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Symptoms Of Pre-astral Projection


I had been so intrigued by the thought of one's soul leaving their physical body to travel the unknown. Certainly a brave act if it was achieved when you were willing. All the doubts that had circled my mind, when I was contemplating whether to attempt astral projection left me dizzy. When I had done enough research to convince me, I was determined.

I laid down, tried to relax. Breathe. Closed my hopeful eyes. Then I began the steps I had slathered together from all the "best" ways to astral project easily. I began relaxing my body starting with my toes and up. I tried to imagine my body heavy. So maybe if I tried to become light and floating, then my astral body would be lifted out. The heavier I imagined I grew restless. Then when I was going to "become light" it became a constant fight. Like I felt progress then complete failure.

After a while of this I felt tingling. Then very soon after, this intense rocking sensation. Like my soul was in a crate on a boat, rocking back and forth, fast and smooth and uneven. "What's going on?" I'm thinking. I was sure this was a good sign. But the only time I got this rocking sensation was when I breathed weird like. Holding for a while and else I can't remember. I tried to leave my body but no results no matter how hard I tried. I have never been successful at astral projection. But there for a while, almost all the times I had had that sensation. My whole body rocking back and forth, but it felt good, made me wonder what I was on (haha).

After giving up on trying to astral project for about two weeks, I was at a friend's house and we tried together. I tried a new method, hoping for success but I almost had a heart attack when a, well kind of a voice, a presence, feeling these words taunting me "no, you can't do it, you never will" it gave me such a fright, I didn't know what to do with myself but I just decided to push it off. Thinking do prick of a spirit was messing with me. That I just was unlucky. I insisted that my friend and I go and try in her bedroom upstairs. But when I tried again, it was many jumbled voices which were indistinctive.

Should I be scared? Was I close to astral projection? How can I overcome my fears? What's an easier way to successfully astral project? But mostly I would like feedback on the rocking sensations. Thank you so much for reading.

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Jennifer120 (1 stories) (5 posts)
10 years ago (2012-07-31)
Reading this story and its comments makes me feel a little better. Knowing I am not the only one who has tried astral projecting. And almost achieving it. I have honestly only done this once and on pure accident. At night now I feel as if my spirit tries to leave, I get the rocking sensation, I begin to kind of get a tingle but something keeps jerking me back. As if my mind doesn't want me leaving every so often I will get that breathless feeling and think I've done it but reality catches up to me. I don't know if this has to with astral projecting but sometimes during that rocking sensation I get this bright blue light and as I follow it I hear a voice either say yes or let go. Right as I feel my spirit leaving I get jerked right back and feel hopeless. Also, if I'm completely relaxed I sometimes feel myself being pulled back, but I'm doubtful that has to do with astral projecting. So I myself am not successful either, but I hope to learn to be just like you and am still very confused about it and also need help with understanding and controlling it better to.
amaranth_111 (1 stories) (5 posts)
11 years ago (2012-06-18)
Fizzlepopbang<--- thank you so much! This information was useful. I will contact you if I have any questions. Thanks again!
fizzlepopbang (guest)
11 years ago (2012-06-16)
Hi. OK, so firstly I am so excited that you mentioned the rocking sensation, because that was my very first symptom of astral projection.

You need to believe that you are going to astral project, you need to believe in every ounce of your being that you are already a astral projector. This is SO important, because without belief there is nothing.

Voices are very often heard upon projection exit. Not many people are sure what these are. Robert Bruce mentions them in his book, 'Astral Dynamics'

Theory 1:
OK, so you need to understand something: you are very powerful outside of your body. Much, MUCH more powerful than spirits will ever be. Because the projected double can be anything it wants, go anywhere it wants, create anything it wants, and have a LIVING body to return to, you can just imagine how powerful it really is. The darkness knows this, and will try to stop you. Don't be faltered, and continue with the exit, they will be sorry they ever crossed you.

Theory 2:
This is probably the most likely theory, and one that I personally agree with. While occasionally there actually could be spirits, you most realise that your ego never wants you to develop any further with your spirituality. It will create fear and hallucinations so you will be scared back into your body. It will try every trick in the book. Robert Bruce suggests that whenever he has had experiences with hearing and feeling things telling him to get back into his body, once he has gotten out of body, there has been no evidence of spirits anywhere near him.

In your case, you were clearly unconvinced you would get out of your body. You weren't enthusiastic and you didn't have belief in yourself. As a strong projection of your egocentric self, it created a voice projecting your doubt back to you. The ego is a horrible thing that will prevent your development, don't listen to it.
Make sure you surround yourself with white light before an attempt, surround your space with love. When you try to project with a strong will, pure belief, love, and all the right techniques, then walah! Out you go!

I also wanted to mention that its not actually your soul that's projecting from your body. It is a reflected image of the self that shifts its perception away from the body. The soul will always stay inside the body, otherwise you could be vulnerable to things like possession, which is not possible, believe it or not.

If you have any more questions, or just want to talk, I would love if you could contact me at whitedove29 [at]

Hope this helped 😆
IslVoter (257 posts)
11 years ago (2012-06-14)

Your comments were, for me, one of those synchronous kinds. I spoke to a friend whom I hadn't seen in several years and he began to speak about being an instructor in the Silva Method. I had no idea he had any ideas like this, much less instructed. My husband was his roommate for 6 years and didn't know.

But I misunderstood and looked up "Sylvan"--which are the school testing/educational people and, of course, couldn't find it.

So, seeing your reference, I've just ordered the book. Hopefully, it will get me off the dime and moving again regarding projection.

Thanks for that! ❤

georgy911 (1 posts)
11 years ago (2012-06-14)
I have been trying OBE and Lucid Dreaming for years with no luck, I guess it was because I was afraid of the unknown not knowing what's out there and I had given up ever since. But then again this year, I pickup where I left off and with the help of The Silva Method program, I was able to learn how to breath and concentrate better and I finally had success. It started while I was dreaming and I was inside this helicopter cockpit. As I was being careful not to hit any trees, by focusing so much on the trees, more of them keep popping up and all of a sudden, BAMM... I was out flying like Superman and my third eye was open, even tough my vision was a little blurry but it was as real as reality, not a vivid dream or nothing. I felt the wind rushing through my body and when I look through my right, it seem like someone was there with me, I couldn't see his or her face but I think it was a guide or who knows. I got a little scare because it was too real and so I closed my eyes, that's when I ended up back in my body. I gout out of my bed smiling and was saying to myself "YES, I finally did it" It was a beautiful experience and it lasted for only 5 to 10 seconds:)
amaranth_111 (1 stories) (5 posts)
11 years ago (2012-06-13)
Thanks all for your comments, which were both helpful and interesting.:)
I will take all if this to consideration.
Thanks again!
inipu333 (1 stories) (8 posts)
11 years ago (2012-06-13)
I tend to feel waves before astral projection and vibrations then it gets hot and eventually I will feel a blockage in my throat. For a few seconds I cannot breath and then before I know it I am out. In order to be succesful I havr you remain very still this includes my throat you shouldnt swallow at all. One thing that's important that sites don't mentio is the importance of veing pure before you project. You have to shower, brush your teeth, make sure you are not emotional or thinking wrong, and burn sage or herbs that aid in purification. Make sure not to wear dark colors white clothig is prefered. There are lots of things that can attract negative entities and, people who do not understand the spirit world don't understand how real the dangers are. If you are being bothered with negative entites each time you try you need to stop because they can eat your energy, your life force.
AnneV (4 stories) (1064 posts) mod
11 years ago (2012-06-13)
Isle - Lora; your viewpoint is wise indeed. The reasons you listed on the lack of subsequent success is all too real. This is also why I tell people that you can read about AP until you're blue in the face but never ever will it prepare you for the real deal. Every human has a different energy signature and will not resonate or see what someone right next to them might.

And then there is the fear. I too don't want to discourage people but 99.9% of what I read from beginners is the staggering amount of fear and how that pretty much stops them in their tracks. We are so comfortable in our physical shell and our narrow bandwidth of true vision, that when we emerge, lucid, into the astral, we can see and hear things we didn't even know existed. Non human potentially and they aren't always smiling and quiet but surprised to see us aware and very vocal about it. It was only through years of my own fear sabotaging me that I decided to say the heck with it, and proceed anyway.

I think people with no imagination are the ones who get bored. This is why I tell people to have a plan. Wandering around your room or visiting sleeping friends is as dull in the astral as it would be in life! People don't realize they can time travel, meet guides, heal, travel to glorious higher planes, leave earth, etc. What the heck can be boring about that?

I don't know how old you are but it's a wonder any of us can project with work, commutes, home, spouse, kids, etc. We don't often live lives of quiet contemplation but fast, hard to keep up with lives that are truly not conducive to spiritual or metaphysical matters.

Great to read your own comment!
IslVoter (257 posts)
11 years ago (2012-06-13)

I'm glad you said this--that, except for a lucky few, projection is a lot of work.

And, in my own case, even after I was successful, after everything went the way I kind of expected, I used all the tools for boosting my vision, energy, awareness (and then losing it being surprised by something), I can't do it again.

I haven't heard many people say this, but I have heard others say that it's not like a formula where you can plug in exactly what you did before and it will work. There are a lot of variables which we may not be totally aware of (such as our energetic or emotional state at the time, underlying energy or health issues that might interfere or help--and, what is best for our long-term growth) making each "trip" totally unique. I don't personally know if this is true but I've not had luck trying to recreate my first intentional experience (now over 3 years ago.

Not to discourage people, but I'm glad to hear a realistic viewpoint. And what it leads to is that those with some real emotional or spiritual desire to get there--will. But if it's just a passing interest, probably they won't.

On the other hand, once you begin to contemplate doing it, you (I) found more and more absolutely profound reasons for wanting to do it--to verify the past life "pieces" I have gotten, to solve my own energy issues, to meet with guides and get some idea of "my plan", etc. Etc. It is a pretty awesome (literally awe-inspiriting) experience and I have a hard time understanding those who go, for instance, only to astral to mess around and then become "bored" with it. To me it is like having the key to the sum total of the acquired knowledge of the multi-verse--and saying, "No thanks. Not interested." (!)

But then that's just me 😜

Thanks again for your comments, Anne.

Isle - Lora
AnneV (4 stories) (1064 posts) mod
11 years ago (2012-06-13)
Everyone interested in astral projection wants the easiest way but due to how our society operates, that's not what is reality unless you have a naturally lose hold and some lucky few have just that. For the rest of us, it's a lot of work, use of hemi-sync tapes, reading, saturating the subconscious mind, maximizing sleep (as in sleeping in the next day to bounce in and out of the hypnogogic state and eventually into the astral). You can read more about that on my sister site

I recommend getting a hold of some hemi-synch tapes and listening to those daily.

Do you ever sleep in so much you get the opposite of rested and become groggy, like you can't get up? That's an absolute ideal state to be in. You may not know this, but you project naturally in your sleep all of the time. The difference here is that you're trying to do this consciously. You have to mimic sleep. You fall asleep every night with no trouble so you can obviously do this, but now you're trying to stay conscious instead of letting the subconscious mind take over. This is the hard part and where western society has no grooming or experience in this field. This is where the unfortunate part of patience and practice comes into play.

If you read other related AP stories on this site, you'll find it all too common to hear etheric anomalies such as bangs, voices, poking, prodding, and sounds like a gunshot. It is almost impossible not to be afraid in this condition because what also accompanies the etheric anomalies is the catatonic state (again, this is all on my other webpage). Keep doing what you're doing which is research and practice. Add a journal and some tapes and you'll succeed.


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