Astral Projection and Out of Body Experiences: Vivid Dreams, Stories from Imbalanced People or, Something Else?

Departure of the Astral Body

Image by Tamas Kooning Lansbergen
Image by Tamas Kooning Lansbergen

I happen to believe there is some kind of spiritual energy within us that can leave our body and then return. Some people study, practice and intend for this to happen---they intend to experience astral projection. Other people have unintended out of body experiences.

I don't have an ironclad belief in this phenomena but do believe in it nevertheless. Some say that these are not real; that these are vivid dreams. Others say the claimant is making up a tall tale while others believe the claimant is mentally imbalanced.

Let's Go Back in Time to 1988

At this time, I was really into Eastern mysticism. I studied TIbetan Mahayana Buddhism in depth, traveled to India, Nepal and Tibet, met the Dalai Lama, etc. So, I was REALLY into this kind of stuff. I read many books on spiritual matters at the time including the Bhagavad Gita, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the Egyptian Book of the Dead and, so many others.

I practiced some meditation but I didn't like it; I found it boring and it made me sleepy. I had tried to astrally project but could not---I was not able or practiced enough to get to the point of being able to experience it. I could always hear little sounds around me and was thus not able to fully relax or concentrate. My mind would wander too; I was not able to stay focused on the matter at hand.

However, one late night in March of 1988, during the Spring semester at college, I did have the following experience.

I had been studying very hard and went to bed exhausted. I awoke in the middle of the night with no apparent reason for waking. I did not feel tired or sleepy at all. I sat up in my loft and looked around my room and saw it exactly as it was. I looked across the room and saw my roommate, Ted, asleep in his loft.

There did seem to be a bit of an illuminated hue around the room--I could see better than you would have thought. I was keenly aware of my material surroundings yet sensed they were permeable. I sensed I was as free to leave through the ceiling of the room as I was free to leave through an opened door.

It was then that my self looked down at my body and realized that my body was separate from my self. From the waist up, my self was out of my body and my real body was lying flat in bed. This experience at first seemed soothing and wonderful but then conscious thoughts of rationality (from somewhere) began to register, and consequently I grew frightened. At the inception of this fright, my self began to slowly lie down and re-merge with my body.

As my self got closer to re-merging with my body, I was aware of an increasing pitch of a sound (or maybe it was a vibration) which was accompanied by an increase in frequency. Upon full merging, these sensations halted abruptly and I jerked awake as if I had been hit.

This is kinda what it was like when I was merging back into my body.
This is kinda what it was like when I was merging back into my body.

I later thought to myself this same separation of body and soul must also happen at death, except on a permanent basis.

As the weeks and months rolled by, I began to attribute my experience to a powerful dream or perhaps to my desire to experience such a phenomenon. I began to try to rationally and logically formulate arguments to convince myself the experience had not been real. While going through this process, I couldn't help recalling the vividness and power of my experience.

Now We Are Back To Today

I had never had an experience like this before or any since. I am a very different person today than I was then.

I believe what happened to me was a bonafide, partial, out of body experience.

Assuming (for the sake of argument) We Have a Soul or Spirit Within Us--Do You Believe it Can Leave our Body and Then Return?

  • Yes, I believe this.
  • No, I don't believe this--there has to be another explanation
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Missing Link 3 years ago from Oregon Author

m peavy,

I also have heard that is a danger. To astral project I think you have to be good at not thinking which too me is very very difficult. Maybe I'm wrong about this though as I'm not trained or very experienced in this regard. As soon as my conscious mind realized what was happening I grew afraid and my body started to re-merge.


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m peavy 3 years ago from Riverview

Thanks for the very interesting hub. I have done some research on this and I am glad you decided not leave your vessel completely and leave it vulnerable for other entities to enter.. they can be difficult to evict.


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Missing Link 3 years ago from Oregon Author

azure sky,

you are very welcome--

you could do it---it could happen

thanks for your kind words and for stopping by!


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azure_sky 3 years ago from Somewhere on the Beach, if I am lucky :)

Wow! Upped and "clicked" it several times. Very interesting hub! I don't think that I would mind having an OBE. Thanks for sharing this and giving me something to think about....


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KenWu 4 years ago from Malaysia

Never had such experience before but wish to try it. At least I could know how it feels :).


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Missing Link 4 years ago from Oregon Author

Mmargie1966,

I just don't know per your experience but it sounds really cool. I would like to have those kinds of dreams on a frequent basis :)

As soon as thought entered into my experience I started to merge back into my body. It is as if thought from our world was a killer to the experience per the astral world. Since it was my first time I had no control over the experience. My thoughts, when they crept in, were confusion and fear...a feeling as if what was going on wasn't normal. Those thoughts caused the spirit to go back in.

Thanks so much for your comments and interactions!


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Mmargie1966 4 years ago from Gainesville, GA

Wow! Awesome Hub! Thank you so much! I have recurring dreams that are so realistic I've been tempted to try to fly! Of course, I won't do that. In these dreams, I am alone and flying by a pumping movement from within my chest. There is no fear, just beauty. I fly over tree tops and water, and just enjoy my trip. Each dream is a different scene. I just wondered if what I was experiencing was a vivid dream or some type of astral travel.

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