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Isaac Isaac from Peterborough wrote on 27th June 2019 at 8:28 pm:
I found out about Baland and neuroscience when he came to my school recently, and having never heard of neuroscience I was blown away by what I was being taught. I have to thank Baland as he has introduced me to a very exciting career path and has inspired me to learn more. Thank you Baland Jalal
Naomi Naomi from London wrote on 8th August 2018 at 2:14 pm:
I am very thankful for your publications because it is due to your work that i have found my passion for Neuroscience. As a young scientist I have been in search of a mentor to help me along my academic career.It was coming across your work that made me realise that science is an art, and that I can incorporate my passion for spirituality and Indian culture with science, to help others live a fulfilled life.I look forward to learning more from you.
Charles Charles from Riverview wrote on 17th March 2018 at 7:46 pm:
Mr. Jalal

The simple fact that you took the time out of your life to address an issue that eludes scientific medicine was impressive enough. The world needs more people like you. Your recommendations to meditate and trick the brain has helped. Thank you is simply not enough. You have my greatest respect.
Chris Chris wrote on 14th February 2018 at 12:18 pm:
Your work is fascinating. I have been dealing with SP for 30+ years and only as of late have I been able to really understand what is happening thanks to your lectures and articles. I went from seeing my SP as a negative thing to embracing it and using it as a gateway to lucid dreaming. I look forward to having SP episodes 🙂
Asia Asia from Sovere wrote on 12th February 2018 at 10:16 am:
Asia wrote on 12 February 2018 at 11:13.
Thanks to your advice on sleep paralysis, I have managed to better manage these and not panic in the face of terrifying or unknown figures..
Jocelyn Jocelyn from Liverpool wrote on 12th February 2018 at 10:04 am:
Hi Baland,

I am very thankful for the time you spent explaining how the brain works during sleep paralysis and OBEs. It was so important in my life to meet a neuroscientist that works on this because I always wanted to know what was happening to me and why. Have OBEs since kid it was at the beginning scary, then it turned a way to know myself better and could control it. However, it was difficult to find someone that believes on this and could give a scientific explanation to these situations. I am very glad that you had the initiative to work on this because of your own experiences. I feel relaxed and happy with myself now , knowing that this is not a problem, and even working in science there are some things that we cannot explain. I want to believe that one day we will understand and know the truth of many things that are difficult to prove scientifically. After our talk I can only say that I love my brain 🙂
Jackie Jackie from Northport NY wrote on 23rd January 2018 at 3:23 pm:
Dear Baland, It was just recently that I came to discover your research. Your work is fascinating and I have only just begun to listen to your lectures and read your work. You seem to have created a perfect balance between the scientific, spiritual and neurological in a way I think is very unique today. You take all factors into account, which has accounted for a true scientist and researcher in my opinion. It was because I was looking for answers to some strange experiences that I found your name and what you do. You took the time to talk w me regarding something I experienced and helped me to make sense of something very confusing. Work and information that few , if any, psychiatrist and scientist today could really help me with. I am excited to look more into your work and anything you put your mind into! I appreciate everything so far and I know I have so much to learn! Thank you! Jackie
Jimmy Jimmy wrote on 6th November 2017 at 1:15 pm:
Dear Baland,

Your work in sleep paralysis is a bold step forward for the research world and humanity. I have never seen the lights of such a sparkling intellect, hidden under an attractive fedora.
Lori Lori from Hong Kong wrote on 29th October 2017 at 11:32 pm:
Hi Baland,
Your work is fascinating and I really enjoyed reading your articles here on sleep paralysis and ghosts mainly because I’ve also experienced it myself and had to find ways to deal with the fearful feelings and perceptions. Meditation, relaxation and CBT was the most useful for me but it took a lot of effort and work to change how I felt at that time.

I really appreciate your work and your articles helping me find the science behind it all.

I hope I can share your work and research with my clients as well should they experience this in their lives.
Bwalya Mulenga Bwalya Mulenga from United Kingdom wrote on 25th October 2017 at 5:16 pm:
Hi Baland,

First of all, I want to thank you for the lectures that you gave on neuroscience and your own work on sleep at my college earlier this year. It was so enriching to learn about the interesting aspects of science that lie beyond the college syllabus. I know that other people who attended the lecture thoroughly enjoyed it in the same way that I did. You truly did provide a stimulating environment that engaged students in the world of science.
Contacting you after this lecture was also really insightful, and helped me to decide the path I want to take to achieve my own academic goals. It is nice to see somebody 'paying it forward' and helping to raise the next generation of scientists and researchers.
On top of this, I appreciate how you took time out of your own life and busy schedule to help me complete my own first research dissertation paper. It was extremely helpful and the conversation really motivated me to push through these last few months of college.
I am excited for what the future holds and I am grateful for the enthusiasm that you always express towards your scientific field- it is encouraging!

Thank you so much!!!
Bwalya
Mihir Trivedi Mihir Trivedi from Rajkot wrote on 20th October 2017 at 7:16 pm:
Dear Baland Jalal sir
I'm a big fan of your lectures. And also I'm a big fan of neuroscience, so your lectures are double treat for me. You have spoken about really fascinating neurological phenomena. The topics you speak about like dreams and sleep paralysis not help in understanding the phenomena but open the doors to contemplation about deeper truths of our consciousness. Also your lectures depict how curious and enthusiastic you are about neuroscience due to which your lectures are highly energetic.
Walid Anwar Walid Anwar from London wrote on 27th August 2017 at 2:13 pm:
Dear Baland,
The lecture you gave about sleep paralysis and how the mind functions was absolutely mind-blowing. That was probably the first time I was kept on the edge of my seat throughout a whole lecture! Your talk about how powerful the brain and how our very existence here is a miracle in its own, is truly inspiring. Also loved the memorisation trick! Have to learn it one day.
Best Wishes,
Walid
Emily Emily wrote on 15th August 2017 at 1:11 pm:
Dear Baland,

I found your lecture on sleep paralysis, and the use of a fake rubber hand to create feelings of disgust in a person with OCD, fascinating.

At the time I was contemplating whether or not I should study philosophy, or psychology at university. This lecture made me realise that my interests leaned more towards psychology. As a result of this I decided to abandon my extended project on Hellenism, and go back to my former idea on lucid dreaming. I am so glad that I went back to this topic in the end as I find it far more interesting.

Thank you for being so helpful in advising me in my extended project, and for showing up that day to give such a fascinating and inspiring lecture.

Many thanks,
Emily
bjalaladmin bjalaladmin from David R. wrote on 20th July 2017 at 11:20 am:
I just wanted to give a quick e-mail to say thankyou for your work on
sleep paralysis. I have been suffering from sleep paralysis, nightmares
and night terrors since I was a teenager and finally being able to read
something on it that isn't just some rambling insanity on a weird
website about the subject is highly refreshing for me. It feels like a
weight off my chest knowing there is some scientific explanation behind
what I've been going through for so many years -- so again, just a big
thanks for taking the time to research it. I'll be sure to guide anyone
I meet in my life who goes through similar experiences towards your work

Thanks
David
bjalaladmin bjalaladmin from Dom Harris, United Kingdom wrote on 17th July 2017 at 8:47 pm:
Dear Baland Jalal,

I have been suffering from Sleep Paralysis ever since I was in middle school, around age 10.

These episodes happened frequently, multiple times a month without fail.
MR Therapy done two things to tackle this annoyance;
it made the episodes less striking and intimidating,
and also made them happen less frequently. Ever since using MR Therapy,
Sleep Paralysis' affect on my life has diminished significantly.
When it does occur I can approach it calm and collected.

- Dom Harris, United Kingdom
bjalaladmin bjalaladmin from Steve Borst, Los Angeles, CA wrote on 11th July 2017 at 10:16 pm:
Hi Baland.

I wanted to thank you for publishing your article: "How to
Make the Ghosts in my Bedroom Disappear? Focused-Attention Meditation
Combined with Muscle Relaxation (MR Therapy)—A Direct Treatment
Intervention for Sleep Paralysis." I stumbled upon it online, and I've
found it very helpful in dealing with sleep paralysis. I've suffered
from sleep paralysis for over a decade. Before reading your article, I
felt pretty helpless -- I didn't think there was anything I could
actually do to deal with it. Back in June of this year, I experienced
several episodes that were particularly bad, and felt at my wit's end.
Then I read your article, and since then, I've found your techniques
to be very helpful and effective. For the first time ever, I've
successfully broken the "positive feedback loop" that you describe in
your article.

My episodes come in a couple variations, but most often it goes like
this: I become conscious that I'm sleeping, I realize I can't move,
often I perceive that I'm sleeping in an uncomfortable position (like
on my side, with my head bent forward), I feel like I'm going to
suffocate -- or maybe even die -- and I panic. I then try as hard as I
possibly can to move and break myself out of the paralysis (usually by
trying to get my jaw to quiver), but this doesn't work right away and
I'm still paralyzed -- which causes me to panic more. Eventually, I do
succeed in waking myself (I think episodes last anywhere from 5-30
seconds), but when I wake up I am so anxious and wound-up that I have
trouble going back to sleep. And often I'm afraid of going back to
sleep, especially because if I go back to sleep right away, I
sometimes immediately fall back into another SP episode. So I usually
wake myself up completely, stay awake for a while, and then go back to
sleep later.

After reading your article, I began doing two things:
1) meditating every day for 20 minutes (I had actually begun
meditating at the beginning of the year, but only intermittently, and
not always for 20 min at a time).
2) for 5 minutes a day, laying down in a supine position on my bed,
simulating an SP attack, and practicing the meditation techniques you
outline in your article. (I actually only did this for a couple of
weeks, but I think it was very helpful.)

Since June, my SP episodes have actually diminished dramatically (not
sure if that was a coincidence, or if the meditating lowered the
occurrence of episodes). I had been getting them maybe 1-2 times a
week, but I guess sometimes it comes in waves. Anyway, they went away
completely for a while. But they've come back now a bit. I've had 3 or
4 attacks in the past month; fortunately, I have been able to
effectively mitigate the severity of the episodes thanks to your
techniques.

During these recent episodes, it's gone like this: I realize I'm
experiencing an episode, I feel paralyzed, I begin to panic, but I
then immediately tell myself it's okay and that I'm not in danger. I
fight the impulse to try to move and wake myself up. Instead, I remain
calm, relax my muscles, and just tell myself over and over that it'll
pass. I clear my mind and I sort of focus on my breath, although I
realize I'm probably not in control of it. It feels like I just enter
the meditative state I'm in when I'm meditating while awake every day.
On two of these recent occasions, I've just naturally woken up moments
later. Instead of waking up extremely anxious, I'm relatively calm and
peaceful. I also didn't accidentally wake up my girlfriend by waking
with a start -- which would often happen previously. On another of
these recent occasions, I kept myself calm, then I dreamed I woke up,
and then I just fell back into regular sleep.
So in the short-term, I seem to have been able to make some headway
with Steps I, II, and IV of your technique. I haven't really been able
to do Step III yet: focusing my attention on an emotionally positive
object. But perhaps I'll be able to do that with more practice.
Anyway, my main point is: thank you! I really appreciate the help
you've offered me through your research! Your article has shown me
that I may not be able to stop my episodes of sleep paralysis, but I
do have the power to control how I respond to them -- and thus,
drastically reduce the anxiety and discomfort they cause.

Steve Borst
Los Angeles, CA