Out of body Experiences & Astral Projection
I'm going out on a limb with this post because I honestly feel like somewhat of a freak telling people that I've experienced this. But recently I did a post on Vivid Dreaming and Dream Journals describing my ability to have very realistic dreams to the point where sometimes I can't tell if it is in fact a dream, or reality.
I alluded in that post that I have experienced what is considered an "out of body experience" or astral traveling about three or four times in my life, I can't remember. I can't remember mainly because it wasn't a good experience for me and I tried to block myself mentally from it...if that makes any sense.
While I'm fascinated that this happened to me, I'm a little embarrassed about it too. When I wrote the last post about dreaming, I didn't want to push it with the OBE's not knowing how my readers would react. However, I surprisingly had some really sweet comments from readers who were interested in my experience and wanted to know more.
What It's Like to Have an Out of Body Experience
So, months later, I think I'm ready to share this side of my life with you all. Not that it's a huge part of my life, but for some reason the older I get, I'm able to tap into this spiritual side of myself. I guess in a way it's always been there...maybe I just wasn't ready to accept it.
You see, in the last three years or so I've had various serendipitous things happen to me that didn't make a whole lot of sense, but made me realize that there's a lot more to this world than what we can see and touch. The funny thing is that I've always been on the other side of the coin, only believing in scientific fact for most of my younger life.
But as these events have happened, I've realized that the universe is this magically complicated place that science can't always prove. In addition to the serendipitous things, some really strange things have occurred as well that kinda freaked me out. My multiple experiences with OBE's being one of them.
The strange thing about the OBE's is that they all happened in one location, however I'm not going to name the location here, so please don't ask.
Anyway, I've visited this location various times throughout the years and about three or four times I experienced astral traveling or what seemed like a hauntingly close example of it.
Each time, it happened very early in the morning when I was in my deepest sleep. The first time I had no idea what was going on. I remember feeling like my soul was being physically vacuumed from my body. I realize this sounds horrible, but this is the only way I can describe it. It didn't hurt or anything, but it was a very heavy feeling and I felt myself being pulled up.
That's the thing, I physically felt it (as opposed to just knowing it was happening to me, like in other dreams). There was loud humming sound in my ears and everything about me just felt as if it was being pulled out of my body, very heavy, up into the air where I floated for just a couple of minutes and then hovered near the floor before feeling like I was snapped back into my body. Super weird, super exhausting and scary.
Even as I write this I feel like a total freak. I don't know if it really happened or if it was the most vivid dream I've experienced or even a hallucination. All I know is that it happened another two or three more times. The last one I was able to gain some control like in lucid dreaming and look down on myself sleeping.
Every time this happened, it was out of my control. In fact, I remember hoping it wouldn't happen again. All the experiences were in close proximity of time, but not on the same night and I would be so nervous to go to sleep.
Not much later I met a sleep/dream expert (I know that sounds silly, but I meet a lot of interesting people through my work) and I asked him about my experiences, almost teary eyed. You see, this was all very exhausting to me. Because not only was I having these OBE's, but I was also having other intense dreams as well as experienced something paranormal (for the very first time) in the week prior that totally scared the crap out of me.
I felt completely out of control and didn't understand why all this weird stuff was happening to me all of a sudden. It truly was taking a toll on me. Thank god I spoke to this guy because he didn't think it was strange at all. In fact he thought I was lucky to have the ability to do this. I told him I didn't even try to do it, it just happened to me. He said that he knew many people that had tried to experience astral traveling, but couldn't. He said it's a positive thing, but if I didn't like it, I could stop it.
So that's what I did. I was happy to hear that I have this ability to reach other realms, but I also felt that in this time of my life, I wasn't ready to. I told myself that it just wasn't going to happen unless I wanted it to happen. And it hasn't happened since I made that decision and that was almost two years ago.
I guess there is part of me that wants to believe it's a spiritual thing, but then who knows if it's just my mind playing tricks on me while sleeping. The really strange thing is that the first time it happened, a friend of mine had stayed in that same room the night before. I found out later that she had also had really, really weird and intense dreams the night she was in there. I didn't really tell her that I thought I had an OBE at that time, but it makes me think it has something to do with the location. But I've known others that haven't felt anything weird at all there, so it may be that I'm subconsciously open to these sorts of things. I don't know. I haven't explored it further. I can't say if I will or won't in the future.
So there you have it...I don't know if it's what you expected or something completely different.