes us unable to move easily. We may feel paralysed and disabled. The dream may link to this thought "What happens when I get much bigger. I won't be able to have sex and my partner may seek sex somewhere else!"
Example dream : The dreamer felt unable to avoid situations which caused him to panic. Therefore paralysis represented the inability to react to a situation which caused him extreme stress. See also how its possible to translate this symbol ("paralysis") into a day to day phrase, in this case "unable to react" and even better simply the word "phobia" and we see how the dream could link to this exact thought "I am struggling badly with my phobias. I just cannot do anything at the moment." In this way we can translate a dream which seems quite unusual and difficult to relate to into a meaningful feeling which pinpoints a key emotion right now.
Example dream : A paralysed dream represented the dreamers very depressed state and his own lack of options.
Example dream : A dream where the dreamer felt crushed by someone lying on top of her linked to her suffering sleep paralysis. The dream captured her fears as she partially woke up during a dream.
Example dream : A dream where the dreamer felt like she was being crushed by someone lying on top of her was caused by sleep paralysis. She felt paralysed during the dream but she was aware that this was sleep paralysis and knew that the sensation would leave after a few seconds and that it was not harmful.
Example dream : A dream where the dreamer had a feeling of total paralysis followed by flying through the air linked to the him having sleep paralysis at a time when he was on a spiritual high.
Example dream : A feeling of paralysis linked to the dreamer watching news reports of Hurricane Katrina and seeing all the devastation and feeling that nothing could be done because things happened so quickly.
Example dream : A feeling of total paralysis as the dreamer drags himself to a bridge famous for suicides linked to the dreamer feeling totally depressed and on the verge of suicide. The paralysis symbolised his depressed state.
Example dream : A dream where the dreamers legs felt like lead linked to suffering from manic depression and being unable to do anything because she was so lacking in energy.
Example dream : One dreamer had a recurring dream of a paralysed mansion but they stopped when she ended all contact with her mother. The paralysed mansion symbolised her inability to do what she wanted and her mothers tendency to dominate her.

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This website has a huge collection of dreams. The accuracy of the dream symbolism depends on a huge huge number of practical examples. If you have a dream which you feel you understand then please send it to me at hairybobby@hotmail.com and I would be delighted to add it to the collection.