I'm a very curious guy, so I thought I'd give astral projection a try. Here's how it all went down...
I found a website with clear instructions on how to perform astral projection. (Please note that I am not affiliated with this website in any way,
whatsoever. I found it through Google and wanted to 'cite my source' so to speak.)
The instructions say to lie down in a comfortable position and not to move. I let my arms and legs get really heavy, forcing myself not to move
anything. This was about 5 PM in the evening on a Saturday. I was sleepy, which the website says can be a problem (since you might fall asleep rather
than project your astral body). Nevertheless, I went for it.
My arms and legs did, indeed, begin to feel heavy and I closed my eyes while trying to stay alert and conscious (i.e. not fall asleep!). I began to
hypnotize myself a little bit (this was not on the website but I have a degree in Psychology and believe strongly in the power of the mind). I simply
told myself that I was paralyzed, that I could not move. Then, I tried to move and reinforced the idea that I could not to my own consciousness. I
wish I could explain it better but it all came rather naturally because I have a little bit of experience with hypnosis already.
Then, I fell asleep.
But wait, it isn't over yet because something really cool happened when I woke up!
The website talks about a vibration that you feel throughout your body just prior to astral projection. When you feel this vibration, you are supposed
to 'open your eyes' (not physically but your astral eyes) and hop out of your body. The website says that you need to remain calm or else you'll
wreck this vibrational state altogether. So, don't get too excited when you feel the vibration.
So, I woke up and felt this vibration but I hadn't opened my physical eyes yet. This, all by itself was quite odd. I can't remember very often
waking up without opening my eyes right away. I'm not saying it has never happened but it is probably very rare. So, it was a cool experience. I woke
up but my eyes were still shut and my body was 'paralyzed' (not in a spooky way, it felt relaxing).
Now, I want to hang for a moment on this 'vibration.' Man, I was skeptical. I didn't really think it would happen but it felt unlike anything I
have ever experienced before. It was like a thousand bolts of pleasant energy were quickly racing through my body and yet my body was completely calm
and more relaxed than ever. I'm trying my best here but the sensation was nearly indescribable. All I can say is that it felt very good.
Now, here's where I think I wrecked it. I got excited. (I mean, wouldn't you?) I was like, "Dude, I am sooo about to astral project on my first
try! What is up?!" I was so excited that I forgot to try and open my astral eyes. Instead, I became conscious of my physical eyes and consciously
chose to keep them closed. (In hindsight, I think this kind of took me out of whatever trance or meditative state I was in). Still, I did try and hop
out of my body.
Again, what I experienced seemed to agree with the information found on that website I posted. The website says that the head is most "sticky." That
is to say, the astral head does not like to leave the physical head. I definitely felt this. For just a moment I thought I moved my astral leg out of
my physical leg. The only way I can describe it was that my brain was saying that my leg was moving while also saying that my leg was not moving. I
know, it doesn't make sense. Again, words can't really describe the experience.
I tried to get my (astral) legs totally free and move my (astral) arms but I slowly felt myself sliding back into 'normal' consciousness and the
vibrations began to dissipate. Then I felt totally awake. It was an awesome experience and I'm sure that few people have ever achieved astral
projection on their first try, so I know that I shouldn't be bummed out. This kind of stuff just takes practice.
The whole experience has really made me a believer though. I still don't know what astral projection is (maybe just an awesome mind-trip) but I know
it feels really good and I definitely want to try it again.
Now I'd like to hear some of your stories, or advice you may have for me. Have you ever tried to astral project? Those of you that have succeeded,
where did you go and what did you do? What sort of beings did you encounter (if any)?
Thanks for your time and allowing me to share. Mods, I am hoping this is in the correct forum but if not, please feel free to move it.