The vibration shook me awake, although my eyes remained closed. My entire body was electrified, buzzing with energy. I could hear voices encouraging me…to do something…but I wasn’t quite sure of what.
A female voice invited me to join them while a male said that “I was not ready.” The voices sounded as though they surrounded me from above, but I could only see blurred, dark forms. They kept talking but I could barely make sense of their muffled conversation. Although the dark forms were strange to me they somehow seemed familiar.
It felt like my body was rising despite the fact that it laid motionless on the couch. Slowly, I realized what was happening…I was having my first out of body experience – or at least trying. Every time I seemed to be separating from my body, I slid back in: from inexperience and from fear. I didn’t know what to expect next. Soon, the vibration dissipated then I opened my eyes and tried to make sense of it all. I had heard about out of body experiences (OBEs) and always wondered if I could ever do it. Between the voices and the sensations it was clear that I was on the cusp of astral projection. But who were those dark forms I encountered?
It wasn’t until a year later when I began my spiritual journey that I was able to dissect and understand what occurred that day. I realized that those dark forms were my spirit guides. I also learned that this was not my first OBE nor would it be my last.
Over time, I remembered my first experience of astral projection which occurred following an operation 15 years ago. After falling into a deep, relaxing sleep from the anesthesia in the operating room my first memory was seeing myself laying in the hospital bed. The view was from high in the corner of the room where I saw myself in bed and my mother sitting beside me. This lasted a brief moment before I slowly awoke, groggy from the anesthesia. I had repressed that memory for so long…for some reason, but when I recalled the experience it was like it had been waiting for me to remember it.
As I tried to recall more moments, I remembered several instances over the years which I previously considered dreams but now they seemed more like OBEs. They commonly occurred in the mornings when I was awoken by an alarm clock to start my daily routine: rising from bed, bathing, and dressing. Brushing my teeth, opening drawers for clothes, and walking around all seemed normal. But when I was ready to walk out the door to drive to work, I found myself still lying in bed unbathed, unshaved, and still dressed in pajamas. It was especially frustrating when I was running late.
Once I began my spiritual journey, my OBEs became more frequent or maybe I was just more aware of them. They usually happened while I slept. Some experiences included meetings with my spirit guides where they explained the process of reincarnation and the purpose of life. Now, after several astral projections I can tell when I have traveled but not always remember the lessons I learned during the trip. Unlike my “first” OBE, I am now more comfortable with the process enough that I playfully try to jar myself out of sleep by popping back into my body.
But astral projection doesn’t just happen during sleep, it also occurs when we meditate visiting fictional or real places to meet with our guides and spirits. A meditational vision can turn into an out of body experience by clearing the mind to achieve ultimate relaxation and openness.
Past life regression can be considered a form of projection because we are voyaging to a different time and place. People are guided into a calm, hypnotic state (like sleep or meditation) in order for them to visit a former self. Facilitators encourage clients to leave their body behind and meet with their spirit guides before they travel. During my regressions, my point of view was through the eyes of others and I experienced their lives gazing upon grand structures and the faces of loved ones. My ears heard doors creak and the subtle whistle of a gentle breeze. I felt the warmth of the Mediterranean sun, my footsteps along a cobble stone road, and emotions. And at the end of the each session the facilitator guided me back into my body.
The concept of astral projection is relatively the same, but the way people practice it does differ. While some can easily leave the body others may need to be guided through meditation in order to do so. It may take experimenting with different ways to initiate an OBE before they discover which method works best for them.
And it may take practice to learn how to remember what we encountered during a trip. The memories of projections can be hard to recall because they might be part of a night’s sleep intertwined with several dreams or a regression of multiple lives.
The first and simplest step towards studying out of body experiences is dispelling the myths. Some people are afraid that they might not be able to reenter their body after leaving it. Others worry about someone or something else entering and possessing their body while they are out projecting. Then there’s the fear of getting lost as well as death. None of this is true, but if you need sound of mind make sure to surround yourself with a white light of protection and call upon your guides or archangels for safe passage.
And it’s always better when you have a good, meaningful intention in mind before traveling. Astral projection does not always have to be serious, you can have fun but the ultimate goal is to achieve enlightenment.