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A Few Things That Helped Me Wake up in My Dreams

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Experience Submitted by Michael

My very first experience of waking up in a dream was particularly vivid and real, but the setting couldn’t have been more ordinary. I had just woken up in bed and was looking at my bedside cabinet, thinking about something or other.

Everything looked normal, until I realized there was a book on the cabinet that I’d been reading earlier, but had actually put back on the shelf, so it had no reason to be there. It then occurred to me that my physical body was still asleep, but that I had woken up consciously in the dream world. When I eventually woke up physically, I found the book back on the shelf where I had left it.

The experience was interesting, new and different in its clarity to some of the lucid dreams I’ve had, where although I knew I was dreaming and could influence the outcome of the dreams, there were still dream images around me.  However, this was my first experience in what seemed to be an accurate representation of the place in which I was sleeping.

Discovering Belsebuub’s Work on OBEs

I later discovered Belsebuub’s writing and became intrigued by his practical tips to have out of body experiences, through either astral projection or becoming conscious in dreams. His writings also confirmed to me the authenticity of my first experience. I practiced various techniques suggested by Belsebuub, such as mantras, concentration and reality checks, which I mention below.

I sometimes noticed similar sensations to the ones that Belsebuub mentions in his work, which occur at the point of sleep when the astral body is splitting from the physical body. These included feeling my body becoming heavy, or paradoxically feeling a sensation of lightness in my limbs, perceiving a strong heartbeat, or hearing a buzzing sound in my head.

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Although I had some difficulty in completing the process of consciously splitting from my physical body, I found that my ability to explore the astral plane through waking up in dreams increased significantly and I began to have these experiences around once a month on average, which was a big improvement for me.

Since then, I’ve woken up in dreams in most of the places I’ve stayed in and have been able to examine my environment in a more objective way, without dream images clouding my perception. These experiences often came as a boost and kept alive my sense of curiosity at finding myself in a replica of the physical world. From this, I was able to test out various qualities of the astral plane, such as being able to fly, and differences in the properties of objects and materials, compared with the physical world.

Reality Checks

hand_smallOne technique I practiced to increase my chance of waking up in dreams was a simple reality check, which I had learned about from Belsebuub’s work. With this technique, I would pull my finger whenever I saw a certain object during the day, in order to store this habit of checking in my subconscious and prompt me to check in dreams too. Although I had some difficulty in genuinely questioning where I was during the day, I found that the habit of checking did indeed transfer into the dream world. So whenever I started to became lucid in dreams, I would pull my finger to check and observe it stretching, which served as a confirmation that I was outside of the physical world.  Likewise my hand could pass through what should be solid materials, such as doors and walls.

As well as confirming that I was outside of the physical world, these reality checks gave a reassurance that it was OK to try things that would be impossible in the physical world, such as attempting to fly.

Group Practices

I noticed that certain factors tended to allow me to wake up in dreams more frequently, such as being persistent, and/or practicing with a group.  On one occasion, I had been practicing some of Belsebuub’s techniques with a group of friends, with the aim of astral projecting during the night. I didn’t manage to achieve my goal that night and felt a little disappointed as I travelled back to a friend’s home. However, I had a nap after I arrived and to my pleasant surprise, I woke up in a dream and could study various things within the room in which I was staying.  So on this occasion, although I didn’t achieve the result I had hoped for during the group practice time, I still benefitted from the effects of it soon afterwards.

Another particular occasion stood out from a retreat, where we were making efforts to have experiences in the astral plane using various techniques based on Belsebuub’s work. I shared a room with a close friend and we decided to set a few gentle alarms during the night, after which we would get up, briefly walk around the room in awareness and then settle back to sleep.  We did this over a few evenings and to my pleasant surprise, I woke up in dreams on three consecutive nights.

It was inspiring to be able to observe the place I was in clearly, while knowing that my physical body was still asleep.  However, as with the early experience with the book, I noticed on each occasion that there was something slightly out of place. Sometimes these anomalies have in themselves acted as triggers to become lucid, while on other occasions, I’ve felt there may be a level of symbolism or teaching to them, such as when I’ve seen a notice with information on it.

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When I woke up in dreams on the retreat though, I couldn’t quite work out whether the anomalies were significant, or if they were just products of my subconscious. My feeling was that although I was able to generally study my surroundings in a clear manner while physically asleep, there was still a level of subjectivity that may have clouded my perception slightly.

Clearing the Influence of the Subconscious

I feel that the information I learnt from Belsebuub on understanding dreams and the astral plane has also provided me with useful tools to develop self-knowledge. In The Astral Codex, Belsebuub mentions the importance of developing clarity during the day, in order to increase the objectivity of dreams and astral experiences, as the two are very much related. Consequently, clearing any unwanted subjectivity from my mind during the day has become a main focus for me, in order to make the most use of opportunities for learning both in daily life and in the world of dreams.

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  • Hi Michael,

    the points you highlight as helping you to wake up in your dreams or to be more aware when you are in the Astral have been key for me too…Reality checks and having a focus for the spiritual through the day have been useful triggers. Being around others who have the same focus or aim has also been of benefit…

    I agree with your concluding comments about keeping a focus on self-knowledge as this will benefit our Astral experiences.

    I feel so lucky to have come across Belsebuub’s work, to have discovered such deep spiritual knowledge and information – my life is so vastly different because of him.

    • Thanks for your comments Dimi. I also feel very fortunate to have found such detailed and clear information from Belsebuub, which can lead to profound spiritual change. My life has also taken a very different course as a result of it, with many positive changes and new opportunities.

  • Thanks for sharing your experiences Michael. Reality checks is also one of my favorite ways to become conscious in the astral plane. All the best with your explorations.

  • Thanks for sharing your experiences Michael. Well spotted with the book! There’s been lots of times when I’ve seen something unusual, but somehow justify it making sense in my mind, which ends up in me not questioning the situation. (This has happened with some seriously nonsense stuff before 😀)

    I think what you mention about having clarity during the day is really important, and can make all the difference when it comes to waking up in dreams.

  • Thanks for sharing your experiences in the astral plane Michael! It goes to show how a bit of persistence and continual effort helps to create an atmosphere and mindset related to astral travel, consequently helping in gaining experiences of all kinds.

  • Thank you for sharing your experiences with this Michael. I really appreciate your struggle for inner clarity, it is indeed so important! Like you mentioned, sometimes I wake up in my dreams, knowing that I am in the astral plane, but there are so many things around me that I know should not be there. I remember one occasion many years ago that was quite funny. I astral projected in my bedroom and went to the kitchen. But there were so many things in that kitchen that were not there in the physical world and I literally had to step over all that stuff. Being aware that it was all the products of my subconscious, I exclaimed in a frustrated voice “what is all this mess!” and decided to go back to my body and try to project again, hoping for clearer surroundings. 😀 Looking back, I could have just asked to be taken somewhere or try to fly, but I guess I felt it was so messy that it was better to start again “from the scratch”.

  • Remembering that your book should have been on the shelf shows a real clarity of thought, as well as very high standards of neatness! 🙂

    Sometimes when I have this clarity I really feel like I’ve been helped by the divine, the mind is normally so strong, but as you say, you can actually gradually build up the ability to perceive reality and through constantly questioning where you are, start to break down those mental images that keep us locked in a false reality.

    I like the way you describe using alarms through the night to wake up and check where you are, trying to become aware in the room you’re sleeping in. This has also brought a lot of results for me – it’s a really great method to catch yourself in a dream. I’m inspired to start using this again – thanks!

  • I love those last few lines at the end of the article there Michael! I also feel that that’s very much the overall purpose, to learn and grow. And the astral dimension can be a valuable part in all this for us.

    All the best in your learning and wishing you many future experiences!

    • Hi Karim,

      Yes, I’ve personally been much more drawn to prioritise self-knowledge practices, rather than working to gain mystical experiences for their own sake. I find that if we make self-knowledge a goal, then this can in turn enhance our understanding of mystical experiences. Whereas, if we are primarily focussed on gaining mystical experiences, we may miss the opportunities for learning both in our daily lives and in the dream and astral worlds. When we are already working towards self-knowledge, we can use this understanding to gain much more insight and clarity in our mystical experiences, as well as opening up the possibility of accessing esoteric information, which we would otherwise be excluded from in the astral plane.

      When I was participating in courses related to Belsebuub’s work, I noticed a general trend among the participants and found that those who were mainly interested in gaining mystical experiences tended to eventually lose interest and drift onto other things. Whereas those who saw these experiences as part of an overall study of self-knowledge generally put in much greater efforts to acheive it. As a result, this often allowed the learning to continue during the night, during conscious astral experiences.

      Having said that, I can remember I was very interested in the astral plane when I first learnt about it and I’ve seen that it can often be a boost to people when they first experience it, as it shows there is another side to life that was previously unknown and which has a lot of potential for exploration.

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