The other night I had an incredibly.. odd.. experience while I was sleeping. At first I simply discounted it as some sort of weird sleep paralysis, but I came across some of Erin Pavlina’s posts about astral projection, and it’s got me thinking that maybe I really did start projecting my consciousness out of my body.
If you’re rolling your eyes at this point, I don’t really blame you. I’m open minded, but I’m also logical and practical minded. I have what can only be described as a “primal reflex” to castigate and dismiss anyone who is spouting off a bunch of nonsense they got from some esoteric book or learned from a “holy” teacher they pay $100 an hour. Nevertheless, my experience was SO vivid and unique that I can’t relate it to anything else. It follows Erin’s experience of her first astral projection almost precisely. You can find her article here.
Before I explain what happened to me, I’m going to give you a little summary describing astral projection.
What is Astral Projection?
Astral projection is essentially where your spirit leaves your body to go play on the astral plane. It’s an out-of-body experience, akin to that experienced by people in near death events or surgery. Another word for astral here might be “consciousness.” You project your consciousness out of your body. It’s a lot like being a ghost. You can fly and do all sorts of things that you’d normally do in a lucid dream, but it’s much different.
Astral projection occurs whenever you wake up, typically from a dream. You’ll feel a cold, tingling sensation (or at least I did), and you’ll feel your consciousness pull out of your body. You can then look down at yourself. You’ll notice that “you” are distinctly separate from that body that’s sleeping. You’re purely identified with your spirit, soul, or word you want to use.
You can pretty much go and do whatever you’d like. According to Eric, the entities you meet on this plane are very much real, they simply exist there rather than here. Depending on your (link)level of consciousness you’ll find either scary stuff or good stuff. Your vibrational state will determine what kinds of creatures are drawn to you.
For example, Erin would sometimes attract negative entities when she was projecting in her younger years. In order to combat this she summoned a giant light sword, complete with armor. She then went on demon slaying sprees, even plunging her sword into the heart of a particularly ornery vampire.
Looking at the kind of video games I used to play as a kid, I’ve been training kick some major demon ass since my youth. I can still remember slaying half-naked succubi – in hell, no less – by the time I was 10 or 11 in a game called Diablo. Yep, ain’t no evil spirits gon’ be messin’ with me.
My Astral Projection Experience
I still hesitate to call what I experienced real astral projection, because I really didn’t leave my body. It almost felt as though I was a couple inches out of it, but I couldn’t look down and see myself sleeping or anything. Nevertheless, my experience so strongly correlates to Erin’s first astral projection experience that I have no other way of identifying what it was than simply as astral projection.
So, I was laying there at night, and I eventually fell asleep. I was experimenting with lucid dreaming at the time. I had some particularly vivid dreams, but they weren’t quite lucid. All of a sudden, I woke up – or rather, I was in a state in between sleeping and being awake. I could tell that I was very much in my bed, and I felt so intense that I know I wasn’t dreaming.
Laying on my bed, I felt an incredible surge of energy flowing through me. It was like every cell of my body was buzzing with cold, crisp electricity. It was not altogether comfortable! I could feel some sort of entity, or entities, around me, that seemed to want me to leave my body. I couldn’t tell if they were good or bad. Looking back, they may have actually been trying to help me, but I can’t be sure just yet.
This experience came in three undulating waves. Though my eyes were closed and my body was asleep, I had some visual awareness of my room. I could see things, but it was extremely hazy and unreal. I felt intense waves of cold energy circulating through me. It was like the kind of cold they talk about on ghost hunting shows. Like a decrepit old spirit is breathing down your neck.
To put it into visual terms, it’s like slipping on a penguin in the north Canadian tundra and, mid-fall, having a fork manifest in your hand, which lands in a light socket that was just then curiously summoned into the ground, such that you’re being mildly electrocuted while that freezing wind is chilling you to your very bones, and even your soul. In other words, a little distressing!
During the first two waves, I resisted very intensely. I do not like forks in light sockets, they hurt! I did not know what was going on, and I did not like it. On the third wave I had a sudden insight and completely stopped resisting. At this point the cold feeling left, I was out of Canada (ew, Canada), the “entities” seemed to disappear, and I fell into another dream.
My Intentions With Astral Projection
I didn’t know what to make of this experience. As I mentioned above, I thought it was sleep paralysis. I’ve had it happen a couple of times before, and I just assumed.. well, I don’t know what I actually assumed. I suppose I just forgot about them. The experience is strange enough that you can’t really classify it into anything else. This time I was lucky enough out to find out exactly what was going on.
What does all of this mean? Well, it means I’m on the right track with lucid dreaming. It is also pointing me towards learning more about psychic powers. I always thought they were a bunch of BS, but maybe there is something to it.
I’m still slightly skeptic about the whole experience, even though I don’t have any rational explanation for it and it seems to be exactly what Erin is describing when she astral projects. I am still working on my lucid dreaming, so I’m not going to pursue this one until a bit later, but I’m excited about where it could lead.
For example, if I really do experience my consciousness leaving my body, and I can tell that it’s fundamentally different and separate from a dream, then that means that there most likely is life after death. That’s pretty incredible to be able to experientially verify for yourself, even if I no longer need a guarantee of that to be happy.
I suspect that when I do project myself out to la-la land, I probably won’t attract the freak show that seems to accompany a lot of people’s projection experiences. Many people encounter all sorts of demons and evil energies when they venture forth from their body. This is most likely because they’re in a state of fear. I doubt I’d attract this, because my default state is clearly kick ass!
Haha, but really, things in general are strange lately. I’ve had about a bazillion syncronicities, and to discover this after many other odd happenings leads me to believe something cool is in the works, either for me, or more likely, for all of us.
If anything, take this article as proof that perhaps some of that airy fairy nonsense people go on about may be true. I never would have believed it had I not experienced it first hand.
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