I am 32 years old and grew up in the Christian church - every Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night, church camp, potlucks, etc. I am no longer religious as I stopped going to church 10 years ago and have no plans to go back. I feel that religion has caused many of my anxieties and guilt issues that I still battle as an adult.
When I was 18, I started reading about and getting into astral projection. I experienced the sleep paralysis state often and had frequent flying dreams. I got to the point where I would be able to control my lucid dreams, but I haven't actually astral projected. I was always scared because I felt the presence of something "evil" in the room when I was in the paralysis state.
One night this occurred and even though I was paralyzed with my eyes closed, I "saw" an image of an evil face looking down at me and smiling an evil grin. When I was finally able to move, I told my boyfriend, who was sleeping on the floor next to my bed, what had happened. I was truly frightened. He prayed to God to rid me of my fear and get whatever presence I had felt out of the room. As soon as he said "Amen", my dog who was sound asleep on the floor, jumped up and vomited.
I don't know if "God" put this entity into her and she puked it out, but I then chose not to have anything to do with astral projection or anything of that nature out of fear.
I recently got back into studying astral projection after being inspired by a lucid dream... In this dream I happened to see my dog (who died about 7 years ago) and I was able to pet her and love her and it felt so wonderful. I feel that I understand it more now since I don't have the same beliefs I had when I was growing up, so there is no guilt in what I am doing something bad.
I am still trying to astral project... I know it is just a matter of time because I am constantly reading about it and have a great desire to do it.