Paralysis & Shaking During Meditation

Dear Gigi <3

my hands are shaking as I am writing this. I just came out of a meditation (pictures light expanding & contracting in body) & 2 minutes before the meditation ended I had to stop. My whole body was paralyzed. It was like someone had poured liquid cement into my body and as it was hardening it was trying to burst out of my body. Something wanted to burst out as if my body was an overflowing balloon of water. I had to REMIND myself to breathe because it felt like a panic attack, I thought I was going to die (mind probably took over). My arms were frozen into a weird position and my fingers were curled and it was all hard as a brick, I couldnt’ move anything or uncurl my fingers, like not even 1% they were LOCKED into position. This went on for 15 minutes as I breathed and tried to remind myself to breathe. Slowly I regained control over my body but my hands were frozen the longest, probably 25 minutes. Half an hour later they are still shaking. Any input on this?

Wow. That sounds like a very intense and scary experience, I am glad that you recovered. Now, let’s see if we can make some sense of this. I am not sure of the specific details surrounding your life at the time happened, or if there was an intention for the meditation, so I will have to speak to this situation from a general place. It may help to remember if you were going through something challenging at the time as that can be expressed in our visuals, sensations during meditation. What we experience in our inner world, and within the higher realms, can be traced back to where our consciousness was anchored. In other words, what belief systems were you referring to as your structure? By any chance were you feeling paralyzed somehow? Did you feel as though you could not move forward in an area of your life? Were you unsure, or divided, about meditation and spirituality? Also, pay attention to any intentions you set before the meditation. Were you looking to release trauma, look into a past life, or were you just free flying? Our meditations are the result of the our intentions, conscious and subconscious as well as our mood and beliefs.

Astral projection



It is possible that you actually astrally projected without realizing it. Astral projection happens when our consciousness, often called astral body or light body, begins to pull itself into the higher densities. This can be done intentionally or organically when we sleep/relax. Most people associate astral projection with sleep or very focused trained meditation techniques, however, we can astrally project by accident. One of the first times I heard someone speak about astral projection was neither a dream nor focused practice. A friend once told me that he was sitting at a bar, tired and heart broken, when he suddenly found himself floating above his body. He looked down and saw his physical form sitting on the bar stool below him. He wasn’t dead, just sitting there staring off into space. Once he began analyzing what was going on he found himself back looking through his physical eyes. Although this sounds pretty spooky, astral projection is a completely normal and necessary part of life. A large portion of our being/soul resides in the higher realms and we find a great deal of meaning, healing and wisdom by exploring and saturating ourselves in the higher densities.

Even though astral projection seems pretty nebulous and non-physical it can have a paralysis effect on the body. As you begin to re-merge back in your body you can feel as though you are dead weight, heavy, much like you are full of cement. Your waking mind does not know how to process the fact that you are in two realities at once, so until you can reintegrate into you physical body it may feel frozen. I have a video that explores sleep paralysis for further information.

Sudden intense release of emotion

Another scenario is that you were in a detoxification wave, or, a period of intense emotional release and realization. Emotions can create a physiological response such as when we are unearthing deeply rooted trauma. This freezing response can happen if you are conscious of what has been stirred up, or even if we are not conscious. If we are having an emotional and physical reaction we often feel pressure, or heaviness, it in our heart, guts, or even throat. We can become waterlogged as we are called to let go of what is literally too heavy to carry. If we are in a very relaxed state it can become easier to physically take on and express our inner subtle process’. When we are in our waking state, focussed externally, it is easier to create distance from our subtle worlds thus allowing us to suppress our emotions and spirit more easily.

It should also be noted that something very interesting happens when we meditate, we relax and begin to feel the light of our soul fill us, this influx of light can push painful memories or trauma to the surface. It is like cleaning the crusted bits of scar tissue off of our heart so that it can beat with all the vim and vigour it was designed to have. This is one of the reasons why we sit in stillness, to allow ourselves to re-orient in the direction of spirit (purpose). To shed what no longer serves us and become sober to our place within the universe. If something very deep is being brought forward it can feel like you are unable to move as you re-live an emotional energy that created a lot of pain in your past. This may be in this life or even other lives. Light, which can be experienced emotionally as love, is one of the best detoxifiers around and anything that is not light will be purged. It is extremely rare for a spiritual/emotional release to be as visceral and heavy as you have expressed, we often naturally metabolize our releasing so that we are not so consumed by it, but it is possible.


Perhaps the most important dynamic to discuss it not what was happening, but how to have a bit more control over this if it is to happen again. Always keep in the back of your mind that fear will seize you up and make things heavy while love will create ease, openness, strength and flexibility. This happens in our physical body as well, if we are in resistance to the flow life, if we refuse to adapt, change and open to the unknown we begin to seize up. If we are trying to control when we should be allowing our higher-self to step in, we will lose our flexibility and fluidity, we will become weaker. On the other hand, when we begin to consciously open, relax, and let spirit fill us where we feel we are are afraid and unsure we expand, heal, glow and gain strength and flexibility. It is the same in the higher realms although the result is immediate. What we think and feel we will experience in the subtle worlds without the delays of the physical world. It can help to practice feeling love, and surrender when you come into a situation that jars you or when you feel anxiety creeping up. This will allow higher wisdom from your soul to rush into the chaos that is spinning within you. When we can begin to train ourselves to react to challenges by first becoming still conscious light it will allow us to drop the paddles and be shown the higher reason why we feel shaken.

Those would be my best approximations of what happened to you. Thank you for your support.  If anyone reading this has had a similar experience, or some further insight please comment below!

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  • Nicole

    This was a great read, thank you! Although, in regards to my circumstance, it has inspired more questions than answers. When I meditate (which isn’t very often because of this sensation I’m about to explain) my inner eye or inner self/being, starts to spin like a tornado. My body doesn’t move, just my inner vision. It stops when I open my eyes, but I’d really like to meditate lol. The motion starts off slow, then speeds up so fast I want to vomit! I’ve asked meditation teachers about why this happens & how to overcome it, & they (3 of them) have told me to just sit through it, that’s when the motion sickness sets in..
    Maybe you have some insights, Gigi?
    Hoping so!

    • Gigi Young (author)

      I would say continue to breathe deeply and surrender, let go into the void. Perhaps even bring a feeling of appreciation for the feeling. Sometimes it is about becoming more vast as well. bring in a sense of play and peace if possible. It may also help to ground swirling can be becuase there is a lot of energy in the upper chakra and not enough in the lower to stabilize.

      Ultimately it depends on how active you want it to be. If you are doing a passive meditation then it is to sit with it. If you are wanting to play a bit, then experiment.

    • Chelsea

      Nicole –

      I’ve experienced the same thing!!!! I haven’t met anyone who also experiences this. I too have always pulled back from the sensation once it starts because it kind of overwhelmes me and I get dizzy. I’ve felt it as if my “astral/inner body” is rotating counterclockwise or also in an up and down motion as if my body is rolling (that movement) in place. It starts off slow – like I’m on a boat or I am floating and then when it starts to intensify I pull back. I’ve even thought it might just be a hallucination from not breathing enough? Haha. It seems to be activated for me when my meditation hits my palms.

      I read a few things that somewhat resonated with me. People described that movement in meditation as a highly-advanced state that helps clear blocks/chakras. (It may have been achieved through a past/parallel life?). I’ve never seen the sensation through ~ and I’m really curious if anyone else has!

      Also — do you feel you inner body vibrating? When I’m still I can feel the vibratory state of my body (like a tuning fork). When I go into this kind of meditation my body feels like it’s a chord that’s been plucked. Deep waves. Does that make sense? I’ve been wondering if that feeling is connected to the ability to feel this spinning in meditation. 🙂

    • Nicole

      I definitely need to appreciate & play with this sensation. I always resist as soon as it starts. It’s been happening for years (since the beginning of my meditation practice) so I obviously need to surrender. The importance of grounding has only become clear to me in recent months, & I do separate grounding meditations. Would likely benefit me if I grounded more often, & before each meditation. Thanks Gigi!
      & Chelsea, I had to laugh while reading your comment, I know exactly what you’re feeling! The vibratory state feels like a subtle buzzing all over at first, it intensifies, then turns into large, slow, rolling waves that travel up/down, down/up the body. I can totally believe this spinning motion is clearing blocks/chakras. Maybe if I sit through it, the motion will ease up once the block is released. Deep gratitude for both you ladies.

    • Cari Craig

      My Shamanic teacher, Char Sundust once told me when that happens, when your hands curl like that in paralisis, as I have seen it happen before in a student of her’s. That it is some unexpressed creativity. That you are highly creative and need to express it basically. Highly sensative as well!

      • Gigi Young (author)

        Thank You for commenting and adding that! Really helpful.

    • Evelyn

      Maybe what you were experiencing is the sensation of merkaba. It is the vehicle in which our spirit bodies travel. For some reason you might be tapping into this frequency, maybe next time listen a tune in a little longer to see where it takes you (only if you are ready{fearless})

    • Tonie

      For the first time i think it was the night before i began to meditate but this time round it kicked in as soon as i closed my eyes, i meditate quite oftenly anyways but this time was so different, i could feel a presence sat in between my legs i was unable to close them and then i felt it rise up to where my hands were and i could feel my hands ajusting to someone holding them. Throughout this entire experience my body was asleep but my mind stayed awake. I felt the sensation of my body falling through a tunnel like porthole. Perhaps this was a worm whole to a new dimension. I could also hear scratching noises and a loud breathing noise at the side of me i didnt want to fear it so i tried to over come whatever was happening but i began to fall so i woke my self up, in doing so i realised my heart was racing and i was breathing heavily asif id been running..
      Has anyone experienced anything like this? Or have an input into what you think was happening?

  • Maryam

    OH MY GOD! I had a FEELING this message would get answered. I just felt it. I wrote to you, and I let it go. I knew it would come. This is so spot on. I was/is in a period of detoxification. Meeting myself deeper. Releasing. I had set the intention (way before the meditation) that I am ready to meet ALL of me. I am ready to step into my power. In hindsight I can see that my meditation experience was providing just that. I remember telling myself to ‘surrender’ to ‘allow’ – but it was the first experience of it’s kind, and I hadn’t grounded myself prior to the meditation. I let fear take over. I am so thankful for that experience because it brought me closer to release. In hindsight I realize, I asked for rupture, for deep release. And I got it. I just wasn’t prepared to handle it. I am NOW though (It’s crazy how ‘ask and you shall receive’ continues to shock me, even though I see evidence of it everyday) Thank you so much for all this wisdom Gigi <3 It resonated with me on a soul level. I am coming to realize the power of love, the power of surrender, trust, play, appreciation – especially in situations like this. These forces have a magical alchemical affect on everything. I love that the universe is showing me that. Thank you thank you thank you. Namaste beautiful.

    • Gigi Young (author)

      Thank You for writing in Maryam! I am glad that you connected with the truth of this experience. May you have many more raptures! Except may no paralysis?!

  • Rossalia

    Hi Gigi, I came across your YouTube videos as I was trying to find something about the Pleiadians as I have been having contacts with them via astral travelling( I had no idea they existed). So thank you so much for your awesomeness, I have been learning great things from you, I hope you can feel my love and gratitude.

    What type of meditation would you recommend? Do you do mantras, kundalini breathing or just a calm meditation music? ????❤️

  • Karen

    Hi, I had to comment on this article because the hand thing happened to me during a guided chakra cleansing meditation! My hands/arms started tingling then I felt a ball of continuous pressure surround my hands as if someone was holding my hands and applying pressure and some fingertips felt addt’l pressure. I felt a sensation in my lower arms and lower back, too. At the same time a deep warmth appeared in my stomach/chest/throat area. My hands, I couldn’t move or feel normally, but I sensed that the fingers moved into the shapes of claws, as if I were holding large tennis balls. This was a little scary and I prayed that this was a normal expression of my energy flowing. My lips felt a little off but I opened my mouth to ask for my guardian angels help but my tongue felt..shrunken..and couldn’t really move it.. My words sounded slow and hard to understand like I was drunk. It took many minutes after the guided meditation for my fingers to straighten out and to feel ‘back to normal’. Months afterwards I went to a metaphysical event and spoke to an intuitive about this experience as I really wanted an explanation and he nodded like he understood as I told him what happened and he said regarding the hands that must have been the chakras in the hands causing that involuntary freezing of the fingers. I assume my momentary speech issue was due to a throat chakra blockage…

  • David


    I from a very young age 5 have worked with healing it was a family gift and some thing i have always loved. Blessed all my family was very open about it. I am know 47yo and has so many amazing thing happen over my life. I work with reiki the 20years and its become a dear friend to me. I would like to share this with you all. You cover many topics but good place to start is understandings there are some keys words most seem to miss and they can be the most help on your path. They are
    1. Intentions – thought creates
    2. Free will. ask your what its meaning to you
    3.Love but more over your passion about it.
    These have help so many times wanted to share ! if you have question i will be here love and blessing to you all

  • John

    Hi There,

    I have experiences now that don’t even need to be in meditation, at night in bed. I can’t sleep and my body moves in a series of movements and stretches almost like I am being aligned, like “sacred surgery” which is what I thought I had experienced in the fall when doing ayahuasca in Costa Rica. This happens more frequently now with the increasing energies in our world and I also think I am getting downloads into my body through my fingers, palms and crown chakra and the third eye.

    All pretty cool, hopefully the purpose will be revealed in due course.



  • Cammy

    Felt just like this when I practiced receiving Source energy from a book called Divine Healing Hands. Also experienced a similar feeling when I was being hugged by an angel — was so emotional, i was frozen, crying, purging so much grief and sadness and feeling true love and happiness from my guides. It was during a dark time in my life, but also a time period in which I began to learn more about spirit guides, angels, synchronicities, etc. The sensations began when I stood up to thank my angels and extended my arms to hug them. It was my first time ever doing this.

  • Siv

    Interesting article! As a child and teenager, I had many “sleep paralysis”, but I’ve never quite found the explanation to these sensations. They were quite terrifying! I could feel the paralysis coming right before I went to sleep – it was as though someone was standing in the room with me. I felt I was dragged out of my body, while hearing an “electrical, humming pulse” in my head. The humming would get louder and louder, till it stopped, I “fell” down and my whole head was pulsating – and hurting. I was so afraid! This process would repeat itself till I managed to awaken myself. While awake my head was not hurting at all, and I’ve never had problems with headaches while awake.
    Does anyone have an explanation for this?

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