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How I Learned the Importance of Being Clear in the Astral

Experience submitted by Geraldine Price

For a while, I was attempting on a daily basis to astral project before going to work. At the time, I was just learning about the astral world, and so every morning, I gave myself 20-min of extra time to attempt to get into the astral plane by trying various exercises I had learned to astral project based on the work of Belsebuub.

Getting Stuck in the Bed Sheets

In one of these morning experiences, I found myself waking shortly after trying to fall asleep using a technique of concentration on my heartbeats. I wasn’t in my usual room, but that was normal as I had been at a friend’s place and as I ‘woke up,’ I was looking at the ceiling. I started to look around, and everything seemed so similar to the room I had fallen asleep in, that I wasn’t too sure if I was really in the astral plane. Knowing I had to check, I decided to get up and see if I could fly.

As I tried to get up, for a split-second, I wondered if the bed sheets were going to be a problem. Sure enough, as I tried to move and sit-up, I felt my feet get tangled up in the blankets. I was very surprised how tangled up I was and thought that it was a bit funny. How could have I gotten myself trapped like that was beyond me.

As I moved around trying to get untangled from the bed sheet, the bed started to squeak and make a lot of sounds, it felt so very noisy. The more I moved, the more noise the bed made. And it became so noisy in fact that I thought I had to stop moving. However I decided to push forward as in the back of my mind, I still wanted to know whether or not I was in the astral plane.

I lay there for a little while and decided to try a new tactic, rolling on my side instead of sitting up. Perhaps that way, I could free my feet? As I turned to lay on my side, I looked at the curtains and noticed their colors. There were two colors, with one on top of the other, I could only see the main red curtain and a tiny bit of the blue curtain.

Alas, I was really stuck, and still couldn’t free my feet and thinking that it was way too real to be in the astral plane, I decided to try again to get to the astral instead, thinking “at least in the astral, I won’t have to bother with the bed sheet and blanket, I can just go through them and in my sleep I may untangle myself naturally,” and fell back onto the bed. It sounded very logical at the time…

As I did that, I woke up, and I was now slightly confused. Had I really been in the astral? I looked at my feet, and all along I had been laying on top of the bedspread, but just beforehand I had been under the blankets…

I moved a bit on the bed to check for the noise and realized the bed made a very slight and quite muffled squeaky noise… Just a minute ago, it had sounded as if the squeak had been amplified and at least a 1000 times louder!

I then turned to look at the curtains, and the colors were reversed. I could only see the main blue curtain and only a tiny bit of the red curtain.

The difference in colors was so drastic that it’s what really made me pause and realize that I had been in the astral, and how real the astral world was. There was such a substance to everything that had taken place and I really doubted I had made it.

But, I truly had been in the astral and everything had felt so, so real. And while there had been some slight difference in the set-up of the room, I believe it was on purpose to make me realize that I was out of my body.

It made me think then that if I had paid a bit more attention to my surroundings in the physical, and remembered what it was really like, I would have realized that all along I was in the astral… It also made me realize that it was highly possible that I had created my own predicament of being stuck in the bed sheet by simply thinking of its possibility, as something which similarly happened in Aleksandr’s experience shared here.

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  • Thanks for sharing your experience Geraldine. Seems to me that even the most unusual experiences are enough to question the reality of the situation – is this the astral or physical.

    So many times I wake up in the morning and realise that ‘if only I questioned a strange dream sequence/s’, then I would have been more aware and possibly have a OBE (out of body experience). This happens more often than not. I also find that by being more aware during the day it helps my chances improve.

    Some timely reminders to consider…

    • I know Sof! That was exactly my feeling as well. How I so easily did not question things but went with the flow. Interesting to reflect as well how a lack of questioning can end things so quickly.. Best wishes to wake up more often 🙂

  • Thank you Geraldine for sharing your experience. It’s amazing how similar can be the astral world with the physical world! Enough similar world to confuse you where you really are

    • Yes, the astral can be so similar to the physical, that it can be hard to see the difference between the two at times. I find usually then, it is the feeling of “being” that makes me realize I am over there as opposed to be in the physical. There is just this difference that at times can be strong while other times it is weaker, but it can be felt. That lucidity is really different in a sense.

  • Thanks for this insightful description of an experience Geraldine.

    The mind, with the egos behind it, is so tricky! Even in daily life someone might say don’t think of a pink elephant and, often, straightaway we do 🙂
    In the astral these mind games and hooks entangle us even much more so due to the more instant effects of our or psyche on our perception and experience there.

    So like you say there’s great importance in being clear to make the most of our time there.

    • Yes, I think the pink elephant phenomenon is quite common Karim! I’ve seen many instances since childhood where I’ve had a thought that caused anxiety, which then caused a kind of fixation, as I tried to push it out of my mind, but found it kept returning.

      It sounds laughable now, but earlier in the year, I had a made-up word that kept repeating in my head. But because the word had a negative association and I was experiencing a lot of anxiety anyway, it perpetuated itself. Looking back now, it seems ridiculous that a nonsense word could be a cause of anxiety, yet this is how the egos operate, given the chance.

      I think the prayer for eliminating the egos is very helpful in removing those anxious thoughts, as it is applying a divine force, rather than just trying to distract oneself using the mind. It then becomes possible to break free of the egos and gain a much clearer perspective.

    • That ‘pink elephant’ mind-trick / auto-suggestion, I know what you mean..! Well, at least, it won’t appear just like that in the physical! But in the astral it’s another story.. And in my case,it really got me.

  • That was a funny experience to read Geraldine, 🙂 all those noises and the clumsiness of the bed sheets and blankets, and how all those little things seemed so odd and exaggerated were funny but also makes me question my own reality now and to focus my attention on the here and now.

    You really got me questioning whether I’m dreaming now?

  • Yes, that really shows how important clarity is in the astral (and physical) worlds. It’s quite interesting how you managed to get all tangled up in the sheets just by thinking about getting tangled. What an obstacle the mind can be!

    The curtain colours were very interesting. I think I should pay more attention to my surroundings so I can clue into the subtleties of the astral and possible reversals of colours/shapes/etc.

    Thanks for sharing, Geraldine!

    • Yes, the change in colors were quite telling. I think as well because I had given them some attention before going to sleep, that’s why they were used to help me wake up. Unfortunately, it didn’t as I just simply looked at them in the astral, and it was only in the physical that the alternate change in color really made me question what had taken place.

  • Thank you for sharing this early experience of yours Geraldine, somehow I find these very magical! The times where we didn’t know much about this dimension, exploring it with eagerness and being surprised at things… 🙂

    Regarding the sounds being amplified there, I can very much relate to that. I remember during my first astral experience I could heard the sound of my blankets extremely loud as I was moving and lifting them. It was the sound they normally had, but not so loud!

    Also similarly to what Aleks said, when reading your experience I also immediately thought you were going to get stuck in the bedsheets, as soon as you started contemplating that possibility. How tricky the egos are, aren’t they? Or maybe its also an external negative influence, playing on these negative expectations of ours, who knows… my common one is worrying that my astral flight will be interrupted and I won’t be able to arrive at the location. So of course, I often lose it in the middle of the astral flight. For a long time, I had been thinking that I just don’t have enough consciousness to keep myself clear during a longer astral flight, but some experiences where I overame it have shown me its just an ego I need to push through.

    Thank you for sharing again, in such a detailed way, about how you felt and what you saw during this experience.

    • Hi Lucia,
      Yes, these egos can be so tricky, and I don’t think it was a negative influence as it didn’t have that feel to it, just simply my thoughts materializing in front of me a situation that didn’t even exist, but that I completely created!!

  • This is a nice account of your early astral projection attempts Geraldine. It was funny to read how after your battle against the bedspread, you realised that you’d actually been sleeping underneath it all the time! 🙂

    I also wonder whether the anomalies in the astral were projections from the subconscious, or if as you mentioned, they could have been put there deliberately, in order to help you to realise that you were out of your body. I had some similar experiences while waking up in dreams. I had lucid dreams on three consecutive nights, whilst practicing with friends. I remember looking intently around the room, but noticing something out of place on each occasion. In fact, I can remember that the out of place object actually gave me the prompt I needed to question whether I was still looking around the room with my physical body.

    Thanks for sharing your experience! 🙂

    • Hi Michael, I was actually sleeping on top of them the wholetime, so couldn’t have been tangled up, which is what made me start to realize that I had been in the astral, but somehow the colors is what really brought the point home.. The change in colors felt quite deliberate as something there to wake me up.

      • That’s funny Geraldine, I had actually understood from your article that you were lying on top of the sheets, not underneath, but somehow my brain tricked me into typing “underneath”! 🙂 It looks like these mix-ups can occur in the physical world, as well as in the astral! 🙂

  • Nice experience Geraldine! As soon as you mentioned about the bed sheets I thought right away that a problem with them is coming. I also noticed your mention of being in a new flat. I also find that being in a different place can be helpful for getting experiences. For me it’s to do with having many things to do at home, which makes me to go to sleep later than I would otherwise and also draws my mind to my tasks.

    • Thanks Aleks, and yes, it was a pretty eye opening how that simple thought materialized and was really made much bigger than it ever was.

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