The human body is designed with a paralytic feature to keep you from acting out on your dreams. At times, you may awaken 'in between' the stages of full consciousness and sleep. You sense that you are awake but you cannot move. Although it can feel extremely frightening, it is not uncommon, and you are merely not fully conscious or awake. If you actually dream of being paralyzed, the dream is leading you to explore the idea of being stuck. It is common to dream of paralysis when you are focused more on the past and uncertain about the future. The message is usually meant to slow you down enough to see that your sense of limitation is self imposed. You may need to let a past way of being or identity go so that you can move freely into the future. See also Legs, Arms, and Crippled.