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.
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 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; 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.
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.
Though my initial astral experiences brought me a new sense of aliveness and boosted my confidence in choosing spirituality, I didn’t start to get much more out of them until I saw them in the context of the work for enlightenment, which is a concept Belsebuub emphasized in his work on astral travel.