Things haven’t been the same since…
by Darren Clark
My first Astral Projection experience began as a young man trying some self hypnosis techniques trying to get some sleep. What happened next was terrifying to say the least. I was laying in bed visualizing a pocket watch swinging back and forth as I began counting backwards from ten to one, saying to myself that I would get a good nights sleep, the best I ever had. The next thing I remember is the feeling of waking up. But what I began to realize is that I was outside of my body and that I was seeing myself sleeping in bed. I began telling myself this wasn’t real and that it was some sort of dream or hallucination and that I was still in control of the situation.
Things began to feel out of control as I wished I could crawl out of my own skin to get away from this reality. Panic and anxiety began to sit in as I tried to rationalize what was happening to me. But rationalization was an exercise in futility. I wanted to get up but how could I when I was watching myself sleeping in bed. This wasn’t something I was use to or had ever experienced before. It was then that I realized that I didn’t have the constraints of being in my physical body and began to explore. Walking out the door I took my first step down and began floating upwards out of control not being able to stop.
Gripped by fear my whole body tensed up and I began falling. Now how was I going to stop myself before crashing to the ground. Mounting intensity has taken hold of me as I free fall from the sky. Racing thoughts of how to stop consumed me. Then, I just stopped, floating in mid air. Then, as I began to think to myself about flying, I was able to control what was happening and could move up, down, left, right, forwards, backwards and could do flips and rolls. It began to feel great and I was growing more confident in my abilities until I would become to cocky and would rocket towards the sky or begin falling out of control. I would have to calm myself down to regain control of what I was doing.
Then I would begin playing around again exploring this crazy new world. Everything seemed so different. Sounds seemed faint and in the distance, echoing as they drifted away. Colors ran together swirling, blurring, then returning to normal. Movements seemed to leave an imprint in space and would leave a trail behind them. I felt small as if the universe was swollowing me up. Still, there seemed to be a sense of calm about the whole thing. I felt that I had greater knowledge, a knowing of something greater than yourself, powers that you didn’t have in the physical world. The feeling was euphoric. Then I began to think about how I would get back into my physical body. As soon as I walked back into my house, I stood over my physical body watching me sleep. How was this possible? How am I going to get things to return to normal? Then, I just laid down over myself facing the same direction. Closing my eyes I tried to wake myself up from this dream world that I was in.
Time seemed to stand still and everything I tried to do to wake myself seemed effortless. I tried reversing the process to close the door to what I had opened. I visualized the pocket watch swinging back and forth again and began counting forwards one… two… three…The next thing I remember is waking up in the morning wondering what had happend to me and if what I had experienced was real or was it just a dream. What must have been only a fraction of time seemed to be endless. Being scared to death on one hand and feeling invincible on the other. I didn’t try any self hypnosis for many years after until I could understand what had happened to me that night. But how are you supposed to explain this to anybody without being locked up!
When I would tell the story to anybody I would tell it as if it were a dream and would gauge the persons response and would ask them if they thought there was a deeper meaning to what happened. Then I was asked if I have ever heard of astral projection and was given some insights to what this is.
Things haven’t been the same since. I am still just a novice at this but what a wonderful new playground to play in. I always look forward to new information and techniques that I can try to help inhance my abilities and experiences that I can have!