I'm 19 and I started developing my psychic abilities when I was 17. In the course of this time I've had some experiences and what not, but my question now concerns my experiences with sleep paralysis and potential out of body experiences. In the course of these 2 years I have had sleep paralysis numerous times. At first I was scared because I thought it meant a negative spirit was attacking me and somehow froze my body. The first few times my sleep paralysis was accompanied by either the feeling of somebody or something standing next to me or creepy, almost demonic sounds in my ear. Because of this I had willed myself back into my body before I could fully exit it.
It wasn't until one of my more recent experiences I realized that this was the sign of the beginning of an out of body experience. The episode that led me to this realization began with me laying down in my bed in a distressed state, I think I may have asked for help. I started getting visions first of strange creatures and people that I didn't know talking to me. I wasn't asleep but I wasn't awake either. I was aware of what was happening but I couldn't control it, all these visions were coming to me in stream and I couldn't control them. I was interacting with people in a hallway, then with two people by a computer, one was a boy which I felt I knew for a very long time and that's when the paralysis started happening. I heard music in my ear and I felt myself raising from my body. Confused, I forced myself back in. With the help of a friend I realized all this time these experiences have been the beginning of an OBE.
Last night I had a similar and very bizarre experience. It began with visions of creatures and spirits again, although more creepy then the last time. I was awake and heard my mom say something to me (I was in the floor on her room, I sleep there sometimes because I get scared when I'm not asleep past 2 a.m) although I am sure she wasn't actually speaking, at the same time I heard her snoring. In an attempt to ignore her because I didn't want to go in my bed, I began to leave my body. It happened much easier then before and happened due to my will, but I went back in out of fear. I wasn't asleep but I feel I wasn't on this plane either. I was hearing everything, like people outside and my mom snoring, but at the same time I felt like I couldn't snap out of this trance and there were things happening that couldn't have been happening within this plane.
So anyway my question is, most of my sleep paralysis experiences have happened accompanied with strange and scary phenomena. With those of you who are experienced with astral projection, should I be hesitant with leaving my body? I'm afraid of negative beings following me back or somehow getting involved with me due to me leaving my body. If this is a real threat, is it not a big deal? I know that I have the power to protect myself, but when these things are happening to me I feel out of control most of the time. I guess I want to know what is like to fully leave your body and all the fun things you can do, because if there are threats I bet the awesomeness of astral traveling totally outweigh them. I don't want to be afraid anymore.