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Frightening Astral Dreams


First let me say that I come from a long line of gifted people. For at least five generations back, all of my relatives on my father's side have had some form of it. I myself am mostly an empath, however, I have seen things in the future and the past, predicted earthquakes (I actually physically feel them a day before they happen), heard people's thoughts and regularly have encounters with spirits... Good and bad. There are so many crazy things that I've encountered that you wouldn't believe it. But I have had these experiences for as long as I remember (I'm 41 now), and I'm okay with it.

Lately, however, there is something that is REALLY bothering me. My dreams are SO REAL that I actually feel everything in them. I can say that I know what it feels like to have been shot by a gun, been in a fire, struck by lightning, had a stroke and even what it felt like to be on the airplanes that struck the World Trade Center (which I dreamed three times in the months before it happened). I don't know a whole lot about astral projection (I have had this gift for so long that I just don't pay attention to much), so I'm pretty sure that I've done it. Now, over the last year or so it seems that I am seriously fighting it, and I don't know why. I tend to either see a flash of light, hear a loud clap or hear static before an "episode." And I call it an episode because I really don't know what it is!

My first episode was eight years ago, shortly after I had my son. I went to bed at midnight. Immediately after closing my eyes, I saw a flash of light, and assuming that it was just heat lightning, I went to sleep. Next thing I knew, every hair on my body stood on end and I felt like my body had an electrical current running through it. Petrified, I rolled out of bed and crawled to the living room, praying to St. Theresa (I have no idea why) to protect me and my son, as we were home alone that night. Once I got to the living room, the current got stronger and I was struck by lightning. I felt searing pain as the electricity ran through my body. Suddenly, I heard a loud snap and I awoke - in my bed. I looked at the clock and it was 5am. Okay, no problem, another psychic thing for me and nothing to be concerned about.

When I hear the noise signaling that I am going to have an episode, I snap awake because I don't want it to happen. Why, I don't know, as I've always just let it happen. But inevitably, it will happen, and it seems like I am much more aware of it. My body feels like it's shaking violently as I force myself awake/back into my body. I've never seen my physical body while being outside of it, that's why I'm not really sure if I am projecting or not. Now, it seems that this will happen when I am lying on my back, which is why I go to sleep on my stomach as much as possible. Last year, I was on my stomach when along came an episode, and as I was fighting it, it felt like something grabbed my ankle and dragged me down my bed, but not totally out of it. I'm not sure if it really happened or not. That was the first time that I have been scared from an experience since I was a teenager!

Now the other night, I had a strong feeling I was going to have an episode, so I flipped over on my stomach. A few seconds after I closed my eyes, I heard a loud crackling static, so I opened my eyes and tried to stay awake, but couldn't. As soon as I closed my eyes, I was in a dream. In the dream, I went to a restaurant near my house to see a guy who I am interested in IRL. I ran into some female friends (whom I DON'T know IRL), and they invited me into the club part to join them for a party. It was all women, and I soon realized that they were all witches - but more like fairy-tale witches as opposed to a coven of witches. Suddenly, one of my "friends" made me dance with her, and I felt sexually attracted to her, even though I am straight. Then she kissed me, and I kissed her back, upon which time several other witches started running their hands all over my body. At this point I began forcing myself to awake from the dream or whatever it was, and it was a violent struggle. As I was what I assume to be in between two worlds, I could now feel myself lying in bed on my stomach, and I was trying to force my eyes open, and I could see around my room... But I still felt several sets of hands all over my body - my face, stomach, back and legs. I finally woke up, and when I looked at the clock, it was again 5am like my first episode.

Ever since the dragging episode, I have been afraid, and this one scared me, too. I'm almost afraid to go to sleep now. Can anyone help me understand what is happening?

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lindajean (5 stories) (109 posts)
13 years ago (2010-08-07)
My feeling is - when you get your life settled enough to a point that you can relax and focus on "nothing" - then you can try and contact your spirit guide. You have to remember that you are living a "life" here first, we are all here to learn specific lessons that we chose for ourselves. If you need help or guidance with a problem and you have no one to talk to, by all means, talk to your guide, just talk out load, you may get an answer. The better you get at it, the easier it gets. Take care 😊
gifted14 (2 stories) (3 posts)
13 years ago (2010-08-06)
Oh, another thought - I have been trying to figure out how to contact my spirit guide. There is so much going on in my life at any given time (single working mom with no family near me), that I find it hard to relax and just meditate without falling into a deep sleep.
gifted14 (2 stories) (3 posts)
13 years ago (2010-08-06)
Rashidah, Ursala, lindajean, PathR and especially AnneV - THANK YOU. I am in tears right now because I finally have some support and understanding!

I first heard of astral projection when I was in high school, but I actually thought it was made up, as I was reading about it in a fictional teen book. At that point in time I had not yet realized that I had the gift (I learned shortly thereafter, though, when I heard someone tell me their name before they actually did), but I HAD been experiencing paranormal activities in my house.

After thinking about things, I now know why I am so frightened. First, when I was growing up, in addition to playful spirits, there was a malicious spirit in our house. I could just be sitting there, minding my own business when all of a sudden, a feeling of foreboding would come over me. If I were home alone, I would run and go sit out in the backyard until my grandparents came home. But if I just stayed there, something would just hit me or push me. My dogs would go crazy, hair on end and barking at nothing. I hated this spirit. It would come to me at night, hover over me, paralyze me, etc. Now, when we moved to a new house (this is in California), it came with us. And followed us to the East Coast. And back again to California. I'm back on the East Coast now and it's gone.

Sooo...I finally figured it out. Most of our furniture were antiques. And the one piece of furniture that survived every move was a bed. In every room that bed was in, the light would always be on, no matter how many times I'd go in and turn it off, it would turn on again. After my grandmother's death, the bed went into storage and there are no more incidents. Anyway, around the time I FINALLY figured this out is when I really made a concerted effort to try to astral project. I'd never been able to, until one night I tried a method I'd read about - imagining a door that I hurl myself through. And I did it! - but that's the night I had the dragging episode. So, in my fear at coming to the realization that this malicious spirit was attached to the bed, and then the dragging thing, I think I became fearful that this thing was back in my life. But thanks to you guys, I'm not going to be afraid and I'm going to practice just letting myself go with it.

Interesting with the lightning and Native American correlation... When I think back, my very first psychic experience was when I was 2 1/2. I have never forgotten this. We were visiting my mother's grandparents in Colorado. They lived on a ranch, very Little-House-on-the-Prairie type of house, very isolated. I remember asking everyone where the Indians were, and no one knew what I was talking about. "They're near us," I said, "I hear them playing their drums." But no one else heard it. Growing up in Southern California, I was always fascinated with Native American culture. I have dream catchers over our beds and sometimes use the worry dolls an aunt gave me. A funny story - the other day, I was watching Native American dances on YouTube. Literally 60 seconds into watching a Hopi Rain Dance, the bright sunny day gave way to black skies and a storm like I've never seen out here before!
Ursala (48 posts)
13 years ago (2010-08-04)
Gifted14, The loud bangs you hear are not as uncommon as you think. The Astral Dynamics website by Robert Bruce has a lot of good info as well as Anne V's site. Look up "Exploding Head Syndrome". I have experienced this many times, some as a gunshot blast, crack of thunder and the loudest slamming of a door you can imagine. The weirdest event was when my brain's (I'm assuming neurons) kept firing off and my head felt as though it was a popcorn popper! Now I just giggle a little and sit back and enjoy the ride.
PathR (4 stories) (1274 posts)
13 years ago (2010-08-03)
gifted14 I agree with AnneV
Knowledge is the key. Read AnnV she's the moderator here. And you can email with any support.
You can add any positive affirmations during the day, plus train your mind to go to the highest place. Use protection before going to bed. Solicite your guides for assistance. But mainly study, study.

Regarding Dreams:The lightning has to do with your Higher Crown chakra opening up. In Native American thought Lightning means you are touched and have been called.

Part of this energy as it travel though us
Can cause trembling. For myself I saw my guide move in and after she realigned with my own energy I experienced this trembling.
I did test and verify I was not imagining this since I saw her and felt the energy when I was completely awake.

Dream:Restaurant-orders, possiblities.
Witch rep: recognizes natural abilities to help others.
Dance: is a personal manner of expressing emotions.
Sexually assaulted- Your desire for control.
The Sexual Feeling also has to do with your own Energy that is referred to as Kundalini rising from the Root chakra. When experienced feels like a climax.

Draging experience is a double antrage-showing hampering factors, as well as spirit helpers trying to move you along. You are Feeling helpless because you do not understand and feel like some foreign world controlling you.

If its any consolation: I experienced a dream somewhat like yours except it was a medicine man. He spoke of two crow feathers appearing and a hawk feather. There was no dancing but the same feeling of this energy moving up my spine minus any physical attraction as you described. Strangely some of this has manifested in seeing energy more clearly, plus a physical manifestation of feathers. There is normally instruction if we read the dream.
lindajean (5 stories) (109 posts)
13 years ago (2010-08-03)
Well said Anne! This site is full of valuable information. You just have to use your intuition and trust your judgement, sift through the information that suits you 😊
AnneV (4 stories) (1064 posts) mod
13 years ago (2010-08-03)
Dreams are just disguised astral experiences. Most people's dreams are driven by the subconscious mind which is why it's mostly day-to-day processing and highly symbolic imagery as this is how the subconscious mind works. More lucid individuals will be conscious during their travels and be able to direct them. In the astral, form follows thought which is why a lot of people manifest what is on their mind (good, bad or otherwise).

And then there are parallel dimensions of which we have other lives in. We can dip in and out of this dimension when we sleep but this is another story.

My other webpage is There you'll read about the noise, static, the magnetic pull, separation symptoms, the catatonic effect, the effects of your chakras when you separate and so on. You're experiencing text book pre-projection or projection symptoms. The question is, do you want to keep fighting it and referring to it as episodes or start to educate yourself? Some people are born with naturally lose holds over their astral form and unless you medicate into oblivion, you'll probably endure this for the rest of your life here. But remember, you, me and everyone else on this webpage will be dead very soon in relative terms of time yet your blessed in that you have the opportunity to see and learn some of what the afterlife is about while still here. If you're curious, pick up some books by Robert Monroe or William Buhlman. You don't need to stay fearful, ignorant and with little control over the event.

Too bad you are so fearful. There are so many amazing things to see and do. Many people would count their lucky stars to be lucid while projecting. Live a little! Go see the pyramids, Stonehenge, the moon, new dimensions, your guides. Get out of your fear based head and know you are more than your physical body and a new world awaits (what do you think is going to happen when you die and where do you think you are going? A lot of people are NOT prepared!). We endure what we need on some level. We can turn our backs to our spirituality but it has a way of finding us regardless. The next level of your development is a decision away.

You can't undo the fear. You have to go through it and process it. Read up on webpages like mine. There is a ton of free material out there. Even those books are available for free at any library. I've been there and done that and now I control the event. The good news is that once you evolve and develop, this is a huge blessing.

Best to you,
Rashidah (guest)
13 years ago (2010-08-03)
Statics and vibrational frequencies are common for beginners in astral travel.
Do not be worried, you will get use to it ❤

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