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.
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. 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.