a reply to: skyblueworld
Hey Skyblueworld, if you don't mind I would like to give you my experience on this topic, in addition to what I think is typically wrong with the way
its presented to those unfamiliar with it. "Astral Projection" is typically lumped in automatically with virtually every form of spirituality or
enlightenment marketed to the mainstream. It takes much of the same type of abuse that Ufology does in that there is a core experience that is in and
of itself, very real; but finds itself hijacked by self proclaimed psychics, mediums, and charlatans and incorporated into their world view. Naturally
this doesn't come across well if you're selling books, bracelets, crystals and workshops.
I must emphasize that the experience itself is definitely not the product of an ill, or schizophrenic mind, nor is it comparable to a vivid daydream.
I'm not going to sit here and attempt to convince you that we even have a soul, let alone that it leaves the body. In fact, If you read some of my
recent posts you will see I have been having my own little 'crisis' in this area. I think that's relevant in showing you that I have no particular
If you're anything like me or even most people that are presented with a pretty big claim, you probably scan for some idea of a person's
'demographic' based on what is presented to you. That being said, let's get a few things out of the way.
1. I'm a 36 year old male. There is no mental illness in my or my family's history save for the rare occasional bout of depression.
2. I am fit, exercise, weight lift etc. I take no medications whatsoever except a multivitamin. As far as drugs go, I have enjoyed a little pot from
time to time but in the interest of my lungs its a habit that I might indulge in 4-5 times a year if that. I can say about the same for alcohol.
3. I'm not religious or particularly spiritual, perhaps philosophical to some degree. I'm open-minded about almost anything but tend to remain more
scientific about things until I see proof. I have as of late been succumbing to a more materialistic view of the universe, even though I absolutely
hate it, and even though I have had experiences that contradict it. lol
With that out of the way, I must tell you that I have had more than a few "Out of body" experiences, most of which took place when I was younger. I
know "testimonies" can be tedious and anecdotal, and I apologize but in the interest of giving you what I consider a fairly objective view, I think
it might give you a little perspective to work with.
When I was really little maybe since 5-6, I would wake up occasionally with what my parents assumed were nightmares. I would hear and feel this
"roaring", or buzzing, or white noise sensation in my head. I don't know if "loud" is the best word to describe it as much as powerful. It's a
hard thing to describe because the experience itself isn't exactly auditory or visual, but when your mind remembers it, it can only do so relative to
the stimuli you're used to. It feels like you're being violently shaken, at least to me. I've read so many different terms to describe it that it
tends to have a different flavor for everyone, though "vibrations" comes up a lot. I did sometimes have "normal" nightmares and bad dreams by the
way like any kid.
While this was happening, as you may have read in other peoples accounts; I was paralyzed. I would try to call or whimper to my mother or even just to
whimper but I couldn't. My vocal cords simply wouldn't work. It would never last very long, and all I could do was wait for it to pass until I could
finally cry, yell or whatever to get my parents to come in. I'd say that is the classic sleep paralysis, assuming it is the exact same thing. As a
kid, it wasn't really the paralysis that got to me, but the roaring, shaking, noise-like sensation. I was very much aware that I was in bed even
though there was only darkness. Either way, It was quite terrifying to say the least.
As I time went on, this would occur at least once or twice a week, with varying breaks over the years. After awhile, I learned it was easier or I
should say it would pass quicker if I didn't fight it i.e. try to move or scream. It would slowly wear off and I even got to a point where I didn't
have to call for my parents anymore.
This seems like it might be 1 or 2 posts long so I'll post this so far for the sake of time and eye strain.