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My First Experiences Exploring the Astral

Experience submitted by Ella Klyashitsky

Soon after I discovered Belsebuub’s courses for teaching astral projection I was off on a long hike in nature, and not being able to have regular internet access, had to postpone my first astral course until I got home. Still, the thoughts of astral projection and anticipation of the course inspired me. I believe they gave rise to my first small experience.

Spontaneous Astral Projection Experience Under a Tree

I was resting under the shade of a tree after hours of walking. I was deeply relaxed and felt full of a peaceful kind of happiness. I was calmly watching the sun in the leaves above me and enjoying the beauty. I didn’t know any astral techniques at that time, but felt a strong longing to be close to the divine, as well as a curiosity – I wondered what it would be like to leave my body.

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I fell asleep in this state and then ‘woke up’ in the trees, seeing the same leaves, sun and branches that I had been watching from below, but now close up. I knew that I was simultaneously there and also lying on the ground. The experience only lasted a few moments; when I thought about what was happening and my physical body lying somewhere else, the surprise curtailed any exploration. I felt myself merging back into my body gently and woke up.

In retrospect, this out of body experience taught me that this longing to be with the divine is itself a strong ingredient for a successful astral practice (as well any mystical practice) — a natural curiosity about life that has a power of its own, the kind children possess.

First Experiences Using Belsebuub’s Astral Projection Tips

Though this taste of the astral was motivating, I questioned whether it was real or my imagination. My next experience erased any doubt. Now enrolled on Belsebuub’s astral travel and dreams course, I was enjoying trying the astral exercises, which combined relaxation with various concentration practises, and feeling the various sensations of the ‘astral split’.

I started going to bed early so I could try my astral exercises, yet also getting up late; basically I spent a lot of time dozing, in that place in-between sleep and wakefulness where astral projection often takes place. I really enjoyed the feelings of becoming acutely aware of what was going on both within me and around me as I was falling asleep.

I learned how to relax each tiny muscle until a deep relaxation came throughout my body, progressing to a natural, mild paralysis that occurs at sleep that occurs at sleep; feeling every breath, every heart beat; feeling heavy and floaty at the same time; feeling as big as the room and the boundaries of where my body ended blurring. But it took me a long time to actually project – I would often project, but not realise it and so make no attempt to move, staying with the practice until something eventually made me merge back into my body.

Taking an ‘astral nap’ one afternoon, I had dozed off and turned on my side, when I woke up and returning to my practice felt myself lift up and move backwards up into the room. I was surprised, but knew what was happening and managed to stay calm. I went to the light switch and checked if it worked – it didn’t, so I pulled my finger and it stretched – I was in the astral!

I left the room wanting to explore, and saw a woman who certainly didn’t live in our house coming up the stairs to meet me. She wasn’t particularly scary, but not someone I felt great vibes from either. Just coming face to face with this other-dimensional person startled me enough to make me return to my body. It was a short experience, but finally I had the certainty I hungered for that astral projection was real.

Exploring Astral Travel Further

The following period, until I moved out of home and into a new routine (where I couldn’t sleep so much!) was full of mini-experiences. I felt the boundaries between the physical and astral worlds get thinner. I would do a lot of ‘reality checks’ and would often ‘wake up from a dream’ in my house as a result. As soon as I knew I would immediately run and fly outside – it kind of felt like a dash for freedom – then try to get somewhere specific or explore.

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Photo by NastyaSensei Sens via Pexels (image has been modified)

Confirming to myself that I existed beyond the physical body was life changing. It was the proof I was looking for to be able to devote myself to spirituality above all else, and it helped me do just that. I knew that this was just the tip of the iceberg and that there was much more out there to explore and much more I was capable of.

  • Thank you Ella for sharing your first experience and explaining how your practices moved on from there. Very inspiring 🙂 I can also relate to the fact that astral projection makes more sense in the context of enlightenment.

  • Thanks for sharing your first astral experiences Ella. It’s great that they provided you with the motivation to delve further into the spiritual work.

  • Those are some wonderful experiences Ella, even as you describe the sensations of the splitting process earlier on, you can tell its the beginning of a magical adventure that we seldom hear about. How couldn’t that be a phenomena that would grab the attention of scientists everywhere. You have certainly reminded me of the importance of childlike curiosity. Where would we be without it..

    • It just shows how stuck and corrupted main stream science has become!

      I feel very glad I came across Belsebuub’s astral travel courses when I was still quite ‘mentally flexible’! That childlike curiosity certainly wanes as you grow older … for most … but I can see that with tools to explore beyond the body and deep into our psyche, that it needn’t, and that we can become even more ‘childlike’ than children … Belsebuub says that the ability to astral project/lucid dream can be learnt so that it is much more than that natural ability children and young people seem to have. With so much wonder in the world, it’s quite a surprise that people ever get ‘stale’ – but yet it’s such a common state to live in.

  • Great experiences Ella its sounds like your efforts you were making really started to pay off, the 1st experience is always a great knowing and proving to yourself that it is real, Thanks

  • Thanks for sharing Ella, your first concious experience!! it really takes your breathe away and what a way to learn
    things spiritual.

    • David and Rich – yes that first experience really is life changing, and there’s not so many things you can say that for, not really. I wish more people would do what it takes to have that direct experience of being beyond the body if they’re curious – then there’s just no doubt and you can take real confident steps in choosing spirituality. I’ve known a few people say. “oh I tried it and it didn’t work”, or “surely it’s just all in your mind.” Without actually feeling how hyper-real astral experiences are, it’s so easy to brush them aside, and with that, so easy to put spiritual longings on the back burner.

  • Thanks for sharing a very nice experience Ella. I can also relate to nature being conducive to mystical experiences. Nature somehow seems to be conducive to coming out of the mind and having heightened awareness. Although I have never had an obe directly in nature, I have had many times when heightened awareness during a nature walk translated into an astral experience in my sleep (at night).

  • A first experience of projecting into a sun-lit tree is a lot nicer than projecting into a ceiling 😄

    I can relate to being startled by running into someone too. I think nearly all my first experiences ended when I met someone or saw someone — somehow it was too jarring or just made me think too much and back to my body I’d go.

  • Thank you for sharing you first experiences in the astral Ella! The first experience in the tree must have been so beautiful! I know of people projecting in the rooms, even in the cinema as their first AP, but being in nature and able to perceive its beauty in the astral plane must have given you a great boost. There is something about the astral counterpart of nature that is just so bautiful, the colors more rich, the interplay of light so breathtaking. I remember I had a period at the beginning of my astral explorations, where each time I saw a really shiny green grass, I did a reality check, and very often actually found myself in the astral.

    Its also interesting how you got startled when meeting your first “astral person”. 😀 It is indeed very surprising to realise that there is this other dimension full of life out-there, populated with beings of all kinds, forests and cities, just like the physical world….

    The thing you say about using astral plane for spiritual learning is also very true, and personally I can’t imagine why would anybody want to go there “just for fun” (as I heard many people do), as it seems its very nature calls for a self-improvement, in order to be able to access the real places of spiritual learning there.

    Wishing you many more insightful experiences!

    • In the cinema! Whoa! I think this calmly watching the trees/sky/birds was my first ‘mystical practise’, something that evoked these higher feelings in me. Nature’s beauty and pure energies can really help draw us out of our base states it seems.

      I also wonder how people can use lucid dreaming, etc., for ‘fun’. It seems such a waste too, some people seem to have a natural ability to project or become lucid, maybe something they’ve built up in past lives of hard work … Probably these people are in a phase though, and the interest will ware off, and when the experiences become more ’empty’, then they either start looking for ways to improve their perception/experiences and are lead to the inner work, or they look somewhere else to satisfy the need for ‘fun’.

    • Yes Lucia, astral experiences can sometimes occur at unexpected times or in unusual locations. I met a guy on an astral course who said he experienced his first astral projection while listening to a David Bowie album 🙂 It happened while he was listening to some of his softer music while lying in bed though, not in the middle of rocking out! 🙂

      • Michael, yes ,astrals experiences could occur any where ,depending, if the soul ,it is preparing to flight so further, probably natural environment helps, but isn’t the most important ,firth the body,must to be completely relax .

        • Thanks for reply Mara. Yes, relaxation is very important for astral projection. I wish you success with your efforts!

  • I love that your first projection was up into a tree. It seems fitting somehow 🙂 Going out of body was life changing for me as well. I felt that everything had changed after that, that nothing would be the same again. And I wanted the people around me to know about it, but most were not that interested 🙂

    • It was quite a hard lesson for me too, that not all my friends and family were interested in this new amazing thing I’d discovered! Took me a while to accept … but now I know that pushing my will is really not a spiritual thing … even if it’s my wanting to introduce spiritual ideas!

  • Hi Ella,

    With the way you described it I could really imagine myself in that short projection or out-of-body vision in the tree. And there is something so beautiful about sunlight shining on a tree and its leaves, with interplay of colour, light and shadows. With such a beautiful expression of life in nature I can imagine being inspired to pursue its source by doing practices like astral projection.

    Anyway a very nice share on your personal introduction to the astral part of life. I very much agree with your point on seeing and using the astral for the purpose of spiritual learning and progress. To me the element of the spiritual and divine is what makes the astral become totally alive and meaningful.

      • Yes, just watching nature can stir up spiritual longings within … for me, spending time in nature was how I first experienced spiritual feelings. Forests do have a wonderful energy – the practise of visualising the heart as a forest is one of my favourites!

    • I agree – when we feel more alive, more real, more like us in the astral, those experiences are blessed by the spiritual. And there’s much more that can be gained than just this uplifting feeling – real insights, teachings, meetings. But the astral can also feel like limbo, shadowy and lonely. Both experiences lead us to a greater understanding of the truth.

    • Yes, Oak trees in the month of May against a blue sky are probably one of my favourite things in the world.

      It really is the spiritual that make these experiences meaningful. Perhaps that’s why some people have astral experiences but don’t really follow up on them, as they can feel quite mundane. Then other times, they can appear mundane, being in a ‘normal’ situation, but the feelings are so immense there’s a real spiritual/higher quality to them.

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