For some months a group of friends and I explored astral projection on Saturday nights. It was a great way to learn about and experience astral travel because we encouraged and helped each other to move past common obstacles. It was during this time that I had some of my most memorable astral experiences.
One such experience happened when we were trying out one of Belsebuub’s methods for improving concentration. We chose various things to focus on, including a candle, our heart, mantra, a place, as well as many other things. As I was concentrating my mind on one of them, gradually sleep arrived. I know it is possible to experience the astral split, it is also possible to be unconscious of it and regain consciousness soon afterwards, which is what happened to me this time around.
As I was falling asleep, my mind started drifting and I did not know whether I was awake or asleep. Suddenly I could hear a friend nearby saying to himself, “I am in the astral,” over and over again. Because we were trying the methods silently, I knew that I was conscious in the astral, and that he was still trying to get there. Everything was dark around me, I could not see and very quickly lost the experience.
Moments later I became lucid again. I was in the same room as before – not far from my bed and with my friends close by. This time I didn’t hear anyone talking. I thought of asking my Being for a spiritual teaching, but hesitated and instead chose to explore on my own.
Testing the Astral Plane’s Qualities
I remembered one of Belsebuub’s first experiences in the astral plane that I’d read about recently where he describes how he created a pink toothbrush by visualizing it in order to see whether you can create matter in the astral plane.
“A thought came to me that people say it’s possible to create your own reality when in the astral plane. I wondered how this worked and how real it would be, so I imagined a pink toothbrush—to my surprise, it appeared there in the room like a real object. I moved around a bit, looked around to see if it would be gone, but it was still there, as bright and as real as everything else. I wondered what else I could imagine and I started thinking, but began to move downward and merge back into my body, until waking up back into the physical world.”~ Belsebuub
Excerpt from The Astral Codex, Using Dreams & Out-of-Body Experiences on a Spiritual Journey, Chapter 3, My Early Astral Projection Attempts
Because I was conscious in the astral I could carry out the test for myself. I remembered a toothbrush and it was there in front of me. I picked it up, turned it around, looked at it, and even brushed my teeth with it to check that it was real. It was! After doing that I was satisfied with the experiment and floated towards the door of the room.
As I came out of the building I found myself immersed in a really brilliant light with beautiful colors and with lush green trees around.
I could sense the sun shining brightly on my left and had a really strong urge to look at it. As I started turning towards the sun an animal, which was sitting on a fence to my right started talking to me in a strangely familiar way, which was also bossy and somehow arrogant.
It called me, saying: “Aleksandr, how are you doing?” I was so surprised at the tone that I automatically spun around to look at it. It’s not usual for animals to speak to me, let alone in such a familiar way. As I took a few steps towards the strange animal, it jumped away, drawing my attention after it. As soon as I saw where it jumped, I went straight back into my body, waking up with a strong emotion.
I was regretting that the experience was brought to a premature end by the ill-mannered animal. I suspect that it may have been a negative entity that was there to stop me from being conscious in the astral, and distracted me from looking at the sun. This sort of encounters with negative entities have happened to me many times, and is described by others as well, such as Jenny in her post “Astral Experience with a Deceitful Negative Entity” and by Geraldine in “Dealings with a Negative Entity.”
Next morning I recounted this experience to my friends. It was interesting that the person whom I had heard repeating to himself, “I am in the astral” confirmed that this is something he often says in the process of astral projection. Unfortunately he did not remember saying it that time.
Using My Dreams & the Astral Plane for Spiritual Learning
Although the experience was short, it was still very useful, because learning seems to happen more directly during conscious out-of-body experiences. The way that I remembered the toothbrush helped me to understand how to visualize. I had often used visualization as a method. It’s explained by Belsebuub in The Astral Codex and was also taught in his free courses, that I participated in. But though I had tried the method many times, I’d approached it by thinking about an object. Instead I realized that the trick was to remember the object.
The experience also showed me several reactions which were harmful to me: the surprise, brought about by the animal that made me turn away from the sun, as well as the emotion that was raised by what I saw after that interaction with the animal.
I could see that it was something I needed to learn from. Belsebuub writes about learning from dreams as part of the journey towards a spiritual awakening in many of his works. And similar to Jon’s description in, “Using Dream Guidance for Spiritual Learning,” I have noticed that when I tackle emotions I see in a dreams, it brings about new experiences in the astral plane, as well as positive changes in daily life.