Astral projection is the phenomenon of the astral body (or soul) leaving the physical body and traveling outside it in the â€˜higher realms.â€™ It is also called an out of body experience (OBE) and can be associated with near death experiences, lucid dreams, surgeries, drug use, and meditation to name a few. In this article I will tell you my experience with astral projection which was first brought on by an episode of what the medical community calls sleep paralysis.
I was lightly sleeping in bed when all of a sudden I found that I was unable to move. It seemed my body was shaking uncontrollably and I was definitely scared. To my side someone, or something, was standing next to me. All of a sudden I was free from the inability to move and I sat bolt upright. I looked around but found nothing, and then I made my way to the bathroom mirror checking my body for any signs of the traumatic experience. You see, at the time, I believed I just had an alien abduction encounter. I didn't find any marks, but I didnâ€™t go back to sleep that night.
A couple of weeks passed with no more occurrences, then I stumbled upon some information about the incident. I was working as a security guard on the midnight shift and was rolling the dial on the radio when I came across someone describing the experience I had went through a couple of weeks earlierâ€¦ word for word. I had found Coast to Coast AM, hosted by Art Bell, and his guest was Albert Taylor. They were talking about astral projection. Coast to Coast AM was a paranormal and conspiracy themed talk radio show founded and hosted by Art Bell broadcasting out of Pahrump, Nevada. This was the first time I had ever listened to the show and it was just by chance that I found it ,as I was going through the stations on the FM radio band (Coast to Coast is primarily broadcast on AM radio). Up until that moment I had never heard the terms astral projection, sleep paralysis, night terrors, or lucid dreaming.
Coast to Coast AM, to my surprise, was a multi-hour show. For the next three hours I listened to Mr. Bell and Mr. Taylor talk about how lucid dreaming and flying dreams could be possible astral projection and how sleep paralysis was actually the beginning of astral projection most of the time. He went over a bit of history and how the mystics of the east could do astral travel through meditation and he explained how anyone could do it. Before I go into the details of how I achieved astral projection by following Mr. Taylorâ€™s tips, Iâ€™d like to tell you why I chose to proceed.
I love to dream because often times I realize I am in a dream and can do anything I want to do in it. Itâ€™s like being in my own interactive TV show; I donâ€™t even mind having nightmares because of this. Some of my more memorable dreams are the ones in which I fly. Sometimes I fly to get away from trouble or Iâ€™m able to leap great distances, but other times I fly in real time. When I say real time, I mean that everything seemed very real and normal (no dinosaurs or giant bugs). Sometimes I flew over the interstates where I saw the traffic speeding along and other times I flew over great forests just above the trees where I often lowered my hand and touched the tops of the trees as I went past. I even went to a tropical paradise once where I saw beautiful waterfalls and colorful flowers. Now keep in mind that I had these dreams before I had heard the radio show, before I had heard about lucid dreaming or astral projection. I loved these ultra realistic dreams, although they didnâ€™t occur frequently, and astral projection gave the possibility of having more so I proceeded forward.
Whole Lotta Shaking Going On
Mr. Taylor had described a technique he used often called the interrupted sleep technique in which he went to bed, but set his alarm to wake up a few hours later. He stayed awake for two hours (without drinking or eating anything but water) and then lay back down. This is the method that I used myself. Keep in mind that I was not successful for weeks. Sometimes I just fell asleep. Other times I could feel the process beginning but I just turned over on my side and it ended. The process of my soul coming out of my body while I was conscious of it was not pleasant or unpleasant, but different. It took me a while to get used to it. I would lie back down and say to myself that I wanted to have an astral projection experience. I lay on my back and tried to remain as still as possible. One of two things happened:
1 â€“ I began to vibrate. Thatâ€™s be best description I can give because itâ€™s not the same as being cold (I was under covers).
2 â€“ My soul began to rock back and forth within my body. I can describe it as cutting a barrel in half, length wise and putting some water in it. You can begin to rock it and the water will get closer and closer to spilling over the edge freeing itself from the container.
My First Experience
I lay down like I usually did and could feel the rocking begin. I let it happen and for a moment thought that I rolled out of my bed, but I didnâ€™t fall on the floor. I straightened myself and looked back to see myself sleeping. I was in my basement and standing next to my body when a sudden feeling of not being alone overcame me. I could sense that other beings were just out of sight and I knew this without a doubt. It scared the crap out of me and my experience quickly ended. If you want an experience to end focus your thoughts onto moving a part of your physical body (a finger for example) and your soul will quickly be jerked back into physicality. I quickly found out, just as Mr. Taylor had said, that the astral plane does have other beings in it just like our physical earth has lots of people on it. He also said that not all of these beings are nice or there to help you, just like on our physical world.
What Happened Next
My second experience happened a few days later during the day (after working the graveyard shift) and was quite enjoyable. I was able to leave my body and wonder about. I stayed near my home and saw people I knew going about their business. After a while I went back into my body. After my second experience, I stopped really trying to do astral projection. I have from time to time thought about getting back into it, and I probably will one day. The whole experience changed my life in that it brought me an inner peace by confirming what I had already suspected. Our physical bodies are just a vehicle of sorts. The driver can and will leave the vehicle eventually and go on to other places. The physical death of our bodies is not the end, we simply go on to the next great adventure.
There is a lot more information related to the subject of astral projection that canâ€™t be fit into one article but I highly recommend the book â€œSoul Travelerâ€ by Albert Taylor. I hope my experience helps others who might be interested in this subject. Please feel free to leave comments.
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