After I had been exploring some of the methods explained by Belsebuub in his book A Course in Astral Travel and Dreams regularly for a few months, I remember one night I suddenly had a conscious astral projection experience.
I went to bed and tried the astral projection method of concentration on the heart beats. I felt inspired to give it a good go, and resolved that I really wanted to get something out of it, even if it was just some of the sensations and/or some lucid type dreams if not actually projecting consciously. That feeling of determination, inspiration and being open to what may happen really helped facilitate the experience that was to come next.
I lay down on my back and prepared myself, got relaxed and then started to pay attention to feeling my heart beat where my actual heart is. Gradually my mind got quieter as I kept ignoring competing thoughts but instead came back to feeling the heart beats. As I did this, a deeper and deeper relaxation came over me. I could feel myself become heavier and it felt like I was sinking into the bed a bit.
As I kept going with my concentration on my heart beats, I started to notice my pulse in different parts of my body and would focus on feeling the beats there for a time one by one such as my neck or face or back of my head. The pulse felt quite strong in each of those areas as I focused on them. I was feeling very relaxed but in my mind I was very alert, it’s an interesting combination. Eventually I started to feel a bit like my whole body was the heart beating, like my whole body was pulsing.
Now I was starting to feel light instead of heavy, almost a bit floaty. It felt so relaxing and peaceful.
I stayed in this state for a little while. It was getting to a point where I was not sure any more if I was in the physical or in the astral. That is, it was hard to tell if the body I could feel I was lying down in was the physical body in the physical plane or the astral body in the astral plane.
Suddenly I felt my arm float up as if I had lifted it up off the bed however I had not. As Belsebuub explains, I tried to not be too surprised by that or pay too much attention to it or else I might end the process by being distracted by it. It seems however that it did break my concentration enough that I started to lose it and started to feel like I needed to move which eventually I did and the attempt to astral project ended.
Having given it a good go and gotten quite deep into the method with some strong sensations I decided that was enough for one night and allowed myself to just fall asleep normally.
After what seemed like several hours of sleep, I stirred a little and semi woke up. When I half woke up I fortunately realised it straight away and kept my body still and decided to try to concentrate on the heart beats once more.
Very quickly I started to feel light and floaty again. Soon I was unsure again if I was lying down in the physical or lying down in the astral. I kept concentrating on my heartbeats. I felt so relaxed and still and peaceful. Then before long it was like I could feel with each beat that my consciousness started to float separate from the physical body. I then made the intention of getting up whilst still concentrating on feeling the beats so on one beat my head lifted up, another beat and it was like I was starting to sit up, another beat after that and I was almost standing up and then another beat and there I was, upright and floating at the end of my bed in the astral!
It was like with each of those final heartbeats I got pulled out of my body or that I just floated out of it. It felt so light and so natural. I looked back at the bed wondering whether or not I would see my physical body lying there however I only saw an empty bed. I guess that is because I was seeing the astral and in the astral I was no longer lying down in bed. I looked around the room and tried to keep my awareness. Everything looked very real and even a bit clearer or more vibrant than it did in the physical world. Before long I lost it and snapped back to my physical body and woke up.
It was so amazing to just float out of my body like that and as I said before it just felt so natural.
Ahh, the sensations of sinking in the bed. As I kid I loved when that would happen and I still do. It’s usually one of the first sensations I experience and like you describe it comes with a sense of deep relaxation. If feels like all of a sudden the bed got a million times softer 🙂
Inspiring experience David – really reminds me of the wonderful mystical feelings of astral practices and works as a push to work harder for them!
I’ve never actually seen my physical body asleep – probably I can’t mentally make that jump?!
Thanks for sharing this, David. You described your approach and experience with great clarity.
I’ve found it difficult, sometimes, to determine if I’m still in the physical or astral, and 9 times out of 10, probably more often, I get up too soon. Your idea of using the heartbeat to lift yourself up with each beat is quite creative and practical. I’ll have to remember that!
Hi Mike, it just happened that way naturally, I didn’t decide to gradually get up with each heart beat, I just decided I wanted to get up and that is how it happened, it was awesome!
Very nice, thanks for sharing about how this method worked for you! I liked how you described it at the end – about your body parts gradually lifting with every beat. I actually found this technique work in a similar way – literally starting to move with the beats until moving out of my body completely.
I can also relate to what you said about not seeing your body in the bed after you separated into the astral. I remember also looking back to where my body was supposed to be, as many people reported seeing their bodies lying in the bed in the astral, but I also didn’t see anything there. And just like you, I concluded it didn’t make any sense to see something there, as my astral body was up, and not in the astral bed anymore. But so many people report seeing their bodies in beds in the astral, that I started wondering maybe what they are seeing is some sort of astral counterpart of the physical body – like of any object that’s in the astral, not the “movable” astral body so to speak, but maybe just a counterpart of those atoms and substances of the physical body, but not sure… 🙂
I remember once looking at my bed and because my body wasn’t there I concluded I just wasn’t in the astral ?? Funny how you form ideas and just in general how we all have certain built in expectations, without even realizing… sometimes.
I just loved reading your experience David and the inspiration that was with you. The sensations of the astral split are so real yet remarkable. It is amazing that very night there is a doorway to the other side based on our own connection with sleep and all it takes is to have the right focus.
Thanks for sharing, David!
In one of my experiences, I ended up in the astral floating beside my physical body, but in a lying position, right beside my bed – I had decided to roll to the side when I got to the point of feeling my astral body separated from my physical one. I could clearly hear my physical body breathing by my side as my physical body tends to snore, but I decided not to actually see it, for I was afraid of coming right back to it if I did so. Then I just strengthen up and floated around my bedroom to check the place.
Great experience! it must of been so rewarding after putting in such an effort to make it into the astral world. The feeling of being in the astral seems to have a common experience for people as being very peaceful, uplifting and inspiring that it makes the physical world seem harsh in comparison. I remember one of my early astral experiences which had those similar aspects involved with the experience and the sense of wonder is quite different over there too as I don’t feel that sense of wonder in the physical so much and as intensely as you can over there. It’s just a completly different feeling being conscious in the astral.
It’s really nice to hear about your heart concentration practice, and the appreciation of the process of the practice. I also find that doing a practice with determination and exploration brings about many benefits, even if it does not end with a conscious out of body experience. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, David. It was inspiring to read your experience. 🙂 I remember once I also looked back but didn’t see my physical body, I was wondering why since some people report that they were able to see it.
Same for me Pavlin. The first few times in the astral when I looked at my bed, expecting to see my body asleep, I just saw an empty bed. In later experiences, at times, I was able to see my physical body asleep, which actually felt a bit strange.
ha ha… I just commented on the same thing and what I have been pondering about this below. 😀
Thank you for sharing, your persistence with the practice is inspiring to me. I also turned to look at my body in the astral once, but only saw an empty bed. And I remember well the feeling of floating out of my body, feeling so so light. It was wonderful.
Very nice experience David!