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.
I've had only one out of body experience in my life, and thankfully it wasn't a bad one. I was experimenting with an exercise in "focusing and moving my Chi." I was in a lot of physical pain at that time, and the experience eased my suffering.
I've heard it said that leaving your body may leave you open to some kind of spiritual attack. What do you think?